It was 5degrees F. when I got up this morning. Kind of cold for baby chicks on pasture. But don't worry, right now they are warm and happy in my seed sprouting room. In about a week we will move them to a large pen in the greenhouse. There they will have lots of room and they will start on sprouted grains and greens. As it warms up outside and they get bigger we will open the greenhouse during the day so they can go out and forage. By April I expect they will be outside all day long.
Still have a few openings in our Spring Free Range Broiler CSA. If you live in central Ohio, it is a great way to put some premium chicken in your freezer.
The first batch of chicks is here. Got them settled in and ready to grow. These will be the first of many meat birds for our pasture chicken CSA. If you live in the Columbus, Canton-Akron, Cleveland, or Zanesville area and want naturally grown pasture raised chicken, this is a great opportunity. Sign up deadline for the spring CSA is March 14th, 2014. We will update the progress of these birds here.
Today, I trimmed my rose bushes that line the drive
way.I have been slowly trimming them
and using them since the Fall.At that
time I was harvesting the rose hips for syrup.My kids go through breakfast syrup as if it was water.For nutritional reasons I started looking at
all natural syrups.WOW! Maple Syrup,
the REAL thing, is expensive.And
rightly so!I have friends who make
their own maple syrup and had to stir and keep the fire going for days at a
time just to make a gallon of the glorious liquid gold.So, with a tight budget I tried to get the
kids to love applesauce on their waffles or pancakes.Big flop (pancake pun intended).My sweet tooth search continued.
I tried honey…too flowery.I tried molasses…too thick.I
tried jam and jelly…too fruity.
I had hit a roadblock. I moved into jam making season and I gave up trying to find a good source of
syrup.I make some jams that turn out
well and I began that process.One fruit
that I had in abundance was the rose hips from my rose plants.Roses are a member of the apple family.If you have old-fashioned roses with rose
hips, cut one open and you will see that they are full of seeds.Raw rose hips are extremely sour.But they are beneficial with High levels of
Vitamin C.So I wanted to make some rose
hip jelly to give out as gifts.
I have tried to make this jelly several times over the years
and each time it either sets like Hard Tack candy or doesn’t set at all.After making a batch that did not set, I put
it out for taste testing.Guess
what?The kids liked the flavor.I warmed up the rest of the jar and they
poured it over their pancakes. SYRUP!!!!!!!!I was relishing the rose hips now.
So, instead of trying to make the rose hip jelly, I now make
rose hip syrup.Kids are happy with it
and I know that they are getting a little Vitamin C boost.