Pumpkin Pie Ice Pops

    The family all start groaning when the pumpkins are coming out of the garden.  They claim they are still sick of pumpkin after the last season, however, I am skeptical because of how quickly these ice pops disappeared. I am harvesting quantities of pumpkins now,  in huge wheelbarrow loads between rain storms.  Each…

Disappearing Goats, or Adventures With Fencing

I’ve been trying to think of this summer of just me, the children, and the farm while Ethan is away as an Adventure. I have, as much as possible, tried to make adventures a part of my life, thinking that they will give me something to look back on when I am too old and…

Stone Pear Tart

  We have an unfortunate pear tree in the orchard that I once bought around Christmas time to be our Christmas tree.  It seemed like a perfectly lovely idea at the time, like an idea out of a Christmas carol, but actually the pear tree hated being inside with lights and ornaments all over it,…

Green Tomato Pickles

As the summer garden dies back to rampant gourd vines, sweet potatoes, and roselle, I am diligently preserving as much of the harvest as possible.  Last year I neglected to make enough pickled vegetables to get us through the dearth of the late summer (you can only be excited about eating amaranth leaves for so…

CHANTERELLES: A French Recipe For Wild-harvested Mushrooms

  The goats have been escaping.  They are penned in with electric netting in an area of about five woodland acres, loaded with new, brushy growth and grape vines.  It should be goat heaven, but they can’t stand to stay in for more than a few hours.  I am going in, walking the fences to…

The Mid-Summer Garden

        It is a true law of nature that when things are at their peak of vibrancy, they are just about to begin to decline.  Here we are at a point of mid summer – not solar midsummer, but the middle of the season of summer, when bugs, heat, and frequent rains…

The Little Red Hen

My children got attached to one of the red Freedom Ranger hens from the last batch of meat birds.  I’m not sure how it happened, because those chickens all looked almost exactly alike, and they were kept way out in the pasture where no one ever played with them.  However it was, at harvest time…

Summer Pumpkin Soup

This is really a summer squash recipe, not a pumpkin recipe, but summer squash are ideally harvested when they are small and tender, and the reality of gardening is that no matter how diligent you are at picking, eventually you will find monster squash on your hands! Blimp-like zucchinis, and yellow squash that can only…

A Gopher Tortoise Nest (A Guest Post by Ethan)

  We have gopher tortoise neighbors at the farm.  I say neighbors, because we do co-exist with them on that level!  Gopher tortoises are some of my favorite animals, and I love observing them out grazing, or the fastidious house-keeping they do to their burrows after a big rain.  They can live to be over…

Southern Fried Okra (and Luffa Gourd)

Okra is a favorite vegetable around here, so I always try to grow it every summer. It’s not difficult to grow, but I find it to be the ninja of gardening.  Everyone says okra is easy to grow, and I would agree, but no one mentions what a pain it is to harvest! If I…

A Garden Interview With Tom Wootton

  I recently met Tom Wootton at a Grow Gainesville meeting, and was so excited to meet another person who has actually read Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One-Straw Revolution, (so many of my non-garden friends sort of glaze over when I talk about this book) and has been putting ideas into practice!  We connected over a…