Category: extend the season

A Really Good Day

50’s outside meant 70’s in the high tunnel and plenty to harvest.  What a wondrous day for the last day of January.  Once I got done with my have-to’s in the AM, I made an executive decision to ignore my need-to’s in the house and spend…

Roast Beast

Just like the Whos in Whoville, Our Christmas feast included roast beast, in this case–leg of lamb. We also had roasted carrots glazed with cider molasses (a thicker version of our cider syrup) and mashed potatoes. This meal came mostly from our own backyard with…

A Brand New Harvest

As of this week, Small Wonder Farm now produces some of it’s own mushrooms.  My Back to the Roots oyster mushroom kit has started producing.  It took a lot longer than I expected. but it is amazing to see how fast they grow.  one of…

Dark Days are Here

This week we kicked off the Dark Days of Winter Eat Local challenge. Don’t know about the Dark Days Challenge?  Follow the link above.  Over 100 bloggers and others will be presenting their local meals on a weekly basis and the recaps will end up at…

The Larder

Definition of larder according to Merriam Webster dictionary: 1: a place where food is stored : pantry 2: a supply of food Larder.  I like this word.  It seems to encompass the idea of a real food supply.  Today, pantry most often means a few shelves of boxed mixes and…

The Proof is in the Pictures

There is so much happening now that only pictures can convey it all and are all I have time for.  I will be picking the first zucchini this week and cucumbers won’t be far behind. I harvested the last of the cabbage and lettuces yesterday.  I…

A Good Farm Day

I was laid low over the weekend by pain and intense heat, so it was wonderful (and sorely needed) to get out yesterday early AM for three hours of harvesting and weeding. Here is what I am harvesting now: fingerling potatoes (Russian Banana) purple,…

High Tunnel Update

Now that it is May, I think an update on the high tunnel is in order. I could not be happier with it and am so glad we have it. We enjoyed fresh veggies from the tunnel all winter. Nothing grows in January and…

Claytonia

Claytonia, also called Miner’s Lettuce (among other things), has been a great high tunnel crop.  Lily and I seeded it on new Year’s Eve and have been harvesting it heavily for months now.  It’s a wonderful cold weather crop and it has wonderful succulent…

Goodbye March

You went out a lot better than you came in, but I am not sad to see you go March. Progress was made despite illness, taxes, business woes, and the loss of our dear Pepita.  The pictures here, all taken this last day of…

Cilantro Season

When you think cilantro, you think tomatoes, jalapeños, and heat.  Tomato, onion, cilantro, and chile peppers are indeed a match made in heaven, but gardeners know that cilantro does not like the heat.  Not only did the cilantro I seeded last fall in the high…

Workday in the High Tunnel

  It may have snowed last night, but in the high tunnel it is spring.  The photo above is the “before” picture.  Thanks to being ear infection free and Lily being back in school after strep throat, I got a very needed work day….