11.22.2012 Racking, Bottling and Corking

On Thanksgiving, I am responsible for the bread and the potatoes.  Consequently, I don’t cook much on Thanksgiving.  Rather, I do most of my cooking the day before and yesterday was a 12 hour marathon.  3 batches of bread, a … Continue reading

10.18.2012 Mostly it’s about the buckwheat

Let’s just get this out of the way right up front.  Oats is oats.  The word oats is either singular or plural depending on your avocation.  English teachers will say oats is plural.  Farmers insist it oats is singular. I … Continue reading

4.26.2012 Some Assembly/Disassembly Required

Yesterday was another one of what I call ADD days. Lots of little things. After servicing the laying flock and moving the fence for the breeding trio of Sussex, I exercised Ophelia. Three days after the Sunday storm, there still … Continue reading

6.15.2011 The dog, the ducks, the broody hen and what really happens when a tree falls in the forest

5:00am Alarm goes off. 5:05am Alarm goes off again. 5:10am And again. 5:15am And again. Roll out of bed and stumble into my work clothes. 5:20am Wake the youngest son, pour myself the morning constitutional and sit on the porch … Continue reading

12.12.2010 The Beginnings of an Orchard

On Friday, I finally got away from the farm for a few hours and drove up to North Garden, VA. It’s just south of Charlottesville and is the home of Vintage Virginia Apples and Albemarle Ciderworks. VVA grows a lot … Continue reading