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Friday Favorite: Meeting Farmers

April 10th, 2015

The best part about sourcing your food locally is meeting the farmers who grow it. The community of people who love animals and love to garden is a great one to infuse yourself into. Yesterday I met Joss at Over the Moon farm to pick up a tom turkey for my poor lonely turkey hen.
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She gave me a tour of her small farm. One of her goats had just kidded an hour before I arrived, the cow and many other goats were due any day now. There was a beautiful blind cow named Candy that she told me all about. She’s the companion cow for her dairy cow. She had wonderful stories to tell of how the sighted cow calls for the blind cow when she gets too far away and doesn’t know her surroundings.
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There were muscovy ducks, guinea fowl, turkeys, geese, chickens, sheep, goats, cows, and a horse on her farm. Along with dogs and cats of course. We chatted for over and hour about all kinds of things.

Are you familiar with any farmers in your area?

Friday Favorite: Work in Print

April 3rd, 2015

I’ve been writing for various blogs for 6 years now. Blog authoring is nice, but it’s not quite the same as writing something that goes into a print magazine. While I love both, there’s something so much more tangible and satisfying about seeing your work printed in a glossy magazine!
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Northern Gardener is one magazine I write article for on occasion. I also just submitted an article that will be printed in Grit Magazine this summer. I have always loved looking through magazines. There’s something about the thin shiny paper and the big images.
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Selling photos to various sources and writing these articles is how I keep the bills paid for this blog. If it didn’t provide these kinds of opportunities I would never be able to afford the monthly hosting bill ($140/month) and the other expenses associated with maintaining it. If you’d like to help support the blog, click through my links in the sidebar whenever you shop at Amazon and Mt Rose Herbs. I appreciate the support of those of you who also have a monthly subscription through Paypal.

What’s your favorite gardening magazine?

Friday Favorite: Rice

March 27th, 2015

I love rice, really, really LOVE it. Since I grew up in South America, rice was a staple. As a result it’s kind of like a comfort food for me, rice and beans. I could eat a big bowl of plain rice for dinner. Delicious fragrant rice cooked with sweet browned onions and coconut oil. Cilantro lime rice is another one of my favorites.
I find my enameled cast iron pan to be the perfect pot to cook rice in. Many years ago I had a rice cooker and it worked well, but it quit working and I started using this pot. It cooks rice to perfection every time.

What are some of your comfort foods?

Friday Favorite: Gifts

March 20th, 2015

Unexpected packages from friends are such a wonderful thing. This week I sent a package to a friend in Ohio and I received a package from a friend in Ohio (not the same friend).  Finding something unexpected from someone I love is one of the little things that makes my day, it definitley makes you feel loved and appreciated. I really need to make an effort to send a note or gift to someone at least once a month.
As you can see Dexter enjoys getting gifts from friends too!

Have you sent/received something unexpected recently?

Friday Favorite: Renee’s Garden

March 13th, 2015

I’ve been buying seeds from Renee’s Garden for many years. One of my favorite things about her seeds is that you can get multiple varieties in one package. This year I got the Long Harvest Broccoli that contains three different varieties in the seed packet. This is so handy for those of us that don’t want to buy three different packets of seed but would like to grow a few different varieties. I’m really interested to see how this work, I’d love to have a longer broccoli season.
Renees garden broccoli
The seeds are color coded as well, so you can label them as needed. These were the zucchini seeds I planted two years ago.
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I’m so appreciative that Renee takes the time to develop handy things like this that are so helpful for the home gardener. Her varieties are also selected specifically with the home gardener in mind.

Do like to grow multiple varieties of the same vegetable?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but just recently moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine.