The County Fair is over for 2012. The fair has been a wonderful place to share the continued workings of the farm. We are learning more and more each year and the fair allows us a chance to share our accomplishments.
Here are some photos of the produce section. Our garden has been one of the most diverse gardens we have ever grown, because I wanted to see what would grow in southern New Mexico and what wouldn't. We entered the traditional items such as chili's, squash, and pumpkins, to the not so traditional items of amaranth Hopi Red Dye. We did not have a great tomato year and so a sure thing ended up not entered.
Our cotton has not produced yet this season. I was happy to learn that when it produces I can save it for next year and enter it in 2013!
Our transformation to a farming lifestyle has had many ups and many downs, but gardening has been a wonderful spirit booster to help us along our journey. Next year we are expanding once again in our gardens and can only thank Mesilla Valley Maze in Las Cruces...they have been our inspiration!
Here is a photo of walking up to the fair. I love the mountains as a backdrop!
I love watching the kids on the slides...note the blur on the left of the photo~woohoo
I seem to post a photo of the Ferris Wheel every year, so I can't stop now, it is tradition!
It's funny, because we never attended county fairs anywhere until we moved to New Mexico.
Now I look forward to the fair every year!
Here are two of the gourds cut and painted. I tried to make them look a bit like Native pottery. When I entered them, the woman taking the items thought that I had made them out of clay! I wrote about the gourds here.
I harvested the gourds in November and have been creating a few other things so I am sure I will post again about the gourds transforming into this, that, and the other!
My Fourth entered two photos in the fair. This is her second year entering and she placed third(Ford Grill photo)! If you are from this area you know how difficult it is to even enter a photo. Folks line up hours ahead (we did this year)...and last year, as two years ago Fourth was seven away from entering and they closed the contest as only a limited number are accepted.
Here is my cinnamon basil...the smell of cinnamon basil is heavenly!
Here is my peppermint!
Here is my parsley!
Here is my dried squash medley!
Here is my dried zucchini!
And here are my pickled peppers. I used some of my pickled peppers in the corn bread recipe I created and entered in the quick bread division. Let me say...oh boy the corn bread was delicious!
I know that sharing these photos of the items entered and the ribbons may seem like bragging or being over the top and if this seems this way, I thought I would explain a bit to new readers why I share.
On January 1, 2005 our lives changed. Bill had an accident that made us regroup and figure out what we were going to do. We opted for a major move, and a major change in how we lived. We drastically adjusted our budget...and our goals.
We bought a farm in the middle of the desert. In truth it wasn't a farm like anyone is familiar with. We mentally wrapped ourselves around an idea and have rolled up our sleeves to make this idea come to fruition. It has been an education as neither of us really knew how to raise any livestock or poultry, and we never really grew anything that could sustain us. My baking was taking frozen bread dough out, defrosting it, then baking it, and saying I made bread!
Since we had to adjust our lives because of the accident we had to study to learn everything to make the transition go smoothly. The county fair is the perfect place to share how much we have learned or accomplished in the previous year. It is a pat on our backs. If Bill and I can do this, anyone can. We hope we have shared this through the blog as life often brings hardships and even in hardships we should rejoice. I pray that I share that more than the downs we experience.
And since I it would take up far more space than I think you would like to see...here are the ribbons we received:
First place-blue ribbons~ 11
Second place-red ribbons~13
Third place ribbons~16