Strawberry rows are all tidy and neat for the winter. We cut back our strawberries thin it out and replant empty spots, then we add either compost or manure and a layer of wood chips. In between the rows we added sawdust it will suppress the weeds and if something does grow it will be easy to pull out. The only thing that is left is to install the drip irrigation but that will have to wait since we have more urgent needs that need to be taken care of.
#tbt to the time I planted a tiny Angel plant in the garden and it grew into this triffid also known as a banana tree. Tag me in a photo of your favorite garden mistake or comment below. Did you know banana is actually a herb?
I’m actually feeling pretty smart with this idea I had for a curing chamber (AKA a big cooler) for my sweet potatoes. Last year I cured my potatoes in boxes and covered them with plastic bags. I figure this cooler will keep the potatoes from getting too warm while also allowing me to vent the top if too much condensation accumulates. We shall see whether this thought ends up being a good idea.
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Once I realized that not only can I use any nut or seed and leafy green, but can also make pesto vegan- it’s been game on. I really don’t like spinach or kale but knowing it’s health benefits, I sneak it in wherever I can. Leafy greens can manage stress because they contain folate, which helps the body produce serotonin & dopamine. They also have calcium, reduce inflammation and are filled with disease fighting antioxidants & polyphenols. Nutritional yeast flakes may sound kind of freaky but once given a chance, you won’t look back. They are my favorite Parmesan cheese replacement (so good on popcorn 🍿), but even better. It’s a complete protein with vitamins & minerals that boost the immune system and fight disease.
The pasta is a quinoa, amaranth, brown rice & corn flour gluten free (best I’ve ever tried!) all mixed with Jersey fresh bell peppers & zucchini. The whole meal is a light, healthy spin on heavy comfort food. It’s important to me that the majority of what I eat is nutritious as possible and made is home cooked.
My kale basil pesto recipe:
2 handfuls baby kale
1 handful basil 🌿
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt & pepper
Blend together adding reserved pasta water to desired consistency.
Use any pasta you’d like, any greens and any nuts/seeds. You can also top with what ever protein & veggies, get creative & keep it colorful. I encourage you to try different combinations that sound tasty to you! Eating to live tastes sooo good 😋
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Y’all. I seriously can’t believe it. I have my WEDDING DRESS. Please tell me how this is even possible! It’s so crazy to me that I am living out the part of my life that I have always dreamt of. Since I was little I would always wonder what my wedding dress would look like and the fact that it’s hanging in the closet upstairs right now freaking blows my mind. It couldn’t be more perfect! Since we’ve been engaged I have thought to myself many times, this is the time in your life you’ve always dreamt of. Reminding my self to soak in every moment. This makes it feel so real. No one pinch me!
You know, a farm isn’t much without a kitchen. You can grow beautiful apples, but if you don’t preserve any then more than half will just rot on the ground. It’s not a matter of feelings, it’s a matter of making the outside work valuable through transforming raw material into things you can eat even in the dead of winter. That’s why farming requires participation from every person in the ecosystem. We all have different jobs here, but each has incredible inherent significance. Craig and I call all the jobs, “our work,” not his or mine, because they are intricately bound, absolutely reliant on each other in order for us to truly enjoy a life close to creation.
The Autumn Olive branches are covered with little berries that are ready for picking. Autumn Olives are easy to grow and make a great privacy shrub that produce edible berries. The berries have 17 times more lycopene than tomatoes in addition they have loads of vitamin A, C and E, flavonoids and other bio-active compounds. If you live on the East coast this plant can be invasive in some states so please check your local area first. In the PNW it is not invasive and can be purchased at local nurseries. A great fruit to have in the fall when there is no other fresh fruits on our trees.
I never could resist artichokes. I adore popping whole chokes in my pressure cooker and then finishing them off on the grill and serving with a garlic lemon aioli for dunking the leaves. I also love Artichoke hearts in my salad and when roasted, artichoke hearts are hard to resist. Caramelized on the outside but still soft in texture on the inside, the roasting creates a richer and sweeter artichoke heart than when steamed or boiled. The recipe for this Roasted Artichoke and Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan follows! Bon Appetit!
