I’m a little low on pictures this week, but as you can see we’ve spent a lot of time in the garden! The tomatoes are starting to turn pale green, and then hopefully with this wonderful rain we had last night, shortly they will ripen to red. An entire row is dedicated to Roma tomatoes that I use to can whole for soups and stews, and then use to make salsa, spaghetti sauce and hopefully enough for pizza sauce to supply our Friday Night Fun Nights.
21 quarts of green beans have been canned and added to the pantry downstairs. The bean plants have declined significantly in their production due to lack of rain, while the raspberries are picking up in volume, but small in size. It doesn’t matter to Nathan, he downs the sweet little fruits as fast as his fingers can pick them! I rarely have to help him anymore! He’s perfect for spying the lower berries that hang under the leaves, so I don’t have to bother bending over as much.
The second batch of pregnant nannies are kidding right now. There are two left to kid, the one I like to call Mascara because her eyes are lined with black fur and Pebbles’ daughter. Pebbles came with that name from a previous owner and is one of our fainting goats. To date we have four new females and one male, all singles except one set of twins. Total for the season, we have sixteen kids for the year.
The weekend has been busy. Friday we had a company get together. Our hosts have two young children as well, that Nathan loves to play with, but frankly is more excited about their 3 dogs and cat. He led the brigade chasing after the dog around the kitchen table at least 50 times. They just laughed and giggled. It was cute.
Saturday we had a work day at home, scooping out manure of the front barn, mowing the lawn and then going to a potluck to spend time with Dan’s Great Uncle Jerry and Aunt Helen visiting from Mont Clair, CA. Nathan had a blast mostly playing in the sand at the park. I love a good potluck, don’t you? The food is always plentiful and so delicious, plus you get to eat outside, and Saturday night was a beautiful evening!
The weekend was potluck heaven! Sunday at church we had a potluck after the service as well before we drove home to host our California guests who made a trip out to see the acreage. My Midwife (and friend) texted us and said they had spontaneously decided to go to Sioux Falls for lunch, did we want to join them for some Ethiopian food? That is a hard request to turn down. So after Nathan’s long nap, we packed up and drove to town meeting them at the Shalom Ethiopian Coffee House and Restaurant for what turned out to be an early supper. Dan pulled in the small parking lot and one of the guys was outside cooking on the grill with a friend chatting nearby. It smelled heavenly. The location is a small house on 10th Street converted into a restaurant.
We were early, so we decided to let Nathan stretch his legs a little, while we looked at the guys, who suspiciously looked Sudanese. Dan greeted them confidently in Arabic, and to both our surprise, they were Sudanese who became refugees in Ethiopia, originally from the Nuba Mountains, which is just West of where we lived. They were shocked at our speaking abilities, and kept telling Dan, “Your Arabic is AMAZING!” Dan and I were just soaking up this opportunity to use this rusty skill while we waited for our friends.
Once inside the waitress came to give us our menu, and I asked her also in Arabic a few questions. Her eyes bugged out, first from my speaking Arabic, and second she questioned how in the world I knew about shiro, a favorite spiced lentil dish that is considered everyday food, but isn’t served there. Many ethnic restaurants don’t have high chairs, so we let Nathan run around since we were the only customers. There was a full size mirror on the wall and he had fun making faces at himself. He loved the lentil dishes, the salad and the signature bread, injera, a fermented spongy pancake that is made with teff flour, unique to the country of Ethiopia. It was a blast! After a quick trip to Culver’s for dessert, and the park for him to play, we headed home.
Monday Nathan and I took a day trip to my parents in Springfield, in search of an old picture of my Grandma for a pickled beets recipe I’ll post on the new website soon. Great Grandma had just finished getting her hair done, and he babbled and told her all about his adventures of the week. Grandpa and Grandma kept him occupied with a ride on her walker up and down the hallways, while I browsed some photo albums and reminded her of when she would serve us pickled beets and eggs in the summer when we came to visit.
Tuesday we jumped in the car again, headed to an Acupuncture appointment that I’ve been using to treat my hip and lower back pain with this pregnancy. Nathan got to play with a friend while I was treated and then we visited Dan on the job, building a house south of town. Today we are staying home and glad to do so, while Dan goes to the sale barn with six goats. Our job is to pick cucumbers for canning pickles and the few green beans that we can find.
And that’s the news from this busy-potluck-week on the farm!