Sunday, April 5, 2009

April Snowstorm

Southeast Minnesota is in the midsts of a winter storm warning today, but so far, at least, it must be skimming along south of us. We woke up to a half an inch of snow and it is snowing and blowing now, but too warm to really stick and set back spring for long.

The storm is blowing from the northwest and has plastered that side of all the trees with sticky white snow.

It's too blustery to accomplish our outside To-Do list (making rainbarrels, building compost bins, pulling buckthorn, installing windows in the granary) so I guess I will tackle the much- dreaded but much-needed task of organizing my office today. I intend to move our ever-growing library of gardening and farming books to my office so they aren't in stacks all over the house.
While there is a distinct tinge of green to the landscape now (well, covered by white today) but it's still pretty much monochromatic brown outside. Needing a blast of spring color, I succumbed to purchasing a potted lily last week.
Just five weeks until our average frost-free date!


On another note, we now have TWO chickens laying eggs! The yolks are often very deep orange--here is a comparison--a store-bought organic egg on the left and an egg from one of our hens on the right. Our chickens really love to eat the skins of baked squash and sweet potatoes--could that be why the yolks are so orange?

4 comments:

nancybond said...

Interesting theory on the yoke colour and the squash skins -- it could very well be! Diet does play a large role in yoke colour, I think. I've always been told the more orange the egg, the fresher.

Michael said...

What happened to http://www.susanwaughtal.net/ ?

Susan said...

Hi Michael,
Thanks for alerting me about my website. I had renewed my hosting contract but they didn't also renew my domain name--should be back up within 24 hours.

Susan said...

I was reading "Salad Bar Beef" by Joe Salatin, and in Chapter 5 he writes we are what we eat --and animals are what they eat. His main point is that we (as a society based on industrial farming) are now feeding cattle a very high-calorie, low vitamin and mineral diet and not letting them get exercise. He says the yellow marbled fat in grass-fed beef and the dark orange yolks of pastured poultry is from chlorophyll in the animal's diet and indicates low levels of saturated fat.