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“Foraging in June 2021”

It’s the start of foraging season here on the mountain!  Horsetail and Arnica are cropping in nicely, with many others not far away from prime picking time.  We’ve harvested and dried one large batch of horsetail already.  It’s important to harvest horsetail early in the season when it’s most medicinally active!  Not to mention tender and fragrant!   We had so many folks asking for horsetail by the pound last year that we hope to…

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“Spring of the Broken Broodies”

Throughout the years, I’ve enjoyed dubbing the seasons with the names of events that were memorable.  This spring definitely merits the title “Spring of the Broken Broodies”.   I’ve hatched and raised thousands of chickens now, and even this year I’m seeing firsts.  The first spring broody of this year did something quite strange.  I kept her on golf balls for a few weeks, until a batch of chicks was hatched out in an incubator,…

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“Another Indecisive Spring”

April and May spent their time swinging between near-freezing temperatures, and warm summer temperatures in the 70’s.  With each cold snap we wagered we were done with the cold and moving on towards summer.  However, the two-week cycle of extremes has continued.  Last week, in an unseasonable turn of events, we got dumped with over 20″ of snow.  At best, only about a foot of it accumulated.  We were plunged back into the throws of…

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A Post About Today: March 9th, 2021

March is well underway and spring is in the air!  With daytime highs in the 40’s, the Upper Greenhouse (the new massive one) has gotten well into the 70’s in full sunshine.  The snow is melting rapidly, and considering we’ve had unusually little snow this year, I’m sure it will be gone before we know it.  I highly doubt there will be snow in the draws in June this year. So with the advent of…

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“A Post About Today: February 23rd, 2021”

The upper greenhouse just before the big melt and shed. Here Andy is movings some snow around below it whilst I standby listening for any indication that the snow may break loose and come down. With daytime high’s in the upper 30’s and 40’s, brisk winds, and bright sunshine, it’s hard to deny spring is here.  Yesterday the upper greenhouse was 51ยบ!   Our 20 inches of fluffy white powder has melted into a semi-crusty…

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“A Post About Today: February 6th, 2021”

I’m going to make my first attempt at adding some fun photos to the blog post.  Does that make it a… plog?!  :B   Edit/update: since it seems to have worked and looks nice, I’ll work on adding photos to more of my previous posts.  We recently got about 12″ of snow, and there’s still plenty more on the forecast.  At last, the snow has come! We’ve hardly had 3 feet of cumulative snow up…

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“The Season of Snow is Upon Us Once Again”

“So… how much snow do you get up there?” The answer depends on the year, but usually between 5 and 10 feet. I used to say “I never want to live somewhere where the snow is deeper than I am tall”. Ha! I didn’t know what I was missing! If anything, the snow makes life up here easier. Winter is the time of hibernation. It’s the months without snow that are a frantic scurry of…

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