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Ever wanted to join a CSA but felt that the commitment was just too much? Ever wanted to sell CSA shares but trembled at the thought of not being able to fill your orders should calamity happen?
For the small time hobby farmer, gardener, micro mini urban farm wanna be that I have going on here, I have a nice little solution.
I am going to make no commitment shares available as I have them.
So I present….!
This weeks CSA ‘no commitment share’ is $8 (if you shop at a farmers market, you know this is reasonable). You get….
1/2 dozen eggs,
strawberry jam (strawberry balsamic peppercorn, or regular low sugar jam),
Roma tomato seedlings,
fresh greens (kale, Swiss chard and if requested, spices purple mustard greens) and to top it off, a lovely bouquet of roses to brighten your day.
I have only three shares available and they must be picked up by 11am Friday morning.
So, if you want to support my micro agricultural projects and help pay for chicken feed, join this week and enjoy without the commitment. ( ps, the jam is super good!!! Strawberries are from a local farm within 15 miles of my home!).
Pepper-berry Balsamic Jam
6 c crushed strawberries
1 c sugar
1/4 c aged balsamic vinegar (the thick kind)
1/4 tsp salt
1tsp freshly ground pepper
4 1/2 tsp low sugar pectin
1tbs butter (at the very end)
Mix all together except pectin and butter, bring to a boil. Add pectin and boil for 1 minute. Add butter and stir until foam clears. Pour into sterilized jars and seal. Water bath for 10 minutes. Remove from bath allow to cool without disturbing.
This is a low sugar jam so it isn’t going to have an eternal long shelf life like high sugar jams do… Enjoy on a price of toasted rustic or sour dough bread with fresh goat cheese or brie.
Dear stink bugs,
No body loves you. Please die.
-the human race
My friend Tina gave us this idea for a stink bug catcher, you fill with dish washing detergent and water, and use the spout to grab the stink bugs. They breathe their last and are contained. I just caught two trying to get romantic with each other. I have stopped generations of stink bugs to come!
Do you have a favorite way of getting rid of these buggers?
Today’s work day was mostly about keeping the kids occupied while Neil worked on the bathroom downstairs. I am so thankful for a husband who is willing to learn and do new things that he hasn’t always been skilled at. He’s tiling the bathroom downstairs and is doing a great job!
The kids and I went to a birthday party, prepared for 24 people for dinner and cleaned the house. We’re all tired and ready to tuck in.
Yesterday we picked up our first CSA bag from Lynchburg Grows. The best thing of course was the goat cheese from Spring Mill farms. But I also got a pretty little bunch of greens. The kids want to make a kale chip recipe that they found in my Urban Farm mag. So we added some more kale from the garden, a sprinkle of olive oil, salt and seasonings and threw it in the oven for about 8 minutes on 425. Crispy, audibly crunchy, delish…
I would rather buy local beef from a local farmer… But, purchasing in bulk to get the best price means I need deep freeze space… Which I don’t have. I think this is the first time in a year that I have purchased beef for our home consumption.
It was right next to the filet of wild salmon (which is $5.99 for a filet right now, great deal! Must mean the salmon are running!).
This beef came out to about $6 a lb. ($7.99 for 1.33 lbs).
A thought… We communicate with businesses with our dollars, the grocery stores will carry more quality food if we purchase it. Our dollars speak!
( of course, I also bought cheese puffs and little Debbie’s for the kids, each got to choose a special treat for girls night with our movie).
Pizza Hut has a reading incentive program called BOOK IT.
You can enroll your homeschool here…
The reward program has coupons for a personal pan pizza or a spaghetti that the teacher gives out to students for reading. The cool thing is that at our local Pizza Hut in Lynchburg they allow the kids to get the lunch buffet instead of a personal pan pizza. This works out better for us since my kids love the salad bar, not to mention that a personal pan doesn’t quite do it for my ten year old. It makes a nice, cheap, family lunch out, especially since the littles are totally free!
Many of you already know that I am not exactly a dog person. I’ve always preferred cats who are much more independent and I like their saucy little attitudes. The perfect combination of ‘pet me.-Now go away.’.
But I have been converted to belief in dogs as useful tools on my micro-mini-mini-super-tiny wanna be farm. Yesterday we brought home a super cute Great Pyrenees puppy. She has been named Sweet Pea.
Sweet Pea is a livestock guardian dog. Her former owner has promised me that our predator woes are over with this little munchkin. She should also keep out the groundhogs, deer and other annoyances we seem to be plagued with.
Right now we are working on having her bond with the birds…. And with the humans too. She will be a valuable asset to our family with small children.
You can read read about the Great Pyrenees breed here…
The lovely woman we got this dog from also gifted me with 10 laying pullets, they appear to be about 9 weeks old.
Guess where we are….…
Ever wanted to join a CSA but felt that the commitment was just too much? Ever wanted to sell CSA sh…
Many of you already know that I am not exactly a dog person. I’ve always preferred cats who ar…