May 10-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: May: May 10-05
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Photo by Brita Haapala

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 06:38 am:

Farmers all over the North Country are getting ready for the busy spring planting of their various crops. Looks like Brita Haapala caught this one planting seagulls! :-> No, not really, he's most likely doing the dusty job of picking rocks, which is one of the many steps Keweenaw farmers have to take to prepare the ground before their crop can go in. Funny thing how those rocks just keep popping up year after year of removing them from the same acre of land. It truly is a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it! Bet the fellow in this shot was wishing he had a few more somebody's to help out.

By smf in troll land on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 06:50 am:

That definitely isn't a fun job (years ago, my grandfather had a huge garden and we picked rocks every spring, too). The guy in the picture can surely use some help.

By julie b., MI on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 06:51 am:

Ooooooooooh, looks like a nice crop of gulls again this year! They're tasty when they're young like that! Pick 'em early in the morning!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 06:52 am:

But I'll bet the ground is fertile.

By Charlie H, visiting in Troll-Land on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 07:06 am:

Was wondering what those white specks were in today's shot. On the Bridge Cam it looks like the Keweenaw has a little something to settle the dust this morning:

Bridge Cam
Edie and I are starting our day down in Haslett, Michigan, after attending the white-coat ceremony for Katriina Hopper at MSU last night. If you're a long-time Pasty Cam visitor you will recall seeing their Copper Country wedding festivities back in 2002. Katriina is the one in the white shawl, on the deck of the Keweenaw Star):
Keweenaw Star
...and the guy peeking around the corner is the one who helps insure these daily visits continue, Jonathan, our System Administrator. Jon and Katriina are moving back to the U.P. next month, as she continues her medical training in Marquette.
dinner last night

Roz in GR on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 08:22 am:

Charlie, I too spotted the "Blue Houghton" pic at 6:44 and had set it as my desktop. I think it's a BEAUTIFUL picture!

By ts on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 09:05 am:

The farm pic reminds me of me and my wife scrounging potatoes from Ed Kentalas farm on tamerack waterworks road after he got done picking during a Calumet an Hecla strike

By Mike B., Pittsburgh, Wishin I was back in the Yoop on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 09:23 am:

Ah, the joy of picking rocks. While in high school, that was how a put a few dollars in my pockets. Had a job working for Kudwa's potatoe farm near Crystal Falls. One of our annual rituals was picking rocks before the planting of the next crop. There were times where it seemed the ground yielded more rocks than potatoes. We had a fine crop to clear every year :->

By Ted, Horsham, PA on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 09:41 am:

He is really feeding those gulls. He does need help.

By Dave, Temecula, CA on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 10:29 am:

Worked on my Uncle's strawberry farm for 15 summers and never got to pick rocks. He was one of the few farmers in the area with a mechanical rock picker. It was a sifter of sorts that would capture any rocks bigger than a baseball. Gave us more time for hoeing, weeding, blossom snipping, mulching ...

By Paul, Webberville Troll on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 10:41 am:

Look at all those "Dumpster Ducks"! When the farmers start working in the fields around here, the sea gulls show up by the hundreds after about 20 minutes. We are 12-15 miles from the nearest lakes, one of which is at Haslett where Charlie and Edie are staying. How do the gulls know whats happening! In my youth and early adulthood we picked rocks and put them on the stone piles around the farm. We had a 517 acre farm. Then we buried the stone piles with a backhoe. Today people pay good money for those stones! Only in America!

By Z-Man & Helen on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 11:59 am:

Happy Birthday Mary Drew!! We hope your day is going just the way you want it to.

By WALT, CALUMET on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 12:03 pm:


By Brita on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 12:17 pm:

Happy Birthday, Mary Drew!

This guy did have a partner giving him a hand. Wow, the hard work! This is the Baccus (sp?) farm in Traprock. Last year at this time, I was driving past the Keranen fields at the bottom of Koskela's Hill, and the seagulls were in one huge flock behind a farmer on his tractor as he drove slowly along, planting seed. It would've been an awesome picture if I had my camera. :)

By Sue, Calumet on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 12:45 pm:

Just put one rock on each gull. Eventually the rocks will fly away by themselves.

By VS, Laurium on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 01:36 pm:

Anyone know where you can buy fresh, raw milk from a farm locally? Either goats or cows milk. Also fresh farm eggs? Mmmm! I love em! I will travel as far as Baraga to get them. I live in Laurium. I like to make Cheese, yogurt, and kefir, and vellia. Anyone know where I can get a vellia starter from? Remember how good that tastes?

By Brita on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 01:56 pm:

Funny you ask for a vellia start, I just got one a couple of weeks ago, and I've been loving it! Do you want one? Email me if you do. Olgrin's on Mayflower Hill have farm fresh eggs. They're good.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 02:35 pm:

Margaret, Amarillo TX said: "But I'll bet the ground is fertile."
Sure must be -- considering the way a fresh crop of rocks comes up each spring! Is that what's called a "rock garden"? Are rocks perennials?

By FRNash/PHX, AZ on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 02:56 pm:

vellia = viili -- (viilia is the partitive case of the noun viili)

Although this site refers to History of Fermented Soymilk and Its Products, it does have some useful historical information about the "true" (original) Finnish piima & viila products:

Click on the link ®
Soyfoods Center: History of Fermented Soymilk and Its Products then scroll down to find the boldface heading: HISTORY OF SOYMILK PIIMA AND VIILI

By Theresa Colorado on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 08:17 pm:

Mary,Mary Did not remember when your birthday was. So Happy Birthday to you from your cousin in Colorado Hope your day was a good one.

By D.L.H. on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 09:12 pm:

Do you think one could make some money selling Cheerios for doughnut seeds up there?

By Lyn R on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 11:55 pm:

Mary, Happy Birthday!

By Beverly, San Jose on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 04:08 am:

Very interesting article FRNash. It was called viilia at my home when I was growing up. How awful...'stretchy slime'. I never did acquire a taste for it or buttermilk!

Happy Birthday Mary Drew.

By Jim Kauppila, Maine on Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 11:23 am:

GEM Cultures in Ft. Bragg California (they are on the web) has viili culture as well as others. I bought some recently and have been making viilia and it is easy to do and tastes great.

By Abby *Marquette, MI on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - 11:04 pm:

Oh, my!! I some how stumbled upon this site while I was googling for recipes to make yogurt and when I wasn't getting much info I tried 'viilia' (remembering the bowl on my grandma's counter!) and here I am! I a Finn from Michigan, too:-) Who knew there was a site dedicated to the UP? lol Very cool!! I wasn't really reading the posts, but the pix of the Houghton/Hancock bridge caught my attention first off and now I am off to read what the other posts have to say.

By SDC, Ferndale, MI on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 11:55 am:

Abby, Marquette:
Welcome to our slice of Heaven and here you already live in it as well !

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