Harvest continues as well as more work on David’s cabin — 22 Comments

  1. So do you can any of the melon? I tried it once with a spice melon recipe. Yeah, it did not go over well…

    • Yes, I do can up some muskmelon as sweet melon balls. The trick, I think, is to use slightly under-ripe melons. If they are ripe enough to eat, they are usually too soft to pickle well; they turn to mush.

  2. I bought some Brad’s Atomic Tomatoes at Farmer’s Market today. They are over the top in color. They don’t have much tomato taste to me. The taste is pleasant and mild and a bit sweet. A good tomato for a surprise on a salad plate or relish plate and good for those who can’t tolerate a more acid tomato.

    • Mine have a decent tomato taste, but I’ve found they have to be soft-ripe to get the best taste. Then they’ve got a lot of orange in them. Otherwise, they are wonderful in a mixed salad, just for the stupendous color!

  3. Hi Jackie…its been awhile since I last wrote.I haven’t been on line so it’s all new news about David’s cabin…Im so glad that he will be living near to you and Will.He was just a little boy and you and your former husband and you parents were all living in a camper while you were bullding your house.Time went very quickly..So glad the Lord put Will into yourlife after your husband’s death.Ive learned that He provides for every need that we have..God bless you all…

    • We’re praying our weather allows us to get that cabin dried in before snowfall! It’s our best gardening year ever after last year being our worst. You win some. You lose some. That’s life!

  4. Oh, my, wish we could find some of those shipping crates! Good to see the cabin coming along so well.

    We didn’t have much produce from our garden this year & I think I will downscale next time. We sure don’t have the energy you have!

    • Energy??? Ha ha. I sure don’t have what I did when I was 60! I “harvest” in my sleep.

  5. Have you noticed what the beavers are thinking about the future cold? It’s always so interesting to find out how they are building/ have built their dens in prep for winter.
    I can’t wait to see your seed list this year! It’s so encouraging to find veggies that do well in this short seasoned north!!

    • So far, no news from the beavers but I’ll sure be watching them soon. They sure beat the weather forecasters and Farmer’s Almanac for predicting our weather!

  6. Love watching the progress on David’s and Ashley’s house, as well as all of the harvesting going on at your homestead. Still hot in Michigan (we usually follow your weather) but we are supposed to have some cooler weather this weekend. Hope you get some of that. Still processing our garden too as well as the orchard apples. Sure is a busy time of year for those of us who love the dirt!

    • It IS busy! But we know freezing is just around the corner and that keeps us rushing around.

  7. It hit 90 here in southern Wisconsin, today I picked more apples and sliced them to dehydrate. Tomorrow we will can pears as we have a bumper crop. My Hopi gray squash looks ready to harvest as the leaves are turning gray. Some of this squash is oblong and some are a flattened round shape. Is this normal? Your melons look delicious. Any advice re Hopi squash? I think you could write a great article on homestead kitchen utensils ie corn/grain grinder, canners, apple pealers, juicer, ice cream makers,cast iron cookware, kraut cutter-the list goes on. Often I think I have acquired quite a collection of “stuff” to do stuff. I am planning to get a nut cracker for the walnuts-I’m tired of using a hammer. I love your blog and know what effort it takes to do all you do and WOW.

    • Yep. Hopis come in all shapes. The mature color is blue-gray and you’ll notice the stems getting rough and tough. I am working on an article on handy kitchen utensils as they are the pride of my kitchen! So keep an eye out.
      Our winter apples are just ripe so I’ll be doing apples too, real soon. Boy do they taste good, too!

  8. So glad David’s house is coming along nicely. Also I’m very happy that Javid is continuing to heal. Sorry they took him so far away but he will be healed and back so. Your melons look awesome. Hope the weather holds for you. Bless you all and take.

  9. It’s so exciting to watch the progress on David’s home. I’m sure he’s anxious to get it move in ready.

    • Yes, he is. But he knows it’ll take another year to get there. Working a full time job, plus as much overtime as he can, and days getting shorter slows down work progress.

  10. Love your blog Jackie! Will you have any Atomic tomato seeds for sale next year? Keep up your good work!

    • Thanks, Pam. Yes, we sure will have Brad’s Atomic Grape seeds in our catalog. They are awesome! (Why eat boring tomatoes???)