|it's an iced coffee kind of day.....|
|daffodil's are coming!!|
|Coop Girls Hattie and Dorilla|
|Coop Girl Hazel|
|Rosehips are coming!!|
Next Sunday will be our first outdoor farmer's market for the year. Woo hoo! We are excited - there's a different vibe when you can be outside. So far the weather is looking nice. Fingers crossed it stays that way. Oliver and Emerson will join us for as long as Oliver can keep his good boy pants on. If his pants change to his naughty boy pair then their father will take them home to spare everyone the sheer volume of his bark. We've been thinking about bringing a couple of the Coop Girls one of these Sunday's too. We'll see if anyone volunteers. :-)
As we enjoy warmer days from time-to-time, bits of greenery finally appear. Daffodils, rose hips and strawberry plants seem to be the first popping up in our yard. The azalea bushes are also loaded with buds. A few more weeks and the front yard will be graced with their beauty. The garden beds are prepped and waiting for consistent above-freezing temps. Next weekend we'll start adding the more cold hardy seeds, and then every weekend until the beginning of June adding those less cold hardy until everything is planted. I usually wait until the beginning of June for tomatoes, peppers and eggplant because our weather just can't be trusted....
We ordered 30 meat birds to raise the end of May. We made the decision last year not to raise them in the high heat of the summer and instead, the beginning and end only. We just get too much heat and humidity, and watching them struggle as they get near the end feels inhumane. So, we'll raise 30 in Spring/Summer and another 30 or so toward Fall. We'll be purchasing a second freezer soon too so that between all the chicken and the garden bounty we freeze, we'll have plenty of space.
Hoping you had a wonderful weekend!
On the menu this week: Smoked Chicken Quarter with Mac & Cheese and squash; Grilled Honey & Soy Korean Cut Ribs with Mushroom Risotto and Asparagus; Baked Cod with Mango Chutney, Rice and Broccoli; Handmade Veggie-Bean Burgers with Potato Salad and Pickles; Grilled Pork Chops with Slow-Cooker "Baked" Potatoes and Broccoli; One-Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice with Corn.
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