Wallabi's Farm: The English Hototogisu Bakery and Farm Blog

Hello, my name is Sara. In 2005 my husband and I bought an old farmhouse in Okayama, borrowed a few fields and set to building ourselves a pleasant rural life. Now, several years on, we have fields a-plenty, what was until the end of 2012 a wheaty bread bakery and is now prepping to be a gluten-free space, and have incorporated our efforts into the Hototogisu Bakery and Farm. Welcome!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Post for the Gluten-Free Folks

I have been feeling some guilt about only posting bread-related doings, while hapf of my immediate family are gluten allergy folks. So to them, I dedicate this post.

Spring is in the air! Despite the frequent snow, the sounds and allergens of spring are taking over. The silence of winter is gone, replaced by the twitterings and screechings of birds. No hototogisu (that be the name of the bakery - pan ya hototogisu - it is the little cuckoo bakery in English) yet, however. What seems to me the scent of spring is to Shuzo the air beginning to fill with Japanese Cedar pollen, an event that signals hay fever for him and a large portion of the nations population. People walking the streets in surgical style masks are a common sight of spring.

Spring on the farm means several things. We must must must make sure that there are no piles of anything sitting around, because it the blink of an eye they will be covered in vines and weeds. We need to mulch the blueberries more thickly - this year we will get to eat some! We are thinking to get chickens this year, so we need to devise some sort of shelter and enclosure for them. It is time to plant potatoes. I have sowed carrots, turnips and arugula already. We have a great number of trees to get in the ground or to move to better locations - we have one chestnut still much to close to the shed and we are ordering more fruit trees. Plenty to do!

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