|Oh, so sweet tomatillas|
Our Cherokee Purple, German Johnson, and Snow White heirloom tomatoes have withstood the tomato blight that plagued our region to produce rather large quantities of flavorful fruit. We also have two varieties of roma type sauce tomatoes and are cooking down and freezing sauce for pizzas and pasta.
Our Carmen, Lipstick, and Jimmy Nardello sweet red peppers are starting to come in heavy right now - one taste and you are hooked.
|Sweet Red Peppers and boys with Garter Snakes|
What is perhaps most exciting in the garden these days are the 300 or so asparagus plants we trenched in back in early May. These plants must really like our sandy and silty river bottom soil, as they continue to explode with growth, with many plants exhibiting upwards of twelve shoots in just the first season! We expect to even be able to make a small harvest next spring - unheard of in asparagus growing, where it typically takes 2 - 3 years to to be able to do any cutting of shoots.
It's not all rosy in the garden...We continue to struggle with production from the alum family - onions, garlic, and leeks have really been disappointing for us for two years now and we continue to try and dial in on exactly what the issue is, but we believe it to be something to do with our soil chemistry. Our parsnips were also a complete failure even after two plantings.
The boys and Dad have finally come up with names for three of the four lambs. We decided to go with Lenni Lenape names in honor of the first occupants of our land. The ewe lamb names are: Opala (bald eagle - these circle our river valley- the name also means: helper, success) and Nesca (short for Nescalenk or black face - she has a black face). Our ram was named Uncas by Owen. Uncas was a lead character in "Last of the Mohicans" book by James Fenimore Cooper. Cooperstown is just a couple of hours to the north. The nearly full grown lambs' names will be registered with the Canadian Sheep Breeder's Assn. later this week.
|Al & Coleman dance on the clay/sand/straw mixture|
|Wine bottles with clay/sand/straw mix ("cob") to insulate oven|
|Oven base will now dry before fire bricks are added|
|Owen in Orchard with Elderberry stand behind him|
We also have a rapidly expanding patch of wild Elderberries in our orchard area where the turkeys range. Every morning when they come out of the coop they run strait for the patch, scavenging ripe berries that fall to the ground. Both these plants have high levels of anti-oxidants. Autumn Olive can be used to make fruit leather (we made this once) and Elderberries are prized as a healing and wellness ingredient in elixirs, tonics and wine. We are now experimenting by growing a cultivated variety that will produce larger fruit.
Owen and Coleman spent the first week of September at the farm with Dad and some of
their escapades are captured here for your enjoyment as well.
|6 Year old chef - Coleman cooks dinner for himself and his brother - really.|
|Monarch caterpillar - they only eat Milkweed|
Our produce is being offered for sale at the Mill Market near Hawley, PA http://www.millmarketpa.com/
|If you plan to visit the Honesdale area, be sure to check out the new music, food, and cultural venue on main street - it's really great: http://thecooperageproject.org/|