Group photo
Author:
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/30/19 2:48 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I did find another zucchini out in the raised bed that was hidden in the grass around the bed. It is of a stuffing size so that will be done sometime the first of next week.

Barb - It seems as if the summer has passed really quickly since this is Labor Day weekend. I had been invited to a cookout-- get together-- in Winterport tomorrow, but it seems like too long a drive for me considering how little quality time I would spend with the hosts as these get togethers are usually very well attended with many different age groups.

Hope everyone will enjoy their long weekend. September will be upon us on Sunday.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/30/19 9:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I like the idea of the zucchini used for the lasagna noodles, I may try that with my next zucchini.

That is a great idea with the wood being delivered one cord at a time, then you have accomplished something and not overdone it because there is a huge pile.

I am going to make a couple blueberry pies this morning for neighbors, using the few leftover boxes I had yesterday. Then do errands, hopefully it wonít be crazy at the stores, but that is probably a likely hood, I didnít even realize it was labor day weekend already!

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/29/19 12:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Barb, I don't have my wood almost all in--I just have the first cord for the kitchen stove in and have ordered the next cord to be delivered--ASAP along with a cord for the furnace. My wood supplier brings it a cord at a time, so it can be dropped close to where I need to put it in.

As to the zucchini freezing, I have not found it to be too runny it it is drained well before the dish is frozen. I think the secret is for it always to have a sauce or stuffing. I have not cared for the plain zucchini that I have frozen though unless it is cooked with something else.

For some reason all mu zucchini plants are dying and what I have processed so far has come from a friends garden.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/28/19 7:53 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I wanted to try out zucchini noodles, but kind of forgot about them.

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
HIKERSAN's Photo HIKERSAN Posts: 9,711
8/28/19 7:51 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
oh my word, you ladies are amazing! I love reading about all that you accomplish.
Like the veggie lasagna idea, and even freezing it.
We have not even begun to think of getting wood in.


Sandy


 Pounds lost: 16.4 
0
10
20
30
40
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/28/19 3:04 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
How does the zucchini freeze, I have always read it doesnít freeze well, but if it has sauce on it it would probably not be watery. You have been working hard on your wood if it is almost all in!

I weed whacked today for 2 1/2 hours, it was tough going along the first pasture the grass was so tall and seems to weave itself in and out of the 5 strands of wire. When th gas tank ran out I decided it was time to pick blueberries, I picked 32 pints and am going down now to pick blackberries for a while, I have a cow breeding appointment at 5, so the egg packing will have to wait until after then.

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/27/19 2:48 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Making veggie lasagna today using zucchini for The noodles. I will have a lot in the freezer when It is finished. Also have been working on getting kitchen firewood in under cover. My back only let's me so a few arm loads area time, but I hope to have the rest in this afternoon.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/27/19 8:56 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I pushed my self yesterday to finish that pasture, it borders a steep hill that is Impossible to do anything about mowing, so the once bare hill is now covered with trees, not really a problem except when they get close to the fence. It also boarders a pasture at the top, but I can get in there to bush hog a space before the steep part. So I spent 3 hours snipping 10-12í cherry trees and that pesky red stemmed dogwood plague. Then pushing the brush back into the trees. After finishing up with wire and running the top line, I had to week whack. The cows were happy even though they had to wait about 8 hours for me to finish. After I was done there I needed to make some repairs, the lambs have been challenging the bottom wires and a new insulator I tried out is not up to the challenge.

I decided bush hogging the two pastures while I was in there would be a good idea and got that done plus some thistle eradication in the two central pastures. I could tell I over did it with my knee, I had to go to the store for some soy sauce, and it was after 6 so I went to the patten store, I tripped 3 times with a knee that just didnít want to work. So I got a very late lunch soft serve I cream and went home to sit for a while, didnít do chores until after 9.

Mama Mischief has been taking her kittens hunting, she is weaning them. All day Saturday there was only 1 kitten in the barn, she was lonely too, wanted to be picked up all the time. Sunday morning the fluffy one with the orange stripe showed up, but still no other kittens, then finally Sunday Mischief came back with the rest. I canít imagine where she is taking them because they all come when called. They were hungry, but not starved, so hunting must have been good. Meanwhile the one kitten left home caught a big mouse, where she is supposed to be hunting in the barn!

The Farmington craft fair sounds like fun, too bad it is just so far away from me! Hope you have good sales! You do have a while to get ready.

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/26/19 2:44 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Finished the push mowing this morning, and am glad that is done.

