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Mushrooms – Here They Come Again

The heavy rain in recent days has started the Shiitake Mushrooms Logs once again.

Shiitake Mushrooms are one of the most popular of specialty mushrooms. They are high in B Vitamins and also provide Vitamin D.

They support cardiovascular health, improve energy levels and brain function, reduce inflammation and support the immune system.

Use Shiitake Mushrooms in stir-fry or stuff and bake. Add stems to broth for flavor and added nutrition.

Happy Homesteading,


Jeremiah was a Bullfrog

Homemade wine. Made from our own grown, fresh, organic fruit. No sulfites. We have made a lot of loquat wine, so recently thought we would try blueberries.

It takes about 3 weeks for the sugar to get gobbled up by the yeast. We were shooting for a very dry but full-bodied wine. Cabernet. So far so good. It’s 3 weeks old, and we’ll let it age another 6 weeks…maybe.

Jeremiah was a bullfrog,

was a good friend of mine.

I never understood a single word he said,

but I helped him drink his wine.

(And he always had some mighty fine wine.)

Lyrics from “Joy to the World” by Hoyt Axton; performed by Three Dog Night”; released February 1971

Happy Homesteading,


More Pasture-Making

When you’re living on a small-scale homestead and raising pastured livestock for food, and when you’re getting along in years and have less energy than you used to (only a little less energy, mind…), but when that’s the situation, you may find it difficult to keep up with pasture rotation for the animals.

Awhile back we did a piece on “pasture-making”. That was for larger fields that weren’t seeded as yet. But at the same time we were seeding and scratching the larger plots, the grass in the orchards was going to waste…well, except for the geese, but they are very slow grazers. Can’t really count on the geese to keep your pasture mowed.

Long story short…we have added another pasture by fencing in each of the fruit trees individually in the front orchard. Now we can easily move the electric fence around each day to section off pasture plots for the goats, without worrying about the fruit trees. As long as you get the animals off the plot before they rip the grass roots out (that’s 1-2 days at the most) the grass will re-grow at the first rain.

As my Great-Aunt Mattie used to say…”You live and learn.” Isn’t that the truth.

Happy Homesteading,