The morning started with tomato sauce in my hair, splatters of tomato juice on the counter and back splash, and dishes piled up covering the entire counter! Saturday Dan picked another 80-100 lbs. of Roma tomatoes and sorted them into bins according to their ripeness. On Labor Day we hurriedly washed and put them through the strainer making them into pulp, so today they could simmer with the addition of peppers, onions, basil, parsley, and garlic to make spaghetti sauce. The house smells wonderful!
One shelf is already full in the basement with whole stew tomatoes, tomato juice and tomato soup. Now it’s on to spaghetti sauce and salsa, and if there’s enough, hopefully pizza sauce to use for our Friday Night Fun Night throughout the year!
There is a shortage of pictures this week. I did a poor job of documenting our very busy weekend, but it was a lot of fun. Friday Nathan and I met a few of my friends for bagels and coffee at The Bean, then he took a nap while I churned out the first batch of spaghetti sauce: 13 quarts so far. Today will hopefully yield another 10. Friends from Kansas City, MO came late Friday night, just as jars were coming out of the canner, to stay with us for the weekend.
Dan made us waffles Saturday morning. Our friends left for Iowa to visit relatives, so Dan helped me harvest in the garden, and then together we dug up our potato crop. Nathan helped by taking the potatoes and throwing them on the tarp to dry for awhile, before they were put in the machine shed to cure. My big belly was happy to see our friends return from their family visit to help with harvesting potatoes and finishing up the big job of mowing the lawn. It was a gorgeous day.
Sunday was leisurely with church and naps and ended beautifully with a BBQ around the bonfire that included apple pie, peach crisp and s’mores, of course. The cool weather set in for the night and the adults chatted around the warm fire late into the evening. Monday morning Dan made blueberry muffins for breakfast before our friends took off for home. Dan and I picked raspberries for a raspberry pie to give as a gift to another friend for her golden birthday that evening.
This morning one of our goats died. She had been sickly for the last two days with terrible diarrhea. She didn’t have the obvious symptoms of parasites, but we gave her some worm and parasite treatment anyway. Another goat also has diarrhea, so we treated her as well, hoping we don’t lose another one. I was especially sad since this goat was part of the original six goats we first bought to start our herd almost 4 years ago.
This week the cool weather is barely going to break 75F, and I’m not sure how well the tomatoes, melons, peppers and okra will like it. We’ve picked a handful of okra, and a few peppers. Nathan helped himself to another jalapeno before I rescued him from a burning mouth. The winter squash have totally overgrown our watermelons and muskmelons. Next year we’ll be sure to plant them at opposite ends of the garden. I’ve let the green beans and zucchini go, since there’s only so much gardening, canning, cooking, laundry and childcare a pregnant lady can do in a day! The spinach I planted late are coming up nicely, and I hope I can have a nice green salad along hot soup this fall! Saturday Dan harvested most of our first planting of carrots, and a huge cabbage for coleslaw and stir fry.
This morning Nathan and I carefully picked all of our ripe heirloom tomatoes and I was so proud at how well he did at gently putting them in the yellow bin for me. Instead of throwing them! He also has mastered helping me load and unload the dishwasher, and knows exactly which button to push for ‘Start.’ Sunday he took a tumble on the driveway and has a nice scratch going from his forehead, over his eye to his cheek. He’s tough stuff, though. Just had a good cry, a nice warm bath and a good night’s sleep. The cool weather is great for our daily walks, and Nathan and I both love the Sweet Tango apples we’ve been getting from the Dayton Ave. Orchard two miles away. I fill up our water bottles, then hand Nathan slices of apple in the stroller and off we go on our walk down the gravel road. If you like apple pie, mine will be sold at the Dayton Ave. Orchard here in Adrian starting this weekend, and of course I highly recommend all their varieties of apples! Check it out!
And that’s the news from this bonfire-weather-Labor-Day-weekend on the farm!