George's Home Farm

Jul 03, 2024,17:09 PM
 

We went thrift store shopping yesterday, as my wife was on a quest (found it), then cruised through a jewelry/watch store (nothing interesting). We stopped at a local market just to see what they had available, and here's the buy of the day.


Anyone like dates?  Luscious Medjool dates -  6 lbs for $20. Yay!


Continuing on our way to George's house, we noticed this enormous flower spike, while she spotted a VW Bus on a stake. We saw it was a Free Little Library.



While my wife was book-shopping, I saw two hawks circling, and a hummingbird, and a gigantic flower stalk. Only the stalk agreed to pose for a photo...



She and came back with 2 books and we drove down the block to our destination. 

George's family lives in a typical suburban house, and used to have big pine trees in the back yard, but those died due to bark beetles. Then the grass died because the sun was too hot. He grew up in Lebanon before moving here as a teenager, his family "back home" has olive orchards, and he thought he would try growing some food to feed his hungry kids (his real job is software engineer). 

Here's how it looks on the 2nd of July.



George has a drip system for irrigation but he says it can't quite keep up in the hot summertime of San Diego's North County. He's growing lots of different plants but what shocked us was the intensity of the crop. Note below his not-yet-ripe, but heavily-laden Roma tomato plants.



A prickly cucumber, only a few days old but tied up to the trellis for its own support and protection. George uses cheap wood stakes and twine to support the plants vertically.



George doesn't use any pesticides and his fertilizer is goat manure which he scavenges from a herd that lives nearby.

The beefsteak tomatoes and a basil plant were being admired by a small alligator lizard.  



George lets most of his plants go to seed which he uses for the next season. They can keep some plants going year-round but it does get too cold for most of his produce (but good for the apple trees).

We had conversations about worm farms, beekeeping, candle making, crop rotation and other aspects of farming that I know nothing about...

I do know they made us bring all this home: Lemons, Oranges, Apples, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Beets, More Lemons. 



As we were leaving he came out with a liter of the family olive oil...



I could barely get him to accept a couple dozen Medjool dates before we were sent on our way (after agreeing to come back in 2 weeks for more)...



Certainly more fun than the supermarket! What Great Friends! 


 
Cazalea

PS - I forgot to show the rest of our gifts! Three kinds of basil and some mint.



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The smells and tastes are fantastic!

 
 By: cazalea : July 3rd, 2024-20:58
We are used to fresh food but this is very special - especially the olive oil... wow! Now I've got to figure out what to fix for dinner! Cheers, Mike ...  

Once or twice - how about you?

 
 By: cazalea : July 3rd, 2024-21:15
The Seiko photo is from today; the day after our visit to the farm. The Silberstein-looking Louis Erard photo was from yesterday. Here's this afternoon's watch Mike ...  

I love this one!!!

 
 By: amanico : July 4th, 2024-10:11
As for your question, all along the year one watch each week or two weeks. On holidays, one watch each day.

What a haul!

 
 By: patrick_y : July 4th, 2024-17:22
Oh! You're wearing the Louis Erard again? I thought you found the watch to feel uncomfortable on your wrist! Glad it worked out!

It's gradually grown on me

 
 By: cazalea : July 4th, 2024-18:22
and didn't sell when listed, so...

Oh! I thought it sold quickly!

 
 By: patrick_y : July 4th, 2024-20:09
Well, I'm glad it's grown on you!