22 October 2014
20 October 2014
|Yes, she is sucking on a yummy earth sucker--|
sometimes we must resort to such things to get the job done (keeping' it real-ha!)
We are fortunate to have many farmy friends. One of our dear friends not only owns some great old farm equipment that we use (a tractor and corn binder), but also is very, very handy.
He recently got back a potato digger that he used 40 years ago (and then lent to another farmer for many years) and got it working again.
We used it to dig our biggest potato crop yet--more than 650 pounds. We already had harvested another 400 during the market season, but the potato digger made digging up the rest a rather quick job!
We battle potato beetles every year and sometimes it means we end up with small potatoes, but they look nice and big this year even with the bug damage to our plants.
15 October 2014
We don't always get a chance to make it up to our favorite orchard to pick apples, but this fall we've made it up (all 6 of us) twice!
The drive is beautiful and the view while picking is amazing (Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains).
Someday we hope to get enough apples from our trees that we don't need to go and pick... but we do enjoy our trips to Shoreham.
10 October 2014
It's just a short walk to our garden, but this time of year every step of the way is beautiful to me.
I love the pumpkins, the fall colors, the grey skies, the green cover crops.
So many times, as I step out to pick some arugula, a couple beets or some kale for our meal, I wish I had my camera in hand.
I love fall.
22 September 2014
With the possible low temps coming at the end of last week, we decided to get the squash in the barn.
Two years ago, we had a bumper butternut year (200+ bushels), but last year we have ZERO butternuts. (But LOTS of pumpkins).
This year, it's butternuts again! More than 100+ bushels, with very few bushels of pie pumpkins and only 8 red kuri squash.
We borrowed a pumpkin box from the orchard down the road and easily filled it (and two more). And for dinner that night...roasted squash soup!