The Long Way Home

Confession time: building a house has taken a toll, mentally and emotionally. I haven’t posted about the process as I intended to, because, honestly, I couldn’t write about it. I’ve been putting it off for weeks, which is ironic, since delay has been the name of the game over here so far. I no longer … Continue reading The Long Way Home

It’s a Jungle Out There

I spent last week away from the farm, helping out a family member post-surgery and stocking a freezer with ready-to-go food options. I can’t help but anticipate my own harvest, seeing all those clear freezer bags with their bright, fresh ingredients, lined up for their turn like eager kids at an ice cream truck. (Or … Continue reading It’s a Jungle Out There

Summer Solstice Salad

It’s starting to get hot, hot, hot. Which means: tomatoes! (Well, other things, too, I’m sure… But mostly, TOMATOES.) Yet while my tastebuds are languishing in a quivering state of salsa/ sauce/ caprese anticipation, there are a few stars in my spring garden that deserve some first-day-of-summer love. I just didn’t realize how much love, … Continue reading Summer Solstice Salad

Destination: Prairie!

You’ve heard me mention the term Permaculture. It’s the focus of my study and the design inspiration for most of the things I’m trying here on the farm. Google it, and this is the definition you get: the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.  It’s a great definition, and there’s a lot … Continue reading Destination: Prairie!

Potato, Po-tah-to

Sweet potatoes are not potatoes at all, so really, you can pronounce them any way you like. They are, however, delicious. And their vines can be incredibly lovely. I stopped in to visit my friends at Antioch Urban Growers to pick up my sweet potato plants and clear up a few mysteries. Mark, as always, answered … Continue reading Potato, Po-tah-to