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Archive for September 2011


Will’s been making his own hot sauce for years, but it’s usually of the puree a bunch of peppers with some vinegar variety.  This year, he tried fermenting.  He pureed all our red jalapenos and some of our habaneros, added salt and placed them in a mason jar covered with cheese cloth for about a […]

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The success of Tuesday was short lived.  On Wednesday morning, one piglet was missing.  No dead body or anything.  By Wednesday afternoon, Betty no longer appeared to be nursing, something Will chalked up to depression (what, if you’d lost so many babies you’d be depressed, too).  On Thursday morning, our orphan (who we’d taken to […]

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The Monday of Labor Day, it started raining in late afternoon, and by evening it had worked itself up into a frenzy.  Will and I went to bed worried about our basement.  The next morning, the rain didn’t let up, so I packed up Alston for his first day back to school while my husband […]

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Will turned the last of our cherry tomatoes into ketchup.  This is another accomplishment that falls under the category of irrational excitement. We’re not even big ketchup eaters.  But.  Between the ketchup and the beans (I know, again with the beans), this means sometime this Spring, when the first of the piglets is magically converted […]

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Will was concerned that Wilma had mastitis.  As a former breastfeeder myself, I was sent in to inspect.  It’s true, one tit was decidedly larger than the others.  It looked swollen.  And so, after filling up her bowl with feed, I gently patted her on the back with one hand while the other performed a […]

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By late August, a good portion of the produce we harvest is meant to put up for the winter (vs. sell to the restaurants).  The challenge becomes getting everything to a point where it can be shelf stable before any form of rot or mold sets in.  It’s a bit of a race in slow […]

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