Saturday, July 18, 2015

Virtual Farm Tour

Take a virtual tour of our farm though photos! You can stay up-to-date with daily posts on our Facebook Page.  

Friday, July 17, 2015

Balancing Poultry With Other Farm Animals

It's been one of the best years at Iron Oak Farm. Read my latest Community Chickens post Balancing Poultry With Other Farm Animals to learn why!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Milking your Goat; What You Should Know Manna Pro Post

Check out my latest Manna Pro Post all about milking, storing milk, keeping udders healthy and much, much more! Milking your Goat; What You Should Know

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

In Season Magazine Summer Issue!

Be sure to check out the free online issue of In Season Magazine. If includes my article on growing and caring for strawberries! Check it out page 28!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cherry Picking

Stacey and I went Cherry picking for the second time last Friday at Spicers, our the local orchard.

We picked sweet cherries the week before...the sour cherries weren't ripe yet.

We both needed more sweet cherries for an amaretto jam recipe that I plan on sharing in the next few posts.

I wanted sour cherries as well for pie fillings and cobblers.

The sweet cherries branches were laden with fruit. They were so full of dark shiny cherries that they looked more like clusters of grapes.

We also got a glimpse of the mechanical cherry pitter.  

 An amazing machine!

We both decided to pit our own cherries, but it was fun to watch.

When we had collected our harvest, we headed back to the house to wash and pit our cherries.

Stacey was a trooper and ended up pitting all the cherries by herself while I readied things for jam making.

I'll soon be sharing all the wonderful things we did with our cherries in coming posts!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Meet Penelope!

Meet the newest member of the Iron Oak Family!

Penelope our Nubian doeling.

 Mamma started out nursing really well, but has since changed her mind. We're working with her and we think we'll be able to work things out.

She was born on Tuesday July 7th, 2015 around 2:00 in the afternoon.

And we're smitten!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Finishing Up the Strawberry Harvest

Strawberry season has pretty much come to an end around Iron Oak Farm. I've also finished putting up the berries so we can enjoy them throughout the year.

I made freezer jam for the first time this year. It was so easy! I may never go back to canning strawberry jam again! Plus I really like the fresh flavor of the freezer jam. My recipe doesn't require any cooking, so you get that "just picked" taste.

I also dehydrated a few racks of berries. I've never had much luck dehydrating strawberries before...they always turn too crispy and stick to the trays. I realized that I was slicing the berries too thin. This year I cut each berry into thirds and it worked much better.

I also made a Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate
and froze what little berries we had left.

Before freezing, I let the berries dry out quite a bit in the fridge in a Ziploc bag with paper towels to absorb extra moisture.

Then I froze the berries laid out on a cookie sheet. When the berries were frozen, I put them into a Ziploc bag in the freezer. This method of freezing allows me to grab a few berries to add to smoothies without having to thaw out the whole bag.