In the garden
We are back to normal – weather wise that is. Hopefully with the slightly warmer temps we’ll be able to wrangle out another summer harvest.
As fall nears, preservation efforts continue here on the urban homestead. I can safely say this has been the best canning year’s yet – the pantry’s packed (Ma Ingalls and Laura Ingalls would be proud)! This week we are trying a new fig preservation recipe – sweet fig pickles! After all, with all these figs, one starts looking for different ways to preserve them and this one sounds yummy. Also we are putting up enough fig preserves to enjoy fig jam grilled cheese and arugula sandwiches come fall and winter – delicious!
Another round of preservation today – freezing eggplant, canning peppers and more figs!
How have you come up with different ways, recipes to preserve your harvest this year?
We’ve been getting a lot of call for produce and eggs. Unfortunately with the recent publicity of our main source of income,DerVaes Gardens, demand exceeds supply – feeding us first, clients second and whatever’s leftover goes to individuals (oh and don’t forget the animals!) So, actually the publicity doesn’t really help – monetarily that is. In fact it has a slightly opposite effect. Though this reality is slightly frustrating, I guess it could be said that we are “selling an idea-way of life” instead — which in the end is priceless. But we are living in a world where one does have to make a living and more so that we’ve decided to share our journey with the world. Like I said to somebody the other day who really likes what we’ve accomplished and wants us to do even more “if you want me (us, PTF) to be around in 10 or 20 years then we have to find a way this outreach/work can support itself.”
The summer salad crop which was decimated by the harlequin bugs is slowly coming back. In a few weeks, we will be able to go back to supplying and satisfying our clients. So that’s some good news.
In the barnyard
We are dealing with a abnormality amongst our duckies – a broody duck! Yeah, I know, Khaki Campbells really don’t “go broody” – their breed is not known for being good “sitters.” But turns out that we have the odd one out in the flock that’s reverted back. Since these ducks are exceptional layers (over 320 eggs a year) seems that she’s got a broody gene that’s normally been bred out of Khaki Campbells but that’s what happens sometimes with heirloom breeds. She get’s into a dither when you approach the nest and she’s fluffs about. Such a silly girl, and silly sight.
We experience some website difficulties over the weekend – our sustainable hosting company needed to move our site onto another server. Now, that the dust has cleared hopefully things are back to normal.
There are some stuff in the works (goings on behind the scenes) here at the urban homestead. Hopefully we’ll have news soon.
In the meantime, it’s all about working, planting, harvesting and striving towards a more sustainable, self reliant life.
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