Gardening in the Blind

Thinking Locally
February 25, 2011, 7:59 pm
Filed under: animals, local eating

Stopping to smell the liliacs, hoping for spring SOON!!

Deron and I can’t raise a cow for meat yet.  We can’t have a cow to milk.  We can’t raise much for meat period.  So we have reached out to the local farms for meat.  They are all carefully visited and inspected before we will purchase any meat.  Grass fed/pastured beef, pig and chicken is like no other.  I cringe on those off times Deron “has to have” meat from a market.  It is bland and the texture is even different.  But going to the farm every Friday is a bit much as well.  So we compromised.  We purchased half a cow from a local farm here in the same town even.  It cost $4.50/pound hang weight.  I was told that it would be about 400-450 for my half.  But things are a bit off.  We are now owners of 500 pounds hanging weight of beef.  I was told that 400 pounds would need about 14 cubic feet of freezer space.  We already have a freezer downstairs.  It is only a 8.8 cubic foot freezer and we have the bottom drawer as a freezer upstairs.  It might barely have worked with 400 pounds, but 500 sent us off for an additional freezer.  But boy is it worth it.  We should be getting the meat delivered sometime next week.  It is so exciting to know that we are not only supporting the local farming community but we are eating something that we touched and know for sure it has no antibiotics or feed lot corn or cramped quarters. 

I think I see pig in our future this year!


Bad Bad Winter
February 13, 2011, 6:16 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized


Sorry it has taken me so long to post.  It seems some one made Mr. Winter very mad at my neck of the woods.  It is finally giving us a break, which is well deserved I might add.  Deron and I have had to shovel snow from our lower roof three times do far this winter.  I am do to go out and chip ice next weekend, boy that sounds fun….
Just look at the attached picture.  Underneath that snow is not only my raised beds, but that portable chicken coop which is over 2 feet high….Have I told you lately how over winter I am???