|Mowing the fence line in the field|
With the dry weather we have decided to move forward with making the irrigation pond by the mobile tunnel deeper; the water level is currently too low for irrigation. And we will be working on an irrigation pond for the garden - we currently use well water. With the dramatic shifts in weather, we feel it best to prepare for the worst. Once we complete these two projects, heavy rain can be held for later use during dry periods. These infrastructures mean hiring heavy equipment, but we believe the cost is worth it.
From the Kitchen. This week has seen lots of chicken recipes after we butchered seventeen cockerels - young roosters. They reach an age when they fight and harass the hens. Of the forty some we moved from down by the mobile high tunnel, 17 were large enough to butcher. The rest remain by the garden. And without the hens they seem much quieter - hmmm.
|Stock with Ken's pickles and the dehydrator in the background|
Then with some of the stock we have stews and soups with green onions, red peppers, and cabbage or broccoli. Sometimes with curries, sometimes with chipotle and paprika. I have served them with rice. and I made some cold salads with chicken, vegetables, and cous cous or quinoa or bulgur wheat. These grains seem lighter weight, and so we usually have them at supper so Ken does not run out of steam mid afternoon.
|Pullet egg on left|
Enjoy the corn - we are heading to the end. It has been a good run!
|Ken moving the egg mobile|