Just finished getting 21 pounds of apples ready for apple butter. Sure is a long process having to put all those cooked apples through a food mill. Good work out for the arms. We picked about 60 pounds of apples yesterday. Keith hoisted me up in the bucket of his tractor. When we picked those, we moved onto the grape vine. Got some beautiful clusters of grapes. Probably will make grape jelly tonight or tomorrow night. Yesterday I was able to purchase 6 pounds of fresh rhubarb. Made some Ginger-Vanilla Rhubarb jam last night. Sound yummy or what? We’ve been dehydrating more hot peppers. We plan on grinding this up and selling our own hot pepper spice to enjoy throughout the winter months. A little something to remember the summer by. It sure is a busy time of the season putting up the summer’s bounty. It is especially gratifying to be able to pick those apples and not have to incur the cost of actually having to buying them – free fruit! We also have a couple of pear trees that are loaded. Waiting for those to size up and plan on making some type of pear jam combination.
Keith has been busy with the barn/chicken tractor. The chicken tractor will be done today and the chickens will be moved to their new home tonight. We will keep them in tomorrow so they get use to the place. The barn has been emptied out and 3 of the walls have been torn off. The salvageable wood has been used for the walls on the chicken tractor. The studs were used from the wood that was milled in January (the not so perfect pieces). I love it – sustainability in full force!