Fall Harvest- Yeast Bread from Grape Pulp- Fried Green Tomatoes

This morning’s harvest- a quart of goat milk, eggs, bunch of green tomatoes, okra, pears, figs, spaghetti and butternut squash, herbs and autumn olives.  Do you see the pumpkins growing outside my window?

Fall is the busiest time on the Glasgow Farm. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few! We’ve got so many organic figs we don’t know what to do them all.  If you live close, you can pick some up! They’ll be coming in the whole month of September. You can freeze or can them for making Figgy pudding. Once you pick them, you’ve got to use them. They don’t have a long shelf life, like a couple of days.

We’ve also got pears a plenty. The branches are heavy but they aren’t completely ripe  yet. Another week, and if you live close you can come by and get some for making pear butter. One day I looked out my kitchen window and saw a squirrel, a rabbit and a groundhog all enjoying the pear tree at the same time.  Even with the wild eating them every day there’s still PLENTY. I wish they would have stayed still long enough for me to get my camera to show you!

More and more Milk Thistles continue to grow and are ready to be harvested–I just can’t get to them all!

My tomatoes didn’t do well- not hot enough this year and a LOT of rainy days. I’ve had plenty of green tomatoes.

Mostly green tomatoes all summer

Mostly green tomatoes all summer

Wash the tomatoes, slice, dip in beaten egg drench in flour both sides-sprinkle your favorite seasonings and salt on while frying

Wash the tomatoes, slice, dip in beaten egg drench in flour both sides-sprinkle your favorite seasonings and salt on while frying

I used gluten free flour you can use your favorite baking flour

I used gluten free flour you can use your favorite baking flour

 

Fry until brown on each side in butter-add more if it gets dry on the pan

Fry until brown on each side in butter-add more if it gets dry on the pan

 

I fried them on high and kinda forgot about them for a few min's-they were still delicious! Make a yummy sauce or dressing  to go on top. I use different dressings all the time. This time I made a topping out of curds, fresh herbs and pickled garlic. Served on top of organic greens and veg's

I fried them on high and kinda forgot about them for a few min’s-they were still delicious! Make a yummy sauce or dressing to go on top. I use different dressings all the time. This time I made a topping out of curds, fresh herbs and pickled garlic. Served on top of organic greens and veg’s

Spaghetti squash green beans below

Spaghetti squash hanging over fence with morning glories

Green beans line the inside of our barn yard

Green beans line the inside of our barn yard. Yep that’s the spaghetti squash you see on the fence. The squash is planted on the other side of the fenced in garden

 

Another wild fruit growing on the farm in the fall-Autumn Olives. They are the size of a currant and the taste- a cross between a currant and a tart cherry. VERY healthy to eat. God grew it them for us, we didn't plant them ourselves.

Another wild fruit growing on our farm in the fall-Autumn Olives. They are the size of a currant and the taste is a cross between a currant and a tart cherry. VERY healthy to eat. God grew them for us, we didn’t plant them. You can eat them raw,  cook them in jams, jellies, pies, sauces or make wine with them.

Growing right next to our Mulberry tree-The Autumn Olive bush

Growing right next to our Mulberry tree-The Autumn Olive bush

Grapes: Typically we get gallons and gallons of grapes from our vines but this year we didn’t get as much as usual. We didn’t take care of them the way we should have either. That makes a huge difference in the harvest. Two things I typically make with our grapes; new wine fermented with whey and yeast bread from the pulp. Here is a video of me preparing pulp to make yeast bread from pulp. 

Natural Yeast Bread

2 cups unwashed organic grapes, processed to pulp- the light powdery coating on the grapes is what is needed to make the yeast. Don’t wash off!!

11  cups ground organic flour (you can use wheat, spelt, rye or any combination-you can even use sprouted grain flours)

1 tablespoon sea salt

filtered water

Starter:

Place 2 cups grape pulp and 2 cups ground flour in clean bowl. Mix well and cover with cheesecloth secured with a large rubber band. Let sit. On day two add 1 cup flour and 1 cup filtered water. Mix well, cover and let sit in warm place. On day three, transfer to clean bowl and add 1 cup flour and 1 cup of filtered water. Cover and let sit in warm place until starter gets frothy and subsides. You should have around 5 cups. Use 4 cups to make bread and save one cup for future bread batches.

