Garden 2017

We don’t have a truck or a tiller, but we have friends who want to help us in our desire to grow our own food.  So my boss Robin let me use her tiller for a couple weeks to get the garden started for the year.

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Yea! Not easy work and I am sure we are doing it the hard way, but we will have better luck this year with the grass gone.

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Birds

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We have two brooders going at once

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These are the birds formerly known as the little birdsIMG_0574

This one is very curious, might be a rooster.

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These are the meat birds.  We might go get half a dozen more, since they have them at Tractor Supply Company.  Memorial Day weekend will be processing day here.

 

 

Baby Birds

After much debate with 2 people who don’t care, we got 4 new baby chicks

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The feed store is now an ace hardware so who know if they will stop doing chick in the future.  I wanted a couple different breeds, Madigan said she would like to get the birds that lay the blue and green eggs.

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Two arcanas or Amerucanas, it will be neat to watch how they change color and how the feathers come in. Since they look a little different now, maybe they will give us two different colored eggs.

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Two leghorns, I liked having a white bird in the yard.

IMG_0429I am debating naming this one Alice or Maryln after Alice Cooper or Maryln Manson with the over use of eyeliner.

IMG_0434SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FLUUUUUUUUUUUUFFFFFFFFYYYYYYY!

My favorite way to spend my money

We work on budgets and our spending this time of year, with the new year, with taxes, with just seeing what we have to work with.  In looking at our finances and where our money goes there is really only one place where I am happy with the whole transaction start to finish…Bramble Hollow.

I never feel like it is wasteful or excessive.  We don’t look at the food as junk or fast, knowing how these chickens grow and what it takes to get them to market weight.  We invest not just money but time into the company that produces the product we receive.  I feel appreciated as a customer, and I am appreciative of the people who produce the product.  There is no middle man taking his cut.  There isn’t a slick marketing department trying to get Q3 numbers up.  It is about as pure as you can get in a transaction.

In a world of giant company’s who own everything, have made food like products and put a crap-ton of “natural flavoring” into our foods, I know when I bring home a cooler of chicken or pork, it was produced honestly, with hard work.

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If you are interested in what’s going on with your store bought chicken google “white striping” and you will see it in every pack of “fresh” chicken breasts at the grocery store.

Lard

trying to get the two freezers combined into 1 downstairs.  So got all the fat out of the freezer to make lard.
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two crock pots full

IMG_0347Let that cook down to a liquid

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it takes a while to cool

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I should have enough lard.  More than enough.  Might have to give some away.

 

It’s January

IMG_0331It’s not bad out.  Thinking of spring and how this is going to turn into a garden.

IMG_0335I know the answer is tiller.