Moonstruck Farms

  (Phelan, California)
Moonstruck Farms CSA
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Eggs anyone!!

The girls took a nice long rest and boy did they come back strong!!  They are laying at 98%!!  We are making angel food cake, scrambles, omelettes, frittatas, cookies, Texas sheet cake and lots more!!  Meyers lemons have been a terrific price from Glen Cairn so we made lemon curd, drizzled it on the angel food cake and added a dollop of whipped cream!!  See why I have to work so hard in the fields...I like to eat good food!!  We will have our first Moonstruck beef soon and I cannot wait!!  Believe it or not it is the hamburger I am looking forward to the most.  I could not believe how good hamburger could taste after I tried the Bashaws!!  Tonight we are enjoying a Italian Sausage Soup with just harvested spinach...yes we have lots and lots of spinach!!  The radishes are huge too!!  Finally all the hard work is starting to show.  We have been taking the time to monitor the greenhouse temperatures and humidity and soil testing every row and all the observations are starting to pay off!  I was opening the greenhouses too early and losing precious humidity.  The West field is planted with sugar snap, snow peas, fava beans and shelling peas....we lost one row to a rabbit break in, but I think I have locked them out again!!  Plain Jane salad mix (speckled bibb, romaine, buttercrunch and spinach) has been a big hit right along with Moonstruck salad mix.  The tomatoes are about 18 inches and I can't wait to see how early we can have this year, but I know now from my monitoring that I can push it one month earlier next year.  Moonstruck signing out...see ya all soon!!

 
 

Simmering stock and falling snow!

Turkey and beef stock simmering on the wood stove.   Some of my favorite things to do...turn off the outdoor irrigation and use the wood stove to do double duty...heat my home and simmer stock, and boy does it smell good in here!!  Fresh bread cooking in the bread maker.  Meghan is taking the time to make a Pralines and Cream Pecan Carmel muffin recipe she has been wanting to make since to say the least she is not running today and she was able to bake since we received 3 more eggs today than usual making it a total of 6!! The good news is that it looks like some of them are coming out of moult and between that and the days lengthening after the 22nd we will have eggs for you again....sorry my family goes through 3-4 dozen a week themselves so we have not even had what we need and have been on egg rationing.   I checked on the pigs and they were tucked in under a pile of straw with only a stripe of pink or two showing.  Filet was outside in the rain and snow all day...she usually is in her shelter...she must love the moisture!!  Molly as tiny as she is did not show the slightest hesitation at the cold galloping happily everywhere!  One of my favorite things about snow days is the peaceful silence.  Most neighbors stay home and so all the noise we are conditioned to disappears and it feels as though the whole world has stopped or at least slowed down.   It was not completely silent since as soon as the goats saw me they started bellowing and I could almost understand "make it go away!!!".  They don't "do wet".   The chickens were running around happy to have the ground wet so they could peck away for bugs....maybe that is why we received a few extra eggs...extra protein!!  Back to soup making and turkey cutting.  Merry Christmas everyone!!
 
 

Boring normal day on the farm!

Started the day as usual, up with the husband, made his lunch, checked to make sure the girls were up and running...signed any forgotten school papers, made sure a good lunch was made, start a load of laundry and a pot of coffee!!  Drop Meghan at school; neighbor takes the high school age one and I pick up...what a deal!!  Drive back in the driveway, close the gate, feed the chickens, let them out for the day...feed goats...check on temperature of greenhouse...sun is up...might be too hot.  Switch some more laundry.  Check email..process any orders...off to the great outdoors....today it was off to the bank to make deposits and then off to the Bashaws...discussed some business and then off to processing chickens...it was cold in there today!!  I really don't usually mind the cold, but I don't think I will be complaining later this week when the temperatures rise just a little. Finished up just in time to pick up Sierra from school, then Meghan, then back in time to grab a bite to eat and bring in eggs for the day.  I cooked a lot this weekend so we would have leftovers this busy week...and then took care of the sprouts, wheat grass and started a few flats for hydroponics and the greenhouse.  I am going to add a few basil to the hydroponics operation...would love to provide basil year around along with the head lettuce.  Started several herbs too for the new herb garden...need a lot of thyme....hahahah..get it time...okay, maybe I need to get back to farming because I definitely will never make it as a comedian.  Moonstruck signing off!!
 
 
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