Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Today's Take - 8/28/13

I've been doing an atrocious job of keeping track of our garden haul these past two weeks. And of course, it'd be just when we're getting tons of stuff too. Figures!

Zucchini - 11 pounds
Yellow squash - 4 pounds, 4 ounces
Eggs - 4
Goats milk - 1/2 gallon
Chamomile - 1 ounce
Tomatoes - 1 pound
Sweet corn - 7 pounds (weighed after I shucked it)
Scarlet runner beans - handful
Peas - handful

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Today's Take - 8/18/13

Zucchini - 3 pounds (another 2 or 3 were thrown to los puercos)
Yellow squash - 3 pounds
Pattypan squash - 10 ounces (just one squash)
Tomatoes - 8 ounces - mostly cherries
Yukon Chief sweet corn - 2 pounds
Chamomile flowers - 1 ounce
Sweet basil - 2 ounces
Goat milk - 1/2 gallon
Eggs - 6

We have two visitors in the goat pen this next few weeks - Fritzen & Oreo! They are here for "pregnancy camp" and Buckley is ON THE JOB.

The pumpkins and summer squashes are taking over the garden! The flower/botanical bed is getting invaded by the naked-seed pumpkins and the strawberry bed is being taken over by the sugar pies. I've had worse problems. ;)

Still only the one sunflower open. Seriously - what's it gonna take?!?

Bill harvested just enough corn for dinner tonight. It is GORGEOUS!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Today's Take - 8/16/13

Pattypan squash - 1 pound, 2 ounces
Yellow squash - 4 pounds, 8 ounces
Zucchini - 10 pounds
German chamomile - 1 ounce
Tomatoes - 4 ounces
Peas - handful
Goat milk - 1/2 gallon
Eggs - I dunno :(

We had 2 1/2 days of rain this past week, which gave my sprinkler a much needed break. Now we just need a 2-day scorcher to get everything popped and ripe.

The corn is about ready to harvest, but I'd like to leave it on the stalk for another day or to, since the rain got everything good and wet. The cantaloupes are coming along, but unfortunately, they're not looking like they'll be ready in time for the market. The tomatoes.... it's anybody's guess, but a hot couple of days sure wouldn't hurt their chances any.

The first sunflower opened completely today - a Miriam Edible. It's one of the shorter ones, at about 7 feet tall. The tallest ones are probably around 10 feet high, but none of the big 'uns have popped yet.

We're down to 8 days to finish getting all of our stuff together and ready for the LoL Market, which means that besides those 6 hours (or less) per night that I slip into a coma-like sleep state, I'm constantly trying to do something productive with my time - knitting, cutting & wrapping soap, harvesting herbs and veggies, putting up said herbs and veggies, feeding the pigs non-stop, back to school shopping, trying to finish a few last minute upcycle projects to offer at the market, etc...

I'm exhausted and I still have 34 bars of soap waiting to be wrapped, another 3 dishcloths to knit to meet my minimum goal, apples to pick, salmon that need catching... you get the idea. ;)

A far more experienced farm chick than I said that Farmers spend all Winter planning for Summer, and all Summer scrambling to get ready for Winter. Yup.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Today's Take - 8/13/13

Zucchini - 18 pounds, 8 ounces! (Maybe I'd better switch to picking these guys every day instead of every other?)
Yellow squash - 7 pounds, 8 ounces
Pattypan squash - 7 ounces
Tomatoes - 8 ounces (YAAAAY!)
Blackberries - 2 pounds, 2 ounces
Eggs - 4
Goat milk - 1/2 gallon

I saw that one of my Miriam Edible sunflowers had just begun to open up today - finally. The cantaloupes have set a dozen, maybe a dozen and a half fruits that I can see. Anything smaller that golf ball sized probably won't ripen in time, so if I even end up with 10 or 12, I'll be thrilled.

The pumpkins are still setting fruit, and some of the bigger fruits are probably already in the 10 pound range, easily. I can't wait to see what our total numbers are at season's end. :)

Planning to put up this week/weekend -
Basil (freeze pesto, basil compound butter)
Zucchini (zucchini bread, chocolate zucchini muffins, freeze grated zucchini, freeze sliced zucchini for stir fry)
Blackberries (fruit leather, freeze whole)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Today's Take - 8/11/13

Zucchini - 4 pounds, 8 ounces
Yellow squash - 12 ounces
Blackberries - 1 pound, 13 ounces
Peas - 5 ounces
German Chamomile - 3/4 ounce (These little flowers weigh practically nothing!)
Strawberries - handful
Cherry tomatoes - handful
Eggs - 5
Goat milk - 1/2 gallon
Crab - 3 Red Rock, 1 Dungeness :)

P.S. - Note to self - Chardonnay looks to be/is acting like she's in season again, which would mean a mid-January due date if she took. Oy...

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Today's Take - 8/7/13

I've started harvesting just every other day as of late, but judging by the size of the zukes I pulled today, I might need to rethink that.

Zucchini - 5 pounds, 6 ounces
Yellow squash - 2 pounds, 4 ounces
Pattypan squash - 6 ounces (Our first two!)
Peas - ? Bill ate them as he picked, naughty boy.
Chamomile - 2 handsful!
Eggs - 3 (worrisome)
Goat milk - 1/2 gallon

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Today's Take - 8/5/13

Zucchini - 6 pounds, 12 ounces!
Yellow squash - 3 pounds
Peas - 2 ounces
Chamomile - big handful
Goat milk - 1/2 gallon
Eggs - 7


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Today's Take - 8/3/13

Zucchini - 3 pounds, 6 ounces
Yellow squash - 2 pounds, 8 ounces
Chamomile - handful
Peas - handful
Eggs - 8
Goat milk - 1/2 gallon

There are several cantaloupes that are now baseball sized, and quite a few more that are golf ball/kiwi sized. I can't wait to finally try one!

The sunflowers are all about 7 feet tall, and still forming their buds. When are these babies gonna bloom?

Bill said that one of the turkey gobbled at him today. Just when I was starting to suspect that we'd ended up with a pair of hens too. Well, at least one of them is a boy!

The LoL Market is creeping closer, and my perparedness-mania is just starting to kick in. Will the tomatoes be ready for market? Not at the rate their going now. Will the soap be cured in time? 99% yes - whew! Should I knit more? It can't hurt. Tomatoes, squash, beets, corn (maybe), cantaloupe, eggs, apples, soap and knits - will it be enough? Man, I hope so!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Today's Take - 8/1/13

Holy crap, it's August already!

The pumpkins and squashes are all starting to really go nuts all of a sudden. Our Cinderella pumpkins have a few good sized fruits started, and the Williams naked seed pumpkins have a few 5-pounders already going. :)

Zucchini - 2 pounds, 4 ounces
Yellow Squash - 1 pound, 13 ounces
Peas - 2 ounces (a measurable amount!)
Blackberries - 14 ounces
Strawberries - handful
Goat milk - 1/2 gallon
Eggs - 3 (Boo!)