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Fun, Fun, Fun

September 15th, 2015

Yesterday, I spent the day with my mom, my sister, and my nieces & nephew. We met early to walk around the Secrest Arboretum at the OARDC in Wooster, OH. There was walking, chatting, running, photo taking, and lots of fun.
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We then went to our favorite local ice cream place, Hartzler’s Family Dairy.
Fun day
In the evening, we ended up at the Wayne County Fair for Lerch’s Donuts and to look at all the flowers and vegetables.
Overall, a super fun day. I have always loved going to the fair and this was no exception. Lucky me, we are going back on Wednesday when Mr Chiots is here. I’ll get more donuts!

Do you attend a local agricultural fair?

On The Road

September 14th, 2015

Mr Chiots and I are traveling, he’s driving around for business, I’m taking the opportunity to visit family in Ohio. It’s nice when you can mix a business trip with a family visit, it certainly helps with travel expenses. After getting the farm set up and giving the house sitter instructions we set off yesterday morning.
Car radio
While driving we listened to the audio version of The Bear in the Attic and it was FANTASTIC. The perfect road trip book. We have a few others as well, one we started and couldn’t get into it. Thank goodness for the local library and audio books!!!

Do you have a favorite audio book you listen to while traveling?

Quote of the Day: Preserving

September 13th, 2015

It is the natural course of events for food to be abundant for a little window in time. Blackberries will be lusciously ripe for just a couple weeks. Rich porcini flush quickly as the rain comes. They won’t wait for your schedule. Be it pickling or jelly making,r ally yourself for gathering and deal yourself into the working game in your kitchen. BEtter yet, deal in some friends or family too: have a working party. Putting up food together links you with thousands of years of human traditions. And it’s a blast.”

Connie Green and Sarah Scott The Wild Table: Seasonal Foraged Food and Recipes

This past week a lot of the garden has been at maximum production. It doesn’t matter how I plan, it seems everything comes ripe at once, and always before a trip or some other big event. The result is LONG days of frantically putting up food for the depths of winter.

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This has been one of my best tomato years every, the bounty just keeps coming. So far I’ve canned around 40 pints of tomato soup, 15 quarts of tomatoes, along with putting a bushel in the freezer to be made into sauce when there is more time. I have also been drying my ‘Principe Borghese’ tomatoes, which are perfection. I grow this variety just for drying and I dry as many racks as I can. They are amazing in omelets and sprinkled on top of pizza.
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My late flush of zucchini and beans are coming on strong, I did the first picking of beans yesterday and put a gallon of blanched haricots verts in the freezer. Zucchini was cubed and blanched, and grated as well, both varieties are tucked away in the freezer to be added to winter soups and frittatas.
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The apple trees are also producing by the bushel this year. One variety is ready even though I am not. I picked a half bushel for eating and then froze the rest to be turned into apple butter and some applesauce for Mr Chiots. Yesterday, I managed to preserve over 150 lbs of homegrown fruits and vegetables for us to feast on this winter. Not only will I save a bundle on my groceries, we’ll be eating healthfully as well. The satisfaction of nourishing yourself is an amazing feeling!

What are you putting by for winter?

Stop By…

September 11th, 2015

If you’re going to be at the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Spring, PA next Weekend (Sept. 18-20), stop by and visit Mr Chiots at The Jojoba Company booth. You might get lucky and see me as well (or give him a message and we can meet up)! If you’re interested, you can also pick up some of the lotion bars, lotion tins, or lip balm that I made for them.
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I made some of these bars for a blog post for a client and gave them away as gift. Everyone loved them so much that the company asked me and a friend to make up a batch for them to sell. If they sell well then it looks like I might have another small side business. So swing by and pick up a few if you’ll be at the fair, I guarantee you’ll LOVE these beauties!!!

Are you doing any traveling in the near future?


September 10th, 2015

Where I lived in Ohio for many years there was a big Wooly Bear Festival. The wooly bear caterpillar signaled what kind of winter we were going to have (see more over at the Farmer’s Almanac), they were harbingers of what was to come. As a kid, we’d look high and low for them and compare notes as to what they were saying about the upcoming winter. Earlier this week I spotted an all blonde one in the garden and had to think about what exactly that meant. That means a mild winter, the middle of the wooly bear is supposed to signal the milder portion of winter, the dark brown the harsh parts.
Wooly Bear Caterpillar
Of course I’ve seen my share of regular ones too. It’s certainly not scientifically accurate, but it’s a great way to get young ones interested in nature and to help keep them from killing every insect they see.

What are the wooly bears in your garden telling you about this coming winter?

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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.