It’s been a while since we’ve posted. The summer months are so full of activity on a farm. Here are some of the things we’ve been up to in the past week.
Last weekend we moved half of the cows across the street to greener pastures and half we moved to our dried out west pasture because we’re bringing in a bull next week. It’s hard to say which group is luckier. We also slaughtered chickens (not so lucky for them) and picked hordes of tomatoes (lucky for us).
We made 3 meals out of the rooster we slaughtered. My favorite was Nepali Dahl (an Indian curry with sprouted legumes, tomato, and broccoli.) I also made some amazing broth from the bones. The broth is an amazing golden color and set up into a thick jelly. Grass fed bone broth is great for joint health and when consumed regularly helps with arthritic pain.
Monday morning we loaded up one of our mama cows (Tess) to take to auction. She’s a sweet thing and we already miss her. However, with this year’s drought and skyrocketing hay prices we need to downsize any way we can.
We also picked approximately 30lbs of tomatoes. We sold 15lbs and the rest I washed, cored, and froze on cookie sheets. In the next day or so I’ll throw them (frozen) into food saver bags and vacuum seal them. When we’re ready to cook with tomatoes this winter all need to do is run them under hot water and the skin comes off in one big chunk. This is a fast and great way to have tomato on hand for cooking during the winter months. I think we’ll have nearly the same amount of tomato this weekend. YEAH!!
The evening temperature tonight is supposed to be in the 30’s so I’m rounding up blankets to cover the cucumber and squash plants. And the greenhouse sides will be rolled down to keep the tomatoes, melons, and pumpkins warm. Ahh…gardening in Montana.
If we have time over the weekend we’ll continue putting siding on the new chicken coop. Hopefully, next summer the chickens will have their own pasture and won’t be roaming freely through our yard, flower beds, and the street.