I picked our first cantaloupe of the season on Saturday. I think it was the sweetest cantaloupe I’ve ever tasted: cool and delicious! But the crop isn’t as vigorous this year and the pest infestation is worse. It probably has something to do with my failure to rotate.
We’ve had a few peaches and nectarines mature in the last few days. The fruit is good but the crop is suffering from borer worms. I need to hit the dormant spray this winter.
Milk is overflowing and we are constantly giving away the surplus. We have two goats in production, and it looks like we may have four in September since two of our new does appear to be pregnant. LeXuan just ordered a cheesemaking kit, so we’ll be ready.
Last month we artificially bred our three Dexter mamas. The breeder says his method has an 80% success rate. We have one steer that is just about ready for the freezer.
We’ve been letting the hens roam quite a bit lately since it is easier for them to cool down outside when the temperatures are hot. They usually find a nice cool spot with a breeze or hunker down in the mud around a leaky faucet. Unfortunately we lost one of our hens last month and are now down to 12. Don’t know what happened to her. Egg production is still high and we are slowly gaining customers.
We’ve got lots of okra. My wife doesn’t know what to do with it.
And, as usual, we’ve got tomatoes and zucchini piling up everywhere. We’ve had zucchini bread for breakfast every morning for the last three weeks. LeXuan has made tons of salsa from our tomatoes. We had a good crop of peas and beans this season, but the vines are now withering. Our watermelon crop is about a month away.
Dinner tonight included zucchini and goat cheese (zucchini casserole), wild blackberries from the pasture (blackberry pie), and fresh goat milk.