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Go’in Nuts!

We’ve been shelling a bunch of walnuts lately. It’s actually not too bad of a job, especially when we shell first thing in the morning, listen to NPR, and drink coffee. Here’s what the set up looks like:

hand walnut crank

There’s been some nuts with worms, disease, or some other issue and those are discarded with the shells. We throw the shells and unsalable flesh to the chickens and they LOVE to scratch around in the nuts and eat the worms and flesh. I’m guessing our eggs right now are really high in omega-3’s from all the walnuts they’re eating!

the mighty walnut!

With all the walnuts around I was trying to think of something new and simple to make with them. I decided to combine 1 nut, 1 seed, 1 fruit, and 1 grain + water.

Approximate amounts:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds soak in 6 tablespoons water for 30 minutes
  • 1 cup prunes
  • 1 1/2 cups oats

Put prunes, presoaked chia seeds and all the water they soaked in (should be a gelatinous texture), and most of the walnuts into a blender and blend the mixture to your preference. Mine was fairly mash-like. Add to the oats and hand mix until the oats are thoroughly mixed in. Oil a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cool, cut, and enjoy. It’s a work in progress and may need a ripe banana or some applesauce added if it’s too dry when trying to mix with the oats. Cooking, and especially baking is all an experiment 🙂

***Update: Chia seeds originated in central America. The Aztec and Maya used the seeds as “survival food” because 1 tablespoon of chia seeds will keep a person alive for 24 hours. Chia seeds have high levels of omega-3’s, protein, fiber, calcium, and many trace minerals. Chia seeds also function as a wonderful binding ingredient, which helps your digestive track stay very regular. Learn more about chia seeds here.

homemade energy bar

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All Cooped Up

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While our farm focuses on heirloom vegetable production, there also are some animals, mainly chickens. In our first week on the farm one of the hens laid 6 eggs and 4 have survived to become pretty big chicks. The mom hen has done a great time mothering the chicks. The other intern Evan and Jake decided to build the chicks a coop now that the weather is getting colder.

Here’s what the baby chicks general area looks like:

that's the mom hen in the middle

Let the coop construction begin!

let's see what we can make out of random scraps found around the farm....

hmmm...starting to look like a coop!

We even were creative in using old scrap green house plastic to make the roof, which will hopefully help keep it even warmer inside the coop during the winter.

that's going to hold a bunch of chicks!

It’s been an interesting week on the farm, fighting fires and now working with power tools. Most people don’t think of those activities as farm jobs, but farming involves a lot more than putting seeds into the ground and watering them. Because of this, we all wear work belts filled with gloves, knifes and/or scissors, and other useful farm tools. I was styling my farm clothes this morning and Jake had me wear the Packers hat…but DON’T be fooled, I am NOT a Packer fan!!

that packers hat did not stay on for long....

The chick’s coop is complete and it’s been pretty funny to watch them try to figure out what it is. They climb on it, perch in it, and most importantly sleep in it. Coop build a success! Now if only they would start laying eggs….

It’s pretty remarkable how much different eggs are that are from hens that forage and eat grass all day compared to eggs from conventional sources. The yokes of our hens eggs are vivid dark yellow/orange and the whites are not runny but hold together excellent in a fried egg. Not to mention the increased nutritional value and higher omega 3’s. If you haven’t tried a free range, pasture raised egg I strongly suggest that you do!

crazy chicks

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