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 (mostly on Fridays). Just joining us? You'll find all the Friday Farm Fix posts here.
We had a slight change in the weather this week. It was still way too hot and way too dry, but for a (thankfully) brief period on Thursday afternoon it was also way too windy. A noisy thunderstorm whipped through the farm, sending chickens flapping, our big gas grill tumbling across the yard, and this beautiful old oak tree crashing to the ground.
Fortunately Da Big Guy and The Kid, our two rams who are currently living in that pen, weren't hurt. One of the bunk feeders suffered severe injuries, but at least the little sheep hut was mostly spared. We got about 1/4" of rain out of the whole ordeal, and although it was better than nothing, I definitely would have preferred a little less excitement and a lot more water.
On to a more appetizing subject. I don't keep track of what we eat for dinner every night, but maybe I should start. Sometimes it can be easy to forget just how much wonderful food graces our table.
This week we enjoyed the first BLTs of the season, made with locally raised bacon (from one of the two butcher hogs in our freezers), juicy tomatoes from a friend, and homemade pesto mayonnaise (first pesto of the year! my favorite pesto recipe is here) on freshly baked Farmhouse White (with a few cups of whole wheat flour tossed in). And then the next night we had them again.
More food talk and another 15 farm photos below. Hover over each picture for a description. . .
There were homegrown lamb burgers with sharp cheddar and Dijon mustard on homemade whole wheat buns. Grilled pork chops with boiled and buttered freshly dug potatoes, and slices of the first ripe orange sun bell pepper, dipped in my easy low fat buttermilk ranch dressing.
We had a leisurely living room 'picnic' (one of our favorite meals) with freshly baked French bread, a platter of fresh veggies, leftover grilled meats, olives, and cheese. Cucumbers and tomatoes tossed with this Kalamata vinaigrette. More grilled pork chops. Last night we had tacos (a summer only treat) made with homegrown grass-fed beef and onions, peppers, and barely enough (because we couldn't wait any longer) ripe tomatoes from the garden.
Yes, all the time and effort it takes to put this wonderful food on our table each week is definitely worth it. On next week's menu? A bunch of scrawny roosters who are eating us out of house and home—and have all figured out how to crow.
To take my mind off the devastating heat and drought (and those stupid blister beetles) I've been breathing in the scent of fresh lavender from my one small flowering plant, snuggling friendly sheep, watching hundreds of dragonflies dart around the farmyard, and listening to the howls of a happy beagle on the scent (when he's not hiding from the heat, sprawled out on his kitchen Coolaroo).
A friend once told me that when you see a hawk, it means you're on the right path. This morning as I was snapping photos of the four freshly picked King Arthur peppers below, I heard a familiar cry and looked up to see a beautiful, low flying hawk right above my head. As I watched it circle around a few times before flying away, I thought about the path I'm on. And then I wondered if the hawk had simply been contemplating a chicken dinner.
The ravenous blister beetles have moved into the greenhouse, so I've dusted everything with food grade diatomaceous earth. You can read more about organic methods for controlling blister beetles here and learn about the many ways we use diatomaceous earth around the farm and garden here.
My EZ-Digger (also called a Korean hand plow) is the best tool I've found for digging up potatoes—and doing just about everything else in the garden. I've been using the heck out of mine for 17 years.
Don't forget to enjoy the little things this weekend.
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