Category Archives: Food – Cooking & Preservation

Thankful

We traveled across the river and north to Arkansaw in Pepin County, Wisconsin yesterday to gather with close friends and family to celebrate the harvest.  And bounty we had, despite the many challenges, starting with the fruit tree blossom freeze … Continue reading

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Wrap It Up

Winter snows arrived on election day, which didn’t deter our township from an impressive 82% voter turnout.  With the garden tasks mostly done for the season, working as an election judge and spending the day in the town hall was … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Tasting

Sweet potatoes aren’t usually thought of as a successful garden crop in Minnesota or Wisconsin.  If you’re of this opinion, you may have been missing out on some terrific, home-grown eating.  This past Sunday, we gathered with a few friends … Continue reading

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Nuts About Nuts – Get Crackin’

It’s the first full day of autumn and we’ve just had a hard frost.  The last several weeks we’ve been busily squirreling away our garden’s bounty along with wild and domestic nuts.  Black walnuts had an OK crop this year … Continue reading

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Yes, We Can!

Due to the hotter-than-average summer we have experienced, again, this year we have had to deal with a surplus of tomatoes at an earlier time in the food processing season. To be more specific about local climate change, our “degree-day” … Continue reading

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Green Corn Ways

For many years we have dehydrated sweet corn to store over the winter season.  Recently I ran across a mention of making chicos which prompted some thoughtful exploration into the traditional ways of preserving green or immature corn.  There were … Continue reading

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An Aronia(s) Assumption

We are trying something new this year, juicing and drying Aronia melanocarpa berries (black chokeberry).  Our bushes have a bumper crop and, while the chickens seem to love them, the flavor of freshly picked berries is, in our opinion, pretty … Continue reading

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Summer Breeze

With the bulk of the spring garden planting completed, June is time to enjoy the early, newness of summer before the novelty wears off.  There’s lots of maintenance to do in the garden – weeding, watering, and bug patrol.  But … Continue reading

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May Day – M’aidez, maybe?

It’s been a while since we updated the blog, mostly because of spring busyness keeping us occupied. The sheep finally got sheared from their annual wool coat, much to their relief, and can happily scamper around the pasture again. Enough … Continue reading

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Yesterday: First Day of Spring or Tenth Day of Summer?

After breaking local high temperature records nine days in the last ten is there still doubt about Climate Change? These records have stood since the Weather Service began in the late 1880’s. A record here and there is understandable but … Continue reading

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