You Can’t Eat Mount Rainier

I have decided to start another blog about my attempts at making the recipes from the book “You Can’t Eat Mount Rainier”.  This book has descriptions of 1950’s Seattle restaurants as well as recipes.  So if you want to follow along go to

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Done Canning and Still Pressing

canningI believe I am done canning for the year today with these 19 quarts of pears and 2 quarts of fermented pickles.  There are more pears, but I cannot imagine that we will eat more canned pears.  So I am thinking we will try to eat them fresh as they ripen or maybe I will make pear wine or perry with them.  Here’s the shelf of canned goods (the shelf is deep so holds more than it appears).

shelf of canningBut we are still pressing apples.  Saturday we pressed about 30 gallons of cider at the Harvest Market, and Sunday we pressed 30 more gallons for ourselves.  So we have a lot of pomace we are feeding to the critters.  Here are some of the sheep and goats enjoying pressing season,

sheep and goats eating pomaceand here are the cows enjoying it.

cows eating pomaceThe hogs, donkeys, llamas and chickens have been enjoying it as well. We picked even more cider apples today so we will keep on pressing and feeding the critters.





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Goat Fall Maintenance 2013

goat fall maintenance setupToday was fall goat maintenance day.  Tom has been working regularly so I was on my own.  We have gradually figured out how to get this done with less effort and pain.  You just have to be smarter than a goat sometimes.  So I enticed the goats into 1/2 of the barn (to the left in the photo), opened up the gate to let only one goat through, and use grain to convince him/her to step up on the shearing/milking stand onto the spool.  While they are eating grain from a bucket, I put a collar around their neck and then elevate the bucket enough so I can latch the collar to the 2×4 attached to the spool.  I then hang the grain bucket away from them and proceed to the maintenance.

The fall maintenance involves checking their hair coats, body condition and conjunctival color to make sure they are healthy and adequate for winter.  I trim their hooves.  They get wormed and copper boluses.  A few of them showed signs of hoof scald so they were treated for this as well.  Afterwards they are individually led out the other side of the barn.  Twenty goats were treated this way today.  Apart from some minor kicks, this went well and is much, much easier than how I used to do this.  Trying to work smarter, not harder, here at Schoonover Farm.

Next up will be fall maintenance on 36 sheep.


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