Can you believe it? Joey, my dear pot bellied pig has PNEUMONIA!!
I went away for the weekend, a rare thing in and of itself and came back to a pig who didn't come out of his house when I called. I waited, called again and no Joey. That's just weird. So I got a few apples and popped them down and no Joey still. My heart sank. Until I heard a low grunt and I knew at least he was still with me. But Joey not eating means Joey doesn't feel good at all.
Yesterday the vet came out and Maris encouraged Joey to cooperate so the vet could take his temperature (105 degrees). Two strong shots of antibiotics and today he appears to be on the mend.
Maris was impressed with Joey the sick pig's strength. Even sick, Joey gets what Joey wants.
Hopefully most of the veggies in your baskets today were recognizable.
I will point out that the basil today was spice basil and it is really distinctive-you may not even recognize it as being basil. Oregano accompanied it.
If any of the peppers in your basket looked like any of the above-they are very hot. Wrinkled peppers equals scorchers. (Aren't they pretty though?)
The heirloom beans keeps coming too. When I say there are beans in the baskets, it can be different ones every week. How many varieties am I growing? Honestly not sure. Quite a few and some you won't see much of because I need to save the seed. I have a number of varieties that I got from the Heritage Seed Library in England and the beans are ultra-cool. But I've got to save all the bean seeds I can because I was only gifted with 5 seeds to begin with.
I'm having a small event on September 2nd (from 1-3 pm) as well that I'll mention here.
I usually do my "Tomato Bash" on this date, but this year I have decided to downgrade it. Sorry folks-I just don't have it in me. I'm totally evented out!
I do welcome you to the farm though to join me in a tour of the garden, a chance to try a few of the tomatoes, peppers and some other interesting things I am growing. No chefs, no wine, no charge.
There is some cool stuff this year.
I'll provide non-alcoholic beverages, so please let me know if you are coming so I can plan accordingly.
I'll have some veg for sale, as well as the growing line of "Tree and Twig Preserved". Nine different basil jelly varieties, beets, beans, tomatoes all done up with interesting spins.
This weekend, Saturday August 25th don't forget Rawstock in Niagara on the Lake. It's the first annual and there are some great folks there! (I'll be there.... not implying I'm great!)
I'll also will be at Feast of Fields on September 9th at Cold Creek Conservation Area , Township of King and am super honoured to be invited. This is like the grand-daddy of chef and farmer events.
I've been talking to a few people lately, so will add a few things here for you to peruse.
In the Globe and Mail Why are this summers peppers and radishes so hot?
And the delightful (and funny as....) Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff Tree and Twig Field Trip-Profile of a CSA Farmer
And from The Huffington Post-a recipe
Charred Tomato Salsa!
|Darn they are cute! Saved from a sure demise.|