Thanks for stopping by the farm! August proved to be a very busy month especially for harvesting. It seems that fall showed up early in Oregon this year and went from very green and growing and quickly changing to brown, blustery and falling leaves. We hope you enjoy your virtual visit!
In the Greenhouse ...
Our 100 ft hose dragged out to the greenhouse ready to water, good thing for the invention of the hose! The blue tarp is covering up our extra compost for seed starting, potato covering and other garden uses.
Kale, there is always kale in the greenhouse year around. It seems to do its best in the spring and the fall but its always there! Growing it close together allows for some tender baby kale that doesn't come with the typical kale texture that most people don't care for. It does sometimes breed bugs that way but we make sure we move our kale patch around the greenhouse and keep the dead leaves away. That seems to help a lot.
Basil is growing well and providing us with just the right amount and maybe some to freeze or dry.
Green beans and dill in the baby seed beds, looks like they are doing ok. The lettuce not so much! Ants seem to favorite our lettuce seed, good thing we have lots of kale I guess!
One side of the greenhouse sporting our sweet pepper plants, some tomatoes, beet seed growing tall while drying out and kale.
The other side has more tomatoes, basil, onions and more grass than should be in the garden beds. Green beans are growing tall down the middle of our 40 ft greenhouse.
Around the Farm ...
The hops are extra 'hoppy' this year taking over our Angelus bell. I think there is some homemade brewing in our near future.
The only pumpkin on our farm, this was a volunteer which grew a little bigger than a grapefruit. It is making a great fall decoration at the moment.
When it rains it slugs = welcome to Oregon! These lovelies show up in our greenhouse when it gets cooler. I think its time for some ducks since the chickens are picky. There is plenty of duck food here.
View of our crop garden, growing faster than the grass thankfully! The straw really helped with that even though the grass did come up eventually the plants got a good head start.
A day's harvest from the crop garden and our first tomato!
Spaghetti squash! This is the same squash just a few weeks apart, its huge! And about time to harvest...
17 some tomatillos plants later and we are officially tired of green sauce, salsa verde and all things tomatillo. There is about 14 quarts put up and more green sauce to make. The plants were about 4 feet tall until they fell over because of the weight of the fruit. Lets just say that if a zucchini plant will feed the world a tomatillo (two, because they have to have a friend) will feed all the planets in the universe :)
Another days harvest: zucchini, tomatillos, grape leaves, cucumbers and dill.
Quite the cucumber harvest, lots of fermented pickles on the way!
This zucchini grew right up the middle of the plant and was huge when I found it because it snuck in there. Those sneaky zucchini!
Harvest with the tiniest farmer and some beautiful morning glories!
Zucchini AGIAN.... 7.34 lbs. The health food store is charging $3 a pound for organic zucchini... thats 21 plus dollars right there... about every other day for the whole month. That is growing money in our yard ya'll! Plus those seeds can be saved and grow more next year... after we have zucchini amnesia.
Tomatillo, tomatillo, tomatillo! Time for some salsa verde. Oh and there is a mini cantaloupe, cucumber and squash and one tomato.
Happy fall ya'll! Its here whether my tomatoes are ready for it or not!
The sun is still out even if the leaves are turning brown...
Farmhouse Addition Updates...
In August we broke ground on our farmhouse addition. We will be adding a garage and some upstairs living space that will be a huge blessing to our family and growing business.
For now its a lot of dirt moving, dirt here, dirt there, dirt every where. And for those of you wondering, YES, my husband built the greenhouse and YES a tutorial is coming this winter :)
Like the big black greenhouse snake? Thats our drain or the leftover pipe from the drain.
In the Barnyard...
This month we introduced Miss Daisy Dog to the barn yard. She is an Australian Shepherd/Akedia/Lab mix.
She is a very energetic puppy... that pretty much says it all right. Jumping, running and chewing. With some training we hope she will be a beneficial working members n our little farm.
Feeding frenzy! Roscoe and the ladies cowing down.
We are sorry to have to report that we lost our Lucy goat this month. She had been unhealthy for some time having troubles digesting every few weeks. This time was the worst and we were not able to save her. Her collar hangs on the barn gate. Loss on the farm is hard but it teaches some life lessons which are very important. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.
A week after we lost Miss Lucy Goat God blessed us with three new furry friends on the farm. Mama Cat had another batch of kittens.
In the Farm Kitchen ...
We were able to test some tea from a local and the only tea farm in Oregon this month. Minto Island Tea Company is the only tea farm in Oregon. It takes a reallllllly long time to grow a tea plant and then only a few leaves on each plant are usable so it takes quite a bit of tea plants to get a cup of tea. We hope some day to be able to add this lovely tea to our herbal blends.
Dinner grown on the farm, Zucchini 'parmesan' , pasta with garden tomato sauce and garden salad.
Preservation going on down in the farm kitchen.
Garden salad with kale, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, purple cabbage and our one lone tomato.
Our antique store find a fermenting crock made right in Portland, Oregon. Its over 100 years old. We still need to clean it up and test it for lead. It will either get used to ferment sauerkraut in this year or wait for next year.
Running the dehydrators outside during the hot days to keep the house cooler.
Celebrating the Feast of the Assumption with a special farm grown meal. Chicken from Bear Branch Farms, local potatoes and veggies from our garden.
Chocolate Sourdough Zucchini Muffins and beautiful flowers from our yard. Find the recipe for the Zucchini Muffins here.
Summer meal on the table, local melon, zucchini from the garden and garden salad with more tomatoes, yay!
Celebrating the Feast of Saints Faith, Hope and Charity. Name days here on the farm are more special than birthdays! A pie in the shape of a cross for Faith, heart shaped watermelon for Charity and Three Sister Salad.
Another Feast Day at the end of the month, the Feast of St. Fiacre our farm's paton! We had a garden themed feast since he is the patron saint of gardeners and herbalists.
Since St. Fiacre is from Ireland we had some Irish fare! Colcannon (potatoes and kale from the garden) and a mix of sausage/bacon, potatoes and gravy! It was so good :) Fast well, feast well!
All from the garden accept for the pasta! Its so fun to see our meal all come from the farm. Its one more closer to growing all of our own food. Tomato and cucumber salad, Pesto pasta and a mini cantaloupe.
In the Farm Store...
We started packing our Sampler Single tea packages. They come with 1-2 servings of tea and a disposable tea bag. They will soon be available in our tea sampler package. Hopefully coming in October!
Still loving our Saturday's at the Salem Saturday Market! Its so fun to talk with our customers about tea and visit with the other vendors. There were some great violin players this weekend too.
We had so much fun putting this basket together for an auction at the Deepwood Estates in Salem, Oregon. Look for more of these gift baskets at our our winter events. They make perfect gifts for tea lovers, gardeners and mothers! Find our winter event list here.
Thanks for stopping by the farm!
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.