Monthly Archives: August 2013

Our Wonky Little Wood Shed

After coming down off the elation of having procured the equivalent of 14 cords of firewood for the price of 10, it occurred to us that we needed somewhere to put it all. There isn’t a lot of spare room … Continue reading

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Buying Firewood: A Comedy in Three Parts

You would think buying firewood would be a simple thing to do.  But for us, the learning curve has been tremendous. Since our Brooklyn restaurant has a wood-burning fireplace, we always had firewood delivered.  It would arrive a couple of … Continue reading

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Culling the Roosters – Part Two (Culling the Roosters)

This is how the coop looked last night when we closed up the chickens. We let them go in and roost and, once they were settled, we grabbed the seven roosters slated for culling and crated them. If you ever … Continue reading

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Coming Home

We lived in Brooklyn for 10 years.  For eight of those years, we would take a week’s vacation in Cape Cod at the end of August.  While the week was always wonderful, the return trip home seemed to undo all … Continue reading

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Hypnotizing a Chicken

Here it is, Ladies and Gentlemen–your moment of zen.

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A Cucumber Trellis

This is a simple way to grow cucumbers in a small space. Using a small patch of soil, some spare timber, and an excess length of hog fencing, we made a cucumber trellis that is working beautifully. We sank the … Continue reading

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Little Shop of Horrors (hoop house edition)

I love tomatoes. I won’t buy them in the store anymore.  Store-bought tomatoes don’t taste like tomatoes; they don’t really taste like anything at all.  A real tomato tastes like summer–sweet and juicy and incredibly delicious–to say nothing of how … Continue reading

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applewood farm Photo Contest – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

A sincere thank-you to all who voted and commented on the photo contest.  We had a lot of fun seeing your responses and tallying the votes this morning. We started the day by writing down all the names of everyone … Continue reading

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Culling the Roosters – Part One: Making a Kill Cone

I’m not a huge fan of killing animals. Raising animals for food means that there comes a day when those animals will need to be killed.  Since we’ve embarked upon this particular journey, I’ve encountered myriad euphemisms for the task. … Continue reading

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Deer are Beautiful Jerks

I love deer.  They are beautiful and gentle and majestic.  They keep to themselves for the most part.  We always enjoy seeing a group of them grazing in the neighbors’ fields. But only in the neighbors’ fields. Dave came home … Continue reading

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