I signed up for my first craft fair of the fall which will be November 2 and the UMF student center. If any of you are "into" craft fairs and live close enough to Farmington to attend this one, it is usually a nice fair with many tables and a variety of well made craft items. If interested, I can let you know more details as it gets closer to the date. Just let me know what information you might need.

Will be making stuffed zucchini this afternoon, and will be able to put some in the freezer.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/26/19 9:03 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I fenced for hours yesterday but didnít get the pasture done, and it was hot for such work, finally quit about 5 and went to mowing. I got the lower orchard and the nut orchard done and around the garden, but still need to do the rest plus the other side of the house and upper orchard. Way too much mowing, but I canít figure out any way to leave parts not mowed, particularly in the orchards.

I am going back to trying to finishing up that pasture, have some wire to run, a post to replace and tons of weed whacking to do. The west side of that pasture buts against a steep hill, there is no way to get any equipment in to mow or bush hog, so the bushes and chatty trees have taken over, I have to beat them back every year, so they donít ground out the electricity. Guess I will take the clippers down and start pruning this morning.

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/25/19 2:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Managed to get the riding lawn mowing done this morning, and will wait to use the push mower until tomorrow. After being away all day yesterday, and returning in the evening I find that my energy is gone for today. Should bring a few armload of firewood, but time will tell.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/24/19 7:44 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Seems like everything is behind on growth this year, my neighbors that market garden told me that their produce is about 4 weeks behind last year, they keep both photo and written records.
I was supposed to work on pastures yesterday but that never happened, I moved some tractor equipment around, started to mow, did the area by the fireplace then I usually make one run in front of the lilacs by the road, and I picked up a tangle of wire in the lawnmower deck, I will have to try to get that cleaned up today.

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/23/19 3:16 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hopefully treating the roots of the squash plants will have finally stopped the squash bugs, but yes, I have never seen them as bad as they are this year. So far I have only had a couple of zucchini and summer squash when usually I can't use them up fast enough. The plants will start to set a squash and the next thing I know that squash is dead.

The spaghetti, butternut and buttercup squash in a different raised bed are doing better, and I have some small squash coming as far as the butternut is concerned. I have even used a couple of the spaghetti squash and have quite a few more coming. I just hope the growing season continues long enough to mature all the small ones I have started to see.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/22/19 2:18 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I love having the fireplace all cleaned up and back in working order. Every time I look up there it makes me smile. We used to spend a lot of time up there making whole meals and eating them. I remember one evening post out annual pig roast, eating lobster by the fireplace with a bunch of Vinalhaven relatives, who also brought all the lobster! Fridayís supper is all planned for a fireplace meal!

It is a great way to dispose of stray branches, most of the wood up there was from branches big and small, fence posts, or leftover odds and ends of building projects. But then I stopped going up there much because I was working nights for the last 16 years, the wood was piling up faster then getting used and it became overwhelming.

Eileen, I have heard a lot of people say squash bugs were a problem this year, they can really wreak a lot of havoc in the squash patch. I hope you got them taken care of now.



Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
HIKERSAN's Photo HIKERSAN Posts: 9,711
8/21/19 9:21 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Love your fireplace area! Nicely done!


Sandy


 Pounds lost: 16.4 
0
10
20
30
40
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/21/19 3:24 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Your fireplace looks great, Barb. I have wished for a firepit or something similar in my backyard for a few years, but so far haven't done anything about one. Think it would be great to get rid of a lot of small branches and waste wood in small batches. It might also help keep some insects from being such a pest when I want to work in the raised beds.

Just discovered that I have some squash bugs attacking the roots on my zucchini so that might be the reason my plants are doing so poorly. I had been watching a treating the leaves, but never thought to check the base of the plants. Have just tried to deal with the ground around the plants now so we shall see. I did have one of my basket students come to class today with a cooler full of cucumbers and zucchini (she had checked with me first) so I can make some different dishes for the freezer. There are a couple big enough to stuff, and the others will make a veggie lasagna. Yum. I love having these dishes in the freezer in single serving containers for later and have been worried that I wouldn't have any this year since my plants were not producing well.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/21/19 7:58 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
This is my before and after pictures of the unearth the fireplace project. I took the final load of really disintegrated wood down back, it was mostly just dirt at that point. Then the bucket load of rocks from the side wood shelter that fell down under the weight of a couple hundred pounds of rock was dumped on the rock pile. I still need to deal with the stump that I pushed over that seems to be a wasp home, I have sprayed it 3 times now but still see a bunch of wasps flying around it. I am going to scatter some grass seed today after I mow the surrounding areas, and move the scraper blade today.

