Its been a busy busy April and May is just busier! Our apologies for the mid month, rather than the beginning of the month farm update. Without further ado.... here is what we have been up to....
In the Greenhouse ...
The greenhouse at the beginning of April, spring is just getting a start here.
Here come our sugar snap pea blooms, so beautiful!
The radishes are coming out nice and plump with only a few critters taking some bites. These were a lovely addition to our nightly green salad! Maybe we should call it garden salad instead....
Goodies from the farm from this particular day, beet leaves, a few baby beets and some fresh eggs. Thank you chickens!
Our cabbage getting a little too much warmth in the hot hoop house, doesn't look like it will probably give us a cabbage head but we shall see.
Our cabbage patch.... not dolls, but food :D
The rainbow chard is looking beautiful!
Kale Brocoli? The kale is trying to flower in all the heat we had but it goes great in salads any way!
The end of April in the hoop house has quite the growth going on, spring is here for sure!
Around the Farm...
I spy with my little eye a HASKAP! Exciting to see our first fruits of the season. These lovely blueberrish treats are similar to blueberries but they are from Japan/Russia and are a more tart elongated version of the blueberry. We were blessed with many of these plants and hope they continue to grow!
A few more berry sitings.....
These lovelies went into a batch of kombucha!
Our wild grown comphrey patch. They are beautiful to booth and great for muscle soreness.
In the Barnyard ...
Fat fat Mama Cat.... getting ready to have her babies!
Rocco you crazy goat! I don't have any treats for you!!!
Speaking of babies, turns out she was really ready to have them. Three tiny kittens, sadly one of them was malformed and didn't make it more than a week. We are glad that he didn't have to suffer longer poor little guy.
The Fermentation Station ...
Kimchee fermenting on the counter, a staple in our house for scrambled eggs and anything else!
Purple Kraut, for those who don't like spicy kimchee.
The haskaps from above fermenting away in their kombucha brew.
Everyone has a fermenting shelf right? Ok so maybe its time to eat some of that and make space.... Fermented beets, fermented jalapeños from last summer, a bunch of cherry tomatoes from last summer (red and green), kraut of a couple kinds and some mixed veggies and our sour dough starter. At least I'll know that they make it a year.. hehe.
Meet our scoby... this is what makes our kombucha tea ferment. Looks kinda crazy like a mushroom but its a colony of bacteria and yeast that help brew our brew. I accidentally made one of these when putting orange peels in vinegar... though that was a vinegar scoby. Makes for a great science experiment!
Straining some finished kombucha brew from its second ferment, looks like some yummy Bloom'n Hibiscus!
Our Daily Sourdough, a Class of Its Own...
Two loaves a day keeps hungry tummies away....
Love this crusty loaf great with a bowl of soup on a cloudy day. There are still a few of those left but not many.
In the Farm Kitchen ...
Curried Chicken a la pressure cooker
Weekly quiche provided by our barnyard chickens.
The garden is my paint palate... a couple of our nightly salads from April. All out of the garden accept for the broccoli and strawberries..
Blending up a green kefir smoothie for an afternoon snack with some frozen blueberries from our u-pick adventure last year.
What's New in the Farm Store ...
In April our tea was featured by world renowned florist, Katie Davis, from Ponderosa and Thyme. Our beautiful Floral Repose Tea here traveled from Salem Oregon to England as a gift to her workshop participants. I'd say a florists touch did our tea pretty good. Thank you Katie again!
It started with the Arnica...... we have been busy rebranding our labels. This was the first one to get its make over. That also means some fresh inventory in stock!
We added some dog salve to our shop for our doggy friends! Great for snouts, skin and paws. Where ever doggy skin needs attention due to dryness, itching, or wound healing. Click photo for more information.
Our first Salem Saturday Market was a blast and Salem was very welcoming. The weather perhaps not cheerful and sunny but we didn't get rained on!
Our products are made by hand from the bottom up.... from design, to printing, to packaging and everything in the package... sealed with love and prayer. Here is a look at our new Belly Balm Labels. Click photo for more info.
Our Beard Balm is sporting a new label and a fancy photo shoot, check it out by clicking on the photo.
Our popular Joint and Back Salve has lovely cayenne pepper in it to help bring heat and circulation to your painful muscles. Read more about this salve by clicking the photo.
The end of April took us to the Salem Armory in Oregon joining fellow artisans from the Salem Etsy Team showing off our goods.
Inspired by Ponderosa and Thyme's lovely photo of our tea we decided not only to give our salves a new photo shoot but update our tea photos as well. Pictured above is our Farmer's Wife Tea Blend, a light green and raspberry tea that is especially good for women health. Pictured below is our Floral Repose Tea, wonderful not just for looks but as a relaxing night time tea. It also works great for teething toddlers!
A close up of our Floral Repose.... we nick name it the Pretty Tea
The warmer days are coming so its time to break out the Bloom'n Hibiscus Tea! Our favorite summer sun tea sweated with some local raw honey. Click the photos to order yours today!
That wraps up April down on the farm! We will see you in a couple of short weeks with our whirlwind May updates. Harvesting season is upon us and planting season for Summer as well!! May God bless you and keep you and thanks for visiting down on the farm!
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