Weekend

cute little chick


Coop Girl Hattie

the supervisors - Oliver and Emerson

tomatoes are ripening


blueberries are almost blue

cukes!

more cukes are coming




Why is it that weekends always fly by?  It just doesn't seem fair, does it?

Despite the fact that it was much too short, we were blessed with wonderful weather.  I had the Farmer's Market Saturday morning and while I was there J picked 13 pounds of blueberries.  Yum!  So today I am making jam and pies for dessert now and later in the freezer.

Just a quick update on our soap business for those of you not following us on Facebook.  We are currently undergoing a very slight name change from Cobble Hill Farm Handcrafted Soap to Cobble Hill Farm Apothecary.  Why?  We are expanding the line!!  Yes, we will be launching a line of facial and shaving products after the first of the year and I'm experimenting with a few other things.  We won't be taking away any of our current products - only adding!

My garden is producing quite the bounty that we are enjoying daily.  We are currently eating cukes {hoping to make pickles next weekend}, asparagus {still!}, scallions, lettuce, herbs, sugar snap peas, squash and we've just begun harvesting green beans, peppers and tomatoes.  The shelling peas and beets are getting close.  Our corn still has about another month to go so we've been buying a few ears at a local farm stand.  So good!

Many of you noticed in last week's "three" post I showed the radish and squash combo I planted to prevent squash bugs.  It was followed by many emails asking if it really works.  So far, yes.  This is the first year I've tried it because every single year previously the squash bugs have killed my plants.  I try to keep up with them - picking and picking, but haven't been completely successful.  So this year I figured I'd try a new tactic.  I'll let you know if it continues to work.

The chicks are growing by leaps and bounds.  They have their wing feathers so they are trying to fly.  It's adorable.  They are getting so tall we've moved them from their initial pen to a larger one so that when they use another chick as a launching pad to try and fly, they don't fly right out of the pen.  In another week or two they'll go to the coop where the Coop Girls will judge whether or not they will be accepted.  They can be a tough crowd.  I have no doubt that Hattie and Little Lizzie will have the newbies whipped into shape in no time.

On the menu this week:  Homemade Pizza and Grilled Chicken Wings with Salad featuring Blueberries and Blueberry Dressing; Honey-Soy Beef Korean Ribs with Rice and Sauteed Squash; Teriyaki Chicken with Potstickers and Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas; Seared Scallops with Risotto and Stir-Fried veggies; BBQ Pork Country-Style Ribs with Mac and Cheese and Grilled Corn-on-the-cob; and Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast with Orzo and Salad.

Hoping you're having a wonderful weekend!



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4 comments:

GeorgiaHoneyBee said...

Hello! I really enjoy your blog! I am COVERED with cucumbers, and would appreciate any pickle or cucumber recipes you might have. Also, last year the squash bugs decimated my plants. THis year I've done a couple of things that have really helped. First, I saw on One Hundred Dollars a Month a tip that helped curb the population. You inspect the plants every day and when you see bugs or eggs, you remove them using duct tape. You just touch the tape to the bug(s) or eggs, removing them from the plant. Then, when you notice that an insect has bored into the stem/stalk of the squash plant, you take a sharp knife (I use a box cutter), make a cut into the stalk to the center - not all the way through. The cut could be as long as it needs to be (I've made cuts as long as six inches). Then, when you gently open the stalk, you will see large white worms. You can pull those out using something like a skewer. Once the worms are out of the plant, then cover the cut portion of the plant with soil, and then keep the plant and cut area watered. The plant will heal itself, and become healthy again once the worms are gone. You can read more about this on the Farmers Almanac site.
Again, I love your blog! I have learned so much from you!
Rebekah

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks so much Rebekah!!

daisy g said...

I'm a little late to the party, but always enjoy your weekend posts.

Your garden is doing fantastically! Just wondering how often you fertilize your veggies?

Congrats on expanding the business! Looking forward to hearing more about your new products.

Caitlin | belong with wildflowers said...

An apothecary... that's so exciting! I can't wait to see what other items you add to the shop :)

PS - I always love the expressions of Oliver + Emerson! They look like they love their life so much.