Picture before I started, you canít even see the fireplace!


After picture, just finished washing the patio area, only one pile of burnable wood left! You can see the remains of the stump I pushed over in the right hand corner, the wasps are going in there too, so I guess I will wait for more spray to take effect, I did get stung Saturday by one on the arm, not sure which hurt more, the sting or me slapping the wasp really hard! I am going to spread some grass seed today.


It is nice to have reclaimed this area, I remember a lot of great times up by the fireplace with friends and family.

Edited by: GOLDENRODFARM at: 8/21/2019 (08:04)
Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/19/19 9:28 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I probably wouldnít have started all that by myself, especially on the spur of the moment. But it was nice to take advantage of it. I would have probably finished up cleaning up the rest of the wood if my neighbor hadnít stopped by, but she did help me with that load. I am going to take the wasp spray out and hit the tree with it a few times, I noticed yesterday where they were going into the wood. It is all crumbling and would be nice to get rid of it. On reflection it was probably good that I did stop, I was very tired, over 22k steps in that day, and my knee and heal was really bothering me, when I get going on a project I donít like to stop no matter what, but I do regret it later when it is obvious I overdid it.

About 3 years ago I planned a bonfire, it took about a week to get everything gathered up and piled in the garden, it was a huge pile, when everything was gathered I went and got a permit, then at 4 set it on fire, took my chair out and sat toasting some Italian sausage, and had a couple marshmallows for desert!

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/18/19 9:40 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have a pile of wood that needs to be burned, and also need to pull an addition off The back of The barn that will need to be cleaned up. Don't usually have a crew around to help.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/18/19 9:11 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I had a bonfire yesterday, the people working on the barn burned 2 trailer loads piled up high, then I told them I would finish watching the fire and took the 16í trailer and piled it up with all the wood and old fence point up by the fireplace, took 3 loaded with all the brush up there that I cut along with a big pile of brush cut out of the lialics. I was pulling pieces off the stump up there and got stung with a whisper, guess I will have to spray before I finish that. I partly filled the trailer again, but mostly disintegrated wood, more like dirt, I will probably just dump that on a line fence to make more dirt.

We got the permit to burn because it was raining most of the day on and off until about 4 when the sun did show itself for a while. Usually they donít let you burn until later in the day when the wind dies down. I would have gotten the last load out there too if someone hadnít stopped to visit, she did help me unload the trailer. I had to laugh she asked me if I had a burn permit, her husband is a retired forester, and she approved my hose ready to use if necessary, although that was just coincidental because I was planting some stuff a few days ago. I did get quite wet several times, but it was nice to get that area cleaned up and useable again.

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/16/19 8:05 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Nothing comes up by the barn, there are 13 pastures between me and the lower fields and woods, all with lots of electricity on them. MOs wild animals get spooked by the big cows, and coyotes are definitely afraid of the llama. The kittens are eating canned food, and also dry cat food, but they sure scream at me when I go down stairs to feed. They look good, fat bellies and all, but are trying to make up to Mischief, who is not nasty to them like Cricket is but of course doesnít want 6 more kittens!

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
ORTATK's Photo ORTATK SparkPoints: (108,658)
Fitness Minutes: (13,651)
Posts: 16,727
8/16/19 8:04 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am sorry for the loss of your cat.

On my way to my new normal.


 current weight: 180.0 
245
228.75
212.5
196.25
180
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/15/19 3:28 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
So sorry about Koko, but at least the kittens are eating. It will be hard raising them if their mother doesn't come back. Do you have wild animals that prey on cats in your area. It would seem strange that she would venture too far out with kittens to tend, but I am sure some animals come close to buildings if they sense food around.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
HIKERSAN's Photo HIKERSAN Posts: 9,711
8/14/19 9:31 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sooooo sad about Koko, I sure hope she shows up. My heart is with you!

Sandy


 Pounds lost: 16.4 
0
10
20
30
40
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/14/19 5:54 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Picked lots of blueberries to take to market today, plus Drís appointment, at 1, picked up grain today since the car is so stuffed with things on Thursday, and found some gaskets for my weed whacker. Did some grocery shopping, mostly cat food!

Sadly KoKo has been gone for a week now, leaving me to take care of 6 very little kittens. They are eating, so that is good, they attack food like little piggies, and drink water. I canít imagine KoKo disappearing like that, she was a very close to home cat, and would not let anyone but me approach, pet or pick her up. She wouldnít go even part way up the driveway because she was afraid of the cars going by. The last I saw her was last Wednesday morning, she wanted cuddles while her kittens were eating, so I picked her up, she snuggled right down and purred.

