Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Still Life

I really loved it when one of my pals said that I took farm animal related still life pix... so I did a "people" food one this time.

 My best attempt at an arty still life.

OK the one thing I really love about fall is the lighting and it has been magnificent lately.

Happy Monday everyone!



Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall-ing

I'm not a huge fan of fall. Sure I love the cooler temperatures and everything pumpkin... but honestly I hang on to summer for dear life.


The only thing that fall really means to me is that summer is over and I'll be stuck inside during the winter - much to my discontent.


But I can't ignore the 40* morning temperatures... the last of the tomatoes need to be brought in and put up.


That doesn't mean I'm giving up entirely on my beloved summer..... I'm going to enjoy every single day that I have left. Even if that means wearing a heavy sweatshirt and a hat with my shorts.


Happy Friday everyone! Are you hanging onto summer?



Thursday, September 25, 2014

What I'm Feeding the Pigz Today

Actually this was yesterday....

That's about 2 gallons of milk and corn... and about 1.5 gallons of apples.

This is what we fed the pigz yesterday. The corn was soaked in the goat's milk from the morning and then they got these lovely cull apples. Earlier in the day I gave them another bucket of apples and, of course, they can root to their heart's content.

This is a fairly typical meal for them. Today they'll have about the same but they will also get some hard cooked eggs. I think I might have about a dozen eggs for them.

You can find out more about what we feed these pigs here.

Happy Thursday everyone! Are you feeding apples to your pigz?


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Peppers

Seriously. Today is the day I need to work on peppers... just look at these beauties!

Aren't they beautiful?

I got all of these at the auction last week..... for $3.25 and I thought that was a little high. I stopped bidding at $3 and someone else won at $3.25. Because I was the "back up bidder" I could take two flats of these peppers for that winning price. It was still a bargain. Next time you are in the store check out the $0.99/each price and laugh at them for me.

I'll be blanching then freezing these so we'll have them for quick stir fries and for making nacho/taco meat. This process is so easy. The blanching step is necessary to stop the enzeymes from breaking down the food. It may seem unnecessary but it's not.

I made a couple rounds of Giardiniera with the last peppers I got. I just love having it for sandwiches and stuff. I also roasted than froze some of the red peppers from the previous batch.

Why didn't I get to this yesterday? Because it's glorious here! Low humidity and cool temperatures - I just had to be outside. So I spent some time taking down the garden and prepping the ground so I can plant wheat as a cover crop next week.

Happy Tuesday everyone - are you working outside or are you getting your peppers done?


Monday, September 22, 2014

The Shattered Remains of My Green Bean Dreams

A broken jar is the worst thing about canning. All that work gone to waste.

This is the shattered remains of my green bean dreams. See the bottom of the jar?

The broken jar.

Why do jars break in the canner? Lots of reasons.

A while ago there was a terrific link on the SB Canning site about this very thing. I think  I was the culprit in this case. Previously I had used a regular knife to get all the air bubbles out of the jar....and this could have caused some hairline fractures that caused the bottom to break out of my jar. This time I was sure to use a plastic spatula but apparently the damage was already done.

Knowing the "why" didn't soothe my disappointment. I hate wasting food. I hate broken jars. I hate shattered green bean dreams.

So what could I do? Nothing. Or be mad. But that didn't do any good so I just shook it off.  I would not try and rescue or reuse any food that was part of a broken jar incident. So it all went in the trash.

We were glad tho that we got our second bushel of beans processed. We ended up with 13 quarts canned, plus about one quart that were blanched than frozen....and one terrific ham, bean, and potato supper in the crock pot.

I don't think we'll be able to get anymore green beans this week... but today will be all about peppers. And maybe potatoes.

We've had a tremendous cool down and this week should be cool, clear, and comfortable.  I'm going to try and get a lot of the heavy lifting done outside...right after I get these peppers into the freezer.

Happy Monday everyone? Are you mad about broken jars?


Friday, September 19, 2014

Pigz are lookin' good!

Speaking of fatty pancakes....

That one on the far left is always goofing around.

...the pigz are lookin' good!

We should have butchered one of these pigz by now... but our non-farm life has gotten kind of crazy. And now our schedule is changing - again. So when the dust settles we'll have to see when we can get one of these pigz hanging. The problem now is, of course, um... they are all kind of big for the fridge. So we will have to do some awfully fancy butchering to get the carcass cooled.
#bighogproblems

OK so is the one on the far right. Fine they are all ridiculous.

Until then it's nothing but scampering around the county finding the last of the green beans. Got my second bushel yesterday so I'll be working on them.

Here is a Life Pro Tip (LPT)... even if your best green bean helpers insist on "helping" you snap beans...and by "helping" I mean eating them out of the "just snapped bucket"..... don't let them eat too many. The big dog toots were legendary. I don't know what I was thinking. As one of my favorite pals said, "Beans, yo!" 
#bigdogproblems

Happy Friday everyone! Is your day consumed with thinking about pork and beans?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

No really - she's just fat. Right?

Um..... we're still going with "she's just fat." Right? RIGHT?

Dang Nibs..... things could get interesting around here. 

Any thoughts?

Happy Thursday everyone! Let's hope she doesn't blow!

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