Saturday, June 27, 2009

Saturday Farm Photos: One Hot Guy


In hay cutting hell.








© FarmgirlFare.com, the still feels like August foodie farm blog (this is Day 11 of unrelenting temps in the upper 90s and heat indexes up to 108) where it just took three people, three tractors, and ten hot and sweaty hours to do a one person, one tractor, two hour hay mowing job—and we've only just begun all this.

But despite the heat, we've still got to eat, and a fabulous farm dinner of homegrown grilled lamb leg steaks, the first green beans from the garden, just dug new red potatoes (which were unbelievably good), a hunk of homemade baguette from the freezer, and freshly baked chocolate chip raisin cookies (a bribe for the cookie loving neighbor who lent us the antique tractor above—which bears a striking resemblance to our own big tractor, except that his isn't dead) almost makes it all worthwhile.

And as Joe's mom said to him a few minutes ago on the phone as he was recounting the day, "Oh, but you love what you do, and you love who you're doing it with." "Guilty on both counts, Mom," he replied. How cute is that? But we'll still both be extremely glad when haying season is once again over!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday Farm Photo: Flower Power


Bachelor's Buttons in the Kitchen Garden

Want to feast your eyes on more farm flora?
In My Kitchen Garden: All About One of My Favorite Flowers—Echinacea!
4/16/06: Dogfoot Tiptoed Through the Tulips
4/5/07: Lilacs!
5/16/08: Outdoor Decorating
5/20/08: Building up the Soil Organically—and Beautifully
7/8/08: Winged Spectacular
9/22/08: A Bright Start to Fall
3/9/09: Hello Crocuses!
3/12/09: More Flowers (and More Snow?)
3/12/09: And Where There are Flowers. . . There are Usually Dogs
3/20/09: Happy First Day (Night?) of Spring!
4/12/09: Happy Easter!
4/28/09: Spring Still Life
Even more flower photos

© Copyright 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the flutter by foodie farm blog where this is what you end up with two years after buying a 10 cent impulse packet of bachelor's buttons flower seeds and scattering it in a raised bed in the garden—beautiful blooms that reseed themselves each year and blissful butterflies who come to feast upon them (you know we love our pollinators!). Talk about a bargain.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesday Dose of Cute: Stripping Down for Summer


Our New Katahdin Hair Sheep Don't Need To Be Sheared Like Our Wool Sheep Do



Their Winter Coats Comes Off All By Themselves



It Can Look A Little Silly Sometimes







But I Bet She Feels Great!

Catch up with our cool Katahdins:
10/29/08: Lookin' for Love
4/7/09: Think Pink
4/21/09: Snack Time!
4/26/09: Lamb Whisperer
4/26/09: An Important Message from the BABS
6/1/09: Learning to Fly
8/12/09: Wordless Wednesday Dose of Cute
8/15/09: Weekend Plan

© Copyright 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the sweltering, feels like we jumped from mid-June to mid-August, 106 degree heat index with no relief in sight foodie farm blog where the only way to temporarily beat the blast furnace that is our life is to strip down and plunk ourselves into the pool (aka a 100-gallon Rubbermaid stock tank borrowed from the sheep and filled with nice cold water from our deep well)—and putting up the hay (which desperately needs to be done!) has had to be temporarily put off due to the dangerous working conditions outside.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday Farm Photos: Vintage Laundry Line


I love my new old quilts (this one is hand stitched).

More photos below. . .

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday Dose of Cute: Local News


So I Did (Because Who Can Resist a Sign Like That?)



But She Was a Little Camera Shy

Want to see more photos taken while out and about?:
9/7/06:
Piggy in Pink
9/8/06:
I Wanna Be in Pigtures!
9/20/08:
Goat Chowder (Not a Recipe)
12/13/07:
Slow Traffic Ahead
5/20/08:
Building up the Soil Organically—and Beautifully
7/28/08:
Country Billboard
7/30/08:
Super Market
8/2/08:
Golden Fruits of Labor
11/27/08:
Gobble Gobble

© Copyright 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the horsin' around foodie farm blog where it's signs like these that remind us of just how much we love living way out in the country—and of course this impromptu stop at a total stranger's farm came complete with several amusing stories and an invitation to come back for a visit any time.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wednesday Dose of Cute: Moving Beyond Baby Animals


To Baby Carrots!

© 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the fresh veggie craving foodie farm blog where you know we love soft and cuddly animals at least as much as the next person does, but you gotta admit that these St. Valery and Atomic Red carrots are pretty darn cute—considering they're vegetables and all.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday Dose of Cute: Pizza Party


Attack! (taken 5/16/09)

© FarmgirlFare.com, the hand tossed, homemade sauced, fast growing foodie farm blog where there's something for everyone when we clean out a chest freezer, and the homegrown/homemade chicken food discussion continues in the comments section below. Feel free to join in the conversation.

