A LOT has been going on here at 47 Daisies. We have been very busy. It is strange for us, because we aren't "farming for the public" this year, but it is still pretty much farming from sun up to sun down.
We are preparing to (hopefully) be open for business next spring. This takes a lot of planning and money (which is hard to come by when you're not currently farming). There is an adorable garage/shop close to the road and we're going to renovate that building and turn it into a farm store. We will sell to the public from that, a lot like the "farm room" in Ruston. At this point we're not planning on doing a CSA just to see how the farm store goes. In the next few years, we'll also be able to have pick your own berries (many varieties) and Christmas trees will go in the ground next year. This will be in addition to all the vegetables we'll have for sale, and EGGS!! 55 Chickens will be laying this spring. :) And we'll also have goat milk soap and other goat milk products...once we get goats and have a milk supply again (missing it!!)
We already have a wood pile for the boiling pan. Dylan's planning on boiling a lot of sap for making maple syrup. I think a fire outside in the winter in Maine sounds amazing!! I told him that will be a great job for me, since I'm sure I'll freeze to death until I acclimate. I will sit by the fire and boil sap. A lot. :)
In the past few weeks, with Dylan's dad's help, we have built a stairway up to the hayloft in the barn and a shed for Dylan's tiller and garden tools...which is very important since he has decided to have his garden beds out in the middle of nowhere. Speaking of, if you knew us in LA, you know we had several of our fields named. This area back in the middle of nowhere will be our main production beds....and now has the "North Dakota" sign up. So now, regularly, I hear from Dylan, "I'm going to North Dakota". Some things never change.
It rains a lot here, or at least it has since the end of May. This is great, because we'll probably never have to irrigate (which was literally OUR LIFE in Louisiana. It consumed us for most of the year....), but we're also not used to the "down time" rain causes. Two days ago, Dylan decided to build a playhouse for the kids out of barn wood. It is almost finished, and it is adorable. It's out by the gardens so the kids can play while we're working in the beds. We did have to make a trip to the hardware store for a few things, but the structure, and then some, were made from wood left in our barn. The kids love it!!! ....and we love it.
I know I'm rambling about anything and everything, but I guess that's okay and I'll just continue to do so.
We have SO MUCH zucchini this year!! That's about the only thing we have in abundance because we knew we weren't going to be selling to the public. But somehow, no matter what...you always end up with too much zucchini. I have LITERALLY been putting it in everything and eating it every single night. A few recipes in the past couple weeks; zucchini quesadillas, zucchini fritters, zucchini lasagna, chocolate zucchini cookies, zucchini grilled cheese, zucchini crispy burritos (we actually replaced the chicken with diced zucchini in this one)...and we have frozen probably 50 bags so far. Funny. I guess we will continue to have zucchini in everything, even after the season is over.
We were fortunate to have a huge blackberry patch on the property, and we've been very much enjoying that. We have about 15 bags in the freezer so far, and Dylan made the first batch of jam with the kids a few hours ago. 100% sealed. Woo hoo!! (That's always exciting for us).
In addition to the berry patch, we have a very nice orchard. Apples have been falling and we've made applesauce that the kids have very much enjoyed. Due to the lack of apple orchards in Louisiana, Basil and Eilah are enjoying their first year of apple abundance. It's nice. We have applesauce in the freezer as well.
All of this food in the freezer really helps with my food hoarding problem (Dylan has accused me of having this disorder for years...). :)
I guess that's enough for now.
Would love to hear what all of you are up to! Anyone have a garden this year? How's it doing?
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )