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Fern Creek Newsletter–Week 21

0 by / on October 15, 2016, 10:01 pm / in Newsletters

We’re in the “putting the beds to bed” part of the growing season. That means I’ve had more time to read since that work is less urgent–the crops are mostly in and the work ahead of us can be done anytime. The last few rainy days have made it easy to set aside such tasks, to steep a cup of […]

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Cinderella Pumpkin

Fern Creek Newsletter–Week 20

0 by / on October 9, 2016, 1:41 pm / in Newsletters

As recommended by my daughter, Sarah, and loaned by son-in-law, Luke, I’ve been reading A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich. He writes for a lay audience, a youngish lay audience, which is just about perfect for me. Over the last weeks I’ve been traversing our world’s history from its earliest days through ancient and medieval days, the […]

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Shiitake mushrooms

Fern Creek CSA–Week 19

2 by / on October 2, 2016, 6:29 pm / in Newsletters

While meandering in the woods today I checked the logs Mark and I inoculated with shiitake mushroom spores some 7-8 years ago. We have eaten of its bounty long enough that I don’t expect fall flushes anymore. But today we were gifted with abundance–an unexpected bounty that will define some of our eating this week. I will deydrate some; an […]

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Fern Creek CSA–Week 18

Fern Creek CSA–Week 18

2 by / on September 24, 2016, 7:54 pm / in Newsletters

____________________________________________ Trivia Question: Do we see more webs in the fall because: a) there are more spiders b) spiders are spinning more webs c) Halloween socializes us to look for them d) the dew makes them more visible In addition to anticipating the Harvest Moon every September, I start watching for spider weavers and webs, and eventually go on a […]

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Mini Pumpkins

Fern Creek CSA–Week 17

4 by / on September 17, 2016, 10:07 pm / in Newsletters

In the fall of 1978, during my 3rd year of nursing school (at what was then Good Samaritan Hospital & Nursing School), one of my suite mates gifted me with a copy of a newly published Mennonite cookbook, More with Less. Due to the influence of another floor mate I was already trying to eat more plant-based foods, but hadn’t […]

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