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/10/19 4:20 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You have gotten more rain then we have then, my lawn was drying up bad, and pastures taking a hit, the first rain in weeks was Wednesday just a few sprinkles, but good rain Wednesday night and Thursday. Today has just been on and off sprinkles, but now is rumbling thunder for the last half hour. I had today all planned but it went screwy, first thing was the cows actually lifted one of the big 12 foot corral panels and pushed it right out, they were, luckily, in the area outside the fence that I placed corral panels to let the horse graze on the lawn. The sad thing for Apache is in about 1 hour they ate most of the grass. It was tricky to get them out without getting the sheep in, lambs will go right through the spaces in the corral panels. I was in a hurry, but had to stop and put a couple of electric wires across the big gates to keep them from fooling with them, it poured while I was doing that. I had planned to garden, but there were 2 heifers to breed, and one was quite a problem to get into the chute, absolutely refused to move at all. As a result I didnít get home until almost 3, and definitely past lunch time! So here it is past 4 and nothing I had planned is done, normally I would go out in the rain with a rain suit, but not with a T-Storm! Maybe it will clear up soon. No mowing though. I am so pleased with my mower, it may have been a pain to fix, but it is so much better mowing. The back wheels used to spin when ever I got to an incline, I would have to make a run for it and sometimes that wouldnít work either, so I would figure out ways to only go down hill in certain areas. Not it goes right up, and the new blades are a world of difference. I have to remember to try to replace them more often, it makes mowing so much easier. My lawn has lots of slightly raised rocks that the blades hit occasionally, I try to avoid most of them, but there are dozens, even after I made a project of digging almost 100 of them up about 12 years ago, some were just small rocks, but quite a few were unmovable. Hard on blades!



Edited by: GOLDENRODFARM at: 8/10/2019 (16:22)
Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/10/19 10:15 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Don't think we have to worry about our plants getting enough water this year. It has rained during the night almost every night this week. We plants are looking very healthy as is my lawn. I have got to consider when the lawn is going to get mowed, but it probably won't be today as there are showers predicted for most of the day. It just seems to dry out enough, before it rains again. I will work on the baby shower gift I am currently knitting. The shower is in two weeks so I really do need to get everything done.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/10/19 10:10 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Most milk buyers want an exclusive contract, you are not even allowed to sell a gallon to a neighbor, which is a good way to get additional income for a lot of small farmers, you get a lot more money selling a gallon locally then selling the tank full.

The rain sure made things grow, including the lawn lol

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/9/19 10:22 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It is so sad that this is happening. I know one of the dairy farms in this area was dropped by the company buying its milk because it was selling some of its milk privately rather than letting the company buy all they produced. I think at this point they are selling a lot of their milk in a store they set up on their property.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/9/19 10:16 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
There is a open farm day earlier in the year up here too, farmers have to sign up for it, but seems like few do, now there are so few farms compared to just 20 years ago, I can only think of two dairy farms in this area now. There used to be over 40, but dairy farming is more out of your hands then most farming, pricing is set by the some weird combination of cheese prices out of state, and it has only gone down. Prices for 100 lbs of milk in the 70ís and 80ís were higher then they are now because the farmer gets less and less of a percentage of the profit, where it used to be the middle man got the lions share it is now the supermarkets that get the money. The price farmers usually get is below the cost of producing the milk, which is why sooner or later only huge out of state Agribusiness places will be producing all the milk. It is sad to realize our milk will be more processed then ever and out of our hands.

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/8/19 11:43 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sounds interesting and entirely different from what happens around here. From your description of The pricey meal you had, I think I would have felt exactly as you did. I don't care for a lot of fat in my meat, and the serving size sounds way too little for the price.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/8/19 11:09 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It was a local farm tour run by the Houlton Natural Resources Conservation Service, I guess it was done on a grant, 3 farms participated all in this area, weirdly enough, instead of the Houlton area. The people paid for the tour and were transported to the 3 farms, one is a dairy farm not far from me as the crow flies, one a vegetable growing and market stand place in Island Falls, about 11 miles from me, and one was my neighbors just down the road, they also grow vegetables and berries, and until this year were open 5 days a week in a stand at their place. The group went to the first farm stand first, and each picked a pint of blueberries if they wanted and had blueberry coffee cake, then to my neighborís and toured the tunnel they grow tomatoes and cukes in, the fields by the house, the small raspberry and blueberry rows, then went across the street and viewed the fields over there, and finally the washing and packing area. They even have a two stage walk in refrigerator in the packing building. We cleaned out the farm stand area for lunch. Not sure why Jane and Mike were the lunch designed place, or why she would agree to it, but she is more inclined to take on something like that then Mike would. It was interesting that people actually ate all those vegetables, particularly that group.

