(Nearly) Wordless Weekly Update

In the morning I’m off to the King Arthur Flour Kneading West conference. I’ll leave you with some new beginnings from the last week.

New part-time kindergartener waiting for the bus.

The addition of barn cats.

Future mouser in training, under the able paws of Sensei Ninja.

Val preparing for her heat cycle. Which means I learn how to do bloodwork and acquire a buck rag next week.

Out of the ache of sore muscles a new grow bed is born (thanks to Katie and Cyndi for helping shovel in the topsoil and take out the last of the gravel!) It’s hard to get an idea of the scale from a picture but this was a mammoth undertaking, 120′ x 20′ of compact gravel that came out to make room for this topsoil.

Into the food stores last week: 3 1/2 gallons of milk, 28 eggs, fig lemon marmalade, green apple jelly, mulberry huckleberry jam, and 25 pounds of pickles.

Next week: 10 yards of manure, more shoveling, and the beginnings of the permanent rabbit shelter and compost bins. Also the final tomato buy of the year, countless canning jars, a full larder, and me on Saturday along with Readers to Eaters and Amy Pennington at Oxbow Farm. The book promotion begins!

7 Responses to (Nearly) Wordless Weekly Update

  1. Awesome progress. The pic of your son on the first day of school is so sweet. :D

    You make me tired just reading about it all!

  2. Exciting!!
    We were just talking about this last night – how does one store milk and eggs? Freeze? If so, in what? How long can they keep that way? And when unfrozen, are there limitations on what they are good for?

  3. Annette, gosh is that all you’ve been up to? Hot dang woman, do you sleep? Here’s to you new home, bright future in the country and the success of a happy family!

  4. Thanks Laura – it’s been fun, really!

    Jenny as cheese, yogurt, kefir, ice cream but we drink nearly all the milk we get so I haven’t made cheese once yet this month! Traditionally they would make cheese with the extra milk in the spring when the babies are born and the milk is flowing and then eat it over the winter when there was less milk to be had. People were not accustomed to drinking milk year round as we are. Some people freeze it too because they will start drying off soon since I will breed them in November. They will probably dry off completely by the end of the year and then we won’t have milk until the kids are born in April and wean about 6 weeks later. I don’t have the heart to steal milk from babies!

  5. When will your book be released? Can’t wait to check it out!

  6. Thanks Ross! I just got my copy today so they are starting to trickle in to the warehouse. I asked and the fastest way to get it apparently is to order it from Amazon since Skipstone is shipping it out for them. It may take a few more weeks or more to start hitting stores near you. You can check it out here for now: http://urbanfarmhandbook.com/

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