This morning, my friend Kate said. “Dear March, December called and she wants her snow back.” I laughed and laughed and then I thought, you know, she’s right. It hasn’t been a very seasonally usual winter around here. Not much real snow until here lately and now it’s not hanging around, it’s just making things miserable. Planting time is coming on, so I’d really like to see the last of this kind of weather. How about those lovely May showers? Can we get some of those?
Fixer is working on his seed starts and garden planning. Since the tomatoes did so well last summer in the established garden patch by the house, we’re going to leave them right there and plant a few more rows. I didn’t realize how much tomato sauce and diced tomatoes we use in a year, so it seems like every year we plant more and can more. I’ve been reduced to rationing the tomato sauce from last summer because there’s no way we’re going to make it until July for the new crop. One mistake I made last year was not considering harvest times. I ended up heavy on the late season Black Prince tomatoes so I had green tomatoes on the vine still when the weather turned. It was OK in the end when I found a fantastic green tomato chutney recipe, but still seemed a bit of a waste. So this year, I’ll be looking for some earlier season varieties too. The Black Prince was a Russian heirloom variety, so it was supposed to do better in cooler weather and was a crazy streaky green/pink/gray-black. It looked cool, tasted good and had the odd effect of turning tomato sauce a little grayish. I might do it again just to stretch out the growing season again. More on gardening later.
If you want to read more about the real deal of producing almost all of what you eat, check out this blog, Matron of Husbandry. I really enjoy it. Photos, occasional recipes, lots of discussion about seasonal chores on a homestead. I find it fascinating and I hope you will too.
In other news, there are some new business opportunities brewing for Bucklepenny. We’re investigating a chance to have a booth at my very first flea market. It’s going to be a one day affair, but it could be the start of something big. I’m pretty excited. It’s a juried event, so I’m waiting to hear back from the jury about weather I’ll be accepted or not. I’ll post more information when I have it.
We’re working on more products, so check out the Etsy shop regularly to see what’s new. We are also in discussions about placing our products in another shop. I’ll post a link when we’ve settled details.
We’ll be posting a line of natural soaps, which means that they won’t have cosmetic micas or the nifty fragrance oils, but they will be colored with natural botanicals and scented with essential oils. Also our tea cup candles made with soy wax and hemp wicks, and soap dish gift sets. I’ve also got a couple of other products in development. If you have any special requests you’d like to see me offer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always glad to try something new and different.