Boys and Chicks

I love having children on the farm. Just having fun. After the mandatory swim, this fellow gathers eggs, feeds the cats, (Egoli was found at his house so he always brings him and Tiba a little pot of food each).  He picks tomatoes in the gardens then settles down with a little jar of dried …

Little miracles

Yesterday was one of those comfy days.  After reading your comments I was feeling well and cared for and worked all day in a little blog cuddle bubble. Daisy gave 36 pounds of milk in the morning and 26 in the afternoon. The weather was mild and the weeds pulled easily.  The Tall Teenager found …

Easy Tomato Chutney

My mother was the jam maker and my father  preserved hundreds of jars of fruit,every summer. We ate one huge jar of peaches or pears every day at breakfast –  if  the season had been good. So it was kind of rare for one of my parents to make a chutney or relish. My great …

Heirloom Tomatoes- A Man’s Munch.

Every Christmas Our John studies the seed catalogues, makes lists, loses the lists, makes more lists, studies more catalogues then finally orders piles of tomato seeds. He orders all kinds of other seeds as well but the tomato for him is the Major Crop.  This is the mans plant. A man’s munch.  In late February …

Basil Pesto

Here is the pesto recipe.  Remember when making a dish with so few ingredients use the very best ingredients. At the Farmers Market in Evanston the other day I saw baskets of basil. Freshly picked. Gorgeous. Pine nuts are horribly expensive but worth it. Walnuts are an alternative.  Walnuts will change the color and taste …