Good Steaks, Bad Photography, Great Customers

Last week I grilled up a tri tip steak intending to do a write-up on this cut.  I tried photographing the process as I went through it, and as I did so I was amused at the difference between my photography and professional food photography. The difference in the quality of the equipment is of course a factor.  But there’s also the setting.  I’m prepping the meal in a kitchen with late 1960s or early 70s orange Formica countertops and hacked up plastic cutting boards.  I’m grilling on a well-worn, trash-picked barbecue… Read More

Egg within an Egg

Harry was proud to show me his discovery: an egg within an egg. We’ve read about this before, and for years whenever we’ve found an especially large egg the kids have eagerly gathered round the skillet to see if we had a nested egg. This is the first one we’ve found. This egg didn’t have a fully calcified coating on the second membrane so the outer layer broke on handling.  But it did have a separate yolk and albumen along with the inner egg. The inner egg turned out to be a… Read More

Burning Barn

I have been feeling a bit subdued today after watching a barn burn last night. It was located a fifteen minute drive from here, following a circuitous route across the Mohawk River, but only about three miles as the crow flies. From our hilltop there is a clear view to the farms on that side of the valley. Word about town this morning was that neighbors were able to release the animals and move one tractor at substantial personal risk, but the large two story barn, all the hay, and several tractors… Read More

Homegrown LSD

Got your attention?  Alright, we don’t have lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) on the farm, but we do have its precursor, lysergic acid.  Deriving LSD isn’t easy, but Walter White could probably whip up a batch for us.  The acid is produced by the Ergot fungus that affects certain grain crops, particularly in wet years.  This summer has been a terrible one for incessant rain.  Corn crops were planted late, and many cornfields are sparse with skips all over the place due to flooding and/or planters plugging with mud.  Hay prices will be high,… Read More