There was lots of action on the farm today.
When I went out to let me chickens out this morning, my ducks were avoiding the pond in a rather uncharacteristic manner.
As I approached the pond, I heard a splash. I was too late to catch of what it was so I hung around and waited. I pretty much knew who to expect.
Then he appeared and yes, it was just who I thought. A muskrat.
This of course isn't a good thing for anybody, my pond included. Fortunately when I got home from deliveries, Mollie and I rounded up the ducks quite easily and they are in their winter abode for now. Safe and out of harm's way.
It was tough loading up the greens with the chickens carousing in the driveway. They spotted the greens in the baskets and I nearly wondered if they were going to pop up into my car and devour the goodies.
Hard to figure when the grass is still green, but I guess all like variety in our diets.
Mollie was thrilled...thrilled I say, to be delivering vegetables with me because of a day off from school.
You can see the excitement in her eyes. My girls will most likely take over Tree and Twig soon. It's what they aspire to. Umm, yes. Right-ee-o.
I remember years ago when I spoke to a high school class I bored the kids beyond belief. Finally I asked the class if anyone wanted to be a farmer when they finished school. They looked at me like my head was a cauliflower. I was just that weird to suggest such a thing.
No hands went up. "Why not?" I asked. The work is too hard and the money too little was the unanimous reply.
I suspect my girls feel the same way. It's just not what most kids think about doing.
Note the greens in the baskets today. It is going to be a green Christmas after all!
For a little info on the nutritional value of mustard greens, look here.
Some greens you may recognize, some you may not. It is a nice versatile mix of tastes and textures.
There are still beets coming out of the garden and they are delicious roasted with the stems on. Sweet and earthy.
If anyone has any favourite ways to prepare these greens and you'd like to share, I'd love to hear from you.
In the meantime, Mustard Green Pesto is something just a bit different.
This recipe is from Bon Appetit.
Mustard Green Pesto Pasta with Mushrooms