Homestead Monthly: October 2015

Homestead Monthly October 2015, Our monthly homestead update! Egg-famine, preserving the harvest, planting, and basket-making... there's always a lot happening on the homestead! Whole-Fed Homestead

Egg Shop Closed for Business
Well, it’s happened. Our 1.5 year old hens are in the middle of a molt PLUS are feeling the effects of shorter days and cool nights… which means that we are getting 1-4 eggs per day from 14 hens. And between the two of us, we eat at least six eggs per day. Womp womp.

Molting chicken, Our monthly homestead update! Egg-famine, preserving the harvest, planting, and basket-making... there's always a lot happening on the homestead! Whole-Fed Homestead

Poor girls. Luckily, I planned ahead for this time. All summer long I squirreled away a lot of our excess eggs by freezing them in my all-time favorite freezer containers. The 32oz containers hold 16 eggs, which is the perfect amount to make a frittata! I didn’t do anything special to the eggs- just cracked 16 into a bowl, then whisked them gently, poured them into the containers and froze. So it’s been all scrambled, all the time for us lately. We’ve been eating a lot of frittatas and rolled omelettes!

Tomato basil frittata, Our monthly homestead update! Egg-famine, preserving the harvest, planting, and basket-making... there's always a lot happening on the homestead! Whole-Fed Homestead

Fall Planting
Every fall many of the local greenhouses offer the last of their plant and tree stock for at least half off. Plus, fall is actually a great time to plant things here- so we take advantage. We are continually adding new plants all around the homestead and this fall we planted two pear trees, a couple blueberry bushes, and a hydrangea that turns the most beautiful antique rusty pink in fall time. We also dug out five black currant bushes from our generous neighbor who wanted to get rid of some. Free plants are the best plants!

Planting black currants, Our monthly homestead update! Egg-famine, preserving the harvest, planting, and basket-making... there's always a lot happening on the homestead! Whole-Fed Homestead

Preserving the Harvest
The harvest continues and so does the preserving. This month’s preserving has been heavy on the apples- we’ve canned apple slices, sauce, and cider, plus dehydrated a ton. Pears too, both canned and dehydrated. We put up a bunch of sauerkraut, frozen kale, and dried herbs, plus stored away German Butter potatoes, sweet potatoes (that I successfully grew for the first time!) and lots of squash.

Part of the squash harvest, Our monthly homestead update! Egg-famine, preserving the harvest, planting, and basket-making... there's always a lot happening on the homestead! Whole-Fed Homestead

Learning a New Skill
I’ve wanted to learn about basket-making for years, and I finally took a class from a local veteran basket-maker. My basket turned out incredible- I am in love with it! I hope to turn a lot of the wild trees and plants around the homestead into useful rustic baskets. I love learning new and forgotten skills!

Making a market basket, Our monthly homestead update! Egg-famine, preserving the harvest, planting, and basket-making... there's always a lot happening on the homestead! Whole-Fed Homestead

Enjoy reading about what’s happening on our Homestead?

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