The tomatoes are coming wildly from the garden, as soon as one batch is put up there is another batch! WE love our tomatoes though and we are thinking we probably grew enough to make enough pasta sauce all year without having to buy any.
After all I planted 80 tomato plants! Yes. I'm crazy.
Truth be told though, I hate canning. Its hot, its time consuming, its hot. Did I say that already?
Dehydrating tomatoes is so simple and while our huge dehydrator heats up the house some smaller dehydrators out on a porch in the shade do an excellent job! Check out video #2 this week on how you can dehydrate your tomatoes at home.
Rain..... lots of it, is in Oregon's near future. These dog daze of summer don't last that long compared to the rest of the year. While we are still harvesting tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, green beans and other yummy things from the garden we are still planning ahead.
Along with planting our winter seeds we decided to mulch our 42 foot long green house in preparation for winter and all that rain that is going to be headed our way.
I know, I know.... I hear you saying that the greenhouse is covered and there won't be that much rain in there! BUT we accidentally built our greenhouse over a winter spring and we didn't know it and so we get quite the amount of water in here when it rains. Join us for video one of two this week as we re purpose hazelnut shells as mulch. Video #2 will be up on Thursday explaining how we dehydrate our tomatoes for a years worth of tomato sauce :)
Did you see it? Did you see it? We were blessed to be in the line of totality for the Solar Eclipse. Despite the scare of how many people would come into Oregon it wasn't really all that bad.... actually it was so quite prior that it was strange. It seems like it all worked itself out though.
We went LIVE on Instagram down on the farm and thought we would share with you our eclipse experience. A once in a life time event....
The gate to the greenhouse barely opens and behind me are the hurried sounds of little tiny feet, determined not to miss an entry into the green house. Prepared with her own little tools for helping out and anxious to plant seed and pick what is ripe.... and may not what is ripe she is always by my side.
Many are headed back to school in the coming months and I'm reminded of our Kindergarten/1st grade science books. They are full of how to plant seeds, types of seeds, harvesting the plants, the plant parts. What really counts though is THIS. Getting out there in the soil, putting the seed in and watching it grow, taking care of it, harvesting it and preserving it. Learning how it nourishes our bodies and the wonders of God's creations. Can you garden with a toddler? YES! It does require some patience but the lessons are totally worth it.
Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by the farm!
Happy Friday to you all! We have been SOOOO busy on the farm, is it really Friday already?!
Harvest season comes on slowly and then just really starts to take off this time of year. While we haven't even hit the height of it yet we are continually filling and refilling the dehydrator with some herbal goodness from the farm.
This week I was catching up on the calendula flowers. While we don't have enough of these farm grown ones to fill our tea orders yet we use them for so many other things. They are good for more than just tea!
We are sharing on this video how to harvest the flowers and save the seed along with 6+ ways to use calendula. We hope you enjoy, even if you don't plant to grow your own hopefully its interesting to see the process of the ingredients that get used in our teas.
It was a hot, dry, summer day and the air was thick with smoke. It looked like a cloudy fall morning exept for the heat was saying otherwise. Here in Oregon there has been a wild fire (or a few) burning for weeks but this particular one is 4500+ acres and about an hour from us. The smoke from that fire is just filling the valley which is below us and so it passes us on its way down.
Determined not to be stuck inside the farm house all day I went to wonder around the garden to make sure it was doing ok with all the heat and smoke. I found a cucumber about perfect pickle size so I plucked it from the vine. Then another, and another. Before I knew it my hands were full as could be. I sent the farm boy off to get my harvesting basket and finished picking the cucumbers that were all pickle size.
There were just enough to fill a half gallon canning jar but not enough for a full blown canning session. This will probably surprise some of our homestead readers but I’m not a fan of water bath canning or pressure canning. The heat of the water and the jars combined with the hot summer and no a/c in the house along with four farm children who want to be in the tiny farm kitchen with me just doesn’t get me excited.
I’m more prone to freeze, dehydrate and ferment our abundance for winter. I’ve had yet to try a frozen or dehydrated pickle (hehe) so fermenting it is!
Fermenting is almost as simple as freezing and dehydrating and the results are probiotic rich.
Today I’m sharing with you a recipe from Traditional Cooking School. Its super simple and after the recipe below we have a video that quickly goes over the steps. Not only is this recipe simple but it also uses TEA LEAVES… yep TEA in your pickles, yippee!
This simple recipe will also work for dilly beans dill/garlic carrot sticks or many other raw vegetables that feature a dill/garlic flavor. Thanks for stopping by the farm and we hope you have a fantastic day!
7 ¼ cups 3” to 4” whole pickling cucumbers
6 cloves of garlic
2 tsp dill seeds or 2-3 dill heads
¼ tsp black tea (we used Darjeeling loose leaf)
4 cups Basic Brine (recipe to follow)
6 TBL fine grain sea salt or 9 TBL coarse grain sea salt
8 cups of filtered water
The quick method:
We thought maybe some snow would cool everyone off during these dog daze of summer. This week we are sharing our family story and the story of why we started farming. It involves countries in far away lands, adventures and our family home at last.
From growing our own food, growing our own medicine to herbal teas that we share with our patrons, we invite you to join us on our journey as we become sustainable homesteaders and grow our tea farm. Watch us Grow!
Welcome to our Family Tea Farm!
Howdy from our farm to your home! It is said that the, "farm is the nursery of the family," and that "the family is the nursery of the nation." We hope you enjoy your visit to our blog as we share with you the happenings on our little "nursery". Thank you for following us on our journey and watching us GROW! Read more about our farm HERE.