Farm Update

If anyone saw my Instagram post the other afternoon, you’ll know it didn’t fare so well for many of the rabbits.  Unfortunately, rabbits can be pretty prone to heat stroke.  Especially pregnant, very old, and very young ones.  A very pregnant rabbit died and seven young rabbits died.  It wasn’t pretty.  I managed to get the rest down to a normal temperature and everyone is eating, drinking, and full of energy now but there were a few hours I was sure I was going to lose everyone.

The thing with the rabbits is – I haven’t particularly enjoyed raising them.  The goats, chickens, turkeys, dog, cat – they all get to run around together and taste freedom fairly often.  The rabbits have to stay in cages.  They can’t be together, they can’t be let loose for a bit.  They’ll run away never to be seen again.  The goats, chickens, turkeys, dog, cat – they all seem to at least kind of like me…they come when called, they recognize my voice, come running when they see me.  The rabbits try to claw my throat out on the reg.

So while I’ve enjoyed learning how to raise them for meat and I’ve appreciated what they’ve provided, the last few rabbits get to live out their days here but then the rabbit raising days will be over.

But seriously.  I’m sorry rabbits.  I’m sorry I didn’t realize the hot summer day would kill you.  I knew you’d get hot.  We were all hot.  We were all sucking down water like it was the only thing keeping us alive.  But I’m sorry I didn’t know better.

 

 

I feel like this is a valuable lesson though – for myself and others.  For me, it’s just one more lesson that unfortunately had to be learned the hard way in animal husbandry. For others – maybe this helps you raise rabbits properly but maybe it’s also a harsh dose of reality for those of you thinking this is all La La Land Fun and Disney Princess Games.  I get this text/social media message A LOT: “I’m so jealous, I wish I could live on a farm, maybe I will one day.” It’s absolutely fine if you want to, but know this – 99% of what I’m posting, is the good stuff.  The BEST stuff. But there are also days you come home from work and find a pile of dead and dying rabbits.  And guess what?  You’re on your own sister.

Now that I’ve filled everyone with dismal doom gloom and despair, I’m going to finish up this post and let you stare at the computer screen.

 

Ratatouille

I really want to go on a long rant right now but it might also be because I’m hungry so I’ll talk about food instead.

I’m eating a zucchini a day, people.

I.
Love.
Them.

They’re not even from our pitiful garden this year.  They’re from *gasp* the grocery store, but I don’t care!  They’re so good!  You should eat one every day too!  And a bunch of other veggies!  Because you really just can’t eat too many!

 

Ratatouille
Serves 4

Ingredients:

-1 eggplant
-1 zucchini
-1 yellow squash
-1 onion
-1 large tomato
-a splash or two of red wine
-1/2 cup water
-2 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
-rosemary
-thyme
-basil
-olive oil

 

  1. Chop eggplant and toss in heated skillet with olive oil.  Sauté while chopping other veggies.
  2. Throw onion, zucchini, and squash in the pan and sauté until just starting to get soft.
  3. Add tomato, wine, water, vinaigrette and sauté until most liquid has been cooked out/veggies are soft.
  4. Add rosemary, thyme, basil, salt and pepper as you see fit.
  5. Sautee for a few more minutes, give it some stirs.

Maybe even put some cheese on top.  Shovel it in to your face.  Because who cares.  It’s vegetables.

I really must run – a fire truck just went by and woke up all the coyotes.  I need to tuck them all back in.

Why Goats Milk Soap?

Why goats milk soap?

Because you suburban people are obsessed with goats right now and we farmers are trying to take advantage.

Just kidding.  About the taking advantage part.

But for real, it’s got “alpha hydroxyl acids” that help remove dead skin cells.  Which makes you look younger.  We’ll just say that’s why I have always looked 15. Goats milk is high in Vitamin A which repairs damaged skin tissue. Milk soaps have fat.  Fat is good.  Fat moisturizes. Also, Vitamins and Minerals from the milk is going directly on to your skin. (And did you know it’s the largest organ??)

Also, it’s natural.  Like… you can pronounce all the ingredients and they are words you know. Go look at the soap in your shower right now and tell me what all those ingredients are.

It also makes nice gifts, ya know?  I’m all about getting and giving gifts that can be used up.  Because everyone has too much stuff already.  Soap serves a purpose and then goes bye bye.

This winter (it has to be winter, that’s when there’s time) I plan on learning how to make lotions, salves, chapsticks, other stuff.  Oh and caramel candies and ice cream and more cheese and and and and and…IMG_5188

 

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