A “getting caught up” posting with a little bit of this, that and this thrown in for good measure!
Though we are a few day’s into fall the temperatures are more like summer and thanks to a mild santa anna wind it’s not only turned up the heat but as if someone’s turned on a blow dryer on too!
The summer tomatoes still linger and we are harvesting some absolutely gorgeous rosa bianca eggplant. Justin picked one the other day that weighed a hefty 2 lbs! Roasted eggplant is one of our favorites – a “meat-like” (I know a bit of a stretch but heck we are vegetarian!) alternative that we used on pizzas and even sandwiches – yum!
With our duckie stable this week (actually she has good days and bad days) , we were able to catch up on our preservation efforts. Dilly beans, blackberry jam, sun strawberry preserves and more jalapeno jelly (didn’t getting around to taking photos of all the lastest canning batches – oh well)
Our feather friends are molting so the animal enclosure and house look as if a few chickens been pluck for dinner – of course that’s hardly the case but needing to catch up on those chores so will be cleaning their bedding and house today.
Though I have put the ‘Weekly Meal Wrap Up’ on hiatus while I focus on our little duckie getting better we have been enjoying some incredible meals like fig tacos (a favorite) and duck egg burrito with homegrown tomatoes, jalapenos and red peppers -mmmmmmm. We are certainly blessed with such wonderful, healthful food.
The pink guavas are ripening – so we made a batch of guava sorbet with our new/used non electric ice cream maker that Jordanne purchased used off ebay.
It’s pomegranate time! Love that bright red juicy fruit. Justin brought in a HUGE basketful the other day. Plan on making jelly, syrup and throwing a few seeds in salad (when I can sneak a few leaves away from those destined to be sold to our restaurant clients)
While the guys have been busy with building and fall garden plantings we gals with the onset of fall are getting back into the crafty groove. Jordanne’s been busy as a bee organizing all our sewing notions, knitting supplies, etc as she tries to turned one of our bedrooms into the ultimate craft room.
Whether is because of the stress from the duckie but my fingers got to itching and am working on a few quick knitting projects – some knitted cotton dishcloths for the kitchen (making a red, white and blue pair). Knitting for me is like yoga so with my brain crying out “serenity now” nothing helps like two needles and a ball of yarn.
Robert McFalls informed us this week that he is making HomeGrown available for community screenings only; however, the DVD probably won’t be available till next Spring (possibly around Earth Day) So that’s the latest on that since I know many of you are interested in that documentary about our urban family farm.
I mentioned about the bug infestation – worse we’ve seen in our 20 plus years of city farming. This year we had to battle harlequin bugs, spider mites and armyworms. We’ve also noticed that the “good bugs” like praying manti are much smaller this season. Usually by this time they are giants but we seem to be finding only puny little “defenders of the garden.” Farmer D believes this wacked out balance of bugs has a lot to do with the wacky/roller coaster weather. We are using organic, natural methods (like neem – check out PeddlersWagon.com for other garden supplies) Farmer D is out there every morning doing hand to hand combat or should I say mass trowel slaughter. Sometimes sprays don’t cut it and you got to go in and deal with the buggers yourself. Yeah, it’s ugly but our feather friends don’t seem to mind.
Over the years we’ve learned that the best thing is to be on top of succession plantings. If one crop is being decimated sometimes it’s just not worth it – turn it over (compost) or feed it to the critters and start again.
Of course we aren’t the only ones dealing with climate change implications – apocalyptic dust storm in Australia and epic floods in Georgia Hope everyone is staying safe – our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the affected areas.
Doesn’t bode well for our future. Ok before I get morose and need a stiff drink (they only booze we got around here is mead and worty wine so I guess those will do!) here are some “around the urban homestead” photos – enjoy!
Oh and we hope to see many of you this Saturday down in Riverside – come by and swap howdies!
More canned goods
Second hand non electric ice cream maker
Lemon verbena flavored kombucha
Goat in the kitchen!
Late summer squash
Late summer/early fall tomatoes