There is quite a range of activity here at the nursery right now. Every day food is being brought in to be processed…..canned, pickled, or frozen. We’ve just harvested our first large crop of broccoli to be put into the freezer. Kale, chard, and snow peas are going in along with it. The summer squash and green beans are producing faster than we can pick them. Herbs and foraged plants are being collected for tea, or tinctures, and salves.Chamomile blossoms are set aside to dry, and St. John’s Wort flowers have been picked to make a tincture with. Our WWOOFer Hannah has been enjoying our foraging excursions, she is quickly learning the botanical names of plants here at the nursery and the ones we collect from the fields and woods to make tinctures and salves with. I think she likes learning about the medicinal uses of the plants we grow and collect. Rick has been collecting seed from the display beds, and plants like Adlumia fungosa, Corydalis lutea, and Myrrhis odorata are being potted up and put into the sales area. The sheep are being moved every two weeks or so for rotational grazing methods.Hannah has been spending a bit of time picking through this spring’s fleeces readying them for the next step…..washing.
And then there is the weeding, mowing, and daily maintenance around the place. We continue to advance on the studio project, the second floor being nailed in place soon. Boy, oh boy, our days are full! We do love every bit of it though and feel thankful for this good life we live. And as I’ve mentioned before, there’s always plenty of food!
Food for the eyes, soul and stomach – all good things. My only regret from our visit was that I didn’t get to see the animals that wore those wool coats. 🙂
We are lucky to have such a feast…for both the eyes and the belly, you are right. The sheep are very glad, I am sure, to be rid of their heavy coats during this hot weather, and I am happy to have them for spinning!
That pizza looks fantastic. Enjoy hearing about your herbal preparations. BTW I was whining to you about no bees, they’re back! Not like other years but they’re on my flowers this week.
I’ve been watching and I think they’ve found a space behind a step to set up housekeeping.
That’s good news! We are seeing more lately, as well. Some version of pizza is almost always on the menu here every week. Always something yummy to put on top, especially pesto!
I swear–I get exhausted just reading your posts! So much work but it is clearly fulfilling and satisfying!
It truly is, we do enjoy a bit of time off, but our life and works provides substance in all kinds of ways. We know winter is around the corner and the pace will change ( and the knitting, spinning, and felting will resume!!!).