Thursday, June 23, 2011

Harvesting & a Little Craziness

Well, there wasn't any severe storms after all. Which was great. It has been very cloudy & rainy for the past two days, though. I have still been able to get out in the garden to weed garlic, blueberry bushes & strawberries. They all have straw around them, so it is safe to step around them. Today not only was strawberry picking day (again), it was garlic scape harvesting day. I thought I had a lot last year...
This is this year's haul. Seven and a quarter pounds!  So today I've made roasted garlic scapes, which are so good & easy, garlic pesto...
Pesto
and tonight I blanched and am in the process of freezing scape pieces for later use. I decided to freeze them on a cookie sheet first, then put in a bag. Then I can take them out as I need them. They are great in stir fry, omelette's, pesto, on the grill and pickled. Any place you would use garlic, use scapes. The flavor is milder, but definitely garlicy.
Cut up & blanched scapes, frozen in baggie & ready to go in the freezer.

Scapes will be given away, too. I am bringing some to The Driftless Cafe tomorrow. I hope they can use a bunch. Of course, I was still freezing & giving away strawberries today too. :-)

For a couple days, I've been "playing" with the chickens :-). So now, they will sit on my shoulder nervously for a few minutes. I really want them to be totally comfortable around humans. When I put Bubbles on my shoulder & was bending down to let him hop on the perch, Wilma (or Betty, not sure) jumped on top of my head. So here I was, sitting on the edge of their cage with birds on my shoulder & head.  I wish I would have had my camera in there. Yes, I am a crazy chicken lady :-). I decided to get a picture with Phoebe so we walked to the bathroom & took this. Yes, my hair is a mess. Yours would be too if you had just had a bird on your head. :-).
I also separated Henry ( the white rooster) from the rest. Bubbles is starting to pick on him, so it's time. Henry seemed upset until I put Hanah in with him. Now they are fine.
The new home is a dog cage, up high enough so they can see each other.
We will be on vacation for a while...have a million things to do before then...have a great week!

11 comments:

Michelle said...

Wow, so much going on!!! Great photos!

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

I came to think of the comic character Dilbert when I saw that second photograph :-) :-)

Chickens has such personalities! and that´s good as long as they are nice :-) :-) I have met some personalities that wasn´t that nice :-) :-)

Have a great vacation!
Christer.

Barb and Steve said...

I am trying to keep them from getting a "bad" personality by handling them quite a bit. Hope it works :-)

Me said...

So we planted Garlic this year too! Not a lot but I have those scape things too.... so by harvesting them, I won't be killing my garlic then right? (Sorry, new to garlic lol)

Barb and Steve said...

Actually, it is said that it helps the bulb grow more when it doesn't have to nourish the flower.)Harvesting is good! :-0

Edain said...

Great info about the Scapes, I didn't know about them. Love your posts. :)

Lois Evensen said...

Love the picture of the chicken on your shoulder. :))

the wild magnolia said...

I love chickens...and the chicken on the shoulder! Good that you pay attention...and moved him.

Jaz over at Octoberfarm loves scapes.

Happy Sunday. Thank you, for sharing.

angie said...

7 and 1/4 lbs! That is fantastic!

SharleneT said...

My chickens used to follow me all over the farm. Most were nice but a few were mean and I'd have to separate them, for awhile. I've got herbs galore, right now, that need harvesting and dehydrating. Gonna plant garlic next year just because of you! Come visit when you can.

Jenna Gayle said...

I've got two buff cochins and a mystery hen that love to fly up and sit on me! It makes me feel loved :) When my little banty rooster was little he was oh so sweet. I held him all the time. Now everytime he thinks I am about to touch him he tries to spur me!! (Well, he's only 3 months old so he doesn't have any yet, but still...) He's only been acting like this for around a week, so maybe he will grow out of it or ht's GONE!! He was also the first to start crowing. Macho Man perhaps?