Saturday mornings are Farmers’ Market mornings and we drifted in to see what we could score to add to our own garden produce. Most of my flowers are perennials and they are fading this late in the season as are the sunflowers, so I purchased a bouquet of annuals from our favorite county organic farmers, Stonecrop Farm. Their flowers and produce are always superior. Beets and cucumbers were also acquired from their weekend offerings.
Some lamb chops, beef, eggplant, salad mix and corn were added at other stalls to provide us with fresh local food goodness this week. We got home with it after a stop for dog food in time to put it away and venture back out just a bit later to meet my 92 year old Dad and Stepmom for lunch. They drove up yesterday to attend the wedding of one of my cousins this afternoon. It was great to see him, his health improved from a couple of months ago, when we last saw him for a short 24 hours.
While we were out, we left the hens free ranging as there was no fear of the dogs being accidentally let out. We came home to find they had breached the low fence around one of my perennial beds, digging in the spoiled straw bedding from the chicklets brooder that I had tossed around them as mulch.
This morning I realized that the Asian pears and apples were beginning to drop from the trees, so it was time to harvest them. The handmade basket is 22 X 10 X 7″ and the fledgling orchard rewarded us well.
This is the first year that we have allowed fruit to set on the trees and though the apples were scarce, the Asian pears were generous. We have harvested another large basket previously, many of which were taken to Northern Virginia with grandson #1 as he loves them. I will make chutney, ginger pear sauce and perhaps freeze a few. That will be tomorrow’s task.
While doing a bit of weeding in the vegetable garden, I picked an ear of popcorn to see how it was doing. Looks like we will be enjoying homegrown popcorn this winter.
There was another colored egg this afternoon, each day the size is getting more average and bluer in color. I still don’t know how many of the Americaunas are laying, but as I am getting only one per day, I guess it is only one. With the summer visitors gone and with daughter’s family not really being egg eaters, I am going to have to get eating or sell a couple of dozen to friends who like the fresh eggs.
When I arrived back from Northern Virginia yesterday, I realized that we are entering Stink Bug battle time. I collected more than a dozen inside the house, found dozens more outside the screens. Winter before last, they were horrible, last year not as bad. It looks like this may be another bad year. It is unfortunate that they want to come in just as the weather is right to have the windows open to enjoy the beautiful weather.
What a nasty pest they are. None of the homemade or commercial traps really seem to reduce their presence. Any suggestions other than poisons?