4 months. That’s how long it has been since I last posted. As I completed another round of folk school catalog design this week and went to delete “Annie writes a blog called Drift Less, Learn More” from my bio, I decided to instead actually take up writing again. As there is no way I could possibly write an update on everything I have done in the past 4 months, here is a “brief” slideshow of events instead. Enjoy and come back soon for more updates!
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Right now we are in peak harvest time for tomatoes and my goddess to we ever have a glut of these beauties! This morning I got to use the food mill for the first time to make tomato sauce. We have a beautiful hand crank mill and it works like a dream. I was finding that I didn’t like how watery it was when I was using the attachment for making sauce so I decided to use the one for salsa. It has bigger holes so you get a slightly chunkier sauce. It looks great! We have also been making salsas and soups with the tomatoes.
Last summer the farm had a late blight and they didn’t get as big of a harvest as this year. The main differences in care have been tying the plants, periodic fertilizing with some manure water from our horses on the roots, and more regular watering. It certainly would seem that all the hard work paid off.
In the past week or so Jamie and I harvested all the hops! They are now dried and in large food grade buckets awaiting their destiny of being made into yummy beer!
Growing out of some old compost are a ton of volunteer squashes. To celebrate the beginning of August I harvested a pumpkin and made a special Jack-o-lantern!
Tags: august, driftless folk school, farming, halloween, harvest, personal projects, photos, pumpkins, shenanigans, squash, volunteer squash, wisconsin, work/study