mushrooms

One of Joe’s projects this spring is growing mushrooms.  He’s got 2 or 3 varieties to get going.  Last week the boys worked on the logs for the shitake mushrooms.  This weekend I came across this article about mushrooms.  I had trouble with the video, but...
Grass Raised Chickens – First chickens of the year.

Grass Raised Chickens – First chickens of the year.

On April 12 we officially had the first chickens out on grass. Well, grass such as it is when the snow has only been off  it a week or less.  We needed to clean out the clearspan building in preparation for our summer production, so these chickens got kicked out and...

Last week I had to make a choice.  I needed some veggies and had the choice of a small local retailer, Willow Mercantile, or Meijer’s.  I had to go to Meijer’s anyway for other things Willow doesn’t have, and I did have several children along.  But...

Sometimes this time in the winter feels like the “dog days” of the season.  The sun yesterday was inspirational, though.  We all got outside, worked on various projects, enjoyed the warmth and UV rays.  The pigs are lazy fellows.  Their house flooded in...

Charcuterie

Charcuterie is the art and science of preserving meat.  Very often it’s used in association particulary with cured products like salami, prosciutto, etc. though any type of sausage is included.  We’ve dabbled with charcuterie some and have learned from...
Winter

Winter

Winter on the farm: A rare sunny day brought us outside and made for some great photos.  The barn and clearspan with the pigs in the snow make a classic picture.  The clearspan currently houses about 1400 chickens in three different groups.  The barn houses the goats,...

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