Natural Yeast Bread

7 cups flour

4 cups starter

1 tablespoon salt

1 1/2 cup filtered water

Mix well. Cover and let rise in warm place for at least 12 hours. Bake at 300 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours. Oh my goodness, this is delicious. I also use this same recipe for making gluten free yeast bread, I just use gluten free flours.

This is just two of the many loaves I made-the one on the left is gluten free, the one on the right is made from a organic sprouted wheat and spelt grains. The color will vary depending on what kind of flour you use

This is just two of the many loaves I made-the one on the left is gluten free, the one on the right is made from an organic sprouted wheat and spelt grains. The color will vary depending on what kind of flour you use.

Leave a comment below telling me what you wish you had growing on your property.  I’ll draw a winner from the batch next week and send a root, seed or tree from our farm. We’ve got Milk Thistle seeds, Fig root, Autumn Olive root, baby Mulberry tree, Lilac root, Sunflower seeds, Elderberry tree root. . .all organic of course. I’ll have to check and see if we have sprouting pear trees(baby).

Proverbs 28:19 “Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.”

Eating Your Weeds- Milk Thistle for Your Liver

Butterflies enjoying Milk Thistle next to barn

Butterflies enjoying Milk Thistle next to barn

Jonathan is doing well. Would you continue to pray? He needs our prayers. Thank you!! After walking the halls of  the hospital  and seeing all the sick people it makes you want to be healthy, doesn’t it! Hence, this post on Milk Thistle.

Milk Thistle is growing all over our property. For years I thought they were a pain and to some extent they are if you touch the thorns. They’re weeds that literally grow like wild here in VA.  Our cows and sheep wouldn’t eat them, nor our goats! Finally I did some research and found that God was saving them for us. The above ground parts and seeds are medicinal.

The seeds most often are used for liver and gallbladder disorders.

Some people use milk thistle for diabetes, diseases of the spleen, prostate, cancer, depression and, uterus. It is also used for allergy symptoms. They also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

In foods, milk thistle leaves (cooked)and flowers are eaten as a vegetable for salads and a substitute for spinach. The seeds can be used to make coffee substitute and tea.

I’m using my Milk Thistle seeds raw on salads, in our smoothies and in our oatmeal. Having a healthy liver is vital for our health. Here are just a few things the liver does:
*Controls the production and removal of cholesterol
*Makes clotting factors
*Produces immune factors such as gamma gobulin
*Creates bile to help digest food and absorb nutrients
*Helps to clear the body of waste, toxins, and drugs
*Helps to maintain blood pressure
*Helps to support the liver’s ability to regenerate damaged tissue
*Reduces inflammation of the liver and gallbladder
*Improves digestion by stimulating bile production
*Helps to detoxify the liver from poisons
*Provides the body with antioxidants
*Helps to treat cirrhosis of the liver, jaundice, and chronic hepatitis.

Milk Thistle is a super nutrient for liver health. For more info on Milk Thistle read these links:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/benefits-of-milk-thistle-seed/

http://naturallivingsocal.blogspot.com/2012/04/milk-thistle-seed-liver-regenerator.html

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/milk-thistle-benefits-and-side-effects

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” I Cor. 6:19-20

Chop the tops off the milk thistle plant-wear gloves

Chop the tops off the milk thistle plant-wear gloves

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Let the tops dry for a week in a dry place

Pull the purple top out and you'll find this fluffy stuff with seeds on the ends

Pull the purple top out and you’ll find this fluffy stuff with seeds on the ends

I held the fluffy part and with one gentle tug the seeds came off easy. If you do a bunch you can shake the heads in a big bag and the seeds will drop to the bottom of the bag.

I held the fluffy part and with one gentle tug the seeds came off easy. If you do a bunch you can shake the heads in a big bag and the seeds will drop to the bottom of the bag.

