Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Farmer Barb's Red Currant Jelly

Mulberry Lane Farm is so excited to feature Farmer Barb's Red Currant Jelly for sale in The Granary. Not only is Farmer Barb a great tour guide, she can cook too!

When Farmer Pat saw that the farm's currant bush had a bumper crop of red currants, we asked our guides if anyone wanted to try their hand at making jelly. Farmer Barb stepped up to the plate (or should I say stove?). Farmer Pat picked the ripe berries and Farmer Barb (with a lot of help from her family) made the yummy jelly.

Red currants are rather tart so are cultivated mainly for jams and cooked dishes, rather than for eating raw. You can even test taste the jelly in The Granary on crisp Wheat Thin crackers before you purchase.

Thank you Farmer Barb for all your hard work!

Friday, July 24, 2009

A sea of pumpkins!

See'm? Every pumpkin flower you see is a future pumpkin!
Well....sort of. If it's a female flower anyhow. Male flowers will not produce a pumpkin. Notice the difference below? The female shows signs of the future pumpkin fruit, the male doesn't.

Female......... Male

Just like our hens need a rooster in the coop with them in order for her eggs to be fertile. The female pumpkin flower needs a male flower present to pollinate her. However, being that they are just flowers, they need our help! We can pick the male flower and self-pollinate the females but this would take Farmer Pat an awful looonnnnng time to do 6 acres of pumpkins, so we depend on bees.

In fact we have a local bee keeper bring a pallet of bee hives to the farm to help in the pollination process. I'll try to remember to take a picture and post the hives. Hope I don't get stung...ouch!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Summer is always filled with birthdays to celebrate. If you are looking for something new, memorable and fun too, Mulberry Lane Farm is where you want to celebrate your child's special day. You'll have use of the Hay Mow for your party, pony rides, hay ride and full tour of the farm. Take the hassle out of planning a party, we have it already done! Plus each of your guest will receive a FREE souvenir.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Mulberry Pie

Now you see it...

Now you don't...
On Saturday, July 18th we gave away FREE Mulberry Pie samples until supplies lasted. Needless to say, they didn't last long. Many asked for the recipe so thought I'd post it here for all to enjoy.
Pastry for 2 crust pie
4 c. fresh mulberries
1/4 c. water
1 c. sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tbsp. butter
Line 9 inch pie plate with pastry. Mix sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Mix lightly through mulberries, lemon juice and water. Pour berries into pastry lined pie plate. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust which has slits cut in it. Bake until crust is nicely browned and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust. Serve slightly warm, not hot. Temperature: 425 degree (hot oven). Time: bake 35 to 45 minutes. Serves 8.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Three Generations

Shivers (black & white) is a long time resident nanny-goat at Mulberry Lane Farm. Behind her is one of her kids from last year. Shiver's grand-kid is along side her born on June 24th.

Kitten Barn!

Watch video and turn up sound to hear about the new kitten barn.