Friday, July 24, 2009

Racked the hard apple cider tonight

It started at 13.5 percent original sugars with the final at 5 percent . 8.5 percent alc. content. I use the refractometer to determine residual sugar to calculate alc. content.

We originally picked the apples on or about September 13, 2008.

Then we put the apples into the hopper to shred them and then pressed them:

And then the cider drips off the press:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

8-Ball Zukes stuffed

Picked this two zukes, hollowed them out and steamed for 20 minutes. I stuffed with fresh picked turnips, rice, prosciutto, chard, and French sorrell.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A home cooked home grown meal

Everthing from tonight's meal came from our farm except for the cottage cheese and ranch dressing.

We had a rib steak, collards (with a bit of honey), yellow tomato, and salad (mixed greens, hard boiled egg, cucumber) & plum mead.

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Greenhouse Tomatoes are Growing and Producing

The photo to the right is of several cherry tomato plants as well as some Greenhouse Hybrid plants. The cherries are producing and the GH hybrids are setting.

The plants are in old cattle lick tubs and are trained along bailing twine which is attached to the rafters.

The photo below is of one Oxheart plant hanging in the foreground and a Red Lightening hanging in the background. There's two other tubs full of tomatoes in the background as well. The Red Lightening are producing firm and flavorful fruit.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Raised bed #2

The structure is built with tiles that we salvaged from BRING 3 years ago. I shoveled a path along side, transferring the clay soil into the bed. I'll finish it with a yard of good potting soil.

picking raspberries for seedless jam or jelly

Jacy has been picking berries while I've been stacking tile and shoveling clay soil.

Raised bed #2 in progress

I've put down the tiles around the perimeter & now I'm scooping soil from the walkway into the bed. Next I will pick up rocks from the property to lay on the tiles. Then I'll add a yard of soil mix.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

This morning's berry harvest

Raspberries and gooseberries for pie and strawberries for homemade ice cream

fresh picked Gooseberry pie

From the garden