The last two years they took on a farm to table meal 3 times during the vegetable growing season. It was an evening thing, a local hired chief and they had 30 people at each meal. I thought it was pricey for around here at $30 a person but tried it once. The meal was a cup of squash soup, mine was only Luke warm, with a small corn fritter. Main course was short ribs, potatoes and 1/2 ear of corn on the cob, desert was a very small 1 1/2Ē square blueberry cake. I admit I am fussy about food, but the short rib I got ended up being 90% fat, I only got a 1Ē x 1 1/2Ē piece of meat out of it. I was disappointed in the whole thing and it was cold out there under a canopy. But maybe it is me being fussy because most people said they enjoyed it. Preparing food for a crowd like that is quite an undertaking, particularly if you have to drag the food outside, down stairs and across the lawn, and it was a very chilly night in October. I have cooked big dinners like thanksgiving and Christmas for crowds like that, but it was all inside!

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/8/19 10:17 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Bar, It sounds as if your open farm day is during the week and at a different time then it is in southern Maine, or was this just for the specific farm where it was held. The food sounds awesome, and the neighbor was luck to have you helping her.

We have a rainy day here. Thought I could get a walk out into the field done with the dog since it wasn't raining when we started out. Typically as soon as we were as far out as we go it started raining, and kept increasing steadily until it was pouring before we made it all the way back. Needless to say we did not do the front lawn as we usually do, and made it to the back door as quickly as possible. Still got quite wet though.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/7/19 6:21 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I didnít get done with the neighbors farm tour until 2 pm. Everyone liked the food, I was a little apprehensive about feeding them so many veggies, but even the cucumber avocado chilled soup was well received. That is actually a SP recipe that I really like, I did change a couple of things, yogurt instead of buttermilk, and I use 2-3 cubes instead of one, but it came out delicious. Also made smashed potatoes, they were a big hit. The farm tour people were very nice and thanked me for the food, and there were clean plates all around.

When I got home I went out to the berry patches, it did start raining after a while but I got 8 pints of raspberries and 6 blueberries picked first. I will pick some more in the morning if it is not raining. Need to get my eggs all packed tonight and the car loaded so I have time to pick.

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/7/19 12:31 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
So far, I have had a very busy week, but it has finally slowed down enough today that I can catch up on some of my emails. The firewood is going into the shed slowly, but at least it is going in and I am not wearing myself out.

Looks like we may have rain here later, but I have gotten what I need to do outside done for now.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/7/19 8:31 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I went down to help my neighbor with the food yesterday about 5 pm, we were supposed to start at 4 but she forgot to set aside the green beans for the green beans with basil and walnuts. I had an idea she wasnít much of a cook, but never realized she is not a cook at all. I had to do all the directing, and am wondering what she was thinking agreeing to a farm tour with lunch. We ended up making the green bean salad, two kinds of beet salad, a cucumber and avocado cold soup, 4 platters of mini deviled eggs from my Bantam eggs, and this morning we will make a tomato and cucumber salad. The idea is that it is supposed to showcase items sold on their vegetable farm. She wanted to do wraps using Swiss card leaves, but about 10:30 last night that changed to the tomato and cucumber salad lol

I did get the two pastures finished yesterday, I let the cows in before it was totally done, just had to finish up fixing a few insulators and tighten some wires, and they were anxious to get in there.

Heel is still quite sore, at least I didnít have to wear shoes cooking! Need to be back there in about 1/2 hour, but being lazy this morning!

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/4/19 8:48 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I hate to have days all booked up lately, and this week is going to be for me, tomorrow I need to work on a pasture, Tuesday I promised to help a friend work on food for their farm tour, and Wednesday is the farm tour, plus need to pick berries for Thursday.

Today I worked on my lawnmower most of the afternoon, the belt that needed to replaced was the really bad one, the variable speed drive belt, also did the drive belt. The first one took hours and lots of dismantling of pulleys and stops, then it was extra hard to pull through and attach at the front, looks like the last person to do this did a lot of damage to the front pulley stack, it was all bent in the 3 places the belt stops are. Guess I will not take anything there again. Happy though that it is all together again with a new deck hub and 3 new blades!

