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Jul
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Fresh produce…

I ran to the Farmer’s Market the other day and picked up these.

I love new potatoes, and my potatoes have apparently all gone to the plant and not the seed.  We had a feeling our ground was too rich.  This is our third failed attempt at potatoes.  Good thing there is a Farmer’s Market across the street from where I work.  I try to by local or grow food myself as much as I can.  Good for them, good for us, good for the earth!

We woke up Saturday morning very early to the roar of wind (75 mph), pounding rain, and hail.  Gotta love the Midwest!  The storm lasted about an hour and the rain lasted until noon.  We layed around inside all morning.  Something we NEVER get to do.  I read and got a little nap in, Randy napped, and the dogs snuggled with us and napped on and off. 

Once everything had cleared (especially the lightning) we went out to assess the damage, tree limbs, a filthy pool, and my garden had some serious damage. 

We repaired fence that afternoon and still have a little left to do before the sheep can be moved over to new pasture, but we are closer.

Grandma was back in the hospital, so I was on boysenberry duty.  I picked five more quarts for her freezer and two quarts for fresh eating at our house.

We have vowed to take it easy on Sunday afternoons.  We just need to start forcing ourselves to set things aside and relax a bit.  Our pool was too chilly to swim since the storms had blown the solar cover off on a 60 degree night, plus all the rain water.  So, we just hung out and did some mowing and gardening.

Monday I had to take my parent’s dog to the vet for them so I didn’t get home until noon.  However, I got busy and got the house dusted, cleaned the skylights, kitchen, and vacuumed.  Then I tackled my herbs and some cooking.

Chives, dehydrated in dehydrator overnight.

Cucumber Salad:

2-3 Cucumbers

1/4 c Real Mayo (no Miracle Whip)

1/4 c White Vinegar

2 T. Sugar

1/4 t. Dill (used fresh and just eyeballed it, is there such a thing as too much dill?)

Mix all together and chill before serving. 

We love this!  Is it summer without cucumber salad?  It might be for us since our chickens destroyed most of my cucumber plants yesterday.  The Banties (my good children) have never messed up anything while free-ranging in the garden.  The Rhode Island Reds, however, demolished the plants and ate all the cucumbers.  Did I mention they haven’t started laying eggs yet, so they aren’t technically a productive aspect to our farm and better tread lightly :  )

I also got two cabbages out of the garden over the weekend and made sauerkraut (Nourishing Traditions).

And Pickles.

Fortunately, my echinacea survived the storm and still looks nice.  It was really windy, so the pictures are a bit blurry but you get the idea. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday!

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I am the wife to my wonderful husband and joint care giver to the many animals we have acquired on our small farm here on the prairie. This is a bit about our life on our farm. We are striving for simplicity and self-sufficiency, determined to become debt-free, trying to live in tune with the natural cycles of this earth, and challenging ourselves to transition to a diet based on traditional foods. It isn't always easy, and we don't always succeed, but it is a fun learning process. Join us as we stumble through learning how to provide for ourselves, get off the treadmill, and work toward a simpler way of life.

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