On the Farm
Many of Casually Gourmet's recipes were developed in our own farm kitchen with homegrown ingredients. We still establish the quality and freshness standards for every ingredient we use. Our family likes keeping this blog about farming, growing food, and rural living. These traditions are reflected in our food business.
Restoring An Old Farm WagonThe little old David Bradley farm wagon was in rough shape, but after a whole lot of cleanup, paint, new lumber, and a bit of new hardware it restored nicely. What a creampuff it is now. Perfect for the farmstand.
Winter Blanket for the AsparagusI’ve found asparagus to be relatively low-maintenance, and a true garden favorite. There are a couple key practices to remember though when you put your bed to bed for the winter.
Sheep at the DoorFour sheep by the barn door. It's only December and I miss summer already. Seems like an eternity ago the pastures were green, frogs croaked away in the little pond,
Big Bucket O'Squash
The whole family helps out with the butternut squash harvest. We got around 30 bushels this year from our trial gardens. We're still working on a couple new products featuring winter squash as an ingredient. For now, most of these will be sold on our farmstand.
Using a Hay ElevatorFor years, I would throw a few hundred bales up to the loft with a pitchfork. This year some kind neighbors lent us their hay elevator. What a difference! No sore back or sprained shoulders!
Baling Hay - Second CutOur own 2nd cut hay got rained on this year. Not to worry. It'll make good pumpkin field mulch next year. Fortunately our neighbor makes much better hay! Last night we took off a few hundred bales from one of his big fields. See my "hay-cam" baling action video!
Haying First Cut
It showered this morning, but cleared out by afternoon. The forecast is sunny and dry for the next couple days. It's go time for the first cut. Make hay when the sum shines as the saying goes. The grass is about peak on nutrition too. Should be good.
Finally some sun shining! A few older lambs enjoy a warm corner of the creep, while a couple younger ones hang out across the way. We're about halfway through lambing season.
Setting Up the Pumpkin Stand
A beautiful day for setting up the roadside pumpkin stand! $7, $5, and $3 piles and an honor system cash box. You can't get too much more small town rural than that
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