Daylight. Sweet, sweet daylight. My mornings start pretty early and by the time I am ready to catch the bus to work at 5:00 AM the sky is just turning purple and maroon. I feel a physical relief with that little bit of light in the morning now. On the rare morning when I have time to get a run in at home (cardio and core my friends… I really believe that this has made a huge difference in my farm work) I get to see the sun actually rise. 40 minutes to spare is a real luxury and with the light it really changes my outlook.The hens must feel the same as we are rolling in eggs! L. has been making frittatas and quiche, and our all-time favorite, wilted kale, polenta, bacon and two poached eggs. But my little joy this time of year is pickling our surplus eggs. This is a Southern thing I think, but spicy pickled eggs are a real treat. They really hit the spot especially with a little beer.
I did make the mistake of bringing in some to work for a co-worker to try. Not only did I not screw the lid on tight enough and spill pickled egg juice liberally in my bag but when I put the jar on my desk I got a lot of interesting reactions. 🙂
L. will post the recipe later – she is en route to the farm now and picking up pallet shelving to help us organize the barn. She’s also submitting paperwork for septic designs and water permits. More on that in another post.
In other news, we have caged most of the trees and got a bunch of raspberry plants in the ground. When we showed up last weekend we discovered how much deer love young raspberry plants. Munched to the ground. Boo. Since we have a lot of sheet metal siding scrap left over from barn construction and it needs to move anyway in preparation for more construction we decided to “mulch” the raspberries with it almost 3ft out from the plants. Our hope is that when the deer come for a snack and step on it the “clonk-clonking” will deter them. We’ll see.
You can see some scraps of cardboard from our mulch scattered about. Some critter (not the dog) is having a good time digging into it and flinging it about. This seems to have relented in the last few weeks though.