Well, we’ve been doing a lot!

We’ve had a few 6 eggs days. It only took 12 chickens to do it! The eggs are always beautiful (sometimes with little bits of poop on them). I’ve been bringing back lots of scraps and veggie guts from the food bank and hot meals site at work – they just love em’!

The speckled ones are really interesting.

The speckled ones are really interesting.

As you know,  having a strong winter garden has been important to us for a few years.  This year, we have a pretty good one. Next year it will be even better, and so forth until forever.  We used fencing wire to make make-shift open and close domes over 6-8 beds and covered them with Remay (cover cloth).  We did this last year in the big snow in Tacoma and it worked wonders. And when we had our first snow here on October 9th (can you believe it!) it worked again! Katie will have to tell you what all crops we have – that’s her job – but we have a ton and its all doing great!

We have about a million purple sprouting broccoli hanging out for a bumper spring crop.

We have about a million purple sprouting broccoli hanging out for a bumper spring crop.

Abundant standard salad greens pictured here.  There are also all sorts of winter varieties not pictured that are just getting going.

Abundant standard salad greens pictured here. There are also all sorts of winter varieties not pictured that are just getting going.

And then came the first snow!

Warm little snow caves, keeping our veggies happy.

Warm little snow caves, keeping our veggies happy inside.

You can see the folded back white crop cover with a couple inches of snow on it and the lettuces snugly hanging out underneath.

You can see the folded back white crop cover with a couple inches of snow on it and the lettuces snugly hanging out underneath.

Well, for my birthday I received a wonderful scuffle hoe from Cynthia and JP. What most vegetable farmer’s I’ve met or worked for have.

Here my scuffle hoe and I are pictured weeding the cover crop buckwheat (which has since died in the frist frost).  Once it died I planted vetch and some other basic cover crops where I had hoed. It is now taking off quite well.

Here my scuffle hoe and I are pictured weeding the cover crop buckwheat (which has since died in the frist frost). Once it died I planted vetch and some other basic cover crops where I had hoed. It is now taking off quite well.

And we’ve done some cider making too with our friend Hunter. One jug we allowed to ferment with its own wild yeasts and reaped a nice head of blue mold.

Bad picture, but believe me, it was blue. We filtered it out, but now we're skeptical as to whether it will be drinkable.

Bad picture, but believe me, it was blue. We filtered it out, but now we're skeptical as to whether it will be drinkable.

There were also some successes!

Hunter and I combining the batches after the initial fermentation. (More cider pictures to come.  We picked apples last weekend and made about 27 gallons of cider! Probably the last batch of the year.)

Hunter and I combining the batches after the initial fermentation. (More cider pictures to come. We picked apples last weekend and made about 27 gallons of cider! Probably the last batch of the year.)

Hunter’s shake method has really come through for us lately:

  1. take a large man
  2. place him in a tree full of apples
  3. put a tarp under the tree
  4. have the man shake the bejeezus out of it
  5. catch more than half of the cider-ready apples in the tarp
  6. make cider all day long

More to come.

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