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its almost that time again
When we decided to raise our own turkeys it seemed like something we should have been doing already. Thoughts of a huge Thanksgiving dinner complete with our own bird ran through our minds. We had several years of knowledge with other types of poultry, so we dove right in. Once we started our research, we found that we would need to order our turkeys fairly early and that a local farm store would be a better option than mail order. Mail order required a 6 bird minimum and shipping was very expensive. Because room is at a premium on our homestead we opted for the farm store, their price per bird was less, and they only had a 4 bird minimum, perfect for our needs. We also chose broad breasted whites, due to the fact that they had the best feed conversion (2:1), and grew the quickest. Now that the…
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its that time of year it always seems overwhelming but with some persistence you can reap the rewards
As summer begins to wind down and the warm days of August begin to get shorter, we are blessed with the fruits of our hard labor. Plans made in February have now come to fruition. If we are lucky, large bags of produce begin to come in from the garden. In some years we have failed crops, which have turned into lessons. This time of year is a busy time and it is easy to see why our forefathers would have a party or festival after harvest time ends. A few times of year will test your resolve as much as harvest season, that is why it is important to not only have a plan, but to posses the skills needed to make the most of your harvest. Another consideration is space for your freshly grown food. Early on we would often run out of freezer space and/or mason jars. …
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Why would freezing kale for the winter be a test of a marriage? Let us explain….
We live in the Northeast and our winters can be very long, and for an anxious gardener, it can be tough mentally. So as soon as possible, we like to get our hands dirty and get our cold weather crops in the ground, those that can tolerate a cold spring and even a little frost, such as spinach, collards, broccoli, some lettuces and of course, kale.
We jumped on the kale bandwagon a few years ago. We were curious about this proclaimed “super food”. We already loved spinach and all the ways it can be used, so why not try kale? It was love at first bite. We use kale in many ways, sautéed with a little garlic and olive oil, raw in salads, creamed kale, used to stuff pork loin and venison roasts…
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It’s been kind of a rough week here on the Homestead. We are unfortunately mourning the loss of a family member who we were all very close to. So, instead of succumbing to the sadness, my husband told me I needed “dirt therapy”. I have heard the term before, even just recently from a… Continue reading When Life Gets You Down, Give “Dirt Therapy” a try