5/30/2019 Heat Wave

On the Farm

I couldn’t resist this picture of Mr. Kitty guarding the chicken feed. What a professional. (I woke him up.)

When it snows in wintertime I think of hot days in July and in July I think of wintertime snows - it helps to dampen the heat or cold and raise my spirits. However, I rarely consider May as a time to think of winter. This week has been rough on the animals and farmers alike.

The ladies egg production has dropped by 25%. They are still enjoying dust baths and clucking in the shade yet they seem to forget about laying an egg every day. We usually see this change in behavior at the 4th of July. Early birds will get the eggs at market.

The cattle will graze early in the morning and then hide in the woods munching on their shaded hay bale in the middle of the day. I ordered twice as much hay from the family that has supplied us with hay for eight years because I think we will need it over the summer. The pasture grass is growing very slowly - even the weeds are smaller. I put birds out on the pasture on Tuesday and Wednesday and let the cattle in to “mow” the grass for them. I didn’t have to worry about the cattle bothering the birds because they ate quickly and then headed for the woods. The adult birds that went out for processing on Tuesday doubled their water consumption in the past week. I think I have too.

We have our fingers crossed for some rain and cooler temperatures - day and night.

At the Market

We will be in Charlotte and Davidson this week with lots of items for the grill. No sense in heating up the kitchen. Ask for some of our tried and true recipes.

Good to Know

I tried a new barbeque sauce on both chicken and beef recently: Bulldog Sauce. It is also called Tonkatsu Sauce (Japanese). From Seriouseats.com

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon mirin (or rice wine vinegar)

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Stir and refrigerate up to a month.

Stay cool,

Gil and Amy Foster