The Little Egg Scrubber Review

I’ve been searching for a useful and inexpensive egg washer machine for years.  I am a busy berry and vegetable micro-farmer, and maintain a small flock of chickens to provide extra income and compost for my crops.  At peak efficiency, my hens lay 95 eggs daily, so every few days I’m washing about 400 eggs, […]

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Kale Salad Recipe

Every time I take this salad to a cookout or a picnic, I get rave reviews. Kale, apple and bacon salad recipe Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 red apples, cut into long slices 2 teaspoons lemon juice 8 ounces kale, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces 6 slices bacon, crumbled 1/3 cup toasted walnuts 1/4 cup […]

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Lamb and Chard Casserole

This recipe comes from the book The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon, who spends the entire book explaining, in detail, how to cook and serve a single large leg of lamb.  You wouldn’t think that could be so interesting. His chapter on how to cut up an onion is truly inspirational. This […]

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How To Make Lard

In the not too distant past, pigs were raised with an eye to their fat.  For the pioneers, butter and lard were the only reliable sources of fat–they didn’t have fancy presses or chemical processes to extract oils from seeds or nuts, and olive trees don’t grow well in North America. So each household had […]

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Building Tomato Cages

With the market starting this summer, I’m going to want to grow even more tomatos.  There are never enough of those addictive vine-ripened tomatoes!  What I can’t eat fresh, I’ll make into my special salsa, which there is also never enough of. So I need to build another row of supports to hold up the […]

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Thanksgiving Pumpkin Table Arrangement

When I talk about free-ranging vegetables, the squashes and pumpkins are particularly what I have in mind.  The entire lower field is completely covered in vines and leaves, and I’m very happy with the crop this year. In the very last FarmShare of the season, I loaded the buckets with lots of different Cucurbita:  Winter Luxury pumpkins, […]

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Spring Signs

Walking back from the farmstand, movement caught my eye.  While the mid-West suffocates under a huge snow blanket, I’m watching bumblebees sharing a crocus. And feeling a bit smug about my weather.    

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Garlic Scape Hummus Recipe

Hardneck garlic is known for trying to set seed in late June, so it throws up a curly seedhead called a ‘scape.’ Farmers snap these off so that the energy goes into the bulb, but those scapes can be used in cooking for lightly garlic-ed dishes such as stirfry, butters, or pesto. But my favourite […]

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Free Range Broilers

People express a fair amount of surprise when I mention that I free-range my broiler birds. Most folks who pasture the meat chickens still keep them confined to a moveable bottomless pen called a ‘chicken tractor.’ But I found that after five weeks of age, eagles don’t bother them anymore, and they stay pretty close […]

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Protection Racket

As I was tilling soil in the West Point Forty, I happened to spy a raven winging toward the chicken coop. Suspicious behaviour indeed–I’ve observed those thieving birds flying overhead with large brown eggs locked in their beaks.  Who’d have thought they could do that?  I prepared to jump off the tractor and go defend […]

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