Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Here the leaves are in 30 lbs bundles, the stalks and lath are piled behind the bundles.
Ed Sr. feeds the lath with stalks through the Lath Puller.
Two rolls pull the lath through the headboard leavin the stalks on a shelf.
The lath are tied into buldes of about 50 and piled in the corner of the shed for next years use.
The stalks are piled into a wagon and will be spread out on pasture and corn fields.
The white circles in the pics are the camera capturing the flash reflecting off all the dust in the air.
One shed done....two more to go!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The geese are flying south but also finding some of the fields to make a stopover and the gun fire is abundant. First thing in the morning you can hear the shots being fired. Several farms around us must have them set to go off!
My windshield needed scraping this morning too! I am not ready for cold weather! I would have liked a few more weeks of 45-50 degree weather but I think we are in for some pretty low temperatures now. I guess that means the turnips will be much sweeter this year! Jean brought out his coveralls and so the season goes on!
On our farm the work doesn’t stop because the season is over! Now some of the other work begins. This weekend sweet corn was cooked and packaged for the freezer. The sheds will house some of the tractors as the tobacco is stripped and bundled. The stalks will be put out in the fields to go back in the ground from where it came.
At home our Oak trees are sharing their abundance with us too! Lots of acorns and many, many leaves to cover the ground…….now of course we expect the rain because each year we have not been able to rake or pick up the leaves due to continual rain! Let’s hope we can get some of them up!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Ed Jr. running the chopper with Jean along side with the trailer
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Our honey production for this year was not as plentiful as we hoped but what we did take this year was good quality. We are most grateful to our mentor John Howe of Willington who gave much of his time and talent to help Chris and Ed Jr. learn how to take care of the hives and bees. Thank you so much!
A very grateful thank you also goes out to Joe Jauss for his help in setting up this year’s shares at Emanuel Lutheran Church. Thank you so much!
If you wish to take home your bins home to store them until next year please feel free to do so. If you wish us to hold them over for next year we will be happy to do so for you.
When potatoes and turnips are ready you can bring a bin or bag as we will let you decide how many you would like to have for your family. We will give you notice by email, blog and/or by phone so you will know for certain that they are ready for pick up.
Again all of us at Rothe Homestead Farm would like to say thank you to all who shared our ups and downs with the weather and veggies this year! We hope to see you again next year!
Edward Jr. , Edward Sr. and Jane, Gene and Diesel, Jean and Chris
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The newest addition to our Farmall family.....I think this one makes the count now 62.
A new fan assembly and a fix an oil leak.
One of the Cubs I'm workin on.
This one needs a new rear main seal on the engine.
A buddy of ours dropped of his H for me to fix. Engine was froze up. Got it freed, but it smokes like a chimney.
Bad valve guides.
Pulled the head...gonna put new rings on the pistons and new rod bearings in it while I got it apart.
Meanwhile, Ed Jr.'s been busy reroofing one of the tobacco sheds.
Ed Sr. helpin him out...ya ain't gettin me up there. I'll stay in the shop...thats where the beer is anyways!!!
One more day and he'll have it pretty much finished. Hope the Rain holds off!!
Monday, August 31, 2009
The tomatoes took a real hit this year. Not many of the farmers we have talked to have had a really great crop. It took corn quite a while before there was any available for picking. The weather this year could have been much, much better. But we should also be thankful that we did not have a real drought that lasted all season or year! Which is worse you ask; drought or constantly wet? Either can ruin a farmers crops in a year.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
One of the Spear-horses
Waiting to be unloaded into the shed
Ed Sr. putting loose leaves on a nail lathe
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
The heat was hard to take during the hottest part of the day and times were needed in the shade! Our fearless furry hunter went on a hunt and found that the black and white “kitty” had a terrible smell and now Diesel still has a trace of it! He was banished to the shed for a night or two so that we could all breathe in the house!
Ed will take advantage of the cooler days to keep an eye on the veggies and make sure that the broadleaf has a chance to finish getting to the harvest stage. We now just hope that
heavy rains, hail and high winds don’t finish the tobacco before we do!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Corn Tomato Onion Pepper Salad
8 ears of corn, cut off the cob after cooking
1 large red onion, sliced thin
1 cup green, red, yellow or a combination of all, chopped fine
3 medium tomatoes, cubed
Basil leaves, sliced thin
Slowly sauté the corn, onion, and pepper until just soft. Add the cubed tomatoes and basil leaves. Add 2 Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar; blend together. Salt & Pepper to taste. Will serve 12 -15
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
By pulling out the frames we can check for eggs, pollen and honey. We also look for disease! So far everything looks good. We use the smoker filled with pine needles to calm the bees so that we can take out each of the frames to check them.
It is always amazing to see God’s creations and how beautiful they are with the sun shinning on them.