Category Archives: About My Chickens

Time to Experiment

With no farmers markets to worry about, I have time to hone my bread baking, and experiment. What if I add more levain, or change the moisture content of the levain, or let the dough rest longer, or rise longer, … Continue reading

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Camouflage

Snowgeese camouflage as clouds. Maybe that is one reason they gather in such huge flocks. On the ground they look like snow. When they take to the air, they look like a fog bank or clouds nestled against the mountains. … Continue reading

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What Passes for a Sunny Day in Mid-November

In mid-July a day isn’t a sunny one unless the sky is crystal clear at dawn and no clouds mar the cobalt sky all day. By mid-November, our standards for a sunny day have crumbled, and if we can spot … Continue reading

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Early First Snow

Waking up this morning came with a big surprise, snow. This is the earliest snowfall since we moved here twelve years ago. It snowed steadily all morning, before stopping, and melting away. The chickens don’t let a little snow slow … Continue reading

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Yesterday was the last regular market for the season at Mt. Vernon Farmers Market. Thank you for making this summer’s market such a great one. It was a wonderful summer. If you need any tofu, soy milk, okara, or fresh … Continue reading

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Tread Lightly

Not having a Thursday farmers market to prepare for gives me time to start work on neglected forest trails. There is always something fascinating to see in the woods, like these mushrooms, squeezed between two logs. The chickens have taken … Continue reading

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The World is Iridescent

On a sunny fall day, the world is iridescent. A luminous green fly shines on a corn leaf. A forest of corn is an insect haven. Every leaf has a fly, a wasp, or some other insect. The sunflowers have … Continue reading

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