Archive for August, 2011

Squashed hopes

Friday, August 19th, 2011

The combination of squash bugs, mildew, and the deer overgrazing earlier this year have proved too much for my squash to withstand. They have yielded the battle and are dying back, leaving me with only this: A single butternut squash. From 15 plants. Last year I planted these same varieties on Backfill Hill and even […]


Friday, August 19th, 2011

I have waited two years for this apple. The first of the only five fruits – between my stripping and the deer marauding – left to mature this year. I wish I could say it was an overwhelming flavor sensation like the first grapes were – but truth to tell I was a bit underwhelmed. […]


Monday, August 15th, 2011

I’ve decided that if I only harvest tomatoes every other day or so, I can get more at one time without them cluttering up my kitchen counters. Good plan, eh? Well, unless it breaks my handmade basket – I got 18 pounds of heirlooms just this morning, plus almost 4 pounds of cucumbers and a […]

Seasonal supper – roast chicken

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Roast chicken is something that’s seasonal year-round; all that’s needed to make it a fully seasonal meal is to add an appropriate side dish! How’s about a summery caprese salad and some whole wheat bread? Homegrown: chicken, jam, tomatoes, basil. Staples: flour, spices, olive oil. Storebought: milk, butter. I made the mozzarella with storebought milk, […]


Saturday, August 13th, 2011

If there’s one thing I wished I had made more of last year, it was our garden-fresh salsa. God, I love salsa. Is there anything else that gives such amazing flavor from such a few, simple ingredients? I already had 22 pounds of heirloom tomatoes piling up on my kitchen counters along with a tidy […]

Crock pot clean

Friday, August 12th, 2011

I’ve taken to doing most of my deep frying in bacon fat rather than vegetable oil (I get it from a friend who eats a lot of bacon! And I use olive oil for sauteeing.) I’d already used this particular jar of fat a few times, so I figured it needed to be retired. What […]

Even better than $6

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Out on a walk a month or so ago, we met a like-minded neighbor. He’d planted a little orchard and vegetable garden in his side yard in the middle of suburbia; we all started to chat and have since stayed in touch. He mentioned he had tomatoes but no time to can them – and […]

Sweet hots from home

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

A friend introduced me to Wickle’s Pickles a couple months ago and I was immediately hooked. They’re bread and butter pickles, so sweet but so spicy! And the garlic in them makes them sort of like a dangerous potato chip that leaves you panting but reaching for more. I ate half a jar (ahem, maybe […]

Seasonal suppers

Monday, August 8th, 2011

I’d like to start doing something a bit new around here. If you’ve read the blog for any length of time, you know how important it is to me to reduce our food’s carbon footprint and simultaneously our dependence on commercial grocery stores. That mission starts with sourcing food locally of course. (Not for me, […]

Summer sign

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

I love that our corner sign is surrounded by ferns and wildflowers. It looks so beautiful to me – perfectly in keeping with our farm’s aesthetic. We won’t mow around it until the flowers are gone.