Monthly Archives: August 2012

Crystal Bay Farm Visit

On a lovely Sunday drive to Watsonville, we passed by Crystal Bay Farm, and had to stop (obviously, because of the name).  They have pick-your-own berries, so we harvested some strawberries, raspberries, and the most amazing yellow raspberries I’ve ever had.  … Continue reading

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Fermentation Inspiration

Farmer Pete gave us a LOT of extra small cucumbers in this week’s CSA, and I wanted to make pickles! I grew cornichons for this purpose this year, but had quite a bit of trouble in harvesting them.  We had … Continue reading

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In Search of Chicken Nugget

So, we had to find a replacement for Roly-Poly-Giant-Comb since he turned out to be a rooster! We found a man in San Martin on craigslist who had pullets.  We drove down and picked out one that was supposed to … Continue reading

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Seven Eggs Today. . .

Yay!  Seven Eggs today.  This is the first day that each of the young hens has laid her egg.  Cool!

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Chicken Sitters

While we were away in Oregon, we enlisted the help of our wonderful neighbors across the street to chicken sit for us.  Their family includes two teenagers, who seemed excited about taking care of the girls for us.  Unfortunately, they … Continue reading

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Oregon Road Trip Day 10: Throwing Caution to the Wind

The covered bridges were nice, but we really, really wanted to go back to Southern Oregon!  So in an un-Trice-like maneuver, we threw caution to the wind and started driving south.  I cancelled our (no refund) campsite, and called the … Continue reading

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Oregon Road Trip Day 10: Covered Bridges

Day 10: We started the morning in Albany at the KOA Campground.  With so much talk about the covered bridges, we thought we better check some out!  We chose a concentration of them near Cottage Grove, Oregon.  There is a … Continue reading

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Oregon Road Trip Day 9: Corvallis

After the best goat milk smoothie ever (note to self: not all goat milk tastes like goat milk), we hit the road for a Farmer’s Market tour on our way South.  We also stopped at the Oregon Trail End of … Continue reading

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Oregon Road Trip Day 8: Hood River Fruit Loop (danger)

The Hood River Fruit Loop started with an idealized, picture-postcard perfect, panoramic view of the valley. That view was quickly marred by the mechanical sound of someone spraying pesticides close by.  You could see plumes of spray a few hundred … Continue reading

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Oregon Road Trip Day 7: Hood River

Day 7. The hotel was comfy, but LOUD!  You could watch, hear and nearly feel aircraft on the taxiway from the window.  Other than that, it was a soft bed, a clean room, the hot shower and a free breakfast … Continue reading

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