We have been absent from the blogging a lot this fall. This is supposed to be our winding down time where we plan our garden for next spring. Not so. I started nursing school this past August and it has taken up most of my time, what time I have left is spent working and getting the farm ready for winter. Kelsi has also been very busy too, she took at full time position at her job a few months back which keeps her very busy.
So I have a bunch of photos to show all that we have been up to
We recently harvested 18 of our meat birds. We did 8 one day and 10 on another day. We have decided that we aren't going to raise meat to sell to other's. The line between profit and loss is very thin in the meat business. Plus I really don't like having to harvest the chickens. Taking another creatures life is not a very rewarding experience. In these pictures you can see the difference between a standard commercial variety(Cornish Cross, left side of photo), and the kind we raised(Right side of photo). Very different
Cornish cross rooster
Pierre has become very friendly these past few months, he follows me everywhere and lets me pick him up.
He's pretty silly
He gives hugs
We also recently adopted a cat that we named Henry. The mice have been terrible this summer. They ate all of our potatoes, some melons, and a few squash. We are hoping to fix this problem with Henry's help. He is pretty helpful around the house already.
He keeps my seat warm when I get up
He checks for leaks in the dishwasher
He gives a thorough inspection
He asks us for our opinion
He checks the laundry to ensure they are dry throughout
We have also been doing quite a bit of preserving. These are our tomatoes.
We had a lot of extras, so we decided to can them.
Kelsi dellegently stirs the pot
We gathered nearly 5 gallons of green and purple peppers from the garden
They look so small here, but there is a lot there
We also went to the farms market and bought more fruits and veggies. This 37 pound box of tomatoes only cost us 20 bucks! Sweet deal
This is the extent of our canning so far. The table was nearly covered.
Looks pretty good!
Hot cinnamon apples: 6quarts
Crushed tomatoes: 20quarts
Pickled green tomatoes: 7 quarts
That's it for now, thanks for reading!