Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction. Cowboy Wisdom
Look at this handsome fellow. Oh, and my cute husband too! Rock (his horse) is one of the loves of my life. He seems to keep us all out of trouble when we are working cattle, he is an old soul and a wise one! Thanks to our good friend Julie Clark for taking this awesome pic!
The quote holds true. A year ago when we were working our calves (vaccinations etc) Curtis walked behind a horse to go around the corral. The horse kicked him quick as lightening and knocked his feet out from under him. He landed with his head right behind her hooves, and I held my breath hoping she wouldn’t kick again. She didn’t – nice horse just bad timing. But reminded us all, even though you know a horse and trust them, it is best not to surprise them from behind!!
Farm News: Still hoping for rain. It has been spotty and we haven’t received our share. The animals are coughing from the dusty feed and the dusty air. Curtis wonders how I can see out my back windshield from all the dust covering it.
Because I am using horse power in my garden this year, I set up only two rows of irrigation. I have to move my irrigation and the electric fence every time I cultivate with the mules – they are afraid of it and it would be horrific to get tangled up in it (maybe the ride of my life!). So I am spending most of my time moving irrigation tape from one row to the next trying to save my crops. I went to check the blueberry bushes and half the berries had dried up and fallen on the ground underneath them. It is terribly dry!
And on top of that – a fire got started in the cove (the valley below us). I saw the smoke early this week – and commented to Curtis “strange time to be burning”. Sure enough, it came all the way up the side of the mountain. We saw the helicopters dumping water on it. I think they have it under control, but a little too close for comfort.
What’s in the Bucket: I will be loading you up in case things dry up in the coming weeks! Turnip roots, kale, summer squash, romaine lettuce or cabbage, spring onions, spinach, bunch o broccoli and basil.
What’s at the Market: kale, cabbage, broccoli, spinach, spring onions, turnip roots, basil, Circle S ground beef.
Market Special: The Turnip Truck Special: one quart turnips, one bunch broccoli, one # ground beef all for $7 (savings of $3)
Simple Broccoli and Kale Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 10 minutes
- 1 large head of fresh broccoli, cut into small florets (about 2 ½ cups florets)
- 5 large kale leaves, very finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, grated with a box grater
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- 1 tbsp currants or small raisins
- 2 tbsp flaxseed oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar (apple cider vinegar will work, too)
- 1 tsp agave nectar
- 1 pinch sea salt
Pulse the broccoli in a food processor about 10 times to give it a fine chop, then add it to a large mixing bowl. Add the sliced almonds to the food processor (you don’t need to clean it) and pulse them 5-6 times, until finely chopped. Add the almonds, finely chopped kale, grated carrot, and currants to the broccoli. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, agave and salt, whisk together until smooth and add to the broccoli and kale mixture. Toss to combine.
Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator in a glass, airtight container for up to 3 days
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