We had at one time planted blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry bushes. Sadly, all we’ve got established is the blackberry one and blackberries are not my favorite of the berry. I always think I’ll like them more than I do. They are ripe and look so shiny and pretty, though, so I figured we’d better start eating them. And what better way to disguise the occasional sourness of them, than to stick them into a sweet treat? I made Lemon Bread and stirred in the blackberries that I’d picked. Cooked in the bread (which, let’s face it, is cake) only the sweetness remained and they were a delicious complement to the sweet tang of this buttery cake with a lemon-sugar glaze. In praise of a juicer and a zester. You just can’t beat these two things when it comes to doing anything with citrus. I don’t care if a reamer is smaller or a box grater does the job just fine. These two things do the job better. And it always makes me feel old fashioned to use my glass juicer and then pour the juice into a measuring cup.
This week at the farm we got 8 lbs of regular red tomatoes, 5 lbs. of heirloom tomatoes (I chose one 2 lb yellow one!), plus cherry tomatoes. I decided to try making and canning salsa. I’ve always had my reservations about this because while I love a freshly chopped up salsa, to can it it must be heated and simmered, so then you’ve got is sort of mushy and cooked. Which I guess is what it’s like when you buy it jarred at the store. My recipe yielded 4 1/2 pints and 1 pint and they look pretty good. I’m getting a bit swifter at the canning process and looking forward to trying some other things.
The Chicken Coop is finished! Well, a few tiny details remain, but the structure is essentially finished and we painted it this week. Clark helped. He enjoyed it very much but still has paint on him and won’t let me scrub it off. I’m delighted with the color green we chose and think it looks quite snug and cozy. I am also thrilled that Paul found an old door by the side of the road which we are using for our coop’s door. It pleased me because I seem to constantly read about people finding and repurposing doors, windows, wood, etc. I’m under the impression that we should have been able to build our whole coop out of reclaimed stuff instead of plywood from Home Depot. But honestly, where are people finding all this cast off wood?? We are attending our county 4H Fair this week and that is where we are planning on getting our starter chickens. I’m so excited!