Saturday, May 30, 2009

good morning from cold antler

It's Saturday morning in Vermont. That's Annie watching from the porch as I shuffle about indoors prepping the percolator and listening to the radio. She took a moment to look inside after staring down the bird feeder. She has big plans to tear through that screen and eat a Cardinal. I can tell.

Coffee's on the stove, the sun is flirting with the clouds, and I'm back in from feeding the sheep, goat and birds. Today is dedicated to some time with friends in town but the bulk of my afternoon will belong to the farm. After the last few days of rain, I'll be hunched in the garden picking all the fresh weeds and watching Finn chase the geese. He's good entertainment for tedious work.

Nothing riveting to report, but I can share that yesterday I ate my first salad greens from the garden. I brought in a bag of buttercrunch, romaine, mesculins, spinach and oak leaf lettuce and my friend Andrea and I used it as a base for our salad bar attack at the office. There's no reason why farmlife and worklife can't team up from time to time.

19 Comments:

Anonymous Kelle Belle said...

I agree, theres nothing like the fresh stuff. People think its so hard to grow salad greens. I use a cold frame when it gets cold and keep them growing up intil around Christmas time and then resow seeds in late Febuary. Its amazing to go out and push the snow off the glass and see green inside. Its also cheaper to grow your own.

May 30, 2009 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Nire said...

I'm so jealous of your having greens already. I still haven't even got around to planting anything in my (sad, itty bitty) containers yet.

May 30, 2009 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Hansen Family said...

Awesome salad bar!

May 30, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your posts. It's good that you like your own company, some people never learn how to do that. Enjoy your day.

ps. I'm not really trying to be anonymous but couldn't get my account open....

May 30, 2009 at 9:27 AM  
Anonymous nikki said...

Enjoy your salads!
I'm jealous. It's already far too hot here in S. LA for salad greens, even with shade cloth. On the other hand, I have more cucumbers than seems possible, and the 'mators are beginning to blush.

May 30, 2009 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Mmmm! We've got beautiful salad greens, but sadly they're almost done. The heat will turn them bitter soon, so time to eat them up!

I never cease to be fascinated by the "gardening time shift" - you're just getting salad greens, I'm eating my first green beans. Most everyone else is furiously planting, but we've been done for quite awhile and will do it again around September for a second round!

May 30, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Tara where are you again? I can't believe your lettuce is almost kicked! My tomatoes don't even have flowers yet!

May 30, 2009 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Texas - about an hour south of Dallas/Fort Worth.

May 30, 2009 at 11:21 AM  
Anonymous RayMan said...

My greens were "done" so long ago that I can't remember. My 'maters have long since been processed into sauce /whole /crushed and eaten (zealously) fresh from the vine! Broccoli are all in the freezer along with the cabbage and Brussels sprouts. Limas are "up", cukes are in second crop, carrots, onions, potatoes, herbs are nearing harvest. Okra is growing fast too! But it's getting too hot here for most things in the garden. Sep. seems just sooo far away.

May 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Jenna....I'm really enjoying your blog and I ordered your book this morning!

May 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger White Feather said...

Hi Jenna, I'm just ready to harvest radishes (I'm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.) Many of them are laying above ground this morning, as we had a deluge or rain last night. It's the first of my harvest. I will have some buttercrunch ready soon, I think. Tomatoes are just beginning to flower, as is zucchini. Lots of other stuff is nowhere near ready, but it's early in the season for us here.

I used the thinnings (sprouts) from my radishes a few weeks ago in my salads that I served guests and it gave me a tremendous feeling of satisfaction to do that. I've read that when you harvest the actual radishes, you can cook the green tops from them, too (like spinach or dandelion greens.) I think it's so great that nothing has to go to waste on a radish!

I'm awaiting my violin training book/cd and I'll let you know how that goes. Woo hoo!

May 30, 2009 at 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have just picked up some flowers- marigolds- and three hens and chicks to plant. Since I started so late with the raised gardens,because I didn't think I'd do them this year,and I'm really new to gardening and didn't have a plan, I don't have much in,so, the marigolds will fill in the 3 spots of the first bed. Received a suggestion for green beans but I'm thinking I'll need to make or put a sort of trellis in for them to climb... will spend some time reading the many gardening books I've acquired over the years waiting for this opportunity to finaly come, to educate myself. Would really like to grow my own greens, but in the meantime, my local co-op will stand in nicely as all their produce is local. Jenna- I have a percolater also but am really clueless how to use it-any advice would be greatly appreciated! Since I don't have a computer at home ( yet ) will check back on Monday!! By the way, beautiful dog(s) you have there! I'm a cat person myself, but do love dogs, too! P.S. I'm Arwen my account wouldn't open up, grrrr!

May 30, 2009 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Wow, I never think about your being in such a different zone. I'm in west-central Ohio (unofficially zone 6 thanks to climate change), and my spinach and lettuce started to bolt last week despite being planted in a spot that gets afternoon shade. A combination of high temperatures and too little rain, I'm afraid.

Enjoy the salads while they last!

May 30, 2009 at 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,Consider growing Kale. Check out Wikipedia. Should be considered a Super Food. Keep the posts coming, Enjoy reading them.

May 30, 2009 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger MrsL said...

We're enjoying the first fresh salads here too (south of England); the weather has been ideal for growing over the apost few months, it's all been more or less in the right order for once!
Will be ordering your book soon I hope, enjoying the blog meantime.

MrsL

xx

May 31, 2009 at 3:15 AM  
Blogger JoyceAnn said...

Good Morning Cold Antler !

I found your blog through Rhonda at Down To Earth , enjoy reading about the happenings at Cold Antler Farm.

We're enjoying fresh salad greens too , nothing like fresh picked.

~ Many Blessings ~
JoyceAnn

May 31, 2009 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Bad Hippie said...

My salad greens are only about a thumb high...but they are definitely "heads." I can't wait to actually pick them!

I probably started "too late" for Northeastern Ohio, but I'm trying! Next year might see a homemade cold frame, if I can find someone to donate a used window!

Keep it up, Jenna. You are my inspiration!

May 31, 2009 at 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Nikki said...

Yay! Yesterday Lonny picked up our fiddle from his cousin, and the book/cd arrived on Thursday. All we need now is someone to teach us to string it and tune it. The strings that are on it are so old and brittle that two broke last night .... you didn't really think we'd wait to try it, did you? .... so we decided we'd better put it down before it all fell apart. Oh, but waiting is sooo hard!

May 31, 2009 at 10:16 AM  
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