Archive for February, 2013

Surprised by Spring

Surprised by Spring

3 by / on February 27, 2013, 7:28 am / in Celebrations, Community, Ponderings

Some time ago Allison Belt took one of my classes at Wheaton College.  I got to know her through expressive, thought-provoking-wrestling-with-the-world papers, and in conversations we had out of class. She made me laugh, and think, and helped me become a better teacher.  After taking several of my classes she asked if she could be my TA. Just like that. […]

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Baked Parsnip Fries

Baked Parsnip Fries

1 by / on February 25, 2013, 8:31 am / in Farm Home Cooking, On the Side

Until a few years ago I didn’t know a parsnip from a turnip.  Parsnip–that sweet nutty vegetable that doesn’t fully sweeten until after a fall frost and keeps all winter long!  I add them to vegetable stews along with winter squash and sweet potatoes, and to roasted winter vegetables, but one of our favorite ways to eat parsnips is all […]

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Cortland onions

Starting Seedlings

2 by / on February 22, 2013, 6:13 pm / in Farming/Gardening, Preservation Projections

  Why start your own seeds when you can buy plants at a garden center when it’s time to plop them in the ground?  Here are three reasons: 1) Because when the weather outside is blustery and spring feels like a long ways away you can play in the dirt and watch things grow and remember that spring cometh… 2) Because […]

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Butternut Squares

Butternut Squares

8 by / on February 20, 2013, 1:16 pm / in Farm Home Cooking, Sweet Endings

We’re getting near the end of our Butternut squash supply for the year and since it’s one of my favorite winter squashes I’m featuring it in one more recipe.  I made this for the recent gathering of local farmers where I learned about Buxton Feed in Banks (I just love saying that!).  Besides, Allison said I should include recipes with […]

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Free-Range, Cage-Free, Vegetarian Fed, Naturally Raised — What Do Egg Labels Mean?

Free-Range, Cage-Free, Vegetarian Fed, Naturally Raised — What Do Egg Labels Mean?

4 by / on February 18, 2013, 7:35 am / in Chickens, Farming/Gardening, Preservation Projections

The label on our egg carton claims Fern Creek hens are “pasture raised and naturally grown”.  People who buy our eggs can come visit our farm and see what we mean by that.  Otherwise, it’s hard to communicate much with a label. Someone buying eggs labeled pastured and naturally raised (or free-range, vegetarian-diet, cage-free or certified organic) at a grocery store […]

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