Changing Seasons

After an unusually cold southern winter this year, it seems spring has arrived within the last two weeks!  Not only have the temperatures remained in the 60’s (and even up to 78 one day!), we Have experienced some seriously scary weather in the midst of it all;  tornados, hail, severe thunderstorms, oh my!  It’s hard to imagine we had snow on the ground just three weeks ago!
But there are other signs of spring appearing all over our farm, the signs we really enjoy.  Our sweet little hens are laying an abundance of their delicious and colorful eggs every day, giving us enough to enjoy for ourselves and share with the neighbors and some of the widow ladies from church.
Of course those eggs are the basis of Audley’s favorite meal as well……
bacon, egg and Irish cheddar sandwich w/ fried potatoes
But the most exciting signs of spring are out in my gardens!  In just a matter of days, my fruit trees are beginning to show the promise of a luscious crop this summer.  I just love the juicy sweetness of a fresh peach or plum on a warm summer day!

All three of my plum trees are just swelling with buds.  I am so renewed looking at them, thinking of all the newness and life …. and all of that yummy jam I can make!

We moved two of our peach trees to what we hope is a better location for production.  I was afraid they wouldn’t do well, but as I was out earlier this week I noticed blooms galore.
Trying not to “count our chickens before they hatch”, I am so excited about making peach salsa, jam, and of course a peach pie (or two).  Now the real work begins as we have to watch the weather and keep these precious buds from freezing.

 

After the severe drought and extreme temperatures we were faced with last summer, I have been surprised at all of my herbs that survived.  I just love to cut these fresh flavors as I need them in the kitchen.
There is something so wholesome about growing some of your own food.
Tarragon
Have you ever made tarragon vinegar?  It’s super easy, and then you can turn it into your favorite vinaigrette.
Chives
Chives make the perfect topper for German potato salad.
Parsley
And who doesn’t use parsley when they cook?
Oregano
You mut have oregano if you are making spaghetti!
Swiss Chard

And new to my garden this year is Swiss chard.  Lately I see it used in many settings, so I thought it would be a great addition to our own garden.

The weather forcasters are predicting an abundance of lovely weather the next week, with a little rain to green everything up.  I am looking forward to all of the changes around the farm in the coming weeks!

3 thoughts on “Changing Seasons

  1. Share those changes because we're getting more of the same and I'll need to pretend that your garden is mine for a while. 😀 It's hard not to think ahead to how wonderful it will be to have fresh fruit.

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