Tag Archives: autumn

Fermenting A Vinegary Fall

We were busy at the orchard last weekend with perfect fall weather: sunshine and cooler temperatures. Throngs of people visited picking apples, buying apple products, and having fun with friends and family. We are at peak apple cider sweetness this … Continue reading

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Apple Weekend

Best news of the week arrived Friday afternoon via email. The Cedar Rapids Gazette decided to publish my opinion piece on the local food system at risk. A writer lives for exposure to an audience and my readership will get … Continue reading

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Apples Toward Autumn

Apples exercise hegemony over everything of late. Yesterday our orchard’s chief apple officer cut a slice of Kidd’s Orange Red to sample and it’s been hard to think of anything else. A cross between Delicious and Cox’s Orange Pippin, developed … Continue reading

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Hay Feeder Rings

Something is wrong when the garden produces tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in Iowa the fourth week in October. I’ll dice tomatoes for breakfast tacos later this week, Bangkok peppers are in the dehydrator, and cucumbers and jalapeno peppers in the … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends

LAKE MACBRIDEā€” It is a late frost this year. Oct. 20 and the tomatoes and peppers are still growing, inspiring hope to pick more before the season finally ends. I gave away a bushel of kale on Saturday, confident there … Continue reading

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