Ken’s Progress on the new mini portable coop

Ken made a large coop on wheels for our laying hens. Since chickens like to scratch, a stationary coop usually means the area all around the coop gets scratched to bare ground and there is too much concentration of manure.  A portable coop allows the farmer to provide birds with fresh pasture and the safety of an enclosed predator proof coop at night.     Ken’s “egg mobile has worked so well he could use …

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More Recipes: Sofrito and Beet Pepper Soup

This season we have a great crop of beautiful ripe peppers.  I chopped and froze (no blanching) some for future use.  At Ken’s request I made some ripe pepper jam, and today I made sofrito.  Sofrito is a combination of vegetables that are cooked slowly with fat or oil to reduce moisture and preserve color and flavor.  What started as two cast iron skillets of onions, peppers and some garlic became four small freezer jam …

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Ken’s cheese and corn bake

On Wednesdays Ken harvests vegetables and brings them to the tubs and I clean, sort and box them up for the CSA members and the on line orders.  Once he has harvested he cooks our lunch.  Often he takes the culled vegetables – not cute, but still fine – and uses them.  This week in addition to apple pie and tomato sauce, he made an interesting bake.  A couple weeks ago he made pancakes with …

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