Warm summer days are flying by here in Wisconsin and the slightest hint of fall is already in the air. There is so much I want to do this summer still. I really need this season to stretch out longer!
Our produce stand has been busy but even more so than usual today with our Amish neighbors painting the barn roof for us. People are stopping to watch them work on the steep arched roof and to buy slicer tomatoes and grab some of our best sellers, the crisp Norland Red potatoes.
I can’t believe how this summer is almost coming to an end already! We have completed several projects on our homestead and that does make me feel better about the season coming to an end, but I still hope we can get more done before it gets too cold!
One small project was a new money-box for the produce cart. I scribbled up a little sketch of what I wanted the box to look like and my Dad built me this within a few days! Thanks Dad!
Having a fixer upper farm and a growing family means we don’t always have as much time or the funds to put towards fixing up this place, so it is a real lesson in patience. Tunnel vision also helps a lot! One thing at a time! But whenever there are small steps of progress towards real “fixin up” it is truly a beautiful feeling!
They put on a coat of primer today and are coming back on Friday to paint on the aluminum coat. No more rusty-brown metal roof on the old barn! I can’t wait to get the barn painted red too. Might not happen this year but soon and one day I am so totally going to paint a barn quilt on the side of it as well! If Drew lets me!
Yet another sign of summer winding up is the big hogs out in the barnyard and the exorbitant amount of feed they are going through.
The hogs are almost fed out and ready to be butchered. Can it really be that time of the year already? They are eating SO much right now, and are getting pretty big. We will miss having these happy friends in the pen out next to the barn, oinking at us. But they have lived a good, happy life, being well taken care of, and such is life on the farm.
Now on to that recipe! I just love having good recipes that are easy and delicious, ones that make putting up garden produce a breeze. It can be super stressful trying to use up all the bounty of the season, so here is one of my favorite easy recipes to use up cucumbers.
Simple. Sweet. Crisp
Jessica’s Farmhouse Refrigerator Pickles
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 cups white sugar
- 6 cups sliced cucumbers
- 1 cup sliced onions
In a saucepan over medium heat, bring vinegar, salt and sugar to a boil. Boil until the sugar has dissolved, about 8-10 minutes.
Place the cucumbers and onions in a large bowl. Pour the vinegar mixture over the vegetables. Transfer to sterile containers and store in the refrigerator making sure that the brine is covering the vegetables.
Ready to eat once chilled!
Hope you like this quick and easy recipe! After we have eaten all the pickles I slice fresh cucumbers into the jars to re-use the brine for another batch!
I have another project this week was canning strawberry rhubarb jam. It turned out great and we will enjoy these refreshing summertime fruits in the middle of winter! Stay tuned!
Thanks for reading!
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