Tuesday, June 15, 2010

hot fun in the summertime...

...when you live this far away from any type of community pool you have to make do with what you have...
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...wait...it gets better...
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Friday, June 4, 2010

summer garden preview



i'm overdue for an update on the farm and our summer garden so here goes...

this is the first year that we have attempted to expand our garden {and by 'we' i mean my brother - uncle robert - the one who actually does all the dirty work and me and lucy who regularly visit the garden, pull a few weeds, harvest a few things here and there, and pray fervently for rain and sun and blessings to be showered on our crops}.  and here we are (with oliver along for the ride as well)...


...lucy happens to be showing off her skills as official taste tester.  if it doesn't get spit back out it must be good.

in the past robert has really only planted enough to feed all of us with some left over for canning (to get us through the winter...yes, i'm serious...we do that kind of crazy stuff).  we've decided to gradually increase our crops with the hope of establishing some kind of farmer's market for at least a few weekends out of the year.  because of our close proximity to charlotte, nc we have the advantage of being a relatively short drive from the city and also far enough out in the country to be a novelty for most of the city folk.  we're hoping to create an opportunity for families to spend time together out in our quiet little neck of the woods and get some yummy fresh food while they're at it...more to come on all that...

in the meantime...we're starting to harvest veggies from our summer garden.  this weekend we have beets, carrots, zucchini and a few cucumbers so if you're in the area and want to pick anything up just let us know.

one other thing that we have for sale right now - mulberry jelly.  if you've never had mulberries think blackberries (only a little smaller and sweeter and way more delicate)...for more interesting information on the 'berry that's not really a berry' check this out.  here's lucy and my dad (a.k.a. grandad) looking for ripe ones on our tree...


...and lucy helping uncle robert drive the tractor...


...and if you're wondering why you would need a tractor to pick mulberries this should explain it...


...yes - it's a pretty big mulberry tree.  and it's a good thing, because half the fun of picking mulberries is eating them {as lucy would be glad to tell you...}




{...if her mouth wasn't full of them...}