Monday, July 9, 2012

Around the farm

It has been busy here. Here is a little snapshot of what we have been doing and what is growing on the farm.
Blooming: Roses, hollyhocks, zinnas, Gerber daisies, echinacea, sweet william, geraniums, butterfly bushes, gladiolas, four o'clocks, petunias, cosmos, calendula, foxglove, rose of sharon, probably more.
Harvesting: corn, peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, blueberries apples, herbs, pears.
Sewing: I am working on skirts for me, an apron for Laura, a baby gift for a friend, and a quilt.
Animals: Our ducks have started to lay, so we now have duck eggs! The goats have lost some production due to heat, but are still doing well.
Family: Laura turned two June 30th, and Elizabeth just turned 9 months. Elizabeth now says several words and waves bye-bye.

Here is Laura eating her birthday cake. She had angel food cake with whipped cream and strawberries. She loves the colorful wooden sorting beads she got!

Projects: Lots of projects planned for this week, and hopefully most will get done! We need to start harvesting apples, and canning them. A big bowl of our pears is waiting to be baked into pear tart. We are currently digging our potatoes, and as soon as we empty the beds we will plant fall crops. We have a couple goats to tattoo for Linear Appraisal next month. We are hoping to go buy peaches to can, and maybe pick more blueberries.

Soap: This should be a good production week for soap, scheduled batches are Cool Cucumber, Lavender, Raspberry Vanilla, and Tea Tree.

Menu: I don't plan a formal menu, as I cook from the garden and what is in season so much. Tonight we are having chive pasta topped with goat cheese, fresh chives, and shrimp, a big salad, and whole wheat potato bread. This week I also plan to do a Mediterranean meal with falafel, tzatziki, and Greek salad, and we'll work on eating potatoes, squash, and tomatoes from the garden.

So that is a look at our plans for this week, Lord willing.
And here is a photo of some garden bounty.