starting seeds…

two things arrived in the mail today, our fedco seed order…and our new community acupuncture practice sign.  so exciting! its exciting to think about the little seedlings that we will start inside, with bazillions of feet of snow on the ground (ok, im exaggerating a little…but seriously. a blizzard in march)  anyhoo, both these exciting…

doing small things with great love, and lessons from 2016

Often comments from friends and relatives on how lovely and beautiful our lives seem, make me think of sharing more of the failures. And yes, Vermont is beautiful, and we love what we do, we love growing food, we love Acupuncture, we love homeschooling our children..(and i admit, i mostly share the lovely pictures..) But…

Why am I talking about Acupuncture on my farm blog?

So whats acupuncture got to do with farming, anyway? Some of you may know, some may not, that here on our little micro farm our actual business is in the practice of acupuncture. For the last 12 or so years, we have made a living treating people in a small town in vermont. How did…

Autumn in Wallingford…

The chill in the air brings the end of our garden projects, and the beginnings of our indoor crafty projects….knitting needles are out, weaving has begun, and high hopes for all handmade, grown, or crafted gifts for Christmas! The last of the meat chickens are processed for the year, it’s just greens left in the…

The October garden…

The last of the harvest! We just brought in all the pumpkin, winter squash, gourds, eggplant…but the kitchen garden is still growing, herbs and greens. We had our first frost, are in the midst of chicken processing, rearranging rabbits, and general canning mayhem! Some pictures…

The tomatoes

We go through a lot of tomatoes here, I’d say at least a few quarts a week, between marinara, pizza sauce, tomato soup…etc. so putting up tomatoes for the year is an EVENT here in these parts. Some evidence… Introducing complete tomato canning mayhem, a week long pressure canning marathon…..I’m so happy with the results….but…

The things I didn’t plant…

(Or at least, didn’t plan to…) Pausing for a bit to take pictures of the beautiful things growing in the garden, that I didn’t plant….reminds me of last year, envisioning a field of sunflowers, I turned some soil and planted a TON of sunflower. Around 5 lbs of sunflower seeds, and not a one came…

August garden and kitchen update….

Busy days here, in the garden and kitchen. So much to harvest, process (and eat), and also some disappointments. The kitchen garden is fantastic, and never ending, seemingly, in supplying us with greens and herbs….recently reseeded with spinach where the lettuce was done. The main garden, both vegetables and weeds are doing fine…😀.they are neck…

July 22 garden update!

Some garden update, in pictures…the kitchen garden is amazingly green and lush, providing us with daily salad and greens, and beginning to provide green beans, cucumbers, peas, and the first few cherry tomatoes, and herbs for our salad dressing, general cooking, and pesto… The main garden is doing great, with the first of the zucchini…

Garden update, July 15…

And various projects…such as blueberry picking and canning.. drying egg and greens noodles.. The freedom ranger (our new meat chickens) have arrived, plus Marc built them a brand new, extra large brooder box! The baby turkeys are free ranging.. I’m (ahem) apparently addicted to chalk paint… And the garden… Growing, growing, growing! See you next…

What to do with all those greens…

What to do with all those greens, or, more aptly titled, how to sneak greens into my children’s food… We are swimming in kale, chard, spinach….here is one way I like to preserve it! 1 giant bowl of greens, cooked down into 2 cups greens, plus 8 cups flour, 8 eggs, 1 tsp salt… The…

July garden update

The garden is really popping, feeding us daily now, with enough to share. The greenhouse is insanity, with tomatoes about 7 feet tall now…green tomatoes everywhere, and the first of the cucumbers are here! The main garden is doing really well, carrots, beets, green beans growing steadily. The cabbage is still getting its footing, but…