Sunday, March 22, 2015
Leo Surveys His Empire
The weather report says it's going to rain. Here's the fringe tree. Look at that sky. Does that look like rain? Only if it's raining blossoms.
Posted by Foothill Farm at 5:49 PM
Friday, March 20, 2015
As fast as I can!
Leo always says that the day after daylight savings times the pace quickens from 4/4 time to 2/4 time. Think Punk Rock and you'll know how frenetic things are at the farm.
It'll be a frenzy! Pick up the pace, pick up the pace, there's corn and tomatoes to plant. Flowers to transplant! Peppers to pot up. And I need to get this chicken house scrubbed and repaired because....
So get out your tizzy's for me to get in. And just think, on the East coast, they're still sipping wine in front of the fire and reading paperback novels.
Posted by Foothill Farm at 1:36 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Folks It's only March!
So, will there be a spring?
Posted by Foothill Farm at 7:28 PM
Thursday, March 12, 2015
I got a call from the post office at o'dark thirty. My chicks were ready to pick-up. Well I was still in my p.j.s. So I threw on my clothes and went to warm up the chicken house. Oh no, the door won't close. WELL that won't do. Seems the rain has swelled it. The door will have to come off and be trimmed. It's dark outside, and now I'm running around with a flashlight looking for chick alternatives. And where do all baby pets go, when they can't go home? In the kitchen of course. Once I had 2 baby lambs keeping warm in a roasting pan in my oven, until Leo could get back from the vet with syringes to hydrate them.
There are 3 cats at the back door, saying why can't we come in and see the birdie num nums?
These lovely chicks came to us from Sandhill Perservation. There are some Dorkings, Ameraucana, Kraienkoppe, Rhode Island Reds, Wellsummer, and Jersey Giants.
Only 2 died en-route. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. The rest are bouncing around, and Zack, the original Chicken Mommy is currently chick sitting. I'm guessing of the 25 that are here, there are at least a dozen hens. It'll be nice to have plenty of eggs again.
"No Mountain Lions need apply".
Posted by Foothill Farm at 10:39 AM
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Finally off the cob!
Oh yeah that's a lot of corn. This is a polenta corn and there is about 20 canning quarts full or about 32 pounds. It takes a long time to clean corn. This batch took about 4 hours to remove from the cob, winnow and get into jars. From here, the jars will go into the freezer for about 5 days. When the come out, I'll crack and then grind some every week.
And of course I get a lot of help when I'm taking corn off the cob. To the right in red is the sheller. Spying from underneath is Oatis.
Of course not every cob gets selected. These were the ones that did not make it into the seed crop. I put all the seed from the bowl into jars. Then I processed this lot. They went into a separate jar. I
will probably eat these first.
I did not select these because some were off colored. See the purple corn kernels? Highly dubious and all...suspected mild pollen drift from Taos Blue or Kaana Pango. The cobs with inferior germination (spotty germ) were also not chosen. They make a lot of chaff that takes a lot of extra time to winnow out. Finally some of these little corns were tassel ears. I don't know if by not keeping them it will eventually eliminate tassel ears. I'll check with my experts.
Posted by Foothill Farm at 3:10 PM