Where Is The Summer Going?

I feel as though the summer is passing by in a big old blur.  Do you feel the same?

It's blueberry season!  And tomato season!  And corn season has just arrived!  This means we've got a LOT of work to do, prepping fruit and veggies for storage.  Over the next couple of weeks we'll be picking the elderberries and dehydrating them for making elderberry syrup when it's needed.  Have you used elderberry syrup when you aren't feeling good?  It's an amazing little immune booster.  I've had really good success with it.

We'll be freezing blueberries.  I've decided against making blueberry jam.  Let me explain.....

I decided to only freeze the blueberries this year since they can be used in so many ways including in jam.  I've found that making a small batch of blueberry-cinnamon jam (sweetened with a small amount of honey) when needed, using frozen berries, is something I crave more than a jar of super-sweet regular jam.  The small batch, low sugar jam is super easy to make and lasts for a few weeks in the refrigerator.

We did have a minor blueberry crisis this year.  It's called "bunnies".  We seem to have a family of wild bunnies who have discovered not only the garden, but the berry patch as well.  J looked out the window one day to see a bunny up on it's tippy toes stripping one of the small blueberry bushes of every single berry.  Every single one!  They will be fenced next year......  Thankfully, we have an amazing blueberry farm not too far down the road that just happens to offer pick your own.

I planted mostly Roma tomatoes in the tomato bed this year.  My plan is to make spaghetti sauce for the freezer.  I'm going to try cooking up a big batch in the slow-cooker next weekend and then get it in the freezer in single-portion servings.

Our corn is not ready yet but our favorite farmstand is just starting to sell it.  We'll purchase quite a few dozen ears in another few weeks that we'll process for the freezer as well.  We aren't sure what our corn will taste like this year because we tried a new variety, so we'll buy some of theirs just in case.

I'm shocked that my pepper plants look amazing this year!  I think they must love the bed I put them in.  The plants are very tall and just completely full of flowers and peppers.

The rest of the garden is doing ok.  I just haven't had anytime at all to devote to it.  I'm thrilled with using the black plastic mulch to prevent most of the weeds.  That's worked out really well.  The downfall, of course, is that it would be much harder to plant items close together and really use up the space because of the plastic.

The Coop Girls are doing well.  We had a problem with the newer girls yesterday.  We aren't sure which one or ones, but either one or more picked at a smaller chicken until they had successfully pecked her to death.  It was awful.  The poor thing was barely alive when we found her huddled in the corner.  I'm not sure what in the world happened, but we are watching them much closer now.
This is the part of chicken-keeping that isn't any fun at all.  Thankfully it's extremely rare to have it happen.

We are smack dab in the middle of our busy season with the business.  I've mentioned before that we were forced to scale it back a bit this year as it was getting to be too much for two of us to do.  We are absolutely grateful to have that as our problem!


daisy g said...

Sounds like your freezer will be well-stocked for winter! Congrats on all of your success with the business. I hope that means that you'll be able to retire from you day job soon!
Enjoy the rest of your summer! Hope you are feeling strong.

Red Dirt Farm said...

It was nice catching up with your farm. Sounds like you are keeping busy as usual. Our chickens and Peacocks ate all of our blue berries, and they are fenced in - apparently not well enough. Glad you have such good business and sorry about the chick. Best, Kim

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks so much Daisy and Kim!!!