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The "Leap" Year......

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Each year I do the same thing: try and squeak 'lots' of seed in before March! It is still very cold and not cost effective for us to fire the middle greenhouse yet and no point creating more stress for myself panicking as I can't plant stuff out till the fear of frost is gone anyhow. If we have a crappy, cold April like last year with little sun (Ohhhh I dread this!!) I couldn't push the plants along if I tried! I sit and stare at the seed logs from last year making sure we are on track and trying desperately to be just a 'touch' earlier (aka 'better') than last year. "Long time yet. Relax woman." is usually Ben's response to my useless worrying. You can truly annoy the hell out of someone by wandering around the house evenings shaking seed packets!! LOLOLOL, poor Ben. (I do wish we had more of a 'Californian climate' though.) It's a hell of alot of work to fill the greenhouses, so the sooner I start, the sooner it fills seems …

And the Journey begins again.....

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Hello again Dufferin Customers! Ahhh, seeding. It was a nice weekend, BUT more cold and snow in the forecast. Instead of firing up the middle greenhouse now, we use our insulated 'cooler' room in the barn and 'heat' it instead, saving huge on oil/wood costs for the furnaces! Germination can take place here and within a couple weeks we'll move all the seedlings out to the greenhouses for needed sun! At this time we have some tomatoes seeded and the majority of all our onions. We had some 'volunteers' this past weekend (my stepdaughter and a friend) who helped out! First they filled the open flats, then 'stamped' the flats to make neat little rows, and then I seed out the onions! We then rack everything and water it good. The last picture is the first of our tomato seedlings emerging! It's still hard to believe the time is here and a new season has begun!! We ate well this past weekend. Lots of homemade soups and for Saturday night we had a fish f…

Why Chicken Soup is going to taste great tonight....

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Day before market, busy as usual on the farm. Ben's mom with be grading storage crops with me, then we are cleaning the cooler out to get ready for 'seeding'! Yup, we will germinate in that insulated room, which is much warmer this time of year. Ben's busy doing maintenance on the outter wall of one greenhouse; and I've also decided it's time to tackle cleaning out the middle greenhouse - sorting trays, sweeping up. Every once in a while I know I'll jump out of my skin, as a huge sheet of snow will slide off the glass roof - THIS is a nice sound! Ben's also decided to seed later this afternoon. Should be a great day, nice to see the sun. Nothing happens until all the animals are taken care of. This morn was weird, as our horse is extremely vocal in the morning. She was silent and I didn't notice her around outside as usual when I fed the cats. We soon discovered why! Ben said: "It's usually the child that leaves the gate open, this time it …

Better than candy..."Heart Shaped PEROGIES"!!!

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Happy Valentine's Day! (I'm gone Thurs., may as well yap now..) There is just something special about my grandma. Our collaboration has proved to be effective and fun this week! We have created 'heart shaped' perogies for Valentine's Day, which just happens to be 'Dufferin Market Day'!!(I just had to take advantage of that fact, to show some 'love' to all my customers that I value sooo much!! Same price too, so just a special treat for all!! ) My grandmother taught for over 30 years at our local catholic school here in our small town. Considering we could NOT find large heart shaped cookie cutters ANYWHERE, the retired teacher stayed awake Monday night and came up with a plan AND she came loaded with bristol board templates and a yard stick to attempt to do the job on the dough! It was classic and anyone that had my grandmother for a teacher would totally recognize her perfect handwriting, straight lines on all these cutt out designs, just classic, …

Warming Recipes......

More recipes from my mother that Ben and I enjoy during winter.......

Creamy Cabbage Soup

6 cups shredded or chopped cabbage
1 chopped onion
1 stalk celery chopped fine
1/2 tsp. caraway seed or dill seed or both
1 tsp. salt
4 Cups Chicken Stock
Cook until all veg are tender. Blend 1/2 or so. Add 2 cups of milk and plenty of pepper. (You can serve this over chopped kobossa too! YUM!)

Sauerkraut Soup

1/2 pot full of boiled ham stock plus a very meaty ham bone
6 cups of frozen Sauerkraut
4-6 whole garlic cloves
1 quart chunky tomatoes
1 quart water
1/2 bag of elbow noodles
Early in the afternoon put the sauerkraut on to simmer in the stock with the garlic and tomatoes and water. Let this simmer for a few hours until the kraut is really tender. Add the noodles and cook 1/2 hr. more until they are tender. Add more water, some chicken stock even too or tomato sauce if it is too thick!
Enjoy!