What better thing to do on the third longest day of the year than to go skiing! Some call it harvesting corn, corn snow that is, 'cause it has the texture of unpopped popcorn. I'm calling it a memorial ski because the last two years my good friend Brad invited me to go ski this basin with him. I said i was too busy n worn out. Well, sadly he's not with us anymore but I decided this spring to go skiing with him.
It's a nice spot. You can see the peak on the right from my home.
We eat quite a bit of chocolate while working so I made a bit more yesterday. One of the farm favorites is salty almond. I use 1.5 lbs of the best dark chocolate I can get my hands on. When melted I add 3/4 cup of coconut oil, one cup of raw almond butter, 3tsp of almond extract, and after pouring on wax paper I sprinkle it liberally with sea salt. Once cool I freeze the pieces. With all the added oil and almond butter (and eating frozen), it doesn't matter too much if the chocolate is out of temper. Quick, easy, and delicious!
Big year for me! I am having a little (600 square ft) house of my design built! Running water in the winter will be a big improvement! Matthew Hendrix poured the piers (it's in a swampy area). And Mile Hale is doing the carpentry. I'll finish the inside in the winter.
This is the seedling greenhouse in early may. Broccoli n cabbage n peppers n tomatoes. I plant 4 successions of broccoli and cabbage at two week intervals. The very small plants in flats are the 3rd round.
I have been breeding a multicolor flour corn for a few years now. It makes great pancakes. The recipe is half fresh ground corn, half local wheat flour (one cup total), one egg, teaspoon of baking powder, pinch of salt, couple ounces of oil, and enough of some type of milk to make it wet. Sometimes some almond extract and currants too!
After finishing the hoophouse I went on a little canoe trip on the San Miguel and Dolores rivers. Yes, it was snowing the day we put on the river, but in the spring it never lasts long. Didn't really need the cooler though.
This is the new big hoophouse half built, on a cold day in may.
Here it is the day we (myself, Cody, Kayla, and Colin) finished putting the plastic on it.
It was finally planted with 150 tomatoes, 80 sweet peppers, and 50 zucchini on May 17. I will keep the floating row cover, or frostcloth on the plants through most of June. The second week of June there was frost almost every night. The rowcover keeps the plants about 5 degrees warmer and much happier.