A True Family Farm

When our boys help in the gardens they represent the fifth generation of the family to work the soil on Kimker Hill. Four generations still live on the farm today. Strong family bonds and a deep love and respect for the earth influence all of our farm practices.

Our gardens provide us with the best and purest of food, matchless beauty, and the ultimate earth science classroom for our homeschooled boys.

Sustainability is a popular buzz word among small scale agriculture. To us it means giving more than you take. Putting back what you use. Remembering that this beautiful earth will last forever and it's our commision to care for. In our gardens we try hard to follow these ideals and work with the earth's design, not against it.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What a hot week!

We had a good day at the market Saturday, but it sure was hot! While I was gone, Danny checked out the damage to the gardens from the storm Friday night. Things looked pretty good, except for the peppers. They can't get a break this year. There was a wooden crate sitting in the yard above the garden where the peppers are. Well, there was so much rain, in such a short time, that it carried the crate and most of the mulch, across the top of the plants in the raised rows, all the way to the bottom of the garden. It bent over all the plants in it's path. Fortunately, Danny was able to uncover them and straighten them back up. The poor little things are still "hanging in there."

My little sister and her husband came over in the evening and helped weed the okra and the peppers. We also tried to put the mulch back where it belonged, but it's too big a job for one evening.

Sunday felt even hotter and then it brought another storm at bedtime. This one lasted all night. We couldn't belive the lightening display. It went on for hours, I finally fell asleep watching it. All together, we got over 5 inches of rain this weekend.

In the morning it was still misting rain. I decided to take advantage of the cooler temperature and go out and get more weeding done. After so much rain, it's easy to pull out the weeds, but shaking off the mud is a very messy job. I had to stop several times and clean the mud off my glasses. I got all the rhubarb and asparagus weeded and part of the gourds. Then the sun came out and it got hot in a hurry. I kept weeding for a while though. I'm really glad I did. I found 2 nice size bird's nest gourds and probably a hundred more little ones. They're growing on an arch trellis and it gave me a little shade to be able to keep working a little longer. Finally, the heat and humidity were just too overwhelming and I had to go inside.

In the evening, Danny and I went out to work the bees. We moved one frame of brood from the busiest hive to the other, not-so-thriving hive. We'll see if that helps them get established faster. Then, Danny put the second hive body on the thriving hive. It has almost all the frames filled in now so we're giving them room to expand. It is so fascinating to watch them. I'm happy we took the plunge into beekeeping.

Now I need to get busy again. For all those who have been waiting patiently, I have a new batch of Good and Hot Salsa cooking. I'll have it at the market Saturday. Come by and try it out. I'll be sure to have samples.


katiedo said...

It's been so hot Denise, Penni & I went to Local Harvest to buy your pancake & waffle mix. I found a recipe that uses 2 pints of blueberries mixed with a little pancake mix & a crisp top of pancake mix, butter & brown sugar. I was out of your pancake mix so used your waffle mix instead. OMG!!! It's to die for.

Penni's been really hot lately - but only has 6 weeks or so til she delivers that little bambino! Doubt if we'll make it to market Saturday too ding dang hot!

Kimker Hill Farm said...

Wonderful to hear you've found another use for my mixes. I'd love to have the recipe. Could you please post it for me? Others may like to try it too!

I'll understand if the heat keeps you away this weekend, they're predicting this will be the hottest week of this year so far. But I will have all my mixes with me. Have you gotten the 2 pound package of pancake mix yet? You won't run out so quickly that way.

I hope Penni's able to stay in the air conditioning. Those last couple of months are always the most uncomfortable and the heat only makes it worse. I was fortunate that all 3 of my boys were born before it got too hot.

Hope to see you soon!

katiedo said...

Here's the recipe for the blueberry crisp.

2 pints fresh blueberries, or any berries, rinsed & drained
1 cup pancake mix
3/4 c light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1.3 c softened butter

Preheat oven to 350. Generously grease an 8" pie plast or 8x8" baking dish with butter or oil.

Sprinkle a pinch or two of the pancake min onto the blueberries & toss to coat. Pour the blueberries into the bottom of the dish.

In a mixing bowl, combine the pancake mix with the brown sugar & cinnamon. Add in the butter by hand until it resembles sugary coarse crumbs.

Layer the crumbs over the blueberries. Bake in a preheated oven until bubbly - about 30 minutes.

Serve warm, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

I found the recipe on Karina's Kitchen website: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/

Kimker Hill Farm said...

Thanks for posting the recipe so quickly. I checked out the website. By the way everyone, it takes 1/3 cup butter.

I think I'll try it out tomorrow. I'll be making the muffins for Saturday, so the oven will already be hot.

Thanks again!