Labor and Delivery on the Homestead

BABIES! There are babies everywhere!  June 13th was a good day to be born.  It was our son’s birthday, chicks hatched and baby bunnies were born.

Honey welcomed her liter of 6 beautiful kits (one all white, three black (just like papa) and 2 mixed white/black (like Honey).  Debbie or her sister (I am starting to doubt that this is Deb​​bie after all) hatched 4 babies (two black chicks with white spot and two orange Araucana looking chicks).   So lately, we feel as if we are in L&D taking care of newborns, doing round belly checks and making sure everyone is fed and happy.

Honey’s due date was June 13 (31 day gestation) and so was the broody hen’s (21 days)–the fist egg hatched on day 19, so maybe it was fertilized earlier–or it was a preemie?!  Either way, everyone is doing very well–growing, eating and pooping.
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‘Tis’ the season–food preservation season!!

It’s that time of the year again. Time to start jammin! Strawberries are in, raspberries and cherries are to follow. We are getting very excited about the next few months of productive labor to preserve food for the rest of the year.

Every year I think I have enough and every year, by March we tend to deplete our resources 🙂 so this year, we will up the canned spaghetti sauce and canned tomatoes, canned corn, canned and pickled green beans, pickles, veggie chow and dehydrate a boat load of fruit.  We are also going to freeze a lot more berries as the kids have discovered their true love for smoothies.

I am excited for the work to start! Gathering a few berries from the garden is so gratifying!  Watching the kids gobble up berries, asparagus, peas and kale from the garden is hands down the best feeling ever.   So much work has been put into the garden with hopes of providing as much of our own food as possible.

Last weekend, we went to U Pick strawberries at our CSA farm in Rochester.  We picked enough strawberries to enjoy fresh, freeze, make a fruit salad, jam and syrup.  This is the beginning of my most favorite part of the year.

Strawberries and sugar! All you need to make amazing jam and syrup.
Look at these beauties…fresh and organically grown!
Ready to go into the water bath
sterilizing the jars before pouring the jam
Our harvest is not very impressive…but he berries are the sweetest!

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