My Grandpa took great pride in being a farmer. He was third generation, that seems to be the story of many of America's farmers. It's not an easy job, they wake up early and go to bed late so that livestock are cared for and crops are brought in on time.
It's easy to forget about the hard work involved in farming, after all most of us just swing by the grocery store once or twice a week for milk, bread and some kind of meat to make a meal. Very few of us live on farms that provide food for the nation.
When I was growing up, my Aunt Joy and Uncle Wayne milked for Carnation. They were a small operation, my Uncle had a full time job so the milking fell to my Aunt most of the time. Summers when I would be there, I got to milk too! It was a big thrill, I was a city kid who thought the chores my cousins had to do on a daily basis were "fun." They would laugh at me when I would take their turn!
That farm was a hub of activity in the Springtime, it was a race to get the garden in and the hay cut. My Aunt would be in canning mode from May on till late October when the garden would finally give it's last tomato! The reward for all that hard work was jars and jars of fruits and vegetables to be enjoyed for many months. All through the winter, she'd open green beans, tomatoes, and corn... not to mention the jams, jellies and preserves!
If you've been seriously thinking of trying to grow the food you eat, you will LOVE this website...
Old Fashioned Families tells you where to start. From planting a garden to canning the vegetables, it has everything you need to know.
On Bug Patrol this week: The ants have marched off to someone else's yard, mine are gone!
The Master Gardener's tip about Terro granules got them moving! We put down the Flea and Tick granules this past weekend so I'm hoping all the bugs are packing their bags. Ticks can be dangerous in our neck of the woods, treating your yard is a must every year.
In the Kitchen this week: Two cute ideas for deviled eggs...
Just click on the pictures and they will take you to the recipes!
We're hoping that your Easter is blessed with food, family and friends!