Guerrilla podcasting from the mobile studio today. Sorry folks. It was mobile or nothing this week. We give a recap on Inman Farm Heritage Days, finally get the horse on stall rest, pick a buttload of grapes, and talk about the agricultural side of dealing with flooding.
Special thanks to Ricky for spending his Saturday slogging through the mud at Heritage Days.
Hey folks – don’t worry, I am working on a show to put out tomorrow. It’s just been a week of disastrous apocalyptic synchronicity. We dodged a bullet with the flooding, but a co-worker lost his house. Poof. Gone that quick. My wife is visiting her sister in New York so I’ve had to play Mr. Mom more than usual this week. And my neighbors barn exploded and went up in flames. No, seriously. Kaboom!
We managed to get about a hundred pounds of muscadines picked Saturday which was good. The steam juicer is ready to earn its keep, and I’ll have pics up in the gallery soon enough. We’ll probably have enough to do a run of muscadine wine. Woot!
Here’s a video of the barn I took while on the phone with 911.
In the days leading up to our favorite festival of the year – the rain threatened, and then – unfortunately for us it then followed up and made good on the threat. In spades. Friday looked good, but Saturday was wet and muddy from the get go.
I will say that given the rain, this was a dedicated crowd. I made enough on Saturday to cover family dinner at the concession stand. The Brunswick stew was to die for and I ate much more than anyone should be allowed to eat.. shamelessly.
I had a tough time keeping the soaps from sweating with the uber-high humidity, so on the list is trying to figure out some way of packaging them so they keep dry. Any of you soapmakers out there have any suggestions? Wrapping them in paper towels seemed to work in the short term.
My daughter helped with the booth and held her own selling cookies and brownies.
Although the heavy rains did put a dent in our bottom line, we made out okay and caught up with some old friends. If anything, this weekend served as a good reminder to me about why I spend all this time and energy lugging a booth around in the rain to try and hock a few jars of jelly.
It’s certainly not for the money. No, It’s the people. Like so many other things.. it’s the people.
It always has been, and for me at least – it always will be.
Thank you Rick, Joanne, Stephanie and everyone else that works so hard to make Heritage Days what it is.
I’ve been a fan of The Survival Podcast for some time, but I believe that this episode is perhaps the best one ever. So much so, that I thought it was worth blogging about. If this one can’t get you inspired, then you might need to check your pulse.
Even if you’re not a survivalist, Jack really brings home the reasons why every tomato, apple, or bean that you grow is critically important, how it is your key to freedom, and why growing your own food is the most dangerous and revolutionary thing you can do. (Oh yeah – and he does it much more eloquently than I could.)
Even if you never listen to another podcast again, you need to hear this one. And then you need to plant a fruit tree and spread the word.
Hats off to Kathy Rubalcaba in Vermont. She’ll be on Backyard Poulty with The Chicken Whisperer radio show this week. The scenario she finds herself in is not unique. It’s playing out in suburbia across america as people come to learn more about backyard poultry keeping and the benefits associated with it.
BARRE TOWN – When it comes to Kathy Rubalcaba’s chickens, the eggs definitely came first. Then came her battles with the town, which the East Barre woman says she’s been fighting ever since the first few of them hatched about 18 months ago.
Rubalcaba’s struggles will continue tonight when the town’s selectboard considers the case of a chicken that reportedly flew the coop and a rooster that allegedly crowed at the crack of dawn.
Both birds belong to Rubalcaba, and both were the subject of separate complaints issued last month under the town’s “Nuisance Control Ordinance.”
They aren’t the first, according to Rubalcaba, who was in district court late last week for a status conference in another case of fowl play – this one involving a months-old complaint of another crowing rooster. She has also seen one chicken-related ticket issued by the town’s police department tossed out by a judge in the past year.
“This is silliness,” says Rubalcaba. “They’re just chickens!”
Just chickens indeed. I’m looking forward to listening to the show.
This quote from Jules Dervaes sumes this phenomenon very well:
“Growing food is one of the most dangerous occupations on this earth because you are in danger of becoming free.”
My apologies. As you probably noticed there was no show this past week. I’ve been dealing with the “F-Word”. That’s right. The Flu! (cue ominous crescendo) Ahem…
Anyways, I’m on the mend so I’ll try to get one hammered out this Thursday or Friday where we’ll take some feedback and discuss the wide and surprisingly interesting world of Hay. Don’t forget to come see us at Inman Farm Heritage Days! I’ll be giving a freebie out to listeners. More info on that later!
Call the podcast line at 740-5-MYFARM and let know how you’re preparing for Fall and the coming Winter.