|Our heritage-breed turkeys this year can breath a sigh of relief, as they have been officially pardoned ( by me).|
Don't worry, I am not going to show any photos of slaughtered turkeys as I did last year, in fact, I don't think that we'll even be killing any turkeys this year due to time, and well, the fact that the entire turkey-slaughter process ended up being a significant weekend-long event last year. I think I am OK with a nice store bought turkey this year. It won't taste like that years delicious turkey feast, but I can use this time to prepare something different - say, like fresh ground corn meal from our own heirloom green Aztec corn. This post will focus on more of the gardens harvest - particularly, that task of making home made cornbread for stuffing, and continuing to prep the pie squashes for pies later in the week. And, of course, some puppy shots plus a surprise addition to the poultry house, at the end of the post.
I have never raised dry field corn before this summer, but I think it will become an annual crop. Even though we don't have a large garden anymore, a few hundred square feet dedicated to field corn will provide enough corn for at least ten pans of corn bread - and believe me, if you have never tasted freshly ground corn meal made from a nice, flavorful, richly scented heirloom corn variety - you are missing one of the true gifts from a garden.
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|Ancient 'flint' and 'dent' varieties make excellent corn bread, and their kernels are often colored, here, I am using a dark green Aztec ancient variety, of course, setting aside about a pound of seed for next seasons crop.|
|I think some other members of the family want some too....|
|Bantam chicks arrived from the New England Bantam Club show this weekend. Naturally, Joe couldn't help himself because, well, we obviously don't have enough poultry. Oh...and he came back with some quail, too.|
|New Bantam chicks rest in a wooden bowl while their brood box gets prepared in the hen house. With temperatures dropping to 18º F this weekend, they will need a good amount of heat offered by radiant heat lights in the coop.|
|The puppies are getting some 'mommy time' in the studio. Liddy is just about done feeding them, but she still allows them to sneak a snack, every now and then. Obviously, she doesn't have much choice in the matter.|