2 - 15 ounce cans of artichoke hearts, drained
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of salt and pepper
Juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of sugar (optional)
4 - 6 cups fresh baby arugula
4 ounces shaved parmesan to garnish
Heat the oven to 400F
Place the drained artichoke hearts in a large bowl and toss with the extra virgin olive oil and
a pinch of salt and pepper.
Place the artichoke hearts in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast in the
oven for about 30-45 minutes, until caramelized and golden brown. Remove them from the
oven and let them cool.
While the artichoke hearts are cooling, whisk together the juice of one lemon, Dijon mustard
and extra virgin olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If the dressing feels too
acidic, add a pinch or two of sugar.
Toss the dressing with the arugula and layer on a serving platter. Arrange the roasted
artichokes over the dressed arugula and the garnish with the shaved parmesan.
Serve Immediately. #recipeshare#recipedevelopment#karistaskitchen#falleats#lifearoundmytable
My husband (still smirking every time I say it) is always inspiring me to embrace what’s new. Whether it’s technology or techniques or even just embracing new members of the communities we are involved in. .
He is ALWAYS down to test something out. He regularly trials new crops, new equipment, and new ideas from his peers. .
He isn’t afraid of “competitors.” He embraces new organic farmers and is more than happy to talk with anyone who is interested. .
It’s really easy to praise him. But using him as a mentor for my business has been incredible. One may not think that an organic farmer would have a lot of advice for a wedding vendor but you guys, business is business. .
Fellow entrepreneurs I, encourage you to step out of your circle and learn from people in other industries. Whether it’s your significant other or just someone you respect! And on the flip side... I think we can all use the “a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle” speech. So if you’re in a position to offer some wisdom to someone, do it. ✌️
🍑🍦🍭🌊🌞 sunset over the Indian Ocean // We each have an opportunity to take the chance to truly do the things we love. There’s so many reasons not to see that place of your dreams but there’s one big reason why you should. That big reason is YOU, you so deserve to have what you want in this grand bazaar of life! This was my first time seeing the Indian Ocean and happy tears definitely flowed. #mystication#bali#gypset#indianocean#sunsetchaser#cntraveler#tlpicks#seminyak
Jalapeño straight from the garden ready to be roasted. I’ll freeze most of these for use over the winter months. My pepper plants are so heavy with fruit that my plants started leaning. I pruned back a few of the sagging branches in hopes that I’ll get another growth push out.
We drink @passengercoffee almost every day, so when @lindseysmithhhc and I went to #Lancaster , Pa for a quick little getaway, the #coffeeshop was one of our first stops. Wait until you see the inside! ☕️☕️
What are your favorite kind of cookies? Mine are chocolate chip all the way. Though if I'm being virtuous, I'd say homemade pumpkin whoopie pies. Because they have pumpkins in them, which makes them healthy 😂
Classic triple chocolate mousse cake wrapped into white chocolate mousse and decorated with chocolate 😆
Hey chocoholics! How does this sound for you 😋?!
Can be GLUTEN free, perfect for KETO diet 😂 seriously, I would love this in my menu!
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And so it begins..... sweet potato harvest season. Last year I waited until late November and missed out on fall planting until much too late in the season. This year I’ll harvest most of my bed this week. I might keep some in the ground to compare storage vs storing in ground. I also ended up with HUGE sweet potatoes. This size will be much more manageable. I’ll start curing after they have had a chance to dry a bit. Who wants to guess how many pounds I’ll pull out during my treasure hunt?
Another beautiful eggplant harvested today. This year is probably the first year that we have significantly cut back at buying food from grocery stores and eat mostly what we grow in our garden. The biggest factor for that is the veriaty of food we grew. As our garden grew and the veriaty of food increased we were able to utilize more and more in our cooking and slowly cut back on groceries. Even though we primarily eat the food that we grew or raised I would not say that there is much of immediate financial savings. Most of the money that we save on food goes in to improving and expanding our gardens. But you have to look at a bigger picture with gardening, we know what goes in to our food, our family is healthier, our carbon footprint is smaller and there are a bunch more reasons I could list. So if you are just starting a garden or plan on gardening just remember one key rule "be patient"