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Visit us at Eat Real Fest in Oakland and win!

Everyone loves a good contest right?  We’ve been trying to think of a great way to host a giveaway at Eat Real Festival in Oakland and with the help of some Facebook friends, I think we came up with something really fun. There are three ways to enter: 1) Visit our booth at Eat Real Fest this weekend and spend money!  For every $10 you spend you’ll receive a raffle ticket for a prize. 2) Visit our booth at Eat Real Fest and take a picture of any part of the booth, us or our products.  Post the picture on… more

September 23rd, 2011 | 2 Comments

A Backyard Wine-Making Kit is Born

Last year around this time I wrote a post about my education in wine-making.  I originally thought it would be great to carry a wine-making kit in the FARMcurious store; after all, I did already carry a beer-making kit.  I saw that many of the brew stores had them for a few hundred dollars, which honestly seemed like a lot so I started asking questions. As it turns out making wine at home from grapes is a huge endeavor.  You generally have to make it in large batches because you order the wine grapes by the pallet load when they’re… more

September 20th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Making Fruit Wine

I’ve recently been toying with making fruit wine using the kits that I carry in the store.  The Backyard Fruit Wine Making Kit includes everything you need to make a delicious batch of just about any type of wine.  It’s not limited to fruit either – recipes range from currant wine to watermelon wine and everything in between (including corn and onion!!)  All you have to add is sugar and produce (fresh or even dried). I found myself with tons of strawberries at the peak of their freshness so I decided to try out the strawberry wine recipe.  The recipe… more

September 20th, 2011 | No Comments | Tags:

Going Quackers – Herding Runner Ducks

I’ve lamented plenty of times about the difficulty of finding a willing and able person to farm-sit while our modern lifestyle takes us to other exciting places.  You might have even read my last post about what has happened in the past when we left the farm for a bit.  Well, it’s happened again.  A few weekends ago, Jared and I went up north for some river rafting relaxation and after some desperate pleas for help a good friend of ours came to the rescue. We sent a long, descriptive list of do’s, don’ts and dares and she accepted the… more

September 1st, 2011 | 7 Comments

Jeremy Ogusky, our favorite new artist

We’re proud to introduce an exciting new partnership with Jeremy Ogusky, potter extraordinaire!  Jeremy is making the most beautiful fermenting crock I have ever seen and FARMcurious is lucky enough to be able to carry it for him.  If you think the crock is gorgeous in the photos, just wait until you see it in real life.  Jeremy is also one of the few potters actually recommended by Sandor Katz, the fermenting master himself. Jeremy is a studio potter in Boston, Massachusetts, producing unique & functional ceramics.  His studio practice is influenced by his work with potters in Southern Africa &… more

August 26th, 2011 | No Comments | Tags:

Tricked into making something that is not Kirschwasser

My secret organic produce-wielding friend showed up at my house a couple of weeks ago with a lovely little surprise – a little bag of morello cherries. Morellos are the tiny sour cherries that are traditionally used to make kirschwasser, the german cherry liqueur (literally translated it means “cherry water”). I have to admit that, though I love the idea of cocktails with their sexy names, their vibrant colors and their seasonal variations, not to mention the adorable glasses they’re served in, it’s not actually what I prefer to drink. I want to sip cosmopolitans but I’m much more in… more

July 19th, 2011 | 9 Comments

Waste not, want not?

We’ve all heard the phrase but I can’t really tell you that I’ve ever sat down to truly ponder what it meant.  I haven’t had to truly want something since I was a kid; in fact, I’ve lived quite comfortably within my means for years with a well-paying job, few obligations and no debt.  It’s not necessarily that all that has changed now, but some significant changes have gotten me thinking about what it means to really tighten our proverbial belt. First, we got married.  With both of our families in, shall we say ‘transitional’ stages, if we wanted a… more

July 16th, 2011 | 2 Comments

When the farmer’s away, the marsupials will play…?

One of the biggest dilemmas for an urban farmer is how to properly care for your garden and animals when the demands of an urban lifestyle inevitably present themselves.  I’ve heard more than a few farmers, urban and rural alike, lament that they couldn’t take a proper vacation because no one else could possibly figure out  how to coax their persnickety goat into being milked, water their plants properly, perfectly lock up their various strangely rigged animal enclosures and the list goes on. Part of if must come from our feeling that this monstrous responsibility of caring for plants and… more

June 22nd, 2011 | 4 Comments

Out of failure, a feast

In January, my super duper produce procuring friend showed up on my doorstep with twenty-five pounds of fresh, sweet and delectable blood oranges. Now, I’m the type of girl who a) loves free stuff; b) loves free food even more; and c) welcomes a challenge.  We’d been talking about waiting for blood oranges to come into season to make some marmalade.  I had made a small batch already from the few meyer lemons off my little dwarf tree and was gearing up to teach a canning class at 18 Reasons where we’d be making marmalade and the time had come! … more

April 13th, 2011 | 7 Comments

Lessons in what to preserve

Each year I’ve put away harvest for the winter I’ve learned something new. Sometimes I learn a better technique or process that makes the job easier, quicker or creates a more attractive end product.

February 28th, 2011 | 3 Comments

UPDATED: Trademarks, Copyrights & Thieves, OH MY!

Can you trademark a term like “Urban Homesteading”?? The Dervaes Family of Pasadena, California claim to have done so and they’re trying to get all of us to stop using THEIR WORD!

February 16th, 2011 | 21 Comments

The Great Rabbit Dilemma

There comes a time in every urban homesteader’s life when one must decide how far you’re going to take this thing. It was easy enough for us to decide that no pigs would live in our backyard.

January 5th, 2011 | 9 Comments

DIY Holiday Cheer

I love Christmas and I have as long as I can remember. It’s not the presents, which are probably actually my least favorite part, but everything else.

December 16th, 2010 | 2 Comments

Underground Holiday Gift Party!

The holidays are in full swing and everyone is searching for the perfect gift. FARMcurious would love to help you select something that will bring out the urban homesteader from the most serious 9 to 5′er.

December 11th, 2010 | 2 Comments | Tags:

Homemade Foodie Gifts for the Holidays

On December 9th at 6pm, three food-loving DIYers will descend on a group of 25 at Omnivore Books in Noe Valley and share their diverse knowledge.

November 30th, 2010 | 1 Comment