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1. The Brassicaceae Family includes these vegetables: broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbages, cauliflowers, cresses, kale, kohlrabi, radishes, rutabagas, seakale, and turnips.
2. The genus Brassica is included in the Brassicaceae family.
3. Brassicas have the ability to hold water due to their waxy cuticle.
4. Brassicas are biennials. Biennials go to seed in the second year.
5. The first year of a brassica’s life it stores food.
6. The first year’s growth and stored energy of a brassica allows humans and animals to utilize the vegetable as food in the winter.
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1. The Fabaceae family vegetables includes peas, fava beans, runner beans, green beans, lima beans, soybeans, and peanuts.
2. The Fabaceae family was formerly known as Leguminosae.
3. Fabaceae have the ability to fix nitrogen in their roots.
4. At least 1/4th of your planting area should be planted with Fabaceae each year to naturally boost nitrogen levels.
5. Fabaceae can be planted as a green manure.
6. Alfalfa, clover, and vetch are Fabaceae members which are good green manure plants.
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Ever get that feeling you’re being watched? This one crept up on me. Our resident voyeur! A little shaky video, but just had to share. Make it a great day, folks!
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White-Tailed Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
This fawn was hiding in a field at the homestead. It was so still and quiet that we were not exactly sure what the brown spot was until we were upon it.
White-tailed fawns are born with reddish-brown coats with white spots which provide camouflage. Fawns lose their spots by the fall season. Fawns bleat to call their mother. The bond between a fawn and mother is very strong, and typically a mother doe will not abandon her fawn. The doe will, however, leave the fawn alone for periods of time especially during the first three weeks of its life. The doe will hide the fawn in secluded areas and return to nurse. Touching a fawn will not cause the doe to reject the fawn (although it is not recommended). The fawn has very little odor which helps in keeping the fawn hidden. After about three weeks the fawn will be strong enough to keep up with the mother and will travel with her. A fawn will remain with the mother for about a year, or longer if the fawn is a doe.
More information: https://www.pgc.pa.gov/Education/WildlifeNotesIndex/Pages/White-tailedDeer.aspx
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(Scientific Name: Sceloporus undulates)

This is an eastern fence lizard. He is one of the critters we see at our homestead, and I was finally able to video and take pictures of one, so I wanted to share. Usually they are not into being photographed, but this guy was a ham about it. I actually think he was enjoying the limelight.

Eastern fence lizards grow to about 4-7 inches in length. They like open habitats within the forest areas such as rock slides, clear cuts, rocky outcrops near water, and quarry faces. They are gray to brown in color and have rough scales that overlap. The females are grayer in color with wavy black marks. The males are more brownish with blue patches down their sides. I think this one is a male because I spied some blue on him.

For more information: https://www.paherps.com/herps/lizards-skinks/fence_lizard/
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The Pickaroon (also spelled picaroon) is sometimes also called a hookaroon, a pisaroon, a sappie, a Zapin, or a Sapine. It basically refers to a tool that has an average handle length between two and four feet with a metal hook. A pickaroon usually is straighter with a small bend near the tip that points in the direction of the handle. A hookaroon has more of an arched hook shape, rather than a bend near the tip of the metal portion. The handle traditionally was made of wood, but more modern tools have metal handles.
The pickaroon is used for snagging and turning over logs. It is believed to originate from the Alpine region.
At the PMH Wood division of Pioneer Mountain Homestead, we use it while cutting firewood, and it is one tool we would not be without. Our favorite is the Stihl Hookaroon.
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Too Many Eggs?
If you have chickens, you know how the eggs start to pile up in the spring and summer. Then when winter comes and the girls stop laying, you are left with no eggs. Well, here’s something that might help you.

Over the spring and summer when we have extra eggs that cannot be sold, we freeze the extra. Here’s how we do it:

1. Crack open the eggs.

2. Scramble the eggs (we do not recommend freezing them whole).

3. Place one egg’s worth of liquid in each pocket of your silicone tray.

4. Freeze the eggs.

5. Pop the eggs from the silicone tray.

6. Store eggs in a freezer bag. One frozen disc will equal one egg.

7. Thaw before using.

We have done this with chicken and with duck eggs.

Why do chickens stop laying eggs?

For our followers that don’t raise chickens, you may not realize that chickens do not lay eggs (or lay a reduced amount of eggs) in the winter. The reason is that chickens lay eggs primarily based on daylight hours. The spring, summer, and early fall seasons have more daylight hours than the winter. It is estimated that a chicken needs about 14 hours of daylight to produce eggs.

Some farmers will add artificial light to increase egg production in the winter. At our farm, we currently do not add additional light for two reasons. First, to light an area costs money and the margins on eggs are not significant enough for us to justify lighting at the current time. Second, we feel that giving the chickens a break is needed for their health. We can’t back this with science, but hey, we all need a small break once in a while!

Why can’t you sell the extra eggs?

As a small egg processor in the State of Pennsylvania, we are required to follow the State Code when selling eggs from the farm. This includes rules on the number of hens we keep, the radius of our market, and the number of days we have to sell the eggs.

Eggs have a shelf life that exceeds the number of days we have to sell the eggs, so if we didn’t sell our eggs in the time allotted, they are no longer “salable” eggs to the public. These “old” eggs serve no other purpose on the market and therefore either get used by us or fed to the animals (ask our farm dogs and stray cats who hope we never sell another egg! They love them! Ha ha).

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