I started working on my dream orchard last weekend. My dream orchard would be a smattering of fruit trees ranging from apples, to peaches, pears, cherries, apricots and more. I planted the first two apples trees in that dream orchard. It's not much but it's a start. They were $45.00 each, so I think $90.00 … Continue reading Apple Additions
It's been a week and two days since the piglets arrived and so far all is good. I have to admit, I am quite enjoying taking care of the little buggers, even though I pick up their poop at least three times a day. It took a few days but they finally trust me to come … Continue reading News From The Pig Pen
On Thursday, May 11, 2017 we picked up our pigs - it just became real. We're pig farmers! We are excited for this summer of gardening and raising pigs!
After 16 hours of boiling on Sunday, I was able to bring the turkey fryer pot into my house on Wednesday and continue boiling on the stove. There was still quite a bit to boil off, so luckily my house was super dry and could really use the steam from the make-shift humidifier. I boiled … Continue reading Finishing The Syrup
After the freak storm last night, everything froze! Check out the sap that froze mid-drip from one of my taps.
Today was my first full day of boiling sap. It is now the end of the day, and I'm not even close to having a manageable amount of sap. I stared boiling around 8:00 AM this morning. It took about 2 hours for the sap to even start boiling. I used a large turkey fryer … Continue reading From Sap To Syrup
The first day of collecting sap was super successful. In the picture above you might notice that there is a ton of sap that dripped out onto the tree. I had so much sap coming out of the taps the first day that it completely overflowed from my little gallon jugs. I got 5 gallons … Continue reading Maple Sugarin’ – The First Few Days
The months have been speeding by with so many things going on in our lives. Sunday I came to the sudden realization that I am very behind on my plans to tap maple trees! I only realized it because when I was checking my Facebook feed, several people had posted about setting up taps. Nose … Continue reading Let’s Try This Sugarin’ Thing
My daughter, Cee loves pickles, so naturally my next canning project HAD to be pickles. I didn't think to grow any pickling cucumbers this year, so instead I purchased some from my local farmers market. I bought half a bushel, which ended up being the perfect amount for the number of jars of pickles I … Continue reading Pickling Practice
My garden is bursting with lettuce! The spinach is done now that blossoms started growing (also called "bolting"). This means the leaves will be better. I haven't actually tried them now that they've bolted, I'm just going to take the word of others! I planted the spinach quite late in the season anyway, I was … Continue reading Lots of Lettuce and Little Carrots