Harvest Totals October 2013

A large portion of the eggs laid in October - a far cry from the quantity we got in September (only 37, as opposed to September's 136)!  Diminishing daylight, plus the fall molt, really does a number on our girls' egg production.

A large portion of the eggs laid in October – a far cry from the quantity we got in September (only 37, as opposed to September’s 136)! Diminishing daylight, plus the fall molt, really does a number on our girls’ egg production.

Here are the harvest totals for October, with approximate market value (using retail pricing from our local grocery store and the farmer’s market, with guesstimate pricing on items I haven’t seen for sale).   Continue reading

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Tarragon Ginger Soda

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This summer, one of the ways I used our excess fruit was to make delicious probiotic homemade sodas using my homemade ginger bug.  I made plum soda (one of my favorites!), strawberry soda, elderberry soda, ginger-apple soda, and probably others that I’m not remembering.  I’m planning on trying a pomegranate soda soon, and maybe a persimmon soda (sounds weird, but I’m very curious to try it!), and probably a cranberry soda (no, I don’t grow my own cranberries, unfortunately) for the holidays.

Most recently, I’ve looked to my herb garden to find inspiration, and thought that a tarragon soda sounded promising.  And indeed, it is – this soda has a refreshing, light licorice-y flavor and beautiful golden color. Continue reading

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Green Chicken Curry with Sweet Peppers

The mornings have definitely had a chill here lately, and we’ve been harvesting the last of our summer crops – the last of the peppers got picked last weekend, cucumbers got picked during the week, and tomatoes will be picked this weekend.  This means I’ve got a ton of both fully ripe and underdeveloped veggies (okay, these are all technically fruits) that need to be either used or preserved in a hurry!  Since I’ve already got three 1-gallon bags of sweet pepper strips and two 1-gallon bags of whole hot chilies in the freezer, as well as a gallon and a half of fermented jalapeño rings and a couple of pints of fermented hot sauce in the fridge (plus two gallons of fermented cucumber pickles, but the object of this post is peppers!), we’ve been eating peppers in just about every meal this week.

Tonight’s dinner was a spur-of-the-moment green curry using ingredients I had on hand (we grew all of the produce other than the ginger and the garlic!), and it turned out fantastic.  Once all the veggies and the chicken are chopped and prepped, it comes together very quickly and easily – it should be done in about the amount of time it takes for the rice to cook. Continue reading

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RIP Nugget

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I buried our oldest chicken, Nugget, yesterday morning.  Not the most fun thing to do before even having my first cup of coffee, but it had to be done.   Continue reading

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Harvest Totals September 2013

The toddler loves to help me shell dry beans - it occupies him for half an hour at a time!

The toddler loves to help me shell dry beans – it sometimes occupies him for half an hour at a time!

Here are the harvest totals for September, with approximate market value (using retail pricing from our local grocery store and the farmer’s market, with guesstimate pricing on items I haven’t seen for sale).   Continue reading

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The one that (almost) got away

I caught my very first swarm today – twice.  And it was a ridiculously easy process – the first time.  Here’s how it went down.

I had just gotten home from my usual late-morning walk with the husband, dog, and toddler, and went to go hang some laundry outside when I noticed a TON of bees – more than the usual number of bees in my yard, especially this time of year – buzzing around in the yard, maybe twenty or thirty feet in the air.  A swarm! I thought.  How exciting!  I’ve seen swarms a few times before, and they’re always quite a sight to behold: hundreds of bees flying in large, looping circles together, with the circles gradually getting tighter and tighter until eventually they settle on some nearby branch, eave, etc. Continue reading

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What’s Blooming in the Greenhouse, September 23: Addendum

In my previous post, I completely forgot to include a photo of the very orchid that inspired me to finally get into the greenhouse and take some pictures!  Here she is, the lovely Stanhopea embreei (I think – the tag has gone missing, but I’m fairly sure it’s embreei; please correct me if you think I’m wrong!).

Stanhopea embreei (I think), with nicely fragrant, pendant flowers that only last for a couple of days.

Stanhopea embreei (I think), with nicely fragrant, pendant flowers that only last for a couple of days.

 

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