Asian Pears


carrots for next Spring

cukes are still coming


Wilma enjoying scratch grains

Caylie and Annaliese

adorable dish towels made by Jackie

corn stalks drying

As I type this morning I'm enjoying watching the steam rise from my hot coffee and swirl above my mug in a fancy little design.  It hard not to become distracted from such a simple, mesmerizing thing.  I always enjoy the quiet of Sunday morning before the day begins.

We were out of town all day again yesterday which means yet again, it's time to play catch-up.  With the garden winding down and soap/lotion sales picking up, the next month will likely be a blur.  So, the quiet coffee sipping on Sunday mornings has become my ritual.  It's the only day of the week I can wake up and get going leisurely.

The leaves are barely beginning to make their colorful change.  We noticed only a handful on our drive to Massachusetts yesterday.  The temps have dipped, for the most part, to the 60's although yesterday and today will be in the mid to upper 70's.  The one day I planned to make homemade soup for lunch.  Oh well, it will still taste delicious.  :-)

With Fall making it's entrance I bought a few beautiful Mums at the farmer's market from a fellow vendor.  They are beautiful!!  I have corn stalks drying that will soon be added to the front porch posts.  We collected the sweetest, juiciest most tasty Asian Pears from our backyard tree to eat as well as bring to the market.  We kept some of the smallest aside for taste testing.  People loved them as much as we do and we sold out what we brought.  They aren't the prettiest of fruit {we don't spray} but they are so good!

We are continuing to collect summer squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, peppers, eggplant, winter squash, scallions, herbs and beets.  I planted a new crop of carrots that will come back in Spring and be so sweet from the winter freeze.

Last week I was having a pretty crappy week at work until I came home one day to a lovely little package from my blogging friend Jackie.  When I opened it up it contained two of the most adorable dish towels I'd ever seen!!  {photo above}  After seeing her adorable Hennies, I had asked her if she would design and make the towels and was so thrilled with how they turned out.  They are the perfect addition to my country kitchen.

The two new Coop Girls are continuing to adjust as the older girls keep up with barking orders and putting them in their place.  They are all receiving scratch grain treats in the morning again, along, of course, with whatever goodies come from the kitchen each day.  We stop scratch grains in the summer because corn is said to raise their body temp's and in the heat and humidity of our summers, they certainly don't need that.  We replace it with an oat blend for summer.

We have plans to add more pullet layers to the coop before winter.  Rather than raising them from chicks, we'll just buy a bit older girls who are getting ready to lay.  Our eggs, veggies and fruit have been very popular so we plan to sell more eggs and veggies & herbs at next Summer's Farmer's Market.  We'll bring our Apothecary line as well as have a booth for our other products.  Our plan is to grow excess of some of the veggies we already grow that aren't being sold much at the market currently.

Today I plan to make 5 different scents of soap as well as make something special for dessert.  I haven't decided what that will be yet.  Next weekend I want to go to the local apple orchard so I can put up applesauce, caramel apple jam, and make apple pie as well as freeze a few for baking later.  Oh, and apple dumplings.  My they are good!!

On the menu this week:  Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy and Glazed Carrots; Chicken and Dumplings; Baked Red Snapper with Rice and Broccoli; Beef Mozzarella Bake with homemade rolls and salad; Grilled Pork Chops with Creamy Risotto and Broccoli;  Chicken Cordon Bleu with Rice and Broccoli.

Hoping you're having a wonderful weekend!

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Unknown said...

My brother-in-law has an Asian Pear tree. They are so soooo delicious.

Sophie said...

What a wonderful post! As I was reading, I thought Oh, I want to comment on that and that and that, until my comments would be as long as your post!
The picture of your broccoli is just lovely, the light and color are so pretty. Amazing, how our creator puts such detail in something so ordinary, but wonderful.
The coop girls are so fortunate to have such a good home, with space and good food.
The carmel apple jam sounds so good. I've not heard of that before. I am guessing it is made with brown sugar? Oh, and I am right there with you with the apple dumplings!
Those mums are just gorgeous and your menu as always sound delicious.
Gus' Mom

daisy g said...

I just had to pin that picture of your truck in the driveway. It helps me picture myself in our country home.

I didn't realize you were selling eggs and veggies at the market. I'll bet you do quite well.
Hope your week goes smoothly!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Yes indeed Lynne, they are delicious!!

Aw, Sophie, you are so sweet! Thanks so much. :)