Starting my post this week with some bummer news about the ducks that are such fun to have around the farm.  We’ve lost five of the eight in the last ten days and believe it is a weasel or racoon.  At night we are now putting them up in the chicken tractor with an electric fence extension off my planting fields but that is a temporary solution.  I know it is nature and the “food chain” but it is one of the tough parts of living so close to the wilderness. 

I prepped and tilled the fall planting area last weekend and Joyce and I started some fall greens in seedling trays today.  On Monday I ordered 200 strawberry plants which will get planted mid October, around the same time as the garlic.  The tomatoes and okra are still going crazy and I need to trellis the pepper plants which are finally becoming weighted down with ripening peppers.  Interesting in that we’re getting our spring rains in August – normally a very dry time for our area.  Once again, this season is a very different rhythm!       

Farm Food Favorite: Crowder Peas
The Crowder Pea seed originally came from life-long Rabun County resident, JL Watts.  He gifted to Mom a handful a seed eight years ago and I have been planting and saving every season.  Every evening JL eats a bowl of crowder peas before going to bed.  JL is in his mid-80’s – might be something to it. 

To eat Crowders… Shell fresh pea and simmer in salted water until desired doneness.  Save the “pot licker” (juice from cooking the peas) and dip some cornbread into it and Enjoy!    

I look forward to seeing each of you tomorrow at the CSA pickup from 10:30 until 12:30 pm in front of Butlers Antiques on Main Street.  Please bring a bag for your goodies.

Until next week…

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