Okay, the title for this blog is silly, but it's how I feel about summers, specifically this summer. Everything is wrapped up in this tight little tortilla called summer time. The main ingredient in this burrito is the perspective of moving. We had an official offer we accepted on EB Ranch a while back, and our offer was accepted on the potential new place. It's now just making sure everything is taken care of up till closing, which is at the end of August. There are still factors that could potentially make the buying and selling process come to a screaming halt, but so far so good.(knock on wood and send us positive vibes!) This in itself is stressful, having a working farm house constantly ready for showings is stressful, taking care of animals in the wet hot summer is stressful. Amazingly, everyone has kept their cool around here. All of this stuff and so, SO much more wrapped up in this timeline of summer. It's a real chaos burrito, but like most burritos I am still enjoying this juicy sucker. So, wish us luck in the moving process!
On to animals. I had my first round of chicken butchering last Sunday. This batch of chickens where for some of my CSA members. The whole harvesting process went just fine. I butchered and processed all nine birds on my own. I have eighteen more to harvest next Sunday for the rest of my members. Then I will be ordering another round of chicks for my fall CSA members, along with some birds to put in my own freezer.
The turkeys finally got moved to the big pasture with the goats, geese, and laying chickens. The turkeys where getting out of their old pasture with the cornish cross chickens. The turkeys would then roam the whole yard, then they found the garden. So the turkeys had to get moved. They quickly fit in and established themselves among the different critters.
The geese are doing their geese stuff. They are a joy to watch as thye interact among themselves and the other critters. They actually boss the goats around when push comes to shove. Though they still don't know what to make of the turkeys...
Garlic was harvested with help of my friends Khaiti and Katty. Our gardens or going to riot with weeds, but we are still harvesting quite a few goodies. I just froze about 4 gallons worth of dragon's tongue beans along with 2 gallons of carrots. I will be blanching and freezing cauliflower and broccoli soon. There have been tons of herbs being put into the dehydrator along with oodles of kale.
All the mushroom logs are outside now. There are two types of oysters along with shiitake and reishi mushrooms. There has been blackberry and raspberry picking on putting those goodies away in the freezer.
I see the hops is starting to bud, the bee balm is dying back as the echinacea is blooming.
I'll share some summer time pictures, enjoy them.
Now it's time to take an afternoon siesta, and maybe watch some Buffy the Vampire Slayer!!!
Thank you for your support!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.