Archive for April, 2013

Beauty and Ashes

Beauty and Ashes

2 by / on April 16, 2013, 2:54 pm / in Community, Ponderings

We burned our brush for the year in the upper field, knowing that the ashes would feed the soil. The Boston bombing is already yesterday’s news, although the investigation will continue long after our nation has moved on to other matters. It doesn’t feel like yesterday’s news for the families affected and for marathon runners everywhere and for people affected […]

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Wild Rice Mushroom Bake

Wild Rice Mushroom Bake

4 by / on April 14, 2013, 9:41 pm / in Farm Home Cooking, Main Dishes

Tonight’s dinner warmed Mark and me to the bones. We enjoyed eating out of individual baking dishes which kept everything warm to the last bite, and eventually was cool enough for us to cup in our hands. We’d spent the better part of a windy, chilly day transplanting the artichokes and red cabbage, seeding micro-greens, and hoeing and mulching strawberries. […]

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Hiving a Bee Package–A Pictorial Guide

Hiving a Bee Package–A Pictorial Guide

2 by / on April 12, 2013, 4:31 pm / in Bees

Lucy, Emma, Grace and June keep us in honey and help pollinate Fern Creek fruits and vegetables. I like thinking that some of these bees are granddaughters, great-granddaughters, and great-great-granddaughters of the initial hives, but with our hive losses every year it’s dubious. (A few males are in the mix as well, but in the bee world males exist only […]

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Farmer Cookies

Farmer Cookies

4 by / on April 10, 2013, 7:45 pm / in Farm Home Cooking, Sweet Endings

Mark’s favorite cookies are called “Ranger Cookies,” which makes no sense because it tells you nothing about what’s in the cookie. But as I thought about a name for these cookies, “Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Cookie” seemed a tad cumbersome, even if adequately descriptive. So I decided if Ranger Cookies exist out there, so can Farmer Cookies. I’m […]

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Bad Choices: Why Chickens (& People) Fail to Make Good Ones

Bad Choices: Why Chickens (& People) Fail to Make Good Ones

7 by / on April 8, 2013, 7:33 pm / in Chickens, Community, Ponderings

Mark and I try to pasture-base our chickens so they can always have fresh grass to eat. Chickens love grass and egg-eaters get more Omega-3s from grass-fed hens. Most farmers who pasture-base chickens keep them in mobile coops they drag to a new spot in the pasture every day. That gives grass┬árecovery┬átime between chicken scratch-n-munch sessions because totally free ranging […]

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