Done a good days work!  This was always the way Web expressed it when he had been working hard all day on the farm.  Wednesday we went to the farmer’s market.  There were not many farmers there as business has been very slow and they need their time at home on the farm but the gal I always get my broccilli from was there.  She has a few vegetables and lots of canned goods.  Her specialty is jams and jelly.  She has all kinds but has trouble getting raspberries.  Her patch died out and couldn’t seem to get a new one going so last year I gave her a couple quarts at the end of the season so when she saw me she asked about the raspberries.  I told her I should have a good crop this year and she wanted to know how much I got a quart.  I told her I wanted to trade raspberries for brocilli and she was more than happy.  She had the first pickings on the table and there were no buyers around so she suggested I take what she had there and then next Wed.  she would have more for me and I would bring the raspberries as soon as they ripened.  So when I got home I started right in blanching and freezing broccilli.  I got 15 quarts.  I took the top buds off and froze those in 12 bags and then peeled the stocks for three other quart bags full.  Then when I use them I will pan fry the buds and bake the stocks with tomatoes and cheese.  I found last year putting the whole crown into I had to peel the stock before baking it and the budds at the top just fell apart with the baking so was a waste.  Now I can cook the two parts for different lengths of time and have them both good eating.   Yesterday I started right out picking peas.  I got quite a few from the first patch and then went to finish off the other patch.  I pulled the plants and weeded it.  When I got done stripping the plants I went on to dig some potatoes.  I got almost as many grubs as potatoes and the potatoes were all scabby.  The scabs don’t hurt the potatoes any but they don’t look good and you have to scrape them off before cooking them and I am not sure how they will keep with the scabs on, I know they will not keep after I scrap them off.  Today we want to dig up the potatoes that were planted in the leaves and see if the grubs are there also and if those potatoes are scabby.  I have been researching why the scabs and have come up with several ideas but have no guess as to which is the solution for us.  One source says it is because the soil is not acid enough, another says it is because we didn’t mulch the potatoes so the grubs could crawl into the ground near the potatoes, another says it is because we used an old brand of potatoes (Kennebec) which is not bred to be scab resistent. Then I am not sure but it is the way we watered this year. If we can not find out which is our problem, next year we will plant the red potatoes, the farmers around here seem to have very good luck with those and we will add peat to the soil when we till and then mulch with peat.  That was the only way we could get the blueberries to grow well as they need a very acid soil.  The potatoes in the leaves will help tell us which is our problem.  Right now it is raining pretty good so I have to wait until that stops before digging the potatoes.  Each time we clear a patch Norman plants some brussel sprout.  We can plant new seeds of these until mid July as they grow best in the fall anyways.  I hope we get alot of these as they freeze well and are so good!  As soon as it clears and dries out I need to pick the beans again and can 6 more pints of those.  So far I have 6 meals of peas and 15 meals of brocilli in the freezer and 6 pints of green beans on the shelf so the winter stores are starting.  I still have corn in the freezer we need to eat before the new corn comes in.  The blueberries are starting to turn color and the raspberries are starting to look like raspberries, all they need to do is turn bright red.   The rain is still coming down so I will spend the rest of the day baking.  I guess an apple pie will finish up the the frozen apples and a few donuts will go good in the freezer.  Then I need a few more buttermilk biscuits or maybe some country biscuits.  So I must get going.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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  1. Carol, please say “Hello ” to Shirley and Frank. I sure would love to spend a few hours with all of you folks. Remember I still have a big spare bedroom in this house. You are most welcome, dear people, anytime you might get the urge to come this way.

    I’ll be thinking of you this weekend….I’ll be up in Jericho, Vt. at Liza’s dance recital. Drive up on Sat. and return home on Monday. Jade will go to ” doggie camp ” at the Humane Society.

    Love ya, Nancy

    • Wish you could visit with us. That is the only down side of moving out of the area where we grew up but I sure don’t miss the congestion of New England. it wouldn’t be bad going up there except for having to drive through New York or way around which makes it so much farther. When Norman’s mother died we stopped going to New England and now that we don’t drive much any more I know we will never get back there. Norman was just talking last night how much he would love to go back and visit NH but he won’t fly so says he guess he will die before he gets up the nerve to go back. Have a nice trip. Love you Carol

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