July Locavore Challenge: Three Days In

We're three days into our Locavore Challenge -- and the caffeine withdrawal is strong. I saw a coffee plant for sale at the Cobblestone Farmer's Market the other day and I probably would have bought it (even though I know nothing about growing coffee) if the sign didn't say that the plants require several years... Continue Reading →

July Locavore Challenge: Week 1

When you are relying on only your garden and local farmers for every bite of food you consume, weekly meal planning changes pretty significantly. We live in a culture where we can go to the grocery store and buy most of the foods we want at almost any time of the year. While we may... Continue Reading →

Thank You, Harvest

To those of you who know me personally, you've probably heard me talk about my love of weeding. I could honestly weed all day -- and I often do on the weekends. But if there's one thing that gives weeding a serious run for its money, it's turning food grown in our garden into delicious... Continue Reading →

You Win Some; You Lose Some

It took almost thirty years for me to grow an appreciation for where food comes from. Sure, I knew that carrots grew under the ground, probably because I loved Pooh Bear books as a kid. But what I didn't know was how much work actually goes into helping that carrot grow. Tilling the ground to... Continue Reading →

Take Note of the Growth

Before we started the garden and I began taking regular photos of each plant's progress once a day, nature's subtle growth was lost on me. I would walk by the same flowers each day and never really stopped to smell the roses. Of course, it's easy to see when the tall trees change colors in... Continue Reading →

Sunday Afternoon at the Farm

I'm currently reading the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It's the story of how her family committed to one year of eating only food grown or raised at their own home or in their local community. A statistic from one of the first chapters stunned me: "If every U.S. citizen ate just one... Continue Reading →

A Challenge for July

One of the first things I did after we started a garden was begin reading. I wanted to sop up as much information as I possibly could because I knew absolutely nothing. Additionally, I was so excited about gardening that when the sun went down and I had to retreat inside, I didn't want the... Continue Reading →

Embrace the Imperfection

Mother Nature requires that you give up your love of perfection, or at least the way you understand it. That's just not how she operates. When it was time to head outside for the evening, it was with dread that I approached the tomato bed. Earlier this morning, Mitch had discovered blossom end rot on... Continue Reading →

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