We eat the seeds on our salad, in our smoothies and in our oatmeal

We eat the seeds on our salad, in our smoothies and in our oatmeal

 

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Elderberry Elixir- Flu and Virus Remedy

Elderberry Elixer

Elderberry elixir

Elderberry is prolific on the Glasgow Farm. Our honey bees were in bee heaven early this summer with all the  Elderberry blossoms. Elderberry is famous for it’s ability to treat flu and virus symptoms.  This was my first year to make my very own Elderberry elixir. For years I had read how Elderberry  trumps Tamilfu for flu and virus remedy ability, so I decided to make a batch! It is so like God to put the very remedies we need in close proximity to us.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

Elderberry Elixir Recipe
Two pint canning jar (or other glass jar that seals well)
Two cups washed ripe elderberries (it took an hour to pick the ripe one’s from the unripe!)
Two cups of high quality brandy
One cup of raw honey
Pour all ingredients into mixing bowl together and stir well. Pour into sterilized pint-sized jars. Secure top on and shake carefully. Let sit in cool dark place for four to six weeks. Strain well, reserving liquid and store in airtight jar in cool, dark place. You don’t have to strain if you don’t want. Shake  before using. Store in small tincture bottles if you have any. The elderberry tincture (elixir) will last a year or more. This is the first year I have made it! The remedy goes back to Hippocrates.

Take a teaspoon every three hours at onset of flu or virus. You can put a teaspoon into a cup of water and drink as well.  Take until well! If you’ve come into contact with someone with the flu or virus I suggest to take 3 or 4 times a day.
Of course- rest and eat chicken soup along with your Elderberry elixir!

“Elderberries have been a folk remedy for centuries. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsilitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not. Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1951.”

Make sure you don’t eat unripe elderberries, the stem or leaves. They can make you very sick.

A Elderberry bunch- the unripe ones and the stems are dangerous to eat. Only use the ripe berries, the black ones

An Elderberry bunch- the unripe ones and the stems are dangerous to eat. Only use the ripe berries, the black ones

Unripe elderberries, in addition to the plant’s leaves, twigs, stems and roots, contain traces of cyanide- So be careful!

Elderberry Elixier ingredients: Raw honey, good quality brandy and Elderberries

Elderberry elixir ingredients: Raw honey, good quality brandy and ripe Elderberries

Pour all ingredients into mixing bowl

Pour all ingredients into mixing bowl

 

Stir elderberries, brandy and honey

Stir elderberries, brandy and honey together

Pour into pint sized jars-this recipe fit into 2 pint jars

Pour into clean pint-sized jars-this recipe fit into 2 pint jars

 

Elderberry Elixier

Elderberry elixir

 

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Elderberry elixir Secure top on and let sit for 4-6 weeks. You can strain out the berries at that point or let them stay and get stronger.

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You can order  Elderberry bushes from  Gurneys.com.

 

Elderberry tree/bush grew up  through our baler

Elderberry tree/bush grew up through our Baler they would take over our field if we let them!

 

Elderberry bush hanging over bunny

Elderberry bush hanging over bunny

The Home of Our Happy Chickens: Our Portable Chicken Coop

Video by Rachael Glasgow

For years we enjoyed watching our chickens roam the property. It was great fun to see them running  around and hearing the rooster cock-a-doodle-doo  all over the farm. But, we had one major problem, at dusk chickens would get snatched by fox waiting for them in the fields, the only thing we would find of their remains–feathers. Dale decided to build a portable chicken coop, one that they could have fresh grass and bugs but be protected from fox.

I always bring Sparky with me when we get our eggs because there are times when we have had snakes in the chicken coop. Sparky will get the snakes for me. This is a portable chicken coop, dale built it so that the fox can’t get to the chickens,  they are totally enclosed inside. Everyday we move the chicken coop with our lawn tractor around the yard; so everyday they get fresh grass and bugs. It doesn’t kill your grass because you are moving it all the time, and you get more eggs because they are getting all the nutrients they need.

Alright it looks like a lot of eggs. There are 13 eggs for today. Alright, they have their water, they have their feed in there. Then we lock it back up. The portable chicken coop is carried by a pulley that attaches to our tractor. Do you want to see what it looks like inside? Let me show you how dale built this. Alright we’ll make sure there are no snakes. Sparky is ready. We put the grain feed on the door. We’re almost out of grain here. This is the grain; we put it in this container. We change the water in the morning and at night. We’re all done!