Monthly Archives: October 2013

After the Frost

Many of our crops needed to be pulled before last week’s frost.  They just can’t take the cold and are essentially killed in their first exposure to the freezing temperatures. Our pepper bed, for example, took a hard hit.  We … Continue reading

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Just Like Honey, Baby, From the Bee

“There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance.” -Henry David Thoreau Last weekend, my friend (and beekeeping … Continue reading

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Home-Brewed Kombucha

I love kombucha.  The problem is, each bottle costs $4 and each bottle is a single serving.  If I wanted to have a bottle each day, that would set me back $28 a week, and $1,456 a year.  Obviously, that … Continue reading

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Making Scarecrows

Sometimes, the chores are all done and you have to do something totally frivolous. We had a bunch of kids at the house yesterday to help us assemble the three scarecrows for which we had gotten the “ingredients.”  It was … Continue reading

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Pressing Apple Cider

Last year, our apple tree didn’t produce one single apple.  Seriously.  Not one. There was unseasonable warmth in February and March and the tree started to bud, tricked into thinking that spring had arrived.  And then, cruelly, the end of … Continue reading

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After Apple Picking

“And I keep hearing from the cellar bin The rumbling sound Of load on load of apples coming in. For I have had too much Of apple-picking: I am overtired Of the great harvest I myself desired.” (from “After Apple … Continue reading

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The Inherent Simplicity of Goats

It is rare, these days, to take an hour out of one’s day to do absolutely nothing. I don’t mean the kind of doing nothing that involves checking email and Facebook; nor do I mean the kind of doing nothing … Continue reading

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Please Eat the Flowers

I cannot stand inedible garnishes. You don’t see them quite so much anymore, but back in the 80s and 90s, they were ubiquitous. Every restaurant was throwing sprigs of parsley or wedges of citrus fruit onto the side of a … Continue reading

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And Now We Are Pig Farmers

I believe that there is a distinct difference between Keeping Pigs and Being A Pig Farmer. The difference is embodied, almost entirely in the form of an intact male pig.  Until now, we’ve only raised gilts (unbred females) or barrows … Continue reading

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Meet-the-Farmer Dinner: Take Two

Last night was our second applewood farm Meet-the-Farmer dinner at applewood restaurant in Brooklyn. We arrived a little after 2:00 p.m. to deliver all the produce for the dinner and then proceeded to hang all the new photography.  It made … Continue reading

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