Barncast 24 — A walk on the blue side of life

I hope you can hear the podcast, I changed my monitor headphones and the levels seem all wrong. If you have problems please post a comment! This week we change our podcast setup a bit, and everyone in the barn is dead quiet. I’m not sure why, but there isn’t much noise in the barn. Maybe it’s just because it’s late. The topics this week:

  • Beeeeeeeeeeeees
  • New podcast setup
  • Blueberries
  • Thai food kills our power
  • Pig food that goes horribly wrong (pics to come)
  • Oshkosh in jepordy
  • Hoosier Daddy


  1. Shell’s avatar

    Hi Misti and Andrew!
    I just wanted to stop and say I love the way you podcast- I have to be honest – I wait (impatiently I might add) for your new one each week. Its like sitting between you two while you tell me what is going on there.
    I enjoyed the talk about the Bee Keeping- my Dad has about 13 hives at moment. He has gotten stung 5 times in 9 yrs of keeping them – just so you know.
    I love to hear about the farm, animals, and such.
    How is the sweater going Misty? And your spinning?
    Oh question- what type of sheep do you have? I don’t remember if you said.
    Have a great week!


  2. Teri’s avatar

    Hi Misty and Andrew!

    Yes there are people listening! I love hearing both of you talk about the garden and the farm. I look forward to each new week. Today when you were talking about blueberries it reminded me of how when I was younger we used to pick blueberries off the side of the road. My grandma lived in Kalkasa Michigan and they would grow wild along the side of the road. We always had blueberry pails in the car for picking them on the way back from town. I looked up to see if there were any blueberry farms in my area in Kansas and found this web page where you can find them in your own area. So now I may have to go do that! Can’t wait to hear next weeks podcast.



  3. John G’s avatar

    Shucks, there ought to be an edit link so one could correct mistakes! Delete 489, if you can.

    We are pickling peppers today and tomorrow. I think we’ll have about 16 weeks of pepper production, and this is the first time we are doing serious canning. We brine first, for crispness, then pickle. Opened the last jar from last year about 2 months ago and are really jonesin’.


  4. misty’s avatar

    Wow what a lot of comments!

    Shell, your comment made my day. Imagine people waiting with baited breath for our podcast! LOL! The sweater is finished, except for weaving in the ends. I have not spun anything in a couple months — I’ve started a scarf for myself with the Alpaca that Andrew brought me from Alberta in the winter.

    Also thanks for the info on the bees — 5 times in 9 years is not bad at all.

    We have Corriedale sheep.

    Teri, thanks for the stories about picking blueberries by the side of the road! They would probably just get mown down by the road crews these days, don’t you think? I know there are a lot of blueberries grown in northern Indiana and Michigan. We even have a blueberry festival in Plymouth, Indiana every year. But it happens in late August, long after blueberry season is done, and there are hardly any blueberries to be found at the festival. We were disappointed!

    John, I have heard that about acidity and blueberries. I’ve also heard that if blueberries don’t like your soil, gooseberries will. Too bad neither of us likes gooseberries at all!

    As far as violin repair, it honestly doesn’t need it very often. It might if I actually played it! I have had lessons sporadically, but haven’t found the motivation to keep going. I got it out this weekend with the thought of putting it on eBay, but every time I see the violin and handle it, I convince myself to keep it.


  5. andrew’s avatar

    Dang look at all those comments. Hehe.

    Hi Shell! I’m glad you enjoy the show!

    What awesome site, thanks Teri. We’ll have to mention that in the podcast next week.

    JohnG, this certainly isn’t bubbles like Kefir. I’ll try to get the pictures online today, you’ll see. It’s “interesting”, hehehe. See there was no “good” bacteria added to the milk, this was all natural, or what ever was floating through the kitchen at the time.

    Amazing hearing about the peppers too, 16 weeks holly cow.


  6. Def’s avatar

    Excellent Podcasting guys! I think I just found a new favorite place to get down to earth information on stuff I like. You put a lot of effort into your site and it shows. I’ll be back.


  7. Walter Jeffries’s avatar

    Misty, you mentioned about the amphibian fungus over on my Sugar Mtn Farm blog. Thank for the interesting link. The fungus isn’t the issue in this case. Rather it is the fish eating the tadpoles and little frogs. We have large comets and goldfish in the swimming pool. The are the top of the food chain. I had put the tadpoles into the pool in part with the idea that they would be food for the fish. The fish also eat any bugs that make the mistake of going in the water.


  8. Tom in Queens’s avatar

    Hi Misty and Andrew,
    I’m Liza in NYC’s colleague and I’ve been listening to your podcasts too. I was doing some mind-numbing computer stuff last weekend and plugged into your archive of podcasts to catch up on what you’re doing.

    The reason I was so excited to hear about Geek Farm Life was because my partner and I are trying to learn
    some practical skills like farming and gardening. We’re also trying to shorten the distance between us and our food. To that end, we’ve joined a CSA and are helping friends start up a CSA (Rattlesnake Mountain Community Farm in Wassaic, NY), and we’re helping out another friend who runs a raw milk dairy in Cornwall, CT.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your experience. Now, excuse me while I look for local sources of pick your own blueberries…



  9. misty’s avatar

    Walter, I’m relieved the fungus isn’t the issue in your area. I heard a report about it on NPR and it was so heartbreaking to me that I nearly cried. It’s horrible because there is no way to cure it without killing ALL the fungi in a given area. That would be really disruptive to the food chain. Supposedly amphibians have gone through mass-extinctions and bounced back before, but it’s still awful. In your case, it’s the natural way of things I guess. The fish need food too. :)

    Tom, it’s wonderful to hear from you! I’m glad you are taking steps to get closer to your food. We really firmly believe that the more you know about it, the more discerning of a consumer you will be. Good luck on finding a local place to pick blueberries, and I’m glad we could entertain you during your boring computer work!


  10. Amber in olympia,wa’s avatar

    Hi, I am at this point in your archived podcasts and I came for the pictures of your pig food! I haven’t seen any links yet but maybe they are in a later posting? Thanks for podcasting, I’m really enjoying your show.



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