A family farm

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Meeting a donkey ...

I'm rather excited to be (hopefully) meeting a donkey (a 4 month old jack) this evening. We would love to have a donkey on the farm! They make great guard animals and would keep the goats safer, and I just learned that if you have a problem horse that bites and kicks, tie it to a donkey for awhile. The donkey won't take anything from the horse and will make the horse go the donkey's way! Oh, how wonderful! I hope we're able to get the donkey!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

tomatoes ...

I canned 5 more quarts of salsa last night! It took me until just past midnight, but the jars look so pretty all full and processed! Now, because Kellie has youth tonight, I think I'm picking the last beans in the dark ... That oughtta be fun!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Canning ....

I'm having a hard time getting everything stored and prepared for the winter months! I've had to get rid of an entire picking of beans because I didn't have time to get them blanched and into the freezer! It is now 11pm and I still have another 15 minutes to go on the processing process of canning 5 quarts of tomatoes! I did get 3 quarts of salsa and 1 quart of soup canned last weekend. I hope to get a couple of pints of peach salsa canned this weekend and yet another 3 or more quarts of regular salsa. I've got to pick up a few peppers for the process. I went through all of my onions and pulled out a couple that were going rotten, but I still have to chop a bunch of them and get them into the freezer. I did freeze a gallon size freezer bag of chopped onions already, but I have still more. With this humidity, it hasn't been easy keeping everything fresh. I also have to can a bunch of my chocolate cherries. They are about the size of a plum tomato. They made real good fresh salsa (oh, did I mention that I made a pretty good fresh salsa? We enjoyed some with nachos this evening. It was delicious, but I think it needed yet one other jalapeno pepper. I thought it needed more bite, but Chris thought it was pretty good.

Anyway, I hope I can keep up! We had a good dousing of rain today which was greatly needed.