First Taste of Homemade Apple Cider

This last weekend was our first taste of homemade apple cider. It was a delicious experiment!

We snagged Grampa’s juicer and turned a few dozen apples into a few dozen ounces of pulpy, almost chewy, apple juice. Here’s some photos:

This many apples…
…gets chopped up and fills this bowl…
…and made about 16 ounces of cider. (Everything above that line was pulpy bubbles.

The family agreed it was far superior to the boxes of apple juice to which they were accustomed. It just takes a lot of apples, and could benefit from a more industrial juicer.

Maybe in future years we’ll make some available for sale? Please let us know if you’d be interested.

Piggies have arrived!

Monday we acquired two 5-month-old Kunekune pigs! (“Kune kune” is Māori for “fat and round.”) They currently weigh about 40 pounds, but can grow to 300!

We had a lot of help getting their enclosure and shed all ready. It used to be for chickens, then it was basically left for weeds (especially giant stinging nettles), so there was a lot to fix up!

The little people on our farm love fetching the apples and plums that fell from the trees, running (literally) them over to the pigs, then watching them munch. The pigs may also be getting tummy rubs.

Yep, these pigs are a little spoiled. They’re turning their nose up at leftover onions, green beans, and corn. I think it’s safe to say they’re pretty happy with their new arrangements.

Automatic Email Updates Setup!

I just finished setting up a MailChimp automatic newsletter. This way folks can sign up from our website, then be notified of news that we post to this website.

Here’s how I did it:

  • I installed and activated the WordPress plugin MailChimp for WordPress
  • I signed up for a free account from
  • Created a MailChimp API key
  • Added it to the plugin’s settings and saved
  • Added the MailChimp signup form as a widget (so it will appear at the bottom of every page of the website)
  • Added the MailChimp signup form using a shortcode to the top of the homepage
  • Followed the tutorial from WPForms for creating a newsletter from an RSS feed.

Now, with any luck, I should receive an email tomorrow morning from this post!