Happy days in that the hay was cut this weekend.  In “normal” years the first cutting of hay is done the end of May or beginning of June.  I had limed the pastures a year ago fall and the yield more than doubled with this cutting.  With all the rain this season we’ve been waiting for 3 dry days to cut the hay.  I use the hay for feeding the donkeys over the winter as well as mulch in the garden.  Is a big relief to have the hay cut and dry in the barn. 

It had been Wednesday since the pole beans were last picked so was a big chore to pick the 80 foot row of Selma Zesta Pole Beans this morning.  I harvested more than 30 pounds of beans from the nicest row of beans I’ve grown.  I thinned out the plants more than I ever have to almost a foot in between each plant and also used sturdy wire panels for the trellising.  It is so much easier to pick pole beans as you can stand up rather than bend over to pick the bush beans.   

Farm Food Favorite: Green Bean & Cherry Tomato Salad
Snap ends of beans, break into one inch pieces and steam for 6-8 minutes. Remove from stove and dunk in cold water to stop cooking process.  Drain beans then toss with small amount of olive oil or pesto.  Cut cherry tomatoes in half and add to beans.  Salt to taste.  Enjoy!

I will see you all tomorrow at the CSA pickup from 4:30-6 at the Rabun County Library.  Please bring a bag for your goodies.

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