Saturday, May 21, 2011



Farm apprentice! Emily ( ) and Falza came up for a few days and helped get the garden in.

Sather and I get a chance to work for a few hours together in the field.

We bring home our first load of our new (used) greenhouse.

Sadie on the lookout for Hiro. Sather made a beautiful sunburst filography on the cube for the beans to grow up.

The kids "dragon" garden is all ready for planting.

Kes has a quiet moment with Hiro as he has his dinner.

Kes finds a giant toad.

Kes and Freia go for a cruise in the wagon with a friend

Thursday, May 19, 2011


hivemindesign presents Raven & Boar at ICFF

Sather built a beautiful window box top for our chest freezer so that our new Raven & Boar meat cuts could be seen during the show "USE ME" presented by The American Design Club ( )
during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair
( )
The debut went well!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

MAY 2011

MAY 2011

Kes helps to wash and pack duck eggs for Blue Hill NY

Sather prepares 2 panchetta and a guanchale


Sather prepares an amazing birthday dinner for me!
A french'd pork loin roast


a birthday wish.
miss you pops.

the green house is getting ready for the baby's.

We grill up some sausage that arrived from Eagle Bridge Custom Meats. Chorizo and Sweet Italian.

Shoni helps spread cow manure in the garden


Grandpa Memo found this morel under one of our apple trees!!

It's warm enough for no clothes!


We adopt 3 spayed feral cats from Animal Kind in Hudson.

We move all the chickens up to the field.
Unfortunately a hawk seems to know they are up in the field and we are not. Hiro get to work!

A view from the house. The lilacs have bloomed.

Sunday, May 15, 2011



All the pigs have been moved out of my garden and Sather has decided to rototill for me. Unfortunately it is 80º out.

Sather marks and prepares our first row.

First row of Brassicas are in. It's great to finally get something in the garden.

The greenhouse is filling up.

Full house.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

APRIL 2011

APRIL 2011


Michael is a friend, my brother in law, a chef and our lawyer. We got together with 1/2 of one of our pigs to work on some recipe's together. We have about 24 hours to make Pate, prepare a bacon and ham for curing,a fermented sausage and a boudin noir.

Two Pate de Campagne were prepared. One is lined with Caul fat, the other with back fat.
Sather and Michael stayed up late preparing the ground meat.

While the Pate's poach in the oven, they start to prepare the fermented sausages.

The Pate's are out of the oven and cooling.

They came out beautiful!


The final blood sausage

Michael and Kes check the sausages

The boudin noir is cooked up for dinner with homemade sauerkraut and a fried duck egg.

Belly = Bacon

taking a break

two hams in salt with weights. this will be in the fridge for the next moth or so.


We rotate the East Field Pigs into the next area. The mangels have really shot up now, and are providing some pretty good foraging.
They have a new hutch and are pretty comfortable.

The Tamworths are rotated out of the garden and into the forest. They have a path that they stroll down to get from their hutch, through a section of field before they get to the woods.

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM at Madison Square Garden!!!
My college friend Pat Mahoney is the drummer ( as seen in the upper right hand corner of the picture on the large monitor! ). He got us ( Raven, Orion, Bega, Stella me and Louie ) all VIP tickets to the final show which was amazing.

Freia is happy to have me back.

Kes's cousin Parker came for the weekend. We make plans for the summer and go pick up a bunch of new ducks. 9 new Cayuga's and 4 new Khaki's. The girls help with chores and building the new duck house.

Hiro is getting pretty big!

-the girls have some fun at Price Chopper-

Passover dinner
Hope made Matzo, chopped liver ( chicken livers with duck fat, eggs etc.) and chicken soup with matzo balls.

Kes gets some chicks for Easter

Freia relaxes on Grandma's porch in a big girl chair.

A new litter of pigs!

The weather is great and we are out in the garden

We take a walk looking for ramps. The kids put their toes in the creek.

We did not find ramps, but we did find a garter snake!
Kes, Rio and Ze pose with a new friend.

'Bingo' relaxes on the porch with Kes.

' Bingo ' gets some more attention.

Chef Jeff Gimmel of Swoon hosts a Ramp Fest in Hudson NY

Bingo unexpectedly dies! Kestrel handles it very well and prepares a grave and ceremony for her.

Freia eats a stick.

The rest of the chickens have come to say their blessings.

Chef Mike Toscano prepares RAVEN & BOAR AT MANZO Restaurant / EATALY

the menu

These are pictures Chef Toscano sent us of his menu and what he prepared with his Raven & Boar half hog.