September 24, 2013 - 10:01 AM Filed in: Life
The summer ended with a period of extreme heat and no rain. NOT what makes anything go right on a farm and ranch. We spent all our time keeping things alive (plants and critters).
Our somewhat annual vacation was taken to California to Sonoma county north of San Francisco- wine vineyard country. Eva attended cooking classes for advanced jam making and together we attended the three day National Heirloom Farming meeting. It was a relaxed week away.
When we got home it was still hot and dry, but suddenly that was all over. 8 inches of rain on Friday changed everything. We went to the Avinger Wine Festival on Saturday and sold jams and Eva did several cooking demonstrations. Javier has been going to the Longview Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. It has been VERY slow.
Now is time to move the mama cows that are ready to have babies closer to home so we can watch them.
Life is good and we keep on keeping on.
August 06, 2013 - 02:18 PM Filed in: Life
Last night at 8:46 PM I looked into the sky and to the south-southwest appeared a brilliant small moving light. It was the International Space Station. It moved overhead to the northeast and in six minutes was gone. I have signed up for an email update of when the station is passes overhead during the evening hours. It is called Spot The Station.
I find great pleasure is watching something larger than a football stadium passing so far above me. How majestic it always appears. Some nights I lay on the ground and get the perspective of its passing from start to finish without having to move. Other nights I watch it and follow it on my Night Sky app on my iphone.
When I was 11 years old, in 1960, I stood in our driveway and watched for the passing of Echo. This was basically a metal ball that was America's first communication satellite. I was amazed than as I am today that I can watch something so far off in space. It broadened my view of the world.
Once, I had a science class in school, they said light never goes away. So occasionally, and still today, if I am out at night I take my spot light and point it to the sky and send a beam if light that will always be there.
I am unsure if this is true, but it makes me feel good to do it
August 04, 2013 - 08:53 AM Filed in: Cooking Class
At the farm near Daingerfield
August 24, 2013 11:00 am $80
"yu kyaahn travl pahn emti stomak"
(Literally, this means you cannot travel on an empty stomach in Belizean creole)
Not everyone knows that Chef Eva was born and raised in Belize until she left for university. Her earliest recollections are being in the kitchen when meals were prepared or eating Belizean street food when shopping or after school walking home. The food of Belize has more character than Latin cuisine and has been influenced by the cuisine of the Caribbean islands and Africa. What is prepared for this class are some of the most popular foods of Belize. We did not include the cow foot soup or salted pig tails
Fish panades with Belizean hot onion
Rice and beans with fried plantains
Johnny cakes with coconut milk
Individual Meat pies
The photo was taken in Belize. It's a cashew fruit. The nut is not inside, outside.
August 04, 2013 - 08:28 AM Filed in: News Articles
"As the sun rises over Greer Farm, the rooster crows and the French Maine-Anjou cattle began to wander. The smell of fresh bread and coffee fill the kitchen....."
"Greer Farm embrases sustainable agriculture methods of farming and ranching". Longview News-Journal August 3, 32013 Link Then click on pages 16-17
August 02, 2013 - 06:27 PM Filed in: Cooking Class
Chef Eva hits the road making a stop in Austin for the initial cooking class, of a series, focused on health and wellness-themed cooking. The focus is on healthy cooking practices for the Austin community. The class is Saturday, August 10th at 5:00 PM. The class cost is $25 and all proceeds will be donated to Slow Food Austin. For reservation email email@example.com. Space is limited.
Click link below for more information.