Did you survive the wind and rain intact?! We mostly did, although we had a few casualties around the farm. The storm brought heavy winds, rain, and we lost power for 6 hours. But luckily we didn't get any of the hail that some people experienced.
When touring the farm this morning, we discovered that our biggest Asian Pear tree was snapped off at the base. This tree had survived being uprooted and moving from Guelph with us and four seasons on the farm. But the storm last night took it down. Luckily, it is sprouting from the base, above the graph, so we should be able to re-grow it.
We also discovered that one of our mature trees, an ash, lost a few limbs and one of them speared through the plastic on one of the caterpillar tunnels. None of the tomatoes inside were damaged, but the plastic looks a little worse for the wear!
Two broiler chickens tried to stay outside in the storm but didn't survive because they got chilled through. Although their instincts should tell them to run for cover, sometimes they choose to hunch their shoulders and try to wait out the storm. Rob was very much a drowned rat after trying to convince the 200 broilers and nearly 75 laying hens to go inside!
We were very thankful to get the rain because the fields were getting extremely dry. Next time, we will hope for a slow, gentle rain!
A reminder to all share members interested in ordering whole roasting chickens: the order form is available on our website under the tab 'Pastured Poultry' and we still have chickens available. We require a 2 chicken minimum order and a $20 deposit at the time of ordering. The remainder can be paid at time of delivery. We will be delivering the chickens to Guelph on Wednesday, September 2nd during our regular CSA pickup. Mount Forest share members can pickup the chickens on the farm. Our chickens have been fed 100% organic feed, in addition to having free access to our pasture.
Fennel is a vegetable that may be uncommon to some people, but can add an interesting flavour to many dishes. Fennel is in the carrot family and has a mild licorice flavour. The flavour is more pronounced when raw and lighter once cooked. The two simplest ways to prepare fennel are to shave or thinly slice and toss into a salad or mix with other root vegetables and roast.
Check out this link for some delicious fennel recipe ideas: