We got a gully washer of a rain shower last night. It was fabulous! Along with the rain, came some thunder and lightening, but luckily no damage. The storm brought in cooler weather. What a relief! Around midnight, I woke up and opened all of the windows in the house. It is about 2:00 PM and the windows are all still opened. There is a cool breeze and it feels wonderful!
As I may have mentioned earlier (or I may not have) Wally and I are taking a break from farmers’ markets and regrouping. That means we will be eating a lot of rabbit over the next few months. It could be worst! We’d love to share them with anyone local reading this, but if not, then rabbit will become the new chicken for us.
For our Fourth of July dinner, we are having rabbit sausage on top of white Cannellini beans (not Cannellini beans from a can, organic dried Cannellini beans that I soaked overnight and cooked this morning — far superior to canned beans). Yesterday, I boned four rabbits, made stock from the bones and ground up the meat with some of our fat back and seasoned it. Can’t wait! I’ve made rabbit sausage before and it’s amazing! I’ve got three pens of rabbits to process this weekend.
I often feel like a failure as a farmer, and I may very well be, but I can’t help thinking I’ve been failing because the standards that I maintain make it impossible for me to be successful. I know I am producing a high quality product, but it is very much a niche product. Rabbit is not an accepted meat like chicken. The one weekend that I reduced the price of our rabbits to $5/pound (pastured chicken price) I sold out of them — but rabbit is so far superior to to chicken, both nutritionally and in taste, it should be more expensive — I guess. I don’t know any more.
What I do know is that over the next couple of months, things are going to change dramatically. Maybe these changes will make our products more desirable, it will not matter at that time. We will not stopping farming, just doing it with a different end result in mind.
I picked about ten pounds of Romano green beans from the garden this morning. Ten pounds of green beans from about eight square feet of garden space. For us, green beans are a double crop: we eat the green beans and either the rabbits or the pigs eat the bushes. Because I found Mexican bean beetle larva on the plants, I gave them to the pigs. The rabbits got several tubs full of weeds. It felt good to work in the garden without sweating.
We’ve already harvested what seems like thousands of pounds of Cocozella Di Napoli and Costata Romanesco squash. I’ve got a full bed of Dragon Tongue beans coming on as well as a bed and a half of field peas; two beds of corn, etc., etc. The garden is doing well, not as well as I’d like it to be, but it’s coming along. It WILL continue to get better. It is a beautiful garden.
Until later …