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Ohh, Thelma Sanders…..

Thelma Sanders, also known as Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato Squash.  It was grown for generations in Adair County, Missouri, before it was passed on to Sue and Tom Knoche, two early members of Seed Savers Exchange in who released it in 1988, and named it for the woman who first supplied the seeds. It is quite possibly one of the most delicious squash i’ve eaten in a long time.  We cooked some up the other night for dinner, and as i don’t like to waste leftovers, i made a pie!  Puts pumpkin to shame!



Hot Peppers!

One of the last things to do was pickle hot peppers! It made our whole house smell like spicy vinegar, but we did it! Jars full of spicy, pickled hot peppers will get us through the coldest months of the winter! IMG_3025


Against all odds ~ it’s been a mechanical nightmare ~ we brought in the first 217 bales of the most awesome hay! We were gearing up to cut hay, when the hydraulics on our tractor stopped working. Moving quickly, we got North Island Tractor to meet us on Quadra to take the tractor to the shop to get fixed. Once a diagnostic was done, it became apparent it wasn’t just a little job. The stars aligned for us and another Massey Ferguson tractor showed up in Duncan for the same price it would cost us to repair our old one. We did a little dance of joy, organized for the tractors (both the new one and our old faithful) to get delivered to Quadra once again. John and Adam picked them up and drove them home. Whew. Okay, take 2. John goes out to cut the 3rd field, gets 2/3rds of the way through and stops. U-Joints and slip clutch on the mower give out. Old machinery. Hard usage. I get back on the phone to look for parts. It’s not just a matter of locating the parts, which is difficult due to the age of our machinery, its getting them up to us on Cortes. So we got the U-joints, from 2 different locations, and just today received a new PTO shaft. So fingers crossed everyone. Fingers crossed that the machines will carry us through. Fingers crossed that we will have all the time and energy it will take to get the hay into the barns.

Roaming the farm, check it out!

“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.” Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live. If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide. I have an idea that a lot of farmers have gone to a lot of trouble merely to be self-employed to live at least a part of their lives without a boss.”
― Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food
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Getting Ready for Market

Carrots used to all be purple until they started breeding them with Queen Anne's Lace....then along came orange!

Carrots used to all be purple until they started breeding them with Queen Anne’s Lace….then along came orange!

Every Friday you will find Linnaea Farm at the Manson’s Hall Farmers’ Market from 12:00-3:00. Here’s a few photos that i took while i was helping getting ready to go! Yep, that Cauliflower is over 2lbs! What?
First you harvest the crown, then come all the shoots!  It's the gift that keeps on giving!

First you harvest the crown, then come all the shoots! It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

This beauty is over 2lbs!!

This beauty is over 2lbs!!

My love affair with Echinacea

I have taken Echinacea for years, whenever i was sick or one of the kids was feeling unwell.  I starting making my own tinctures years ago, when i grew a small patch in my front yard.  Last year Adam and I directed seeded some into a new garden we were establishing in the field in front of our house.  Echinacea is a perennial, which means it bloooms in the second year of it’s life and every year after that. And it’s not just the flowers that are medicinal, the roots and seeds are as well!  I had to transplant all the tiny leafed plants early this spring so we could till the field again, and look at what it’s done!  They are in full flower right now and i can’t wait to make tincture, but for now, i’m getting so much medicine from just watching the flower bloom, and the bees love them to!

Early morning echinacea Little spiky headed beauties!

Night time in the henhouse

I love watching the chickens getting settled for the evening.  This photo was taken looking in the window before i closed it, they look a little taken back by my intrusion!  The chickens are laying an egg once a day now, however, due to the hot weather, a few of them have decided to go broody – which means collecting eggs is an interesting endeavour in the evenings!  IMG_1508spring eggs

From Flower to Nut!

Flowers are busting out all over the farm lately, Nola found a dropped flower and an almond laying beside one another.  From one form as food for the bees, to another form that feeds us.  Mother Nature is amazing!