News You Can Use – July 2019

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News You Can Use – July 2019

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Price of Freedom –
56 Men Who Signed

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

The history books rarely mention the signers’ personal struggles and sacrifices that happened in the Revolutionary War.

They didn’t just fight the British. They were British subjects at that time and they fought their own government. They signed and pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

5 signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured.

9 of the 56 fought and died of wounds or hardships of the War.
24 were lawyers and jurists.
11 were merchants.
9 were farmers and large plantation owners: men of means and highly educated.

They signed knowing full well that the penalty would be death if captured.

Carter Baxton of Virginia saw his ships taken by the British Navy. He sold his home and property to pay debts and died in rags.

Thomas Mckearn was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family constantly. He served in Congress without pay while his family kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and property destroyed. The British jailed his wife and she died there in a few months.

John Hart was driven from his dying wife’s bedside and their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year, he lived in caves and forests, returning to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later, he died from exhaustion. Norris and Livingston suffered familiar fates.

These soft-spoken men of means and education pledged, with a firm reliance on divine protection, to support the Declaration of Independence at any expense!

Happy Independence Day!


Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Picking Solution:
– 6 cups water
– 2 cups vinegar
– 1/2 cup canning salt
– 1/2 tbsp. alum (optional)
Bring ingredients for the pickling solution to a boil.

Fresh pickling cucumbers to fill a 1 gallon jar
– 1 large bunch fresh dill weed (about 1/4 lb)
– 1 large onion
– 2 whole cloves
– 2 tbsp. sliced garlic

Wash about 4 -5 lbs. freshly picked cucumbers.
Layer whole, unpeeled cucumbers, onion, cloves and garlic and dill.
Pour vinegar solution over the top, let set on counter for 3 to 4 hours.
Refrigerate, ready to eat in 2 to 4 days.
Variation: Sliced cucumbers may be used, and ingredients amounts can be varied to your taste.


How to Grow a Cut
and Come Again Garden

The term “cut and come again” is a mouthful, in more than one way. Cut and come again is a term for harvesting just the older, outer leaves of leafy green vegetables and allowing the center of the plant to continue sending out new leaves. You cut just what you need for one meal and the plant will still be there when you come back later. It’s an easy way to have a succession of harvests, without having to remember to succession plant.

The trick to keeping your cut and come again plants going is to begin harvesting the oldest leaves while they are still young themselves. Rather than waiting for them to reach mature length, start harvesting when they are only about 3 to 4 inches tall. By doing so, the plant never has a chance to mature and take its natural course to seed. It also prevents the leaves from becoming bitter.

No plant lives forever and there will come a time when your cut and come again greens are just exhausted from the effort of continually growing, but you should get a couple of months of harvest before that happens. Not bad for a single planting.

Vegetables Suitable for Cut and Come Again

Leafy greens, whether fresh eating salad greens or cooking greens, make the best candidates for cut and come again and many herbs are also harvested this way. By planting some cool weather greens, following them with heat lovers as the cool greens start to wane, and then finishing the season with a second sowing of the cool weather growers, you’ll have an even longer harvest season.

Lettuce – Lettuce gets credit for creating the cut-and-come-again technique. As with endive, heading lettuce is not appropriate for cut-and-come-again, but there are hundreds of loose-leaf varieties just begging to be used this way. Go crazy. Plant a huge variety. My favorites are:

Spinach – Spinach is another green that fades away in heat. It is also one that gets bushier if you keep pinching off leaves and a bushy plant will shade the soil above its roots, keeping it cool and helping it to stick around longer.

Swiss Chard – Chard is a beet that doesn’t form a bulb, which makes it perfect for cut and come again. But like spinach and kale, it cooks down considerably, so you’ll need leaves from several plants to really get your fill.


Reasons to Support Local Farmers’ Markets

Taste Real Flavor – the tastiest and freshest finds come directly from the field, not storage facilities.

Enjoy the season – seasonal foods connect you with the cycles of nature.

Support family farms – local farmers need your support.

Protect the environment – less shipping and packaging means less waste.

Nourish yourself – minimally processed foods are the most nutritious.

Promote the humane treatment of animals – you’ll find cheeses, meats and eggs that have been raised without hormones, with a natural diet and in sustainable farming environments.

Know where your food comes from – pass on the knowledge of food origins to your children. Food comes from farms, not grocery stores.


Preventing Ticks on Your Pets

Where to check your pet for ticks

Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tick- borne diseases. Vaccines are not available for most of the tickborne diseases that dogs can get, and they don’t keep the dogs from bringing ticks into your home. For these reasons, it’s important to use a tick preventive product on your dog. Tick bites on dogs may be hard to detect. Signs of tickborne disease may not appear for 7-21 days or long- er after a tick bite, so watch your dog closely for changes in behavior or appetite. If you suspect that your pet has been bitten by a tick talk to your veterinarian.

Check your pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors.

If you find a tick on your pet, remove it right away.

Tick Removal

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  • Pull upward with steady, even pressure to remove the tick. Avoid twisting or jerking.
  • After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands.
  • Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/ container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet.

Follow up:
If you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick.


Deadline for Crop Insurance

13630 Ridge Road
Albion, NY 14411
Phone 585 589-6236 information@thesouthcottagency.com
Hours 8:00am – 4:00pm

Acreage reports must be signed by July 15th for corn, soybeans, potatoes, and oats.

Acreage reports must be signed by August 15 for cabbage, processing beans, processing sweet corn, and fresh market beans.

Acreage reports must include:
1. Planted acres and plant dates
2. Prevented planted acres by crop
3. Common land units, farm #’s, tract #’s, field #’s

Please call the office (585)589-6236 as soon as you are ready or as soon as your acreage report is done at the Farm Service office.
Premiums will be issued after the acreage report is filed and will be due by September 1st. Interest will be added as of October 1st and every month thereafter.


Safety and Convenience Make Windshield Repair a Great Option.

Windshield repair is more than just repairing a troublesome crack or chip from your view of the road. It can provide a quick, easy and affordable way to keep their car safe and secure. Small windshield chips can turn into large cracks which may not be repairable, can require full replacements, and are likely to cost more.

Repairs are often fully covered by your insurance. In most cases, the repair can be completed in as little as 30 minutes.

Most repairs are backed by a national warranty and are guaranteed to pass state vehicle inspections.

Give us a call if your car is marred by a windshield chip. (585) 589-6236


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