And if you'd like to read more about what we feed our chickens and why, check out the comments section of yesterday's Dose of Cute. You'll also see why I never have time to reply to all of your comments—I easily get carried away!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Dose of Cute: Another Chick Pic


At just a few days old, they're already turning into foodies (taken 4/21/09)

© 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the baby gourmet foodie farm blog where this year we decided to skip giving our eight newly hatched chicks overprocessed commercial 'chick starter' food and went straight to a mixed diet of fresh meat, fruit, veggies, cheese, and yogurt with a side of ground up oats and flax and a sprinkling of kelp and natural calcium mineral supplement instead.

Everyone seemed very pleased with the menu.

Wondering what all you can feed chicks and chickens? I talk a lot more about what we feed our flock in the comments section below, and lots of other chicken owners chime in, too. And then the discussion continues in the comments section of this post. Cluck! Cluck! Cluck!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Dose of Cute: Last One Born's a Rotten Egg!


Ignoring the New Kid

© Copyright 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the peeping foodie farm blog where, considering these baby chicks (who were born back in, ahem, April) are usually fed (and often photographed) several times a day, it seems impossible that the only picture that's been posted of them so far is this one, and yet it's true.

Where the heck are our priorities? Oh wait—they would be over with the whole 'several times a day' feeding thing. Current chick photos coming soon. Can't wait? Get a peep of past peepers here and here.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thursday Dose of Cute: Breakfast Company


Bird



Dog

© Copyright 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the soft landing foodie farm blog where one of the only sheep memories I have from my pre-farmgirl days is of taking a favorite back road parallel to Highway 101 in Sonoma County (the name of which I've completely forgotten, despite the fact that I used to drive on it all the time—I'm thinking it was Old Highway Something or Other) and seeing black birds sitting on the backs of sheep. For some reason I just thought it looked really neat, and I love that this sight—which never ceases to delight me no matter how many times I see it—is now a part of my life.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wednesday Farm Photo: A Lovely Luna Moth


So Pretty



And So Fuzzy!

We can never have too many pollinators on the farm:
5/8/08:
Luna Moth Love (and an amazing butterfly book)
4/10/06:
Look What Landed At My Feet
5/11/06:
Butterfly Conference
5/11/06:
My Good Deed For The Day
6/22/06:
Farms Depend On Pollinators
6/23/06:
You Can't Have Too Many Pollinators Around
6/24/06:
Butterflies & Sheep & I Love Spiderwort
6/28/06:
Butterfly Paradise
6/29/06:
Obsessed With Bunnies & Butterflies
7/08/06:
The Stuff Of Life
7/16/06:
Butterfly Bonanza
8/26/06:
Butterfly Photos Are Better Than Nothing
8/14/07:
Joint Pollination Task Force
9/11/07:
Welcoming Autumn with Open Arms
9/27/07:
The Squash Blossom Butterfly
1/1/08:
Fortunately All Flowers Look Perfect to Pollinators
7/6/08:
Abuzz with Activity
7/8/08:
Winged Spectacular
3/31/09:
Flash of Butterfly Brilliance

© Copyright 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the fly by night foodie farm blog where seeing a Luna moth on the farm always feels as if we've been given a gift. For those of you who have been wondering about my camera, these pictures—along with all of the photos I've posted on Farmgirl Fare and In My Kitchen Garden during the past two and a half years—were taken with the little point and shoot Canon PowerShot A630 that is almost always strapped around my neck.

Less Fuss, More Flavor 'Recipe': How To Make One Minute No-Cook Homemade Raspberry Jam


Breakfast Bliss

1. Find yourself some very ripe organic raspberries.

2. Pick out the best specimens and set them aside so you can whip up a batch of Really Raspberry (and Really Easy) Cream Cheese Pastry Tartlets.

3. To make one serving of jam, place the raspberries on a plate and mash them with a fork. For a larger batch, put the raspberries into a bowl and mash them with a potato masher.

4. Sprinkle in a smidge of sugar if your berries are a little tart.

5. Slather your raspberry jam on a toasted and buttered slice of Farmhouse White
, a warm and flaky biscuit, a buttery homemade scone, or a peanut butter sandwich made with Honey Wheat Bran Bread.

6. Shake your head in disbelief at all the jam and preserves recipes you've seen that called for 1 cup of sugar (or more!) for every 1 cup of fruit as you savor each ridiculously delicious bite.

