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, May 24, 2011
In Memory of My Wonderful Grandma
This morning the last of our third batch of chicks hatched and was waiting for me in the incubator when I came downstairs. All the chicks are so cute and so much fun to watch. A couple of them seem to think the water dish is a wading pool. Each time we check on them, there is one sitting or standing in the water.
I'm writing this in memory of Grandma. We lost her in death earlier this month. She loved watching as the chicks hatched. I have a funny picture of her watching with the kids. Each time she was able to get up, she would check the incubator and the chicks' box. Sometimes, I'd come in the kitchen and she'd just be sitting on her walker watching them. She said they were better than TV. One night, with the second batch, she beat me to the incubator and lifted the new one out and put it in the box. When I came down to check and do a chick count, she started laughing at the confused look on my face.
Grandma had a very good sense of humor. She liked to tease, especially Nate. The last few months when she would get up and the kids would ask, "Grandma did you have a good nap?" she would answer, "I don't know, if I did I slept through it."
We loved having her live with us. She always had a smile and a hug ready to share and something nice to say. We all miss her! She was a very important part of our family and part of our daily lives. Now, we look forward to seeing her and Sally again in the paradise. We hope that time comes very soon!
Denise's Banana Muffin Mix-$4.50 Made with freshly-ground, organic wheat berries and flaxseed. Also makes great Banana Bread or Banana Cake.
Denise's Cornbread Mix- $4.25 Made with freshly-ground, organic cornmeal. Gluten-Free Mix also available.
Denise's Gluten-Free Spice Muffin Mix - $5.00 Made with my Gluten-Free Mixed Grain Flour.
Denise's Healthy Buckwheat Pancake Mix - $4.25 Wheat-Free and Milk-Free. Made with freshly-ground, organic buckwheat, flaxseed and oats.
Denise's Healthy Gluten-Free Pizza Dough Mix- $5.00 Made with my Gluten-Free Mixed Grain Flour.
Denise's Healthy Gluten-Free Waffle Mix - $4.75 Made with my Gluten-Free Mixed Grain Flour.
Denise's Healthy Pancake Mix 1lb- $4.25 -2lb- $8.00 Milk-Free Made with freshly-ground, organic wheat berries, flaxseed and oats.
Denise's Healthy Pizza Dough Mix- $4.50 Made with freshly-ground, organic wheat berries, flaxseed and oats. Will make 2- 15" pizzas or a pizza and breadsticks.
Denise's Healthy Waffle Mix-1lb-$4.25 Made with freshly-ground, organic wheat berries, flaxseed and oats.
Denise's Mixed Beans & Peas Soup Mix-1lb-$4.50 A beautiful, colorful mix of organic dried beans, peas and lentils.
Denise's Mixed Grains-1lb-$4.50 A blend of certified organic barley, brown rice, buckwheat, flaxseed, millet, oats, quinoa, rye, spelt and wheat.
Denise's Spice Muffin Mix- $4.25 Made with freshly ground, organic wheat berries and flaxseed. Makes great Zucchini Muffins, Zucchini Bread or Zucchini Cake. You can even substitute applesauce, pumpkin or green tomatoes in place of the zucchini.
Denise's Split Pea Soup Mix-1lb-$4.50 A delicious mix of organic split peas, lentils and barley.
FRESHLY GROUND, CERTIFIED ORGANIC FLOURS FOR SALE
10-Grain Flour-$4.50 lb. Made with the 10 whole grains in Denise's Mixed Grains
Almond Meal Flour $7.75 lb
Amaranth Flour $5.50 lb
Barley Flour $3.75 lb
Black Bean Flour $4.25 lb
Brown Rice Flour $4.25 lb
Buckwheat Flour $4.00 lb
Chickpea Flour $4.25 lb
Combo Flour $4.00 lb Made with wheat berries & flaxseed.
Corn Grits $3.50 lb
Cornmeal $3.50 lb
Flaxseed Meal $3.00 4-oz
Gluten-Free Mixed Grain Flour-$4.75 lb. A blend of amaranth, brown rice, buckwheat, flaxseed, millet, milo, oats, quinoa, soybeans & tapioca.
Kamut Flour $3.75 lb
Millet Flour $4.00 lb
Milo Flour $3.75 lb
Oat Flour $3.50 lb
Quinoa Flour $7.50 lb
Rye Flour $3.50 lb
Soy Flour $4.00 lb
Spelt Flour $4.25 lb
Tapioca Flour $5.75 lb
Whole Wheat Flour $3.75 lb
CERTIFIED ORGANIC WHOLE GRAINS, BEANS AND PEAS FOR SALE
Using 1 pound of Denise’sMixedBeans & Peas, begin by rinsing beans thoroughly with cold water. Then put them in a crockpot with a hambone or beef soupbones, cover with water and begin cooking on the low setting overnight.
In the morning add: one chopped onion 2 to 3 stalks celery, finely chopped minced garlic, about 1 T 1 t chili powder ½ t Italian seasoning 4-5 carrots, thinly sliced (other vegetables if you like, sometimes I add turnips, beets, Swiss chard, cabbage...)
Allow to cook on high setting most of the day.
About an hour before serving, I add: ¼ C brown or raw sugar, about 2 C chopped tomatoes, more minced garlic & salt to taste.
I like to serve with my hot, fresh homemade cornbread or biscuits.
Interesting Info on Milo
Grain sorghum is native to Asia and Africa where it has been grown since ancient times. This marvelous, energy-producing plant is a basic food for mankind in regions of Africa, Asia and India, because it is very hardy and can be grown in areas of the world that are too hot or too dry for other crops to be grown successfully. Grain sorghum is a small round berry which may vary in color from yellow to cream to white. The crop has been adapted to the dry hot climate of the midwest and southwest United States.Sorghum may be ground in hand mills or food processors to the degree of fineness needed (coarsely ground for a cooked cereal, finely ground for flour). Flour should be prepared fresh and used within a few days, or it may be stored in the freezer. Whole grain, if kept cool and dry, may be stored for over a year without becoming moldly or rancid. Store sorghum flour in metal or plastic containers with a tight lid. Grain sorghum flour contains no gluten, so people who have Celiac disease are able to digest sorghum flour products. Because it is gluten free, recipes will need to be adjusted when replacing flour with sorghum flour. Add one tablespoon of corn starch to every cup of sorghum flour to improve smoothness and moisture retention. An extra egg white will also improve the smoothness and crumb texture. Basic cooking instructions: 2 cups of water to 1 cup of sorghum and cook for 45 min. season to taste. Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1/2 cup (100 g) Calories 339 Calories from Fat 8% Total Fat 3.31 g Saturated Fat 0.46 g Monounsaturated Fat 0.99 g Polyunsaturated Fat 1.37 g Protein 8 g Carbohydrate 74.6 g Dietary Fiber 10 g Sugar 1.20 g Calories from Carbohydrates 80% Sodium 6 mg Protein 11.3 g 15% Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0 mg Calcium 28 mg Iron 4.41 mg Potassium 350 mg
While we are not “certified” organic by the USDA (not yet anyway), we do try to practice natural organic principles. We do not use any synthetic chemical fertilizers. We use only natural fertilizers like manure from our chickens, horse and cow manure from neighbors, and our own compost. Pest problems are handled naturally as well. We do companion planting and encourage natural predators (aka: good bugs). Most of the time a healthy plant can tolerate a little nibbling and we do nothing. But when we do intervene we try to be responsible and use things such as Neem oil, cayenne pepper or simple dish soap. We’ve even gone after bad bugs with the shop-vac. The kids call it playing “suck-a-bug”.