Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fly agaric beneath the chestnuts

furrows, plastic forks, sunsets , and longing

rugged farmer hands.

This is what can happen when you invite 200 people over and don't distinguish what is compost and what is not.

Friday, October 28, 2011

bringing it in (onions and grapes)

The fellow who used to hunt deer here, before we fenced them out, still comes by to collect apples he uses to lure the deer into his property. This year, he dropped off two island deer steaks, his marinade recipe, and a bottle of wine. Delish!

This year's sweet corn harvest is now drying for hen feed after we mistaking cross-pollinated it with our popping corn.

Campbell early's, a sweet slipskin variety bred in the US in the 1880's. Its not known as a wine grape, but we are stocked up with jam, and aren't picky drinkers.

It'll be a pretty sweet wine.

cider press #6

Our final press for the year. Inspired by an assortment of friends and family gathered at the farm in late October.

Nisa- visiting from the city and offering a big hand harvesting chestnuts and apples in the cold rain.

Ben-fresh off the Alaska farm he's been managing for the last two seasons. Here he's happy to be stretching out after 6 long days of driving.

Mama Allinder-all the way from the Delmarva Peninsula. She spent the week lending her hands to our harvests and fall-time chores.

And now we've got a freezer full-o-goodness!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tomato Slayer Sauce

Typically canning is rushed and I'm more concerned with quantity than quality. This year, I decided to make some truly outstanding tomato sauce. That meant bothering with details like peeling and seeding. While adding hours to the process it does make for a more spectacularly smooth sauce. Now we have 20 jars of the sauce around, well worth it I'd say.

An extraordinary intern (and woman)! We were- er- are so very lucky!

Thank you Whitney!