Chickens and Gardens

Our big news:
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Chickens! A friend of a friend needed a home for his chickens and we volunteered.  The chickens arrived two weeks ago and seem to be settling in well. We are now chicken parents. I was afraid of the day, but now that it is here, no fear. They make the greatest cooing noises and seem pretty happy. They even give us 2 eggs every morning, from day one here at Ranch EbyHagen.

Right now their names are Chavez and Castro even though they are girls. I figured good socialist names were in order with the whole a chicken in every yard/pot theory and since they are our Urban Revolution Chickens, they should have revolutionary names. Future chickens names may revert to Greta and Maude or something completely different. However, these are the first city chickens and they need names that fit with the moment. These gorgeous photos were taken by our friend Kate. You can tell which ones I took down further. Makes the case for a good camera and the knowledge to use it!

castro has her eye on you

chavez in shadows

I have been playing in the garden, planting my cold season starts and filling up the herb bed with cold tolerant herbs, tilling up the back 40 (ok, it is only about 24’x30′). The tomatoes and peppers are still hardening off and must wait another week to go in the ground. Raised beds will be filled with peppers and the 70 tomato plants will simply have to fit in the 24×30 plot.  Pole beans will be planted to grow up the side of the wooden fence and the berry bushes will be moved to the front yard, hopefully.   Next up, finishing our storage shed and building a luxury coop that holds a few more chickens with a lot more space. The chickens are eating our veggie scraps that would have gone in the compost and are quite happy with lots of green snacks every day.



chickens and truffle

We will give you some garden photos next week!

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Menu of the week May 4th

What’s cooking at the urban farm this week:

Sunday:  Grilled mock porchetta, grilled asparagus (picked that morning), cheesy dill potatoes, smoked purple cabbage slaw


Monday: Shells stuffed with Parmesan, ricotta, spinach and turkey sausage with homemade marinara and mozzarella

Tuesday: Kung Pao with Tofu and  purple cabbage with sambal oelek

Wednesday: Smoked pork and potato soup with marjoram (I smoked the ham hocks myself on Sunday) and chives, lemon kissed sauteed asparagus.

Thursday: Indian shrimp curry using paneer for Eby instead of shrimp, dal and dosa’s.

Friday: Homemade pork tamales with red chile and a cucumber salad and off to Crunchy’s or Reno’s for the birthday man.

pork tamales with red chile and cheese

Saturday:  Some sort of eggplant dish, perhaps Moussaka with grass fed beef or Maqluba or Imam Bayildi

Happy eating!

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