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  • Writer's pictureElie Ravitz-Basser

Summer on the farm

Welcome to summer on the farm, where vibrant hues and the sweet scent of blooming flowers embrace you. Summers tend to be my favorite time of the year, both because school is on a hiatus and I have more time enjoy the natural beauty around me. During these precious warm months, the sun dances across the sky, casting its golden rays upon the land and accentuating the beauty of our rural atmosphere. From frolicking with friendly farm animals, like the goats, to savoring the taste of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, every moment spent here promises to be an enchanting celebration of nature's allure. So, grab your straw hat and read on to learn more about the farm's adventures this June and July.

I have been raising a flock of ducks, and while they are undoubtedly adorable, they have turned out to be quite aloof and unfriendly. Despite my best efforts to socialize them, these ducks seem to prefer their own company and show little interest in human interaction. It can be disheartening at times, as I had hoped for a more amiable bond with these feathered animals. Perhaps, with time and patience, they may eventually warm up to me, but for now, my growing ducks remain distant and independent.

Owning ducks requires a considerable amount of care and attention. They need regular maintenance to ensure their well-being. One essential aspect of duck care is cleaning their barn every morning. Ducks are naturally messy creatures, and their living space can quickly become soiled. Regularly clearing out their bedding, removing waste, and disinfecting the barn helps maintain a clean and hygienic environment for them. Additionally, ensuring a fresh and ample water supply is crucial for their health. Ducks love to splash and play in water, so filling their water container regularly ensures they have enough for drinking and other activities.

Despite their standoffish nature, there is a positive aspect to having fifteen ducks on our farm. In another two months, the ducks will start laying eggs every day. This means I'll be able to make duck egg omelettes and other delicious foods that rely on these precious eggs. In terms of taste, duck eggs are similar to chicken eggs. However, duck eggs are bigger than chicken eggs. They also tend to be richer and creamier than chicken eggs.

Summer is a vibrant season for the goats, as well. The goats revel in the abundance of lush green pastures and bountiful foliage. The summer months provide them with an opportunity to roam freely, grazing on fresh grass and foraging on the vibrant vegetation that flourishes in the season. We provide them with shade and access to clean, cool water, as goats are particularly sensitive to heat.

The summer season brings with it an abundant harvest of delicious fruits and vegetables.Juicy watermelons, with their refreshing sweetness, provide the perfect way to beat the summer heat. The gardens come alive with an assortment of crisp and colorful vegetables such as sun-ripened tomatoes and crunchy sweet peas. The summer harvest also boasts luscious stone fruits like peaches, plums, and nectarines, which are perfect for enjoying fresh or incorporating into pies and jams.

This blog post, I'm calling attention to two refreshing summer drinks: Brazilian Limeade and Watermelon Gazpacho. Both are so easy to prepare, and so delicious! Read on to learn how to make these tasty drinks.

Brazilian Limeade

4 juicy limes, washed and scrubbed clean

6 cups water

1 cup granulated sugar (200g)

6 Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

1. Wash limes thoroughly by, scrubbing the skin with hand or dish soap to remove any pesticides or wax. Slice off the ends of each lime, then cut them into ⅛ths.

2. In a blender, combine half of the water, half of the sugar, and half of the limes, then pulse 5-7 times. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a pitcher, pressing the lime pulp with a spoon to help release juices, then discarding the remaining skins and pulp. Repeat with the other half of the water, sugar, and limes.

3. Stir the sweetened condensed milk into the limeade and serve with lots of ice and thin slices of lime for garnish.

Watermelon Gazpacho

1 small sweet watermelon (a 6 pounder will do)

1 small lime, juiced

1. Slice the watermelon in half. Using a big spoon, scoop chunks of sweet watermelon into the blender. Discard the rind.

2. Blend the watermelon until it is totally pulverized. This shouldn’t take more than a minute.

3. For extra flavor, squeeze the juice of one small lime into the blender and blend for a few seconds.

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