rise and brine

rise and brine

“God loves fermentation just as dearly as he loves vegetation” -Ralph Waldo Emerson My family loves pickles and brined pickles is what draws most people into the wild world of fermentation.  They taste delicious, use only a few simple ingredients and are otherwise so low tech that your grandmother can make them!  😉  And really, for me, that’s kind of the point. We usually don’t prepare our pickle ferments until July, but...

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bee-lieve

bee-lieve

Last year we lost all of our bees, and really through no fault of their own.  They needed some care and intervention and, being overcome with events, we did not come to their aide.  We realized there was a problem with the hives in late summer and tried to help them recuperate, but then we were taken away again and they had to fend for themselves. One hive may have swarmed, but you can never be sure. Last summer, within a three month period,...

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i heart organic strawberries

i heart organic strawberries

“For a long time now we have understood ourselves as traveling toward some sort of industrial paradise, some new Eden conceived and constructed entirely by human ingenuity. And we have thought ourselves free to use and abuse nature in any way that might further this enterprise.  Now we face overwhelming evidence that we are not smart enough to recover Eden by assault, and that nature does not tolerate or excuse our abuses.” Wendell...

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contain yourselves

contain yourselves

“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world.”  Wendell Barry – The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays   Even if you have only a tiny patio or balcony, growing your own food is a possibility.  No matter how little...

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grow.harvest.enjoy

grow.harvest.enjoy

In farming, as in gardening, I happen to believe that if you treat the land with love and respect, then it will repay you in kind.  – Prince Charles The life of a garden is in perpetual motion.  It’s a dynamic place, hustling and bustling with the growing harvest and buzzing with life.  It’s a place were nature thrives and in so doing nourishes hungry family and friends. This beautiful bouquet is not a gift from my husband,...

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