Greetings from Dancing Hen Farm!
Welcome to Week 16 and a half of our CSA. Week 16 was not an egg week. After last week's delivery there are 2 weeks remaining in our 2020 CSA.
The weather has been really beautiful lately! Well, beautiful in the sense of nice fall days, but the lack of rain is not a good thing. We are hoping that Tropical Storm Delta will bring us some soaking showers on Monday. We need several days of soaking rain to even start to replenish our deficient water table, but even one day with rain will be a welcome sight.
I have to apologize for this newsletter being so late. I had been so proud of myself this season and getting newsletters sent out in a timely fashion. But, that was before a Canine Terrorist moved to Dancing Hen Farm. This little brown and black terrorist has teeth as sharp as needles and nails sharper than our barn cats! Yes, Dilly is settling in and true to puppy form is ruling the farm right now. Silly Dilly evokes images of a goofy little puppy full of puppy cuteness. Oh she has plenty of puppy cuteness, but this cuteness is intermixed with a hyper active energy level which rivals an Irish Setter I grew up with.
The other morning, while I was still upstairs getting dressed for the day, I could hear Farmer Don having a round with our little devil, err I mean angel! Farmer Don is one of the most patient people I know, so if he was raising his voice, something was up. When I made it down the steps, I found newspapers strewn from one end of the house to the other. It seems Dilly found our wooden box of papers for recycling. She decided the best game in town was to grab an entire section and run with it, allowing it to flutter and flap behind her like angel wings! She would then stop and chew on the paper a bit, making spitballs any teenage boy would be jealous of. As Farmer Don cleaned up spitball messes, she would dart back to the box, grab another section to start the game again. The more Farmer Don said "no", the wider Dilly's grin got and the faster she ran with her angel wings. So much for positive reinforcement training! We managed to corner her and gave her a time out! That paper box has been in the same spot for years and neither Rose or Shady were ever even curious about it! Needless to say Dilly is keeping us busy. Right now Dilly is laying innocently enough on my foot chewing her kong, only I know from experience, it is only a matter of minutes before she moves from chewing her kong to chewing my foot!
In the kitchen, Farmer Don has been using up tomatoes to make large batches of pico de gallo. This fresh salsa is a true seasonal item and always a farm favorite. I just need to watch that he doesn't make it too hot! We have plans to make some sauerkraut soon. I miss having fresh lacto fermented foods to eat. Farmer Don and I both need to build up our gut health, so the sauerkraut will be a good start. My sister and I also still have plans for some applesauce canning this fall. Applesauce is a favorite between our two houses. Speaking of apples, Farmer Don and I also need to make some apple crisp! Another favorite! Farmer Don likes his crisp with ice cream, but I like mine with just a bit of milk. Apple crisp with milk was often how we ate apple crisp when I was growing up.
Between chasing a new puppy, we are still finding time to prepare for the upcoming winter. I have been getting plants ready to bring inside to overwinter and Farmer Don has been shutting down irrigation systems and harvesting the last of our fall crops. We are ready for the slower pace of fall and winter. Hopefully the slower pace will allow for some rejuvenation of our energies and also allow some time for puppy training.
So, I will end here with a vow to get this newsletter out before Sunday. It may be late Saturday night, but it WILL be before Sunday!
Thanks again to everyone for their continued support!
Be safe, be well and enjoy those veggies!