August: What’s new on the farm!

What a month! We had hot, hot and very dry weather. Between July and August, we didn’t have any real rain for about six weeks which was even more of a problem because of the really hot temperatures. The second cut of hay was very poor: we had 7 hay bales when we can usually…

Cute as a Caterpillar!

Originally posted on A farm for all seasons:
We see a lot of the Woolly Bear Caterpillars up here in Wisconsin and supposedly the harshness of the coming winter can be forecast by the width of their banded coloring. The Woolly Bear Caterpillar is a fuzzy black caterpillar with a tan/orange band down the middle.  Folklore has…

Farmhouse Cheddar for Beginners

Originally posted on How to Provide:
Farmhouse Cheddar By Ricki Carroll Ingredients: 2 gallons whole milk  (You can use raw milk or store-bought) 1 packet direct set mesophilic starter or 4 ounces prepared mesophilic starter 1/2 teaspoon liquid rennet (or 1/2 rennet tablet) diluted in 1/4 cup cool, unchlorinated water 1 tablespoon cheese salt Cheese…