August 21, 2014
Around The Farm in August
Despite the fairly mild temperatures throughout the northeast this summer, everything on the farm is producing nicely and thriving, including the fruit-bearing trees, the vegetables and even the animals! Please take a few minutes to take a quick tour around the farm with me and enjoy the fruit of yet another successful summer season.
1 The ornamental banana plants, planted in giant Kenneth Lynch urns, are majestic and create a magical entrance to the flower garden.
2 The pear trees are just about ready for picking.
3 The yield this summer looks like it will be particularly abundant.
4 And hopefully sweet and delicious!
5 Francesca is eager to sample some.
6 The ancient apple and neighboring quince trees, at the far end of the croquet field, are also producing nicely.
7 Quince likely originated in Eastern Europe, but is found all around the world and is used in many different ways - from stews and soups to jellies and wine!
8 I love to make quince paste and delicious quince sorbet! See my website for other yummy quince recipes. http://goo.gl/DzxEgM
9 This year the blueberry harvest was fantastic! I made so many blueberry pies and tarts and my late sister Laura made a most memorable lemon-blueberry cream pie just 2 weekends ago.
10 Blueberries contain high levels of antioxidants, which aid in fighting cancer, aging and heart disease.
11 The mint garden, which is planted with many varieties of mint, is thriving.
12 I use mint to make delicious teas and punches. What do you make with mint?
13 The Agastache foeniculum, or anise hyssop is strategically positioned next to the bee hives.
14 The leaves and tiny lavender-blue flowers of anise hyssop smell and taste of anise and are highly attractive to bees.
15 I am so happy that the bees are thriving as well!
16 The chickens are in very good spirits and look healthy and happy.
17 Always very curious.
18 And beautiful to look at.
19 This particular chicken is a European breed called Polish hen, also known as the Crested Dutch - renowned for their extravagant crest of feathers, often a contrasting color to that of their body.
20 The vegetable garden is looking and producing quite well, despite this unusually mild summer. Here's a quick look at what's thriving.
21 Atlantis Broccoli
23 Yellow onions.
24 Delicious Tuscan kale, also known as Lacinato kale.
25 A closer view of the healthy green leaves.
26 Also, curly kale and the row beneath is arugula.
27 Many beautiful varieties of cabbage.
28 Alcosa is a small, savoyed cabbage forming deep blue-green, crinkled heads.
29 Brassica oleracea, or red cabbage.
30 Diamond eggplant.
31 And an abundance of tomatoes of varying varieties.
36 The Friesians are just in from a nice run in their paddock.
37 Rufus, Clive and Billy have been out all morning, enjoying the beautiful day. Thank you for taking a few moments to tour the farm today.