Wrong Direction Farm

Putting the Pigs Out to Pasture

new hay bales every week meant the pigs had plenty to eat and plenty of bedding

new hay bales every week meant the pigs had plenty to eat and plenty of bedding

All winter the pigs’ home has been a large area with a dugout. Each week, we gave them a round bale to eat and use for bedding. As you see in the first picture, they were quite content. April brings its showers and even with hay, the pen has turned into a mud pit–not so terrible from a pig’s perspective, but it signals the end of the pen and the beginning of the pasture rotations.

good thing pigs love mud

good thing pigs love mud

We moved the pigs into temporary paddocks made with electric fencing.  Usually, one low wire will keep them in, but we like to give them two wires for the first paddock–cuts down significantly on pig chasing while they get used to their new fence.

merely the first of many fences this season

merely the first of many fences this season

Here they are on brand new pasture. They were feeling their freedom yesterday and thoroughly enjoying their new digs. The chickens and guineas followed them yesterday.  I’m interested to see if they stay with the pigs all through the pasture.

thrilled pigs eager to use their snouts

thrilled pigs eager to use their snouts

Beauty

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a part of the beauty that surrounds me

Kombucha Time

My two favorite ferments? Kombucha and Sauerkraut.

Let’s talk about Kombucha today. I used to pay $4 for 16oz of kombucha and feel guilty about it even though its health benefits were so obviously recognizable in my body. No more! I get all that probiotic goodness by the gallon now. Roughly estimating, I can make it for about $.22 for 16oz.

This food grade 5 gallon bucket has already paid for itself.

This food grade 5 gallon bucket has already paid for itself.

It’s fairly simple. I bring a big pot of water to a boil, remove from the heat and throw in 2/3 c loose leaf tea.

I use this red tea, though some people suggest adding some portion of black tea.  I love the natural sweetness of this flavor and have not had any trouble yet.

I use this red tea, though some people suggest adding some portion of black tea. I love the natural sweetness of this flavor and have not had any trouble yet.

I toss a lid on the top and leave it a few hours before stirring in a cup of organic sugar for every gallon of water.

After it cools, I scoot the Scoby (that is floating on about a half gallon of reserved kombucha) aside and pour in the tea, straining the tea leaves as I go.

The thick round portion on the right is the original mother. As you can see, it expands to cover the entire surface.

The thick round portion on the right is the original mother. As you can see, it expands to cover the entire surface.

It goes back on its stand next to the wood stove where it sits, covered, and begins fermenting all over again. I leave it for a couple of weeks and repeat the process.

The ferment slows down enough in my frig that I can keep it for a month.  Do you see the raw milk, raw milk yogurt, fresh bread and those ribs that we will use in the coming week to celebrate AJ's birthday?

The ferment slows down enough in my frig that I can keep it for a month. Do you see the raw milk, raw milk yogurt, fresh bread and those ribs that we will use in the coming week to celebrate AJ’s birthday?

And you?  Have you tried kombucha yet?

Salut!

Salut!

Lunch From the Farm

Our first summer on the farm, we picked up three pigs: Victory, Princess Girl and Nellie Olsen.

guess who named her

guess who named her

We kept Princess Girl until she was about 500lbs, so the hams we got from her were on the larger side.

Every once in a while I grab one of her smoked hams from the freezer, boil it and slice it for lunch meat.

so yummy

so yummy

A Visit from the Rainbows

The two Daves walking the pastures

The two Daves walking the pastures

The Rainbows returned this week and brought lots of fun and laughter into our home. Dave helped again with the bull calf management.

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Brady baked bread and bagels.

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She also helped me set up trotters and chops as well as cook some chops and steaks.

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The kids explored the farm, rode bikes, played soccer, chased chickens and got dirty.

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We love the Rainbows!

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