Harvest Season- Peas, by the pound and by the pod

Just look at those beauties, right there! As we got a late start on our garden, we are just now receiving the beginning bounty of our labors. With the help of my delightful little munchkin, we got to picking. And then with the help of netflix(The Ranch is awesome and I love Sam Elliot with…

Weekly(ish) Update – End of July/Start of August 2017

Last I wrote about our DIY homesteading projects, we were cleaning up quite the mess that was left behind by the previous lands tenants. Since then, we’ve dragged (most of) that junk to the dump, burned a bunch of crap wood, cleared up to our line (almost) and spent most of our free time working…

Picking and Freezing Strawberries.

  Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early to drive up the road a good bit to go get strawberries.   We have to travel about 50 miles one way to go pick and usually we go to town and get 30+ quarts. This year, Izzy couldn’t quite handle the excitement and we only…

Rhubarb in the ‘burb.

It’s that time of year.  Most Mainers mark the arrival of spring with the harvesting of fiddleheads.  Let me be the one to say, ew. No thanks. This is not your blog. But, if you’re looking for bitter stalks of ruby red to delight your senses, well we are your family.  Now, rhubarb is an…

Harvest Time- Freezing Zucchini

Give this girl a garden full of zucchini and she’ll have bread all year long thru this easy peasy method of processing The trick to keeping your gardens abundant zucchini harvest is to freeze it. But, unfortunately, it’s not as if you can just stick whole zucchinis in the freezer and walk away. Nope. You…

Two New Blueberry Jam Recipes!

When you have an over abundance of a harvest, do you make the same thing in excess, because you know it works, it tastes good and you’ll probably use it all, and even if you don’t, you can give some away…. Or do you branch out… Try something new, odd.. Maybe even a little weird?…

Blueberry leaves are like glitter

We are done winnowing the berries. It took about a hour per box, and my wonderful hubby had to set up our winnower on our back porch so he could work thru a rainstorm, but it’s done. The upside, we can move on to the next phase in cleaning them. The downside, I will be…

Blueberry Fields Forever

Recently, we went on our yearly excursion to the blueberry fields of Columbia- Downeast, Maine. These fields are owned by a friend of the family, and we have an arrangement- We rake blueberries to our hearts content and we give him canned goods and zucchini bread. So my darling hubby and I packed up the…