August 24 – From the Farmer……..
Another quiet week at Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm and the dry weather continues. It is certainly looking and feeling like fall at the farm. Even the dry beans are getting the dry pods and yellowed mature leaves of the end of the harvest – even though it is only state fair time.
The tomatoes are coming in fast and furious – with yellow and orange, pink are red – now is the time to make some multi-colorful salsas and salads. Add some of the red, yellow and orange peppers – also abundant! - and your rainbow salsas will wow your eyes as much as your tastebuds.
If you have not yet found your way to the internet recipe sites, this is a really good time to seek them out. I usually just go to my browser, type in two or three fresh ingredients found in the share each week – then whatever category of cooking (salad or casserole or bread or???) I love searching out new ways to prepare farm fresh seasonal veggies. You can also add the ethnicity you might like to try – like Mexican, Asian, Indian, etc. This is a great way to use technology to maintain a sustainable lifestyle.
All of the farm babies are growing up. Even the new baby bunnies have all their fur and are a wiggling, jumping mass in the nest box whenever anyone opens the cage. New mom
is a recent new addition to the farm and seems to be settling in well. The other two new rabbits, Peaches (the buck) and Palmolive (a doe) are also doing well and by fall will hopefully be ready to produce a litter of babies. Cheyenne
The baby turkeys, baby chicks, teenage turkeys, teenage pullet chicks, teenage pigs, and teenage calf are all doing well, growing well and getting bigger by the day. I’m hopeful that by the end of the month our new pullets (teenage hens) will begin laying eggs.
We stopped milking all the goat does. They were not happy with being cut off from grain and attention, but as our summer got crazy and busier, we not only didn’t have time to milk them seven days a week, we also didn’t have time to use all the milk to make cheese and butter and yogurt – so we dried them off. We plan to breed them all to our beautiful Saanen buck Oberon this October so they will give birth the beginning of March and we will be back in the milking business.
All is well at the farm…. until next week….. Robin
What’s In Your Share this week:
Watermelon Sunshine (yellow inside), Starlight (red), New Orchid (orange),
Cantaloupe Classic (heavy netting), Sarah’s Choice (smooth netting)
Honeydew Diplomat (yellowish, smooth netting)
Sweet Pepper Gypsy (yellow), Carmen (long red or green Italian frying)