Friday, June 22, 2018

Thankfully it Rained

Market List; Grass Fed Lamb, Bright Lights Swiss Chard, Purslane and Free Range and
 Non GMO Eggs

Sunday I was able to make Sam's Salty Dills and today I will be making my first batch of Salsa for the season.

A lot of projects going on around here. As you know, we make a practice of using things that people are going to throw away to build things we need around here. I have been needing a couple of grape arbors. The old Concord vines that were here when we moved in , the fence they were on, mostly collapsed a couple of years ago and as you can see from this photo, many are laying on the ground. Some have grown along the surrounding yard fence and which allows the sheep access and they take total advantage. Behind the High tunnel, 2 years ago, we planted Mars table grapes. They too have gotten so crazy that we can barely squeeze through the walkway   between them and the raised beds.

 A couple of months ago, I was driving by a building that was being refurbished and saw some hand railings lying on a scrap pile. You know the kind that you see when you are walking into a restaurant. So I stopped and asked the owner if I could have them. Bill and I went down and got them. By driving metal posts into the ground and hollowing out 2X4's to snug the posts into, he was able to raise the 2x4's off the ground while keeping the whole thing stable and exactly the height I need...which as you know is not very tall...but tall enough to keep the grapes off the ground. This is the finished result. You can see the railings we have left for the arbor behind the High Tunnel.

As you know, most of us have been needing some rain, the sheep had cleared most of the pastures. It has just been so hot and no rain, grass just won't grow. Three Rivers has just been gasping for some. We finally  got about 3/4 inch last week and as with Missouri, its always in excess, More than 3 inches this week. Thankfully the garden has the shaped and raised beds so the tomatoes won't suffer. Everything is lush now. This has also lowered the temperatures. Last night I reached for a blanket on the couch. After being hot for so many weeks in a row, 79 degrees seemed like 50.
So tomorrow will be a perfect, 82 degrees. We have some of our promotional cups left. Rayven and I will see you there. This is her last week here this summer. Hoping she gets to come back next year for a bit. We are sad to see her go and will miss her greatly. She is a ray of sunshine and helpfulness and she so appreciates the farm and everything she learns. I don't know what I would've done without her, especially after Cortney leaving us in the lurch.

God's Blessings on you and yours,


Sam, Bill and Rayven

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