Posts Tagged With: Mountain Bounty

Do the Can-Can!

this is why I got a really bad berry stomach ache on Friday during picking….

Things have been a bit busy on the farm. The summer rush is in full swing. Here’s a pictorial overview of all sorts of farm updates.

sweet peas were here and now they’re done, Loganberries are still here

the CSA packing line, plus Jude thrown in!

Angies beautiful flowers

strawberries are starting to slow down in the heat

Jake holding Abby like the lion king

pretty fennel

chard – great colors

part of our booth at the farmers market, beets galore

Boysenberries EVERYWHERE!

farm photo op, most of the daily crew 🙂

and the littlest member, Jude sucking on his mango

Loganberries!

We work hard. All of the harvesting, weeding, packing, digging, tilling, planting, transplanting, watering, and everything else, but we also play hard. We challenged a nearby farming community to a kickball game:

Mountain Bounty – team domination

intense warm up, one handed catching, beer in other hand

the two sides combine for a peaceful post game pic

we harvested over 1,000 pounds of broccoli last Wednesday and some were as big as Jason’s biceps

Even with all this work, we’ve made sure to make rock’in meals. Here’s a sampling:

pesto Mediterranean pizza

spring rolls wrapped in blanched cabbage leaves and special sauce

yummy pesto

beet, carrot, beet green roast

And, we’ve also tried to keep preserving food….

sun drying apricots and nectarines

the new pressure cooker with lots of our canning work: from left to right: dill pickles, with strawberries on top, boysenberries in pear juice, with pickled fennel (top), nectarines in juice, hot cumin zucchini pickle, and 3rd top mango/serrano hot sauce, bottom right jearinera and nectalo (nectarine and loganberry) jam

had to do some construction in the cabin….add some shelfs

Wow, there’s just not enough time in the day. Gotta love summer! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and eat some delicious food!

 

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Farm Tour Part 2

Hi there!

Here’s one of the views from our “office”

More often, the view looks more like this though:

tomatoes under their protective remay covers

An acre of winter squash

garlic and a few types of cucumbers…they’re white because we coated them with a translucent clay liquid to keep the cucumber beetles off of them

grow sweet peas, grow!

an acre of potatoes on the top and an acre of winter squash on the bottom

There’s the big white house on the hill. The owner is not affiliated at all with the farm, she just thought the farmed land across the street looked nice and wanted some of her land to look like that, which was perfect because we needed a couple acres for potatoes and winter squash.

lettuces and fennel

Stay back 50 feet all directions!

broccoli and broccoli and some cabbages

caterpillar tunnels are keeping things warm and they’re growing!

summer squash are flowering!

The hot weather is here, which means that it’s time to get a bunch of irrigation in place and get the water flowing.

awkward things to try and balance at first

the daily irrigation pipe moves

overhead irrigation lines are laid every 6 beds in the fields

The first crop ready for harvest at the Birchville site are the radishes. Yum!

they’re so juicy and spicy

Back at the main farm location, the hoop houses there are close to harvest.

napa cabbage…2 more weeks

carrots are almost there

And after a long day of hard work, we relax outside and in the kitchen area

There’s tons going on here right now. I figured less writing and more pictures was the way to go. Today we planted strawberries and the first few are getting ripe from the last planting. Cooking experiments are coming along. Jake has almost perfected making raw milk feta cheese, I’m making progress with thick raw milk yogurt, we’ve made socca’s, new salad dressings, and even sprouted granola! Recipes and more pictures will follow. Enjoy the great weather and a fresh salad!

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In the Green Spirit….again

Green. Everywhere.

Things are sure looking green in the foothills. And they should be after being drenched with over 12 inches of rain during five days and then a foot of snow! It’s been a wet one to say the least. I thought it may have just been a tease when the sun said hi this last Saturday morning. I decided to go for a hike and hoped that the rain/snow would withstand for a few hours. Fortunately, the morning was gorgeous and the hike was a very green one indeed. Mountain Bounty Farm is located about 2 miles from the Wild and Scenic Yuba River. Last Saturday, I hiked from the farm down the hills a bit and along the river. There was never a dull moment. Check out some photos.

timber! Purdon road was out of commission for a bit

Purdon crossing bridge over the Yuba

green...everywhere!

Spring has sprung...maybe....

not green, but Liana the neighbor's horse - she's 32!

That’s Liana, the neighbor’s horse – she’s 32!

In the spirit of greenness, I couldn’t resist rewinding a few weeks to post some of the last pictures from the last farm. In the last couple days that we were there numerous lettuce varieties were ready to harvest. They were soo delicious! The red butterhead [Sophia variety] had a great texture, color, and crunch.

delicious and about 3 pounds

Sophia red butterhead, delectable!

that's some serious sauerkraut material!

From the trees, shrubs, and mosses to lettuce, cabbage, and fennel – greens are back!

UNTIL…….last Saturday night when this arrived:

The Intern Kitchen

Our cabin and the pathway down to the other cabins and fields

some deer came through...

the calm after the storms

And now almost all the snow has melted. Hopefully spring is truly here now! We’ve got lots of potatoes, strawberries, peas, broccoli, kale, and many other crops to get into the ground next week, let the season begin!

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