Tag Archives: Garden

Challenges in a Local Food System

My 2013 decision to develop a barter arrangement with my friend Susan Jutz helped resolve a couple of issues. I needed the cash income plus a share of the vegetables she grew. More importantly than income, I wanted to become … Continue reading

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Saturday Luncheon – Red Beans and Rice

Preparing to cook red beans and rice has been a year-long process because most of the ingredients were produced in my garden or on farms where I work. The garden produced red beans, okra, tomatoes and celery. Local farms produced … Continue reading

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Winter Thy Name is Denial

What does a gardener do when winter arrives? Despite the fact there’s snow on the ground, IT’S NOT WINTER! Please check back Dec. 21 for winter programming. The apple harvest is finished and priorities shifted. While our orchard’s chief apple … Continue reading

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Meditation on Hot Sauce

After planting garlic last week I made hot sauce using leftover seeds: Jalapeno and Serrano peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, apple cider vinegar and salt. The recipe evolved over time from one Juan San Miguel explained in 1977 when we both … Continue reading

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Post-frost Planting

After missing last year I planted garlic on Oct. 15. A couple of clear days dried the ground sufficiently to mow the plot, turn it, and put seeds in the ground. I increased the number of rows from two to … Continue reading

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October Days

The forecast calls for 32 degrees tonight so tomatoes and peppers need gleaning from the garden. There aren’t many left, maybe enough to make the effort useful. While at it, I’ll pick apples I can reach as well. It is … Continue reading

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Inventing a Cuisine

Who wants to reinvent home cooking every time they enter the kitchen? Here’s a better question, how can I work to be present in the kitchen and produce tasty, nutritious food for our family? While I have a strong memory … Continue reading

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