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Our backyard homestead infant death trap

When you don’t yet have a child, you don’t really realize how toddler unfriendly your home is.  It takes a pint-size visitor or two to open your eyes enough to see that your backyard homestead could be an infant death trap. I used to be of the rather selfish mind that it was the parent’s responsibility to keep their child safe and out of trouble when they visited my house.  Now that I’m three months away from having a child of my own all the preconceived notions are melting away. This all came to light about a month ago when… more

March 2nd, 2012 | 4 Comments

Guidelines for Gift Swap/Seed Exchange at our Underground Homesteading Party

We’re hosting another Gift Swap event during our Underground Homesteading Party and we couldn’t be more excited!  We’re also adding an heirloom seed exchange component this year so bring the heirloom seeds you’ve saved to trade with other enthusiasts!  We’ve had a lot of questions regarding how the swap will work  so we thought we’d include some guidelines. How it works: We anticipate this part of the event to last about an hour.  Starting at 5:45pm you can begin setting out your items to trade.  From 6pm-6:30 you will be able to walk around and see what items others have… more

February 26th, 2012 | No Comments

Fishing for Answers on Nutrition

It seems the more we learn about nutrition and food the more we wonder what we should really be eating in an ideal world.  The answers don’t come easily.  For every study that indicates a benefit to a food, it seems there’s an equally good reason not to consume that item.  In fact my best friend’s husband just produced the first episode of a podcast series on nutrition which touches on the challenges involved in choosing a meal in light of all the conflicting information available. While it’s true that I eat many things that don’t fit into the ideal… more

February 25th, 2012 | 1 Comment

Holiday Gift Trade at our Underground Holiday Party

We’re hosting our first Gift Trade event during our Underground Holiday Party and we couldn’t be more excited!  We’ve had a lot of questions regarding how the holiday gift trade will work and since it’s our first go at it, we thought we’d include some guidelines. How it works: We anticipate this part of the event to last about an hour.  Starting at 5:45pm you can begin setting out your items to trade.  From 6pm-6:30 you will be able to walk around and see what items others have brought.  If you see something you like, write down your name and… more

December 2nd, 2011 | No Comments

Dec 10th – 2nd Annual FARMcurious Underground Holiday Party

Sample delicious homemade creations while you explore your homesteading wish list and learn a new skill!  Our second annual Underground Holiday Party will be part DIY food demos, part holiday shopping and all party. Join us at the super swanky St Regis Hotel in San Francisco for an afternoon of tasty snacks and holiday fun.   Schedule: 3pm – Cheesemaking 101: Making Fresh Chevre for your Holiday Celebrations 4pm – Home-Canned Goods as Holiday Gifts 5pm – Making Backyard (or Farmer’s Market) Fruit Wine 6-7pm – Holiday Gift Trade – bring handcrafted food items, body care products or other homemade… more

November 17th, 2011 | No Comments

Results for the Eat Real Raffle!

Thanks so much to everyone who came to our Eat Real Fest booth and participated in our drawing!  We had an amazing time meeting and talking to all of your and handed out hundreds of raffle tickets for our giveaway are are so excited about the drawing. Thanks especially to those of you who posted comments and photos to Twitter – the social media love was spectacular and let’s face it- we were way too busy to do our own tweeting! Here are some photos posted by some of our Twitter followers along with the results of the raffle: Without… more

September 26th, 2011 | 4 Comments

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