This farmer has been down with Bronchitis for 4 weeks and a bit frustrated. I've been treated twice and still struggling to kick this stubborn bug. Some days are good, nights are not so much. But I'm getting things done slowly and carefully. I've heard from many people who are usually not prone to this crud and they just say it's a tough bug to kick. I'm getting sore from kicking the thing around the room.....
Mice have hit the greenhouse and normally we don't have this problem. I blame our elderly cat who no longer patrols there as he prefers a snug cozy blanket on his favorite chair near the heat vent in the house. Really it was me. Normally I completely clear the greenhouse of everything including wood and junk. Then place traps all over to nab any lurkers. I failed to do this and now it's like Mickey's revenge. ugh.
So far most of the peppers are nipped off before the first leaves pop out or they dig up the seeds first. All the jalapeno seeds were nabbed a few days after seeding. They also prefer heritage tomatoes, the rarer the better! grrr.......We have every trap out and baited with bacon or peanut butter and even seeds. NOTHING. We spread out some moth balls last night and let me tell you NOBODY wants to be in there now. Smells like grandmas attic in July. ugh.... No strikes last night but then I moved some flats to the house for sprouting.
If you have PROVEN to work methods for taking down field mice in the greenhouse palace pass them on to me please!
This time last year we were grazing on 8-10 inch tall grass but not this year. We have had to purchase hay as we are now out and no idea when we will be grazing. It's tough for every farm out there. We can't prep the fields for the vegetables, we can spread compost, we can turn compost, we can't do much but check fences for winter damage on Earth Day!
Enjoy some pictures of the farm.
The first is a view of the farm from the hillside. Notice the lack of green.
The second is where the main garde will once again be sometime this year when ever we can plow!
I found some green in a mullein plant!
NEW NEW NEW BUG OFF SPRAY!
We have a new bug repellant spray coming out in a few weeks. We beta tested it on the farm last year and got some other farmers to test it. I designed it to help repel those biting flies we have around here plus mosquitos. We found it worked really well so I had some farmer friends test it and reviews were good. I know many want to know if it repels ticks. Okay I can't make claims about what it does without major testing per the regulations of the FDA. We found it was a worthy option to add to the arsenal against dastardly buggies. It is minimal ingredients with a soybean base and essential oils. It will debut in a few weeks.
I have no new recipes this week as I've not been cooking much at least nothing worthy of a picture or recipe. So send me your favorite recipe that includes our meats and if we like it I'll post it here and you get a free pound of bacon your next visit! So bring it on! Inspire us!
BLACKSMITH AT WORK
Cam was recently asked if he could make an Egg Spoon for cooking over a wood fire as seen in the NYtimes. Well here it is. It will be available soon along with some other wood fire cooking tools.
WHERE TO FIND US!
Don't forget to swing by the farmstore and get your good meat, sign up for the CSA, or get some popcorn, maple syrup or fresh soap. INFO AND HOURS HERE
Of course we deliver every Tuesday in Onondaga County and Thursday to Madison County!
Get out and do your Sun Dance people we need some warm weather and SUNSHINE!