No, I am not going to talk politics. This is the real manure. We have lots of it.
And with the increase in my chicken flocks we have even more manure this year. And with the gardens shrinking and the hay fields developing I wanted to get the manure out onto the fields this year.
Specifically the first hay field here by the house. So I went in search of a manure spreader. One of the things I really love about farming in America is the ancient farm machinery one can find abandoned on other peoples farms. And much of it ( if you can identify what it is) can be fixed up and put back to work.
My friend directed me to this! A manure spreader under a tree! It is old and rotten in places but my co-worker raced back to his workshop for his strong son and a trailer and they hauled it up and out before anyone could change their minds.
This really is an interesting piece of machinery.
He will fix it up: new tires, replace the rotten boards, grease up all the moving parts and replace the broken ones. It will keep him busy for a while. Then with a little more luck he will haul all our manure and spread it evenly on the fields. I just might get the chicken’s night houses cleaned out before winter after all!
We have light rain again. Not much but very welcome.
I am working on a bread recipe using cracked rye and polenta. It is very nice but when I ate it I thought of walnuts – and that taste connection is worth tending, so today I will begin another bread this time adding walnuts. I love nuts and seeds and wait – raisins. Let me think – it has molasses in the recipe – if I added walnuts AND raisins this might elevate the bread to magnificent – it is quite a dense loaf though not dense enough yet – oh wait- I just had another thought – if I then cut a very cold ( almost frozen ) loaf into really thin slices and baked them into crunchy crostinis – then served with cream cheese!? Oh my goodness. I could hit the cream cheese with lemon zest and thyme or rosemary- maybe rosemary.
Oh this is great.
Yes! I will try the crostini’s today with the original loaf. Then make the walnut one.
Dates? Would dates be better? Maybe just walnuts! Ok. The test kitchen is ready for another days work!
Thank you for the inspiration. Off I go!