Here is a picture of KoKoís kittens, 4 are going to look like her, kind of Siamese looking, one of the 4 is going to be fluffy, the dark one at the top is a very fluffy dark tiger, and one is coal black. They all come running now to eat, trying to take a little of the load off mama





Edited by: GOLDENRODFARM at: 8/4/2019 (20:52)
Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/4/19 5:39 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It looks like I am going to have a very busy week ahead. I have an appointment for car repairs tomorrow morning, a basket class on Tuesday, and a group coming to work on my house most of the week. Some weeks are quiet, but it doesn't seem like this new one will be.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/4/19 9:11 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yesterday I got my blueberries covered with the help of two friends, then we picked raspberries until everyone got too hot. The blue jays are very mad at me, they were standing on the metal posts that support the netting just squawking and squawking really loud. Last year they cleaned out all the blueberries from 8 bushes by going under the netting, but I have new longer netting that goes to the ground. Seems like every year it is something different that wants to eat all your produce.

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
HIKERSAN's Photo HIKERSAN Posts: 9,711
8/3/19 5:26 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I just love to hear what everyone is doing with their gardens and food prep. I hope to purchase some organic blueberries tomorrow, and freeze them for the winter.

Having the worst COPD flare up I have ever had, it is curbing my activities somewhat. Hoping to get it under control soon, or will have to see doc on Monday.

I haven't been in to visit my Dad yet today, wondering if it might not happen. Getting late in the day for that.

Have a great weekend.

Sandy


 Pounds lost: 16.4 
0
10
20
30
40
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/3/19 11:48 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Finally got a load of firewood for the kitchen stove and have started carrying it in. I have the cart in the kitchen full and have started the first row in the shed where I store it. It is going to take a while to condition my body into carrying it in. It doesn't take as long to put wood in the cellar for the furnace as I don't have to carry it very far.

Will have more beans to pick soon, probably tomorrow. Want to make sure I don't let them get too big as the young tender ones are the best. I also have a zucchini that is a good size for stuffing, so that will probably be done the first of the week.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
GOLDENRODFARM's Photo GOLDENRODFARM Posts: 8,608
8/2/19 8:46 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Fresh beans sound good, mine are going to be late. I am going to finish weed whacking my blueberries so I can get the netting on them before they are eaten, they are just barely starting to get ripe.

Barb from Maine!

Show no weakness!

Tough times don't last, Tough people do!

You cannot plough a feild by turning it over in your mind"

Lead with your heart; the rest of you will follow.

Believe in yourself

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

I loved you like there was no tomarrow...
and then one day, there wasn't...



 Pounds lost: 47.0 
0
20.25
40.5
60.75
81
LAPERLE Posts: 9,563
8/1/19 12:09 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Need to pick blueberries today. There are not many, but I do need to keep them picked or the birds get them. If there are a lot I cover the plants, but since there are so few this year, I will just try to keep them picked as they ripen.

I will also be picking beans later today, and although I don't like to pick beans, it is always a joy to have fresh ones to eat. My dog also loves them and manages to beg quite a few as I am preparing to cook them. Hopefully our weather will start cooling down so that it will not be quite as bad being outside today.

 current weight: 150.0 
168
159.75
151.5
143.25
135
HIKERSAN's Photo HIKERSAN Posts: 9,711
8/1/19 6:42 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Welcome to August!

People are enjoying the fruits of their labors, harvesting fruits and early vegetables from their gardens. It is a nice time of year to eat healthy produce, as it is so readily available.

The days still have plenty of daylight for early morning or evening walks. If you live in a residential area, you can enjoy the beautiful flowers of your neighbors, or if you live in a more rural area, enjoy the plantings of nature, perhaps even some wildlife.

For many, August brings family vacations, camping trips, anniversaries,

What ever your life brings this month, make it awesome! Enjoy the small moments and the rest will take care of it self.

Think healthy, you are worth it!

Have a wonderful month!




Sandy


 Pounds lost: 16.4 
0
10
20
30
40
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Spark Maine - The Official Team General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics:
Last Post:
8/1/2019 2:52:47 PM
11/1/2019 6:51:07 PM
9/30/2019 2:06:04 PM
11/30/2018 9:55:47 AM
4/29/2019 1:00:36 PM

Related Topics: The 10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow   Natural Methods for Deterring Garden Pests  

Thread URL: https://sparkpittsburgh.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4051x72026671

Review our Community Guidelines