DRYING BASIL-THE HOPS ARE READY-BOOKS I AM READING

11 08 2014

GREETINGS

It’s another beautiful morning here on the farm.  The moon was spectacular last night.

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 We are expecting rain for tonight and tomorrow. which will be good for the gardens.

DRYING BASIL

The basil is in dehydrator and the smell permeates through the house.  I will have to do at least 3 more batches before I have enough for the winter.  I will get onto drying the dill after the hops.  

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I have sage, parsley and cilantro to do too 

THE HOPS ARE READY

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I can’t believe that it’s already time to pick the hops.  I picked a pan full last night and will dry them today.  I plan to get another pail full before it rains.  Then I will get started making the Hops Dream Pillows.  I love making them and they sold well last year.    I will be selling hops in a bag for people to make their own pillows and this year I am going to sell them on the vine as a swag.  3 vines at least 3 feet long.  I have seen this done in England.  In fact for many years a hops farm has advertised Hops in a Box.   I will try it.  I have a swag of hops over my bed.

MAINE FARM

I picked up this book on Amazon some time ago.  It’s an older book and I got it for under a dollar and it was new, plus shipping of course.  I had been going through some old magazines, Countryside to be exact and read a review about this book.  It’s by Stanley Joseph and Lynn Karlin. I am taking my time reading it and enjoying all the wonderful pictures.  If I could pick anywhere in the U.S. to live it would be Maine.  I love the ocean and lakes and the people.  They have a wonderful Organic Farmers group and are very encouraging to women farmers.

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Joseph and Lynn bought a house belonging to Helen and Scott Nearing.  They wrote the best-selling book Living The Good Life.  This book takes one through the timeless rhythms of a year on a farm that produces many things, blueberries, willow wine and the list goes on and on.  I am really enjoying this book.

Many thanks for taking the time to read my blog and I hope you have a lovely day.  Carole

 


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