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Working Through a Local Food Learning Curve

I didn’t know where bartering labor for local food would lead. In retrospect, it was not about economics, but learning, access to a greenhouse and participating in farm life. This Feb. 1, 2013 email to Susan Jutz, one of the … Continue reading

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Farmers Came to Town

The soybean harvest was disrupted by snowfall. Several inches fell in the last 48 hours. Farmers came to town, including to the home, farm and auto supply store. It will be a wet crop, propane prices are already higher. The … Continue reading

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Apple Season Seven in the Books

On a brilliant Autumn day I finished my seventh season at Wilson’s Orchard where I work in the sales barn. It has been a positive experience with my friends and co-workers Barb, Sara, Paul, Jack, Alex, Karen, and Kyle, as … 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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First Frost

Daylight remained as I drove into the driveway after a shift at the orchard. If the garden appeared scorched by the previous night’s first frost, some tomato plants survived and the kale looked resilient. The weather forecast is a couple … 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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