Welcome to the Friday Farm Fix, a new series on Farmgirl Fare where I share a random sampling of what's been happening around the farm during the past week. Just joining us? You'll find all the Friday Farm Fix posts here.
It's been a pretty rough week, but there were some definite bright spots, like getting about an inch of much needed rain, seeing a bald eagle on the way to the dentist yesterday, finding out that the ache in my mouth I've been ignoring for months isn't my first ever cavity (though the dentist had no idea what actually is causing all the pain), baking some really good scones, working our way through the entire first season of Bones, laughing at little lambs, watching the garden grow.
Lots more photos below. . .
The weirdest thing that happened was that much of the landscape changed from bright green back to brown, after last week's hard frost killed a lot of the new leaves on the trees. It looks so strange. We're down in a little valley, and in this photo you can see how the leaves didn't freeze 'up top.' More photos of Donkeyland here.
Savory Sharp Cheddar and Chive Scones: Follow this recipe, but replace the feta and scallions with 2 cups (4 ounces) finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives. Pat dough into two 1-inch thick circles, cut each circle into 6 scones. Bake at 400° for about 20 minutes.
And they're always hungry. More baby chick pics here.
We double planted the onions so we could harvest every other one for nice spring scallions. It's almost time to start thinking about What To Do with 125 Green Onions.
Most of the leaves on the young potato plants froze last week (despite being covered) but are recovering nicely. This is the first year I followed local tradition and planted my seed potatoes in mid-March. Next year I'll go back to waiting until April or May.
Tomorrow I'll start filling our salad bowls with thinnings from this 4'x8' raised bed of direct seeded Rocky Top lettuce mix from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Learn how to grow your own gourmet lettuce from seed here. It's easier than you think!
Dwarf Siberian kale and one big Tuscan kale plant direct seeded last fall on the left, new Swiss chard seedlings on the right. Learn how easy it is to grow Swiss chard from seed here (post includes links to my favorite Swiss chard recipes).
I told you Swiss chard is easy to grow (that's lemon balm on the left). It's also a 'cut and come again' vegetable. These plants are all volunteers from last year. I cut them back nearly to the ground in early December, ignored them all winter, and am now being rewarded with several more pounds of effortless, nutritious, delicious bounty.
Friendly and her rapidly growing triplets.
Have a great weekend!
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