Denim Rugs Ready for a New Home!

The denim rugs are finished!  Ken got this rug loom at an auction – a story in itself.  It has a sectional warp beam so I can do long warps easily.  this reduces time spent setting up the warp.  This was my first sectional warp, and I have learned a lot.          The sections need to be the same number of revolutions.  I discovered near the end that I was at the …

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Freezing Asparagus

Each year about this time I start freezing green vegetables for winter.  This week I froze some asparagus.  Asparagus is a great boost to kidney function – like a cleanse.  I like to make cream of asparagus soup in the winter when we start to feel sluggish.  When friends come who do not eat dairy, I use oats as a creamy thickener instead – an old trick of Ken’s     I blanch most vegetables …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has greens – lettuce, spinach, salad and braising greens, beet thins, potatoes, parsnips, sun chokes, onions and potato onions, cilantro, dill, and asparagus Field Notes.  Ken has been busy on several fronts – mowing rye in the field, cultivating established beds, planting in field, transplanting by the mobile high tunnel and garden.  Spring is a busy time Often I am in the house preparing meals or helping …

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Big Pig Rodeo – Sequential Grazing

Pigs here are sequentially grazed.  Once they dig up one space they are either moved to a new space or their area is expanded to include new space.  Ken plans each season so that pigs get new space and are not back in an area for at least three years.  This year the piglets started east of the garden.  About a week ago it was time for what I call the big pig rodeo – …

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Oops and Ah Hah on the Weaving Front

Although I have been weaving over a series of years, weaving takes a back seat to most things – selling pottery, picking beans, making lunch, etc.  So I don’t really have much experience.  Years ago I got a rug loom at an auction.  the bid was going just a bit higher than I was willing to spend when Ken stepped in, bid, and the other fellow quit.  It had a sectional warp – the ability …

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Frost Warning Special!

Tonight there are frost warnings. Once asparagus grows above soil level it is vulnerable to frost. And once frozen, it is inedible.   So, today Ken picked everything above soil level, and we have some short pieces.     They are weighed out the same as the usual bunches of spears. Advantage of shorties? MORE TIPS!

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Piglets Have Arrived!

Each year we get piglets. Pigs are an important member of the team here. They are four legged rototillers. We rotate them from project to project. Some years the y clear new garden space, renovate areas, clear fence lines, etc. They love to dig! And they eat culls from the garden – lower cabbage leaves, broccoli plants, etc. When they arrive they are small, and Oscar takes on the job of nanny. This year we …

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Spring Opener Preparations

Each year at the start of May we have an open house we call the Spring Opener.  Pottery is washed and priced.    Fresh eggs and vegetables are available for sale as well as maple syrup.        Many people walk through the woods and see gardens, blooming trees, etc     The event is Saturday, May 7th and Sunday the 8th.  We hope to see you here between 10:00 and 5:00. 

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