Saturday, December 7, 2013

First Taste of Winter

Yesterday the remnants of a winter storm passed through Indiana, dumpfreezing raining varying amounts of snow. We lucked out here and only got a couple of inches where some areas, a little south of us, got as much as a foot of the white stuff.

Photo: Bundle up and come on down to see us at Miracle on 7th St! The tents are heated!Last night was Miracle on 7th Street, an annual event held outside in downtown Terre Haute. There are large tents and vendors have booths set up inside the tents. It ran until 10 p.m. Weather was super cold but there was a good turnout, considering that it was a little icy and stormy out. For anyone needing any roving or yarn for their favorite knitter in the family, White Violet has items for sale on their Etsy page. Just click on this link:

Here are the felted soaps I madeluffuzz…they’re called Luffuzz…get it ?

The other day we made some fermented turnips. Really easy to make….just shred the turnips in the food processor and then sprinkle with coarse salt and massage into the turnips until they get juicy. Pack into jars and either put a turnip top in the top of the jar to hold the contents down (otherwise the amount that is exposed to the air will darken) or a weight of somecandace making turnips sort to hold down. Candace did a great job of carving a large turnip to make a top for the jar. You cut the side, angled inward (like with jack ‘o lanterns), so it will stay lodged in the jar. In about two weeks, the contents will be ready. This is a great way to process turnips that got too large, before you found them to pick. The flavor isn’t strong at all when done this way. They will also keep a long time in the frig, when they are fermented.

fermented turnips
On Thursday, we got a Rooster for our hen house. His name is Darcy and he is gorgeous and so quiet, for being a rooster. I haven’t heard him crow even once since he’s been here. He has feathers on his legs and pretty iridescent teal feathers on his back.Darcy the Rooster Ann can’t resist cuddling the chickens when we go out to the coop. Darcy will help protect the girls from predators (hopefully but he’s awful meek and mild) and if we ever want to have new chicks, we can hatch out some of the fertilized eggs. He’s going to be a great addition to the farm. Currently he is locked in the hen house so that he knows he has to come inside to roost, as opposed to roosting in a tree overnight. Locking him inside will get his GPS oriented to “home” so he’ll come inside at night.
A quiet weekend on the farm. Hope you’re having a happy and peaceful weekend wherever you are.

1 comment:

Bobbie and Jim said...

Great, great post, Linda. Love the photos and to hear about all you are learning. Bobbie