Sunday, October 28, 2012

Episode 3: Lyndy's Chook Gossip

Lyndy and Dave emailed during the week to let us know they are proud parents again.  Handsome Wally (pictured below)  has had new chicks (pictured above, with "mother", Rusty).  Lyndy says Wally's Australorp colours are definitely showing - except for the two yellow ones - and that Rusty the Silkie is doing a great job at mothering, although Lyndy says you have to wonder whether she notices they don't look quite like her... It's not surprising they have a happy brood when they live in hen heaven at Pinners' Organic Farm Stay B&B . Congratulations Lyndy & Dave, and thank you for the eggiest eggs you provide us with each week. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Herb Bounty

Lovely early morning picking herbs and edible flowers from the hilbarn garden to take to Gina at the Yondover Goat Dairy in Tunnel where she uses them to dress her cheeseboards and cheeses. These are the things we love doing in a day. As well as noticing that while Mike was hosing out the dairy, Gail was getting the cheese tasting room ready for opening, and the goats had arranged themselves in the paddock like a posse of supermodels on a shoot. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Clever Re-use #3

We spotted these broad beans and peas growing on an old front fence in nearby Lilydale yesterday. Last year's hydrangeas have been ripped out and replaced by  the prettiest flowering vegetables: a  doubly good idea.

PS. Carmencita from the Lilydale Village Market just dropped us a note to say it's her fence! Watch out for the baby broad bean elves (they might come knocking soon....)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New season's produce

We hope you're enjoying the new fruits of the season: this week, the first rhubarb for a few months, from Latrobe; new season potatoes from Penguin with skin so thin it's transparent; and, the crispest, sweetest snow peas from Northdown.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Roasted Cauliflower Salad Recipe

We hope you're enjoying and using the recipes slipped inside your hilbarn box? We like to spend time choosing a recipe from Hil's collection, using some of the ingredients that we source fresh each week from local farmers and growers. We hope you're also as inspired as we are by Masako's recipe drawings.