Today has been a good day on the farm. Primarily, because we’ve done a whole lotta nothing. After 3 weeks without a day off, we finally had a REAL day off. Well, maybe not completely off. We still had to feed and water the animals, and we worked with the dogs a bit. But for the most part, no real hard tasks to complete, and some time spent watching movies with the girls. So, sure, a day off
To top it off, we had a revelation today. We had our first complete meal made of all ingredients off the farm since our relocation in February. Hard to believe, isn’t it? 3+ months of working in a garden, raising animals, collecting eggs, and we just had our first complete, farm-grown meal.The hard work is starting to pay off… we’ve processed pigs, so we now have meat handy. The garden is FINALLY starting to produce up to expectations, which means we have a little extra after our CSA shares and markets. And eggs… we have the ever trusty, versatile, and delicious egg.
Of course, we’ve had snacks here or there that are just from the farm (specifically many hard boiled eggs), but this was a combination of multiple ingredients, for a real sit down meal. What did it consist of? Well, I’m glad you asked. First of all, we started with some ground sausage, I believe it was medium in the spice factor. The delicious pork flavor that you only get from pastured/wood raised hogs, and a little bit of heat. We paired that with a fried egg, and served it with sauteed radishes and arugula. I haven’t always been a fan of radishes, but the peppery bite of fresh picked radishes is especially hard not to like. Sauteed in a pan with a little pork fat, butter, or olive oil, and mmm… Heavenly.
I admit, it wasn’t the best menu we’ve put together, but it’s a step in the right direction. I expect to share ever improving, more delicious menus throughout the year.
To top it off… I’m enjoying a bowl of strawberries and freshly whipped cream. Or is it a bowl of whipped cream, with a garnish of berries? This cream – from Southern Swiss – is one of my favorites. I regularly get in trouble with the wife for drinking it straight from the jug. And admittedly, I put a lot of effort into this snack. After whipping the cream by hand, I will be eating it all.