This is David Higginbotham. He’s not only our neighbor, but he takes care of the greenhouse heaters and all our plumbing needs here at the farm. You might know him from his business name, Mountain Plumbing & Heating, but did you also know that he is running for Colorado House District 60 seat this November?
David was here on Saturday morning to give our greenhouse heaters their annual check-up before we start running them in September as the night-time temperatures start to go lower. It’s important to have the heaters cleaned, inspected and tested to make sure that they are in tip-top working order. This is important not only to grow the best plants, but to do that with the least amount of fuel used. that is better for the earth and climate change and better for our heating bills.
Anyway, David’s business is about keeping heating and plumbing infrastructure working at it’s best not just for the comfort of his customers, but so that we do the best that we can to address climate change, especially as we transition as a society and a country to clean energy resources and a more sustainable approach to life on this planet. David also supports local and organic farmers, which again, contributes to a more sustainable approach to life on this planet and it’s good for Colorado’s economy.
So, since David was here working on our heaters anyway, I decided to take his picture while he worked and share with you what he is up to in terms of running for our Colorado State House of Representatives. If you want to know more about this, visit http://www.demdistrict60.org . Chris and I are very impressed and maybe you will be too!
Today I took some time to do some garden and orchard harvesting. There was quite a bit happening in the food garden and the heirloom fruit tree orchard, and this is what I picked today…apples (4 kinds), pears, peaches, sunberries, cucamelons, strawberries and raspberries too.
I also picked some peppers, which will become a green chili stew tomorrow. I soaked up the beans (pintos and black turtle beans) and chicos (dried sweet corn), cooked the pork chops we bought from a local farm called Larga Vista Ranch, so I’ll be ready to add some veggies like potatoes, onions and garlic, maybe some carrots, along with the Anaheim chilies. It’s going to be delicious!
Below are the Winter Redflesh apples, which are smallish, tart and have pink flesh. They are so tasty. I think this batch will make some pretty nice applesauce.
Next comes the Chestnut Crabapples. These are an old-fashioned crabapple variety that has pretty large crabapples. They are also tart and yummy.
Mind you, our orchard is only in its 2nd year of planting, so these are very young trees. This is the first year we’ve really picked any apples from them. As with most young tree harvests, there aren’t very many apples on each tree, but we’re getting a sample of years to come and we’re thrilled.
Below here is the Blue Pearmain Apple, which is a giant apple. You can see on this saucer that it is quite large. We had 3 of these apples this year on the tree and the poor little tree was pretty weighted down with just those few. These apples will make a great pie or apple crisp, or I might just snack on them when I go hiking the next time.
These were the very first apples that came ripe and true to their name, Early Gold. They are medium-sized and very sweet.
If you think you might like to grow some of these apple varieties, we will have a selection of these heirloom apple trees, plus a number of other heirloom fruit tree varieties, for sale next spring in our Farm Stand store during Open Farm Days. In January, I’ll post up the information on dates and such.
I was also given the most amazing gift from a friend. She invited me to come to her place and pick blackberries. She has quite a large blackberry patch and it is only just beginning to get ripe berries. I was so tickled and grateful. I picked enough for a good-sized bowl of breakfast berries this week, plus froze 4 quarts for later use this winter. Quite a treat.
Our life with cats continues to get more interesting. We have been working with Pal to get him comfortable around us in the hopes that it won’t be too much longer before he can roam the house instead of being restricted to the bathroom. That’s going reasonably well.
Then yesterday, The black kitten I call Willow was returned to us by the woman who thought he would make a good addition to her home. We thought that was going to happen also, but surprisingly to all of us, Willow didn’t adjust to her home as well as we all thought he would and yesterday she brought him back to us. Now he has rejoined his brother, Pal, in the bathroom and Chris and I are working with both of them to help them learn how to be good house cats and family members.
Chris told his Dad that we are cat psychologists now, and I think he just might be right about that. Quite an adventure we’re having here with our cat friends.
Oh, I nearly forgot to tell you, but on October 1, 2016 I will be giving a presentation called Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine at Tagawas Garden Center. Tagawas is hosting this event to celebrate the release of my newest book by the same name, which will be in bookstores in early October.
I’ll also be going to Monticello to Thomas Jefferson’s Plantation to speak at the Heritage Harvest Festival on September 9-10, 2016. I’ll be doing the same presentation there, plus one on Wildlife Friendly Gardening.
At both of these events my books will be available for sale and I’ll be thrilled and honored to sign a copy for you if you would like.
Yikes…we’ve just started getting a thunderstorm storm with HAIL, and the power is blipping, so I’m going to close for now. More details about the Tagawas event the next time I’m blogging, but in the meantime mark your calendar if you would like to attend.