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Eat Real Fest is this weekend (and we have a surprise for you)!

We sure have been busy here lately on the farm! Not only is it harvest time for a lot of our veggies, it’s also time to plant cole crops, beets and carrots.

August 24th, 2010 | No Comments

Reuse revisited – garbage never looked so good

I’ve been thinking about re-use of materials a lot lately because I’m attempting to make my urban homesteading General Store Booth at Eat Real Fest out of 90% re-purposed materials. It’s a challenge, but a fun one!

August 19th, 2010 | 6 Comments

Win a copy of Vanessa Barrington’s New Book DIY Delicious!

Submit your story to win a signed copy of Vanessa Barrington’s new book, DIY Delicious!

August 16th, 2010 | 11 Comments | Tags:

Some days are better than others

As far as days go, yesterday was not one of my best. I woke up in the morning in a mysterious soggy puddle.

August 11th, 2010 | 2 Comments

Out of nowhere – HARVEST!

Everyone has been talking about how late their tomatoes are this year, how thick the aphids, how persistent the winter and spring rains.

August 10th, 2010 | 7 Comments

Putting up, in all its forms

I have fond memories of my great-grandmother pulling dusty jars with rusty-looking lids out of the basement. I don’t remember watching her can or having a large enough garden to mass produce those dusty jars, so for all I know they were canned in a time before I was alive, but I remember the jars vividly.

August 6th, 2010 | 2 Comments

How very continental

I pride myself on making delicious healthful food and feeding those in my nearest vicinity. So you can imagine my shock when my honey, who has been working really hard the last few weeks on launching a big project at work, told me that he’s been picking up breakfast at Starbucks every morning.

July 29th, 2010 | 5 Comments

This week at the market – peaches & nectarines!

I’m the foodie in the family, by which I mean I’m the one who thinks about what I’ll eat for breakfast before I even open my eyes in the morning. While I’m eating breakfast, my mind is going to lunch and what wonders I might encounter there.

July 22nd, 2010 | 2 Comments

The accidental leftover queen

I just ate the most amazing dish and I’m so overwhelmed that I have to share it. Incredibly, it was a meal made entirely of leftovers from my fridge with the addition of one backyard farm egg and a dash of salt.

July 16th, 2010 | 5 Comments

Growing potatoes vertically

Urban gardeners have plenty of things to worry about, not the least of which are pests, sunlight, soil and access to supplies. There’s one complaint that trumps them all, though, and that’s space.

July 9th, 2010 | 15 Comments

When processing food, it’s the toys that matter!

The Saturday of Independence Day Weekend this year shall hereto forward be known as the great jam day! After all the corn was processed and safely put away in the freezer I turned my focus to jam and preserves.

July 9th, 2010 | No Comments

Sometimes I eat too…

It’s true that I’ve been yapping about preserving the harvest, blah, blah, blah, but sometimes you just want to eat the stuff. Berries are in season now and, yes, it’s good to put some away for the winter when you’ll really miss them, but we shouldn’t forget to stuff some in our mouths now while they’re fresh and at their prime.

July 8th, 2010 | 1 Comment

Preserving Fresh Corn on the Cob

Preserving fresh ears of corn for winter use. Preserving the harvest.

July 6th, 2010 | No Comments

Wine-making

It certainly wasn’t easy to decide on what to do with the second five pounds of backyard plums. Turning them into delicious plum jam was the obvious choice, but since I made plum jam last year and we still hadn’t quite used it up yet I thought maybe we should try another preservation technique.

June 22nd, 2010 | No Comments | Tags:

Preserving the Harvest

Last night was a late one in the kitchen with Jared brewing an inspirational batch of beer (five different varieties of hops!) and me preserving the first backyard fruit harvest of the season.

June 18th, 2010 | No Comments