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Capper's Farmer

Capper's Farmer Spring 2018

Want to rediscover what made grandma’s house the fun place we all remember? Capper’s Farmer updates the tried-and-true methods your grandparents used for cooking, crafting, gardening and so much more.

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United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Ogden Publications, Inc.
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2 min.
editor's note

I remember clearly the first time I heard Harvey Ussery and Pat Foreman speak. It was at the inaugural MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair in Pennsylvania, and what struck me most was to what degree they had command of the subject: chickens. We receive queries for topics related to chickens all the time. Oftentimes, it seems like folks might have five, six years of experience raising chickens. And there’s plenty of smart folks who learn a lot in that time. But when you talk to Harvey or Pat, you’re talking to a person who might have more than 30 years of experience raising chickens, and a lot of passion for the subject. It’s night and day between the haves and the have-nots, it seems, and I would have to put myself in…

1 min.
memory lane

Vintage photos of outdoor play equipment. GETTY IMAGES (3), 5 - SPROKOP; 6, IVMISOONERS; 7, ILOSTMYSLIPPER…

1 min.
rural free delivery

Ode to Outdoor Clotheslines Gail Beaudoin – Springfield, Massachusetts Regarding “Simple Outdoor Clothesline” by Rebekah Sell, Page 43 in the Fall 2017 issue. The tree-to-tree ones, T-bar posts, and don’t forget those lines hanging from the back porches of apartments with the bent rod. And those “curtain stretchers” that used to appear in fall, just before closing the windows for winter, and again for spring cleaning, to which the sheer curtains would be pinned, since the curtain material was too delicate to be ironed. My umbrella clothesline is in use all year long. Even in winter, all it takes is a sunny day with a breeze for most things to dry well. The heavier laundry comes in to be hung on wooden drying racks in front of a radiator, and clothes go on…

4 min.
the general store

Hose & Hose Holder Hand-forged of solid 1/2-inch steel stock, the Hose Butler is a handy way to corral up to 200 feet of hose, keeping it neatly coiled, out of the way, and safe from the lawnmower. It features a rust-resistant powder coating and two-point steel foot to keep it standing straight. It stands 47 inches tall and is a little more than 11 inches wide. Installed, the Hose Butler stands 36 inches tall. The hose loop is 8 inches wide by 10 inches high. MSRP: $50 Lighten up your watering routine with Featherweight Slim Hoses, available in 25 feet (2.6 pounds), 50 feet (4.2 pounds), and 100 feet (8.14 pounds), and in green, purple, and orange. The 1/2-inch-diameter hoses are flexible, easy to maneuver, and kink-resistant. They’re also free from…

2 min.
pages from the past

Harvesting Sweet Clover Seed SWEET CLOVER seed shatters so easily that binders waste it, rain beats it out after it is in the shock, and handling at threshing time adds to the loss. In Pottawattamie County, Iowa, old grain binders are being rebuilt as sweet clover seed gatherers. Mervin Martin made the first transformation, and others have improved on his model. The photograph (below) shows a machine being built by W.C. Children and Max Bebensee. It has since gone into successful operation. There is no need for a sickle. The bull-wheel remains as the driver of the strong reels that run several times faster than those on a grain binder. The operation is one of beating off the seed and tossing it back on an enclosed sheet-metal table, from which it is removed as…

7 min.
simple & delicious ‘sandwiches’

Even those of us who love to cook have days when we just don’t feel like it, or we simply don’t have a lot of time. Here are some “sandwich” recipes, including a flatbread wrap, fajitas, and a pita pocket, that can help you out in a pinch. They’re also perfect for when you want a light lunch. Another great thing about sandwiches is that nearly all of the ingredients can be omitted or substituted. Don’t like ham, use turkey. Not a fan of bell peppers, leave them out. You can also add favorite ingredients, or items you have in the fridge that need to be used, such as mushrooms, as well as fresh herbs from the garden. The following recipes are from the Capper’s Farmer archives. Enjoy! EASY EGG SALAD SANDWICH Yields 6…