Thursday, September 14, 2017

Harvesting walnuts, grapes, veggies and pears.

 I have four walnut trees on the farm. I didn't get a large harvest this year, but I still had quite a bit of work to get this small grocery bag full. I pick them up everyday and then wash them with a brush and let them dry. Then I am able to crack them and freeze them for later use. I love the taste of black walnuts and they remind me of my grandma.


 I inherited a grape vine of Concord grapes. It is a beautiful trailing vine and just adds so much to the property. This is my first attempt at grape jelly made from the juice of the grapes. It is a tad sweet but oh, so delicious!
Lots of eggplant to be had this year as well as four different types of peppers. I harvest the herbs and dry them in my hydrator for use all winter. 



 Finally my pears. This is a Bartlett Pear tree which is over 100 years old. It only produced about 20 pears this year. I know it needs some pruning. I made 3 pints of pear butter. I changed the recipe a bit and added lemon and orange juice plus zest and a bit of thyme from the garden. I love the taste. It is so refreshing and yummy!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wedding on the Farm

On August 5th we had a family wedding on our farm. I thought I would share some photos.  It was a magical and beautiful day. The "theme" was geodes, succulents and books. The willow tree stole the show with large moss covered hoops hanging from the branches. Our florist, Fleuology Designs created beautiful center pieces and decorated the tree.
Some of the photos are courtesy of Natasha Peterman.








Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer Dyeing Project


Summer is my favorite season to dye fiber. Everything
can be done down in the barn. From skirting to
washing to
soaking to dyeing. It is always fun to experiment
and see what colors end up taking on the fiber. I
like the surprise at the end. The unexpected saturation
of color or the melting of two shades together. I never
try to replicate my dyeing.  I prefer the
surprise of the end product.

Dyeing aside, I have so many fleeces to skirt. I have
some
kept over from last year. I keep
plugging away on them. Hopefully, I will be done soon
so I can send them out to be processed into
roving.  I like to be done skirting before
it gets too hot. It is miserable handling fiber while
sweating with all the dust and dirt that
blows up from the fiber. Ugh.

But once skirting is done the fun can begin! It is so worth
the work.



Raw Locks Unwashed

Pre-soak before dyeing
Pan dyeing locks


Dyed locks

Hand painted yarn