Archives for the month of: November, 2013

The desk job is on hold this week so I get to be home as much as I like this week.  That is a trade off in many ways and not as restful as it sounds.  Blocks of time available usually are filled with chores and tasks that have been put off “until time allows” so I end up with a huge list of things to do, plus the normal cooking laundering and daily chores.

Our sow is again bred and we expect a litter in late February.  Our doe is bred again so also expect another set of twins in the first week of March.  Next year be plan to sell or otherwise remove the goats from the farm – they have done their jobs.  The fact that the buck and boar fight to blood also contributed to the decision.

The garden has been put to bed and just a few chores remain there.  One is no wood chip mulch the paths and the other is to clean out the tool shed, which is currently a disorganized mess with tools leaning on it instead of put away inside it!

The weather is always on the mind of a farmer, and we need rain.  This is usually the start of our wet season, but so far not so much.

My adventuring with granny skills has launched a fermentation experiment (kraut, pickles and kombucha) to keep my engaged in learning while trapped inside with the loss of evening daylight.
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I also played with making stock from chicken feet.  I have a warning about that, and was very sad that none of the fabulous blog posts or recipes indicated how LONG IT TAKES to peel a chicken foot!  It took me 3 hours to prep them the stock pot.  There was a bit of the learning curve in play as I had to learn how long to scald them to peel them, and I may have started with too many, but pruned sore fingers made finishing an act of will.  Good thing I am a bit stubborn.
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But may favorite part of the week is preparing wonderful food for those I love.  I have so much to be gracious for, thankful for, that makes me feel blessed.

Find something this week to bring you joy.

Find something this week to eat that is full of delicious goodness.

The leaves have turned, the temperature has dropped, the hens stop laying, the days are shorter and the nights are longer – that is our farm definition of this season of transition.

The little piglets no longer look like piglets!  Little pig indeed.

I realized I had not posted at all in October, and reflected this morning on why that was.  There was a fishing trip that brought home fish for the freezer, so that one one distraction from the farm.  Lots of vehicle issues (VW Jetta vs Buck) -that was a great story I may tell another time, the big truck had to spend some time in the shop as well.  I also had to travel for by desk job.  So while there was quite a bit going on in life in general, the farm routine had settled in to feeding the beasts and that is about it. 

The garden has been put to bed.  The last of the tomatoes have been gathered and the last batch of processing done.  Some volunteer winter produce may show up (beets, lettuce, peas) but I have not intentionally planted a winter garden this year.  2 big garden chores remain – move the chicken litter from the aviary to the garden and mulch the garden walkways to control spring weeds. 

There are 2 big processing shores that remain as well.  Cull the layers to move the oldest birds to the freezer (stew birds) and harvest the turkey we raised this year. I am hoping that will be the last of it!

I am looking forward to a long winter’s nap, and time inside by the fire reviewing seed catalogues and hutch designs for rabbits.  I expect instead I will be building fence, burning piles from pruning and firewood harvesting, and getting my boots muddy.

Happy harvest season!

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