Enjoying the Bounty of Summer

We are busy with gardening and canning in addition to all of our animals with fiber production.  Summer is the busiest time here. Lambs are weaned and growing.  The ewes are resting after the lambing season. Bees are in full production making scrumptious honey. The garden is really great this year with all of the rain. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash, green beans, cabbages, and soon butter beans are flowing out of the garden daily. We pickled beets this year for the first time in a few years. Elderberries are on their way and we had the first blueberries this week.

For those who have not learned to preserve produce we encourage you to learn. Your county agriculture department will offer classes as well as a plethora of online info can help you make the move to independence. The farmer’s markets offer fresh products if you do not have a garden. They might offer a discount for bulk purchases. It never hurts to ask. The fresh food movement has plenty of blogs for education as well.

Our next Knit/Spin/Crochet In will be in the Red Barn Studio at Heelside Farm on July 21st from 10-3.  It is a fiber loving gathering. Hope to see you there.

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