I can’t believe I just typed that! With all the rain this year, we have an over- abundance of tomatoes. The plan was to put in maybe 15 to 20 plants this spring. Somehow, we ended up with 50 plants. So far we’ve made salsa, ketchup and plain canned tomatoes. Tomorrow we are going to try a tasty pizza sauce. After that the pigs will have to finish off the crop! We gave away a bunch of tomatoes but ran out of takers since almost everyone had a great crop this year. So far we have not had a frost which is odd for our area.
We also had an excellent crop of cabbage this year. While I am bragging about the great yields, I better mention the fabulous crop of weeds too!!! Wow, the many rains not only grew the weeds but also made weeding difficult. Below are some photos of the Kraut being processed. The girls wanted to package it last week but I argued, and won, stating simply that it did not “smell” at all down in the basement. Now a week later, having gone down stairs for milk, I can smell that the Sauer Kraut is very near ready!! The smellier the better says this Italian writer about that German food! Can’t wait to top our delicious home grown pork with the Kraut.
All of the potatoes are dug and stored in the basement under the steps. We didn’t plant as many as usual so they should all be used up without getting mushy by spring. Thank God we dug them in between rains because we are in yet another rainy pattern!! Cold, damp and dreary. We had the wood stove going the other day and Fred wanted to light it before supper tonight but I talked him out of it. (It got too hot the other day) Now it is pouring out, as usual, and some of us are cold! Guess I should have kept my mouth shut. Flash flood warnings are out for tonight and tomorrow!
NOW FOR THE MISCELANEOUS!
It doesn’t always rain here. Below is a photo of our lovely Minnesota moon, shining down on the farm! What a view while cooking on the camp fire.
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That about sums up life on the Callens Farm! I’ll be back with a fishing report in which some much needed recreation happened. Next week I will be flying out to Ohio to see my beautiful Jessi, Luke and the sweet grandchildren. Also, my fun, sister Anet will meet us there. I hope the coffee pot will be hot at the Sows Ear, home of the Dougherty’s, much loved in-laws. Maggie will be my traveling partner. (yikes) We will also be taking a road trip to see my most wonderful mom in Bethlehem, PA. Hope she has some Mortadella in the fridge.
Life is good……….. beyond the pavement.
Here, no rain in two months and the cabbages are not making at all —
we need kraut, not drought!
Not sure what was in that cast iron frying pan, but it sure looked delicious! Safe travels! -Rick
wow, awesome write up again!! busy life on the farm and loving it. I remember all the canning and freezing of foods to, and jelly and jam making, almost everyday for over a month ! Darn I could have used some tomatoes this year! I miss the nice plants I used to get when I had a garden. Now I just pot about 5 plants , 5 gallon pails or smaller, but even with miracle gro they did not do the best this year. where is Bethleham, PA compared to Warren, PA? take care. syl