Farm Adventures

  Summer versus winter  butter.   These are busy, busy days with Ethan gone.  After 9 months of no income, he has at last found a job, but unfortunately it doesn’t just take him away from the farm, but out-of-state for many weeks. So it is just me and the children and the animals, busy…

Lost In The Garden Creamed Corn

  I don’t take gentle, evening strolls through the garden, admiring the neat rows.  I’m not that kind of gardener.  Sometimes I wish I was, but then I get too busy with the dairy animals in June, the peak cream season, and if we are still in no want of vegetables to fill the table,…

Aunt Ester’s Yellow Squash Relish (A Lacto-Fermented Version)

Every season I make a bunch of old-fashioned brined pickles to keep us through the in-between seasons.  Late summer and late spring are times when the old garden is dying and the new garden is not yet ready for harvest. I prefer this form of food preservation over heat canning, because it preserves the nutrition…

Mango Barbecue Sauce

Ethan’s grandmother is just about to turn 99 this year.  She lives in South Florida, so we only get to visit her a few times a year, usually on the holidays.  It’s hard to make it all the way down there and back with the farm chores to do, and three children that are not…

All-Raw Ice Cream Season

The every day summer rains have been hard on the garden, but the pastures are lush and green.  The hay season is over, and the cows knew it as they watched us in a huddle around the empty hay ring as we set up moveable electric fencing for the week’s grazing.  Loud mooings, some plaintive,…

Fried Chicken (and a little romance)

  This is not a new recipe, but one I’ve made for a long time.  I first came up with it after I began to eat meat again after several years of being strict vegetarian, and then vegan.  My years of plant-based diet had started to cause some health problems for me, and I felt…

In The Garden: Tomatoes and Sweet Corn

            Finally something other than squash and cucumbers in the garden!  The sweet corn is ready! I have missed sweet corn fresh from the garden!  I haven’t planted any for the past couple of years.  I have to get it in early if I am going to plant it, so…

Frozen Vanilla Cream With Wild Blackberry Jam Swirls

    The blackberries for this recipe were hard-won, and there was quite an adventure in procuring them. We used to have lots of blackberries around the pasture. Actually, the pastures were mostly blackberries (Ethan wanted to call it “Poky Pastures Farm”), but between applying dolomite and the rotational grazing, the grass sward has been…

Rainy Day Hot Chocolate

  We got more than six inches of rain last week, much of it in a single day.  I’ve never seen so much standing water around the farm for all day like that.  We’ve gotten summer rain storms that make a creek of the dirt path to the milking area, but on Tuesday it just…

Wild Plum Harvest

This is the time when the wild plums are dripping from the branches.  They are tart, glowing and fragrant.  Some trees bear large fruits, some small.  Some are red and some are yellow.  It is interesting to taste each tree’s offering, getting a different mix of sweet, tart, and bitter plum flavor with each one. …

Summer Squash On The Grill

    Summer squash can be a pain to grow in Florida, between the bugs and the mildew, but it is so good!  Grilled with a light, herb rub, this made a special summer supper, and would be an excellent accompaniment to hamburgers, BBQ, or pulled pork.  The herb rub recipe makes more than you…

In The Garden: The Zucchini Has Escaped

  I love the early summer garden, before the pests, heavy rain storms, and incredible heat set in.  The garden is easy and productive now, and the weeds and bugs feel under control. However, productivity CAN have some drawbacks! We were gone at the Florida Folk Festival over the weekend, and in only a few…