Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Wrapping up Outdoor Season

Setting up for last outdoor market in Liverpool for 2012

It was a beautiful morning for our last outdoor market in Liverpool for 2012.  K took some great photos with excellent lighting.  We had a pretty full table with the last of the tomatoes, and cauliflower out for sale.  We even managed to have some pumpkins.  Thanks to everyone who supported us and chatted with us and we look forward to next Spring! 
Even Spart got in on the garden cleanup...
At the Petite winery it was harvest week also and I got the opportunity to be outside the shop and work in the vines and pick some delicious, beautiful grapes!  These are Leon Millot and yes, I did try some and they were good...can't wait to taste them in next years wines!

Leon Millot - Petite Riviere Vineyard

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chanteclers at HillTop!

We are the proud new owners of 13 new chickens...the Chantecler.  These birds are a Canadian breed created in the early 1900's at the Abbey of Notre Dame du Lac in Oka, Quebec.  Our youngest editions are not sexed yet so the odds are pretty good that we will have a rooster in the bunch and perhaps increase the breed numbers of these birds.  
These are our 5 teenagers and 4 youngsters getting used to their new pen.

 This breed is designed to fit our Canadian climate so they have much smaller and tighter combs and wattles to avoid freezing and frostbite in the winter months.  Their white plumage covers them for insulation allowing the hens to lay eggs all winter long.  These are dual purpose birds meaning they are raised for both egg production as well as meat.  

We have 4 that are 1 yr old...this one is giving her new nesting box a try.  

The introduction of these new chickens to our existing flock went pretty smoothly.  They all seemed to have worked out their order and everyone is happy and healthy.  K and I were both a bit stressed of the introduction of the new birds wondering, will they all get along, hopefully they share, and can live well together.  They were perfectly fine...it is funny how we can impose our own insecurities and stress onto other things/creatures/people.  

Found these photos of some of the first rooster and hen...they are beautiful birds and we look forward to seeing what happens with our flock!

Rooster taken in 1926

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Whole Food Plant Based Diet....Hmmmm

We rented this movie from our library last night  http://www.forksoverknives.com/
and it definitely gave me food for thought...sorry about the pun.  The whole premise is that disease can be reversed and controlled by eliminating animal base protein and dairy from our diet.  I do agree that eating a healthy balanced diet is an extremely important factor in health, yet I am not convinced about the animal protein.  Can it make a difference if the meat is not coming from a factory farm and raised by someone you know or yourself and you know what is going into the animal?  The same I feel about dairy products...what are your thoughts on the matter? 
K and I eat pretty healthy I would say...we do eat meat on occasion and not in large quantities and we do love our potato chips.  How about the philosophy everything in moderation? 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Everywhere Tomatoes!

Well, our tomato plants definitely were successful producers this year!  Here are just a few ways that we utilized them for winter use...

From these....

1.  Famous Salad D'Hiver....a recipe from K's mom....yum yum
2.  Homemade Pasta Sauce...can't wait to try this!

#'s 3&4 are Salsa in the background and homemade sundried tomatoes and basil in olive oil...oh boy!

That's four different ways...any other suggestions?  Still have tomatoes coming off the plant!