Blue Sky Farm

My blogging posts and photos are part of me . I think of this as a scrapbook of my life. The names have not been changed.. they are real people who have crossed my path along my journey. Some I know intimately, my family and friends. If their names are mentioned it's a sure sign they are special to me and I love them dearly...come along see for yourself, perhaps you know some of them too..

February 20, 2009

Premature thoughts of Garden Fresh Vegetables

Here it is still winter and my thoughts are jumping to harvesting & canning fresh vegetables & fruits and making jams & jellies.
Shopping for these fresh vegetables & fruit yesterday makes me really anxious for Spring and planting my own vegetables. It is way too early here to even consider trying to scratch a dent in the frozen soil that I will call my garden, come May or even June here in the Klamath basin. An awful lot of amending needs to be done to the soil . We will be hauling in sand and compost and top soil to the area I have claimed for my vegetables. To say nothing of the sweat and sore muscles that will be sacrificed. Noticed I said we, I of course wouldn't want to not include my husband in this process. Last year I got a late start and this year I vow to be ahead of the game, weather permitting.
I have been ordering seed catalogues, Reading for hours and learning a ton about heirloom & organic seeds and really want to eat healthy food untouched with chemicals and pesticides. My chickens will provide us with good free range eggs and the good earth will grow really nutritious vegetables. I know I may have to make frequent trips to the Local Farmers market for those things I cannot grow but just wait until fall when my pantry is again full of all these good things to eat.
I am collecting more cookbooks and recipes than I probably ever will use but I do like to try different foods & flavors. I am also learning what wines to pair with what dishes I serve so I will also be sampling a few throughout the spring and summer and that will mean dinner parties too that I can plan. Cookbooks are one of my favorite farm girl things to collect, not counting the eggs from the chicken coop…but, right now as I look at these fresh healthy ingredients I am just wondering what’s for dinner tonight and I think I can decide over a glass of Pinot Grissio.