Peach preserves, apple butter, applesauce, spiced applesauce, dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, green beans and now mincemeat are all canned and sitting on the shelves ready for eating, gifts or Thanksgiving pie!! Bring on the holidays I am ready to enjoy and be thankful for all the blessings we have received this year!! Unfortunately Thanksgiving may have to be rescheduled at home due to Michael being asked to fly to Kauai as his buddy Scott's trainer (he fights in the MMA rings)....I feel so sorry for my husband who has to fly to Kauai!! Not....it was our favorite island on our honeymoon, I am so jealous!! It is just as well as we will be busy putting on the dinner at the church, and I so love that day!! By far one of my favorite of the year, and a little rescheduling is not unusual for this farm/EMS family after all these years. Life always works out for the best as in the last few days I have been fighting a head cold so I have been poking around the kitchen cleaning and finishing up the canning chores looking forward to having more energy right when it cools down on Monday and enjoying every minute of planting dill, cilantro, lettuce, bok choy, radishes and more kale!! Tomorrow I am picking up a couple of straw bales and finishing off a larger compost pile, and I think I will just plant my Fall potatoes right into it and see what happens. I have some sliding glass doors to throw over it for the winter. My favorite part of gardening is waiting to see "what will happen next"....there is always something new to learn and look forward to!! Moonstruck signing out.
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20 May · Sun 2012
As I sit in the kitchen hiding from the heat believe it or not I am thinking about Thanksgiving. I know I have to have my final order in by June 18th. Please let me know if you do need a Thanksgiving turkey I am only ordering 20% over the total preorder this year. This is a necessity with us taking on so much this year. We also have decided to use an old travel trailer or toy box (so if you know of one let me know), gut it except for the nice existing plumbing and electricity and add larger sinks and presto you have a poultry processing unit with heat!! I don't know what I will do not freezing my touche off at Thanksgiving!! Everything is still pretty "messy" around here in terms of needing a lot of weeding and hardscape still, but we are growing by no doubt. The new beds out front have added a tremendous amount of space and with the new misting system going in soon the greenhouses can stay planted throughout the year. Winter and summer squash and corn are going in this week....200 feet done yesterday. 720 leeks in the ground and 350 red torpedos going in the last constructed bed out front. Lettuce is being tucked in every shadowed corner I can find along with cilantro. Piglets are escaping and keeping Molly busy herding them back in, and she makes sure she has a word with the cows from time to time to make sure they don't get any crazy ideas like Filet did, but this bunch is a WHOLE lot calmer and they are filling out nice since they are not bunco bronching across the corral all day!! We have gained a lot of new customers from Apple Valley so we are adding a Wednesday delivery from 4:30-5:00 at the Target center near the garden center. The fruit tree order is finalized including apples of all kinds including cider and cooking Heirloom varieties, peaches throughout the season, figs, cherries and a few pluots for my daughters along with plums for pollinating and some Texas umbrella trees for the cows and pigs. Time to eat dinner and head out to work in the cool evening air. Remember we are closed this week, but we will see you next week and in Apple Valley too!
Posted by Rowena @ 06:11 PM PDT
24 Mar · Thu 2011
Well Murphy's Law prevailed...I did the largest harvest this winter and sold a fair amount in Phelan so I came home and harvested more...did not check my email and sure enough Wrightwood is cancelled. I will be here in the morning with farm open 8-12 Friday for pick ups of preorders or just for your shopping pleasure...but call to check road conditions. Cell: (760) 412-9746 or Farm: (760) 868-4858. The farm will be open Saturday as usual from 8-12 and this time with lots of vegies for sale!! Weather is supposed to clear Saturday so come and see us, buy some vegies, pick up some eggs and see what we are doing here at Moonstruck!!
Posted by Rowena @ 06:22 PM PDT
16 Mar · Wed 2011
After a long awaited wait the new greenhouse is producing bountifully and I am still not done rebuilding rows and planting!! Tomorrow we will be bringing French Breakfast Radishes, gorgeous long scallions, Moonstruck Salad Mix, Leaf Lettuce mix (for those who just want lettuce in for their salad or for their sandwiches), Mustard Mix, Braising Greens (combination of collards, Beeden Kale, Winterbor Kale, various mustards, beet greens), Mizuna Mustard (green and purple), cilantro, parsley, chives, dill, bok choy, sprouting broccoli and spicy mustard greens!!
As I was weeding the spinach I noticed I had left a little too much space between the lines of scallions and groupings of spinach....perfect...I had a tray of Savoy cabbage that needed to go in. Today was a challenge planting because I had a new intern on board...a very young intern...Molly joined us yesterday. She is half Border Collie and Catahoula, both superior working dogs. She has joined us to be by my side during the day herding goats and sheep eventually, learning to be by my side without walking through the lettuce and providing a variety of other joys hopefully...though right now she is adding a few challenges, but in truth she is fantastic already. She has it in her genes to be a great dog, and she was groomed for me by a very dear friend since she was just a few weeks old. Look for her at market tomorrow...she will be the little 9 week old Merle colored puppy right at my feet :) as she has been for the last 36 hours.
Posted by Rowena @ 10:16 PM PDT