SUMMER’S BACK

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?

Home economy

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.

Goings on

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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Comments(12)

  1. Susy says:

    What is your hosting company? Mr Chiots and I do website design & hosting for a few of our clients and I’d like to look into that.

  2. Susy says:

    What is your hosting company? Mr Chiots and I do website design & hosting for a few of our clients and I’d like to look into that.

  3. Anais says:

    Hello Susy

    It’s SUSTAINABLE HOSTING (www.sustainablehosting.com)
    We have a nifty little icon at the bottom of Freedom Gardens.org showing our commitment to sustainable alternatives.

    Oh, and if you contact let them know PTF (Anais & Jordanne) sent ya.

  4. Anais says:

    Hello Susy

    It’s SUSTAINABLE HOSTING (www.sustainablehosting.com)
    We have a nifty little icon at the bottom of Freedom Gardens.org showing our commitment to sustainable alternatives.

    Oh, and if you contact let them know PTF (Anais & Jordanne) sent ya.

  5. Rachel says:

    A woman around here had a broody khaki campbell that abandoned the nest with about 10 days left to go. Rather than let the near-ducklings die, she called me and I put them in my incubator and hatched out 3 little ducklings. I bring this up so you can be prepared if that happens, maybe a broody hen or an incubator backup… Good luck!!

  6. Rachel says:

    A woman around here had a broody khaki campbell that abandoned the nest with about 10 days left to go. Rather than let the near-ducklings die, she called me and I put them in my incubator and hatched out 3 little ducklings. I bring this up so you can be prepared if that happens, maybe a broody hen or an incubator backup… Good luck!!

  7. Luvnschooln says:

    We are blessed being surrounded by a pear orchard (not ours) and our dear neighbor lets us glean pears after the harvest. Last week we picked 7 boxes! They are starting to ripen, so my daughter (8) and I did 14 quarts this morning.

    Also, with tomatoes in full force, I’m canning them by the quart for use during the year in soups, stews, sauces, and pureed as soup w/ some milk and added to a thickener of a bit of butter w/ flour. (YUM!) Also have made salsa, jalapeno jelly, and zucchini relish. The zucchini is all from my garden in WA but with the strange weather my peppers are slow coming, so I got those at the farm stand. Coming soon will be farm stand peaches and probably some more tomatoes for canning. Usually in September we can glean apples and we’ll make LOTS of applesauce (my 3 teenage boys eat a LOT!)

    Thanks for all the inspiration.

  8. Luvnschooln says:

    We are blessed being surrounded by a pear orchard (not ours) and our dear neighbor lets us glean pears after the harvest. Last week we picked 7 boxes! They are starting to ripen, so my daughter (8) and I did 14 quarts this morning.

    Also, with tomatoes in full force, I’m canning them by the quart for use during the year in soups, stews, sauces, and pureed as soup w/ some milk and added to a thickener of a bit of butter w/ flour. (YUM!) Also have made salsa, jalapeno jelly, and zucchini relish. The zucchini is all from my garden in WA but with the strange weather my peppers are slow coming, so I got those at the farm stand. Coming soon will be farm stand peaches and probably some more tomatoes for canning. Usually in September we can glean apples and we’ll make LOTS of applesauce (my 3 teenage boys eat a LOT!)

    Thanks for all the inspiration.

  9. Jennifer says:

    We’ve been juicing lots of things around here both for the juice and for making jellies. Recently, we juiced a batch of mixed vegetables (carrots, celery, beets, onions, peppers, tomatoes) and used the juice to make a delicious vegetable jelly that we think will go especially well with fish. We also plan to use some of the juice as veggie stock for soups and stews. We didn’t let the “pulp” go to waste either. Since we use a steam juicer, we simply ran the cooked veggies through the puree machine to add to soups, stews, chilis and sauces for extra vitamins all winter.

  10. Jennifer says:

    We’ve been juicing lots of things around here both for the juice and for making jellies. Recently, we juiced a batch of mixed vegetables (carrots, celery, beets, onions, peppers, tomatoes) and used the juice to make a delicious vegetable jelly that we think will go especially well with fish. We also plan to use some of the juice as veggie stock for soups and stews. We didn’t let the “pulp” go to waste either. Since we use a steam juicer, we simply ran the cooked veggies through the puree machine to add to soups, stews, chilis and sauces for extra vitamins all winter.

  11. Chris Louden says:

    I saw the reference for Sustainable Hosting and went ahead and contacted them for my own hosting. Looks like it might be a little more expensive then what I currently use but I would feel better about using a eco friendly host. I mentioned PTF as well.

  12. Chris Louden says:

    I saw the reference for Sustainable Hosting and went ahead and contacted them for my own hosting. Looks like it might be a little more expensive then what I currently use but I would feel better about using a eco friendly host. I mentioned PTF as well.

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