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Happy Holidays

I’ve taken a prolonged hiatus from this blog.  Life has a way of diverting one’s focus.  2016 is down to just a few days, and the year’s passing is that of a blur.

Some highlights:

I got a new job.  Jordan got a new job.  The garden took a back-burner.

A few house projects were started.

Enjoying the new fire pit!

Enjoying the new fire pit!

The puppies grew larger!

The chickens got more comfortable with their new home and have found every hole in the fence…they are now free-range.

Pretty Girl!

Pretty Girl!

Most outgoing

Most outgoing

The Bounty!

The Bounty!

Loving their new digs!

Loving their new digs!

Wilbur and Max are doing well and we hope soon those two will be co-habitating.

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Max helping clear out the corn stalks

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Happy pig in the sun

We had a wonderful respite at the beach again, thanks to a year of anticipation and a good friend for watching our farm, allowing us a worry-free break.

Our backyard!

Our backyard!

The place for shell seeking

The place for shell seeking

The two water dogs

The two water dogs

Sunset after glorious sunset

Sunset after glorious sunset

But the seed catalogs are rolling in and we are already plotting and scheming for the next year.

From our farm to you and your family, Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year!

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Nothing says Merry Christmas like a chicken!

Nothing says Merry Christmas like a chicken or two!

 

SALSA!!!

Processing tomatoes

Hello and apologies for the long, awkward silence.  It has been a hectic year from the start.  New jobs and life rearing its head have caused the garden to be more in the background than in years past.

Add to that, some wacky weather, and it makes for a different growing season.  Despite the alternating drought and monsoon seasons, we are actually having a decent tomato crop at the moment.

So…although the number of farmer’s markets we usually sell at is a little less, we are working to prolong the bounty for us and others to enjoy down the road.

Yesterday and today mark the second processing of tomatoes into that magical elixir – SALSA.  A lot of picking, peeling and chopping took place yesterday and today is the canning part.

Romas

Romas

We mostly used Romas because we have a lot of them (prepared 32 pounds), and they are nice and meaty.

SALSA!!!

SALSA!!!

The finished product looks and smells good.  A taste test is soon to happen, but I have to get back to filling jars.

Here’s the recipe we followed: pnw_395_salsarecipesforcanning

Salsa Recipes for Canning from the Pacific Northwest Extension Publication – PNW395

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Market Days Are Here Again

It has been a long wait, but we are happy to report that starting next week, we will be back in our market swing.

I’ll be posting our market schedule below on the website calendar and on Facebook.

Here is a preview of what harvests await:

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Jalapeno

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Cayenne

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Romas

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Lettuces

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Beets

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Zephyr

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Eight ball

Green beans and potatoes are coming to market, too.

Stay tuned for more!

Fresh picked cherries

Photos about the farm

Work is still underway to get all of the planted beds, well, planted. The cooler, wet start to the month of May has yielded to a warm, dry month of June. The soil is powdery and begging for a drink.

In the ground right now and starting to germinate are:

  • carrots
  • beets
  • beans
  • squashes
  • cucumbers
  • mixed greens
Beets germinating

Beets germinating

Plants that are starting to produce flowers and fruits are:

  • tomatoes
  • potatoes
  • peppers
Garlic, greens and tomato rows

Garlic, greens and tomato rows

Things still to plant are:

  • next round of beans
  • next patch of carrots
  • corn, corn and more corn
  • lettuces and more lettuces

There is always work to be done, and we thank all of you, our loyal customers and friends for sticking with us and being patient during such an odd growing season.

Fresh picked cherries

Fresh picked cherries