7. Lick the jam off your lips and set off to find more raspberries.

8. Put some of your next batch in the freezer to be devoured next winter during a snowstorm.

© Copyright 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the fruit-filled foodie farm blog where it doesn't look like we're going to get any homegrown raspberries this year—the brambles never quite recovered from the summer Cary spent in the kitchen garden—but all the rain we've had lately (including two more inches during a thunderstorm yesterday that also sent down 1½-inch chunks of hail!) means there just might be a bumper crop of wild black raspberries ripening along the edge of the hayfield. Yum.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Tuesday Dose of Cute: Stop, Look, and Listen


One of BB's Twin Ewe Lambs On the Way Out to Breakfast in the Front Field

© Copyright 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the black is always in fashion foodie farm blog where one of the questions I'm most frequently asked (which will definitely be included in the Frequently Asked Farmgirl Questions page I'm diligently working on) is whether our black lambs stay black. The answer? Sometimes and sort of. It usually depends on if their mother is a true black sheep, and even then their wool usually bleaches in the sun to brown or grey. Most of the black Suffolk lambs fade to white and only keep their black faces and legs. But the Katahdin hair sheep (if they aren't bright white) retain their color and spots better, and since this lamb is half Katahdin and her mother is a true black sheep, there's a good chance she's going to stay that way (yay!). You can read more about black sheep and how much I love them
here.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Sunday Dose of Cute: Beauty and Grace
(And a Scary Little Corner of The Shack)


Mr. Midnight on the Roof







And off the Roof

Fancy some more feline photos?
Topaz
Patchy Cat
Smudge
Sarah Kit Kat Kate
Mr. Midnight
Sylvester
J2
New Cat
Molly Doodlebug (aka The Doodle Monster)

© Copyright 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the supercat foodie farm blog where some of us can leap from tall buildings in a single bound—though not to worry, Mr. Midnight is actually jumping onto a very conveniently located six-foot tall stump, not all the way to the ground.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Friday Farm Photos: Morning View


From the Front




And the Middle

Want to get a bigger view? (some categories overlap)
Farm Landscape Photos
More Farm Landscape Photos
Snow Photos
Misty Morning Photos
Hayfield Photos
More Hayfield Photos
Same Scene, New View Photos

© Copyright 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the dewey morning foodie farm blog where one of the lessons learned today was that if you wear a calf-length work dress instead of your usual tuckinable overalls with your rubber boots while tromping around in the waist high wet grass, your feet will stay dry, but the bottom half of your fresh and comfortable and seemingly brilliant outfit is going to get immediately soaked. (Rambling run-on sentences are okay in the copyright notice.)

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Wednesday Dose of Cute: Steppin' Out


That's One Way to Get Your Minerals

Farmgirl Fare is four years old today!
In my very first blog post, An Unexpected Beginning, I wrote about the word unexpected, which my thesaurus told me meant surprising, unforeseen, sudden, stunning, eye-opening, astonishing, astounding, amazing, breathtaking.

Yep, that pretty much sums up the last four years (along with all the cute of course). Thank you all so much. Here's to another four and hopefully many more!

© Copyright 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the time-sure-flies-by foodie farm blog where it wouldn't be a birthday without cake, so there's an Orange Yogurt Loaf Cake cooling on the kitchen counter. But since the oven is still hot and there's plenty of yogurt left over, I'm thinking about mixing up a quick Chocolate Emergency Cake—because it's always good to be prepared for an unexpected emergency.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Monday Dose of Cute: Learning to Fly

And the winner of The Laws of Harmony by Judi Hendricks


Or At Least Kick Up Her Heels

Okay, I admit it. One of the reasons I like to hold book giveaways is purely selfish. I always make you answer a specific question in order to enter because I know I'll love reading your responses—and once again you didn't disappoint.

For The Laws of Harmony giveaway, I asked you to share a favorite novel that somehow features food. You not only mentioned several of my favorite novels (including Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy the caterer culinary mysteries and Like Water for Chocolate—which has been sitting on my nightstand waiting to be reread for months) but you've also given me a whole new list of books I can't wait to read—especially Blessed are the Cheesemakers by Sarah-Kate Lynch since I really enjoyed her quirky second novel, By Bread Alone. Thank you!

The random winner of the signed copy of The Laws of Harmony is Gen, who said,

When I was a child I would read Little House on the Prarie every summer. I remember the food that was written about very well, it was homemade & homegrown most of the time.

I've just heard from Judi, and she's starting the California leg of her book tour. If you'd like to meet her in person, check out her Events Calendar to see if she'll be in your area. And I hope you'll let me know if you read and enjoy The Laws of Harmony!

© Copyright 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the high kicking foodie farm blog where, unlike our Suffolk sheep, these new Katahdin hair sheep get to keep their long tails (rather than having them docked), which means they swing around and around in hilarious circles any time the little lambs—or their mothers for that matter—pick up speed.