Things are slowing down and speeding up here at Ranch Ebyhagen. The garden is winding down, the chickens are gone but the CSA’s were going strong until 2 weeks ago and now we have CSA withdrawal. We have been planning our new business and making test batches of cider. The tomatoes are all canned and the pig is in the freezer.
Cooking with our CSA veggies has been great and we managed to use most everything, which was a challenge since one of us doesn’t eat eggplant or zucchini.
We have had fully grown laying hens since May, but finally had to farm them out up North when Sassy started a new screaming habit, all day long. Since we have neighbors on three sides of us 40-75 feet away, that wasn’t going to work. They are happily living in the former goat shed up at the Bardenhagen Berries farm in Lake Leelanau.
As usual we have been working towards sourcing out as much local food as possible, trying to support Michigan growers, producers and businesses. Now everyone is catching on! We are all doing our part to help feed the local economy.
It’s nice and chilly outside, our Indian Summer is coming to an end. But we have a cord of wood and a fire burning in the woodstove. The winter’s first knitting project is underway and now it’s time to plan this week’s menu.
A hot cup of tea was just handed to me, so, back to the warm fire I go.