On a small farm, feeding myself off the land and trying to do what I can the old fashioned way with a modern twist.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
This Weeks Amazed Look Thing
I had to get out this morning almost with sunrise since it's going to be so uncomfortably hot and humid today. Over 95F with more than 80% humidity is just nasty. So, I slipped out first thing this morning and picked me some breakfast. Grape tomatoes and some cucumber. I've also got more than a dozen sweet peppers in the fridge, some plums and some blackberries. Now all I need is some yogurt and I'm set!
Of course, Lil Sister jumped on me when I opened the door and she supervised my garden pickings while waiting for her morning feed and milk time. I love my Maggidans milker, it requires no electric outlet, it is very efficient, cleans up super easy and keeps the milk contaminant free. Plus, it really saves my back with no goat milking stand. Hello yogurt!
Okay, now to the amazed look thing.... a coal mining friend of mine stopped by yesterday late afternoon and came to the door almost in a panic. He says to me "there's something wrong with your cow! it's guts are hanging out!" What?!? says I, show me.... So, he runs back out there and points to Goober cow who is laying down, chewing her cud. His anxiety and "guts hanging out" was her half full milk bag sticking out from under her leg. I about died from laughter. "That's her milk bag you doofus!" He looks at me all confused.... so, I asked him where he thought milk came from and he says to me " it comes from a processing plant in a plastic jug." Face palm time........... This man grew up rural, surrounded by cropland and fields of cattle and he doesn't know where milk comes from?
Rut-ro, can you feel the rant coming on??? hahahahahaha Matt is a good fellow so I spared him my whole "natural foods" speech, he wouldn't get it anyway.
This is what I see every time I go to the farmers market. The resellers filling their tables with boxes of perfect fruits and vegetables,bought at auction or off the back of a commercial fruit/vegetable suppliers truck. People are conditioned to think that those items are superior to real food that may be odd looking or have slight blemishes or irregularities to them. Grocery store food is "better" and you can't convince them otherwise. They really have no clue.
So, how can we sustain ourselves with constantly growing population and less farmland to grow on every year? We can't. It's that simple. Our government pays farmers not to produce and Monsanto rules the corporate food production here. Ever ponder the connection between corporate food production and serious (often fatal) illness? Ever wonder why that might be?
I grew up just outside of Chicago. I took off for someplace south and landed in southern Illinois in late '94. I've been growing what I feed my family since '95, even coffee and tobacco. I hunt and butcher for myself. I love living a rural self sustained lifestyle.
I made it through October. Got the property taxes paid too! I have only spent $100 of the kitchen money so far with several pieces of equipment waiting for me to pick them up (and pay for them) The kitchen is progressing and I'm almost ready to start moving things into it. Not having any help is proving to make a slow job but it's getting done the way I want it and that's the big thing. I've got a couple more perk boxes to ship out, if you have not received one yet, it's coming this week!
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