Thursday, July 14, 2011

burton's morning

I was on the road before first light hit Washington County. by 4:30 Gibson was riding shotgun, a truckbed was full of critters, and the after-midnight show was still playing on WGNA. We had to get the truckload of chickens, rabbits, and ducks to Ben Shaw's farm by 5:00, so I could be back home, showered, dressed and ready for my sanitized job by 8. That's a lot to get done before you crank open your inbox. (It's not the usual schtick.) The ride to Shaw's was a rolling circus of mist. Every turn looked like a Tim Burton movie set. It made me miss my hometown.

Now that it is nearly 9, I am ready to call it a night. There ten skinny chickens in the freezer (note that Cornishes are no where NEAR the meat of the Cornish Cross) and I will learn some might stew and pot pie recipes this year. But still, ten birds in the freezer, a duck, and a few animals to take into work for coworkers tomorrow. Not a bad haul for an early morning.


Blogger Charles said...

Get an electric digital pressure cooker, put a frozen cornish in it in the morning, set it for 10 minutes, keeps it warm all day and at night add spices and veggies and cook for 5 minutes.

Make the best mashed or creamed potatoes ever.

July 14, 2011 at 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very productive indeed - I imagine it feels good to get things done so early, but I also imagine it's immensely tiring.

July 14, 2011 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Ugh. I hate those early mornings. I am NOT an early riser. Getting up at 5:00 to be at farmers market by 7:30 nearly kills me every single week. I can't imagine doing an early morning run like that and then getting cleaned up to go to a day job.

July 14, 2011 at 11:27 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Jenna- on your garden problem thing (I couldn't leave a comment on the last post- blogger seems to have hte vapors again), I've read that a very simple and inexpensive solution to dear is monofilament fishing line. Deer have notoriously bad eyesight, and they can't see the thin fishing line wrapped around your garden at knee and chest height so it spooks them. It's supposed to work very well. Probably not so much so for other critters though.

But it might give your garden a chance until you can afford a larger garden with a proper fence that will keep everybody out.

July 14, 2011 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Cassie said...

Most people aren't famililar with o'dark thirty (what the military calls an early wakeup), but it sounds like you are well acquainted.

July 15, 2011 at 1:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just invested in a new pressure cooker and am very excited about the speed of cooking and cost the savings that I will see with the reduced cooking times! It came with a cookbook and a DVD so I should be set!

July 15, 2011 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger WeekendFarmer said...

Try the K-22 next year. (or even this year if you want). They are from Moyer's Chick out of PA. Extremely tasty birds (old fashioned taste), they fill up a little slower, but great for a meat production project.

July 15, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel a different person waking early like that - more purposeful maybe. Not a bad way to start a day I'm sure. Have a great weekend!

July 15, 2011 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Well, it's Friday here in the UK, and while I was sitting in a big meeting in the office most of the day, I thought to myself, I wonder how Jenna's first non-office Friday is going :)
Assuming of course that I don't have it all wrong and you are starting your 4-day weeks now. Notice I made the point of saying non-office work, as with all your livestock, it's definitely not a day 'off', not that you get many of those on your farm...

July 15, 2011 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Sometimes I get that hint of nostalgia cruising around 700 miles from home, too. Your rainy picture actually evoked it from me, even though I am quite sure you aren't from central IL, too...

July 15, 2011 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Pit Stop Farm said...

Funny that "Weekendfarmer" mentioned Moyer's Chicks - they're only about 10 minutes up the road from me.

July 15, 2011 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger VTGIRL said...

I love those early mornings.. Of course I'm not taking livestock to slaughter but there is surely something wonderfully peaceful about a quiet run on a hilly back road at 4:30 in the morning. Just me and the man in the moon :)

July 15, 2011 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

My husband's 86-yeaar-old aunt made me bust a gut laughing yesterday when I was telling her that I get up at 5am to teach Pilates. She was horrified that I have to rise so early and I said that I love the early mornings because they are beautiful and she said "so they tell me" with a very sly look on her face! She also told us that skim milk was for the hogs when she grew up on a farm - she takes half and half on her morning fruit.

July 15, 2011 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger unpackingtreasure said...

You make me smile...when my own life is feeling discombobulated, I go read CAF,and it helps me feel grounded. Thanks, Jenna.Keep it up.

July 16, 2011 at 8:12 AM  

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