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Summer's bounty

It's that time of year again! Between my purchases from the fruit stands and harvesting from the garden, I am spending a lot of time "putting food by" (as our grandmothers called it). It can be a little overwhelming, especially on the days like today when I do more than one type of food, but in the end, it's all worth it.

I had a discussion this morning with a lady I know who also gardens, and in the past, has canned. I asked her if she was canning this year and she replied that she just couldn't afford to this year, not with the price of canned goods as low as they are. I commented that it can be really expensive if you don't have a free or cheap source of food, but I imagine that I will always keep canning, even if the price of the local produce I buy goes up.  read more »

what I did on my summer vacation

what I did on my summer vacation

the first day we drove up to Targhee was very clear, and the rest of the trip it was very hazy, so I was glad to have the camera in my bag to get this shot of the Grand Teton. I'm not sure why they thought the east side should be made Grand Teton National Park!

Pepe Le Pew

I have never actually taken the time to blog about all my run-ins with the neighborhood skunks. Usually it's a close call that leaves me breathless with a racing heart. And while we've seen skunks dozens of times, we've been lucky (?) enough to only have to deal with a direct hit twice.  read more »

Five fun things about living at The Frugal Farm

5. People look at you crazy when you start talking about irrigation. Or cutting hay. Or barns. Need I go on?

4. You go to the county fair solely to look at the livestock--because you actually have a place to put it.

3. You know that real farmers laugh when they hear you live on five acres ("that's a backyard!" they say) yet your family refers to you as "the farm cousins."

2. Less concrete surrounding you means cooler temperatures in the summer.

1. Sometimes you get to drive a TRACTOR!

tractor

(do you have to ask? I drove the tractor last night!)

Fruits of my labor

Today I ate the first tomatoes of the season. They were warm from the sun, and had that perfect tomato flavor. Sure, they were cherry tomatoes, but tomatoes nonetheless.

I went out to the garden to get some onions for dinner and picked the first 4 ripe cherry tomatoes. That was enough for me and each of the girls to eat one (Frugalboy isn't a fan of raw tomatoes), but after I washed them and ate one, I decided that since I had done most of the garden work, I didn't have to share this time. So I didn't.

There will be lots more cherry tomatoes for the girls to eat this summer. The first ones were the fruits of my labor.


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