We’re in the full-scale food production phase of farm life now. Our days are filled with necessary work which an entire summer of gardening has brought forth. It’s also a time of year that there’s so many fun activities going on which makes it a challenge to fit both work and play in our schedules. Sometimes it means getting the day started at 5:00 in the morning. Many times it means late nights in the kitchen or butcher shop. Often we take turns reading out loud to help make a boring job more bearable. Most of the time we can split up the jobs between different sets of people making life interesting and not too monotonous.
We’ve put up sweet corn, sweet peppers, sweet basil, sauerkraut, onions, frozen our zucchini and green beans, harvested some of our honey, made a ton of salsa and are working on more. The apples are coming in now and apple sauce is on the agenda every day. After that, there will be pies to freeze and apple cider.
Fred’s been busy making wine and just last night he worked on a new batch of Elderberry. The grapes have been harvested and this year turned into wine instead of juice. The tomatoes are coming quickly and after the salsa is finished we will can the remaining. The rest of the produce can wait for a bit in hopes that the frost won’t come too terribly soon. One thing is for sure, no one has any trouble sleeping around here!
One of the best parts about having older kids is that they don’t always have to be told what needs to be done. The longer I live, the more I realize the blessings of children. If you are young still and of childbearing age, I highly encourage you to be open to life. If you are a grandparent, aunt or uncle, you can encourage the younger couples to appreciate the blessings of children. There’s a lot of truth to the saying, “the more, the merrier”. Of course, there is more food production needed and the work that goes with it:)
We harvested some of the honey and I think on Tuesday and Wednesday we will be harvesting again.
Cooking from scratch takes time but is well worth the efforts. Here is a sample of what we’ve been whipping up in the farm kitchen! I don’t have specific measurement but you can figure it all out on your own. By the way, this is why I hate to bake. You need to be specific and actually measure things!!
I forgot to get this posted last week……..so this is somewhat outdated. Except for the busy part!