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The Illegals

Hi All, 

After much thought we have decided to take the plunge and buy our first 3 chicks. They are not legal in our town, but after much discussion and some soul searching, hubby and I decided that living a sustainable, secure and independent life trumped the town by-laws. We talked with our neighbors (who were all cool with it) and decided to partake in a little civil disobedience. Now we just cross our fingers I suppose :) …

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Added by Morgan C on May 31, 2014 at 4:10pm — 4 Comments

Pastured Lard

Pastured Lard



Fortunate to come across snow-white, gorgeously rendered, pastured lard here in WNC, everything it touches seems to radiate a golden glow-----not…
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Added by Rachel Brownlee on May 30, 2014 at 9:06pm — 3 Comments

Progress!

Dad helped me get pallets from the co-op, so I've got enough now to cobble together a playhouse. The kid was excited, until he helped nail the pallet that was the wrong size up into what I intend to make into a vertical garden wall. I want a house made out of those bloody things - it will take ages and eons for anything to get it apart once put together! Anyhow, this first one is to determine how difficult it will be to make one for the kid, and what adjustments will need to be made for…

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Added by Jana Franzen on May 19, 2014 at 11:59pm — No Comments

Food Prices are on the RISE!

Originally shared at Back to the Basics

Back when I first opened Mary's Heirloom Seeds I wrote the following introduction,



You may have noticed that the price on food, especially produce has been going up.  The quality, not to mention the nutritional value, has been…

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Added by Marianne Smith on May 19, 2014 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Wild Violet Muffins

I've got a Monday Muffin to share with you--another foraged creation. 

After making wild violet sugar and wild violet syrup, and then wild violet granola out of those--it seems only fitting to make wild violet muffins.

These are dainty and delicious.…

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Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 19, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Taco Rice Tortilla Pizza

I admit I need nights off sometimes--don't we all? But I hate, hate, HATE to waste food even if I don't feel like cooking.

When we've got plenty of food in the fridge, it's easy to whip up a Taco Rice Tortilla pizza for our family Friday Night Pizza night.

You can get the recipe, and a rant…

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Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 16, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Much disappointment reigns

Well, 'tis depressing. Absolutely everything, save the potatoes, not planted in a container before the first part of this month is toast. And in the containers, quite a bit less than expected decided to come up. Two of the four tomato transplants are toast, two of the marigolds, & one of the hostas are toast - one of the geraniums is attempting to not die, but no telling if it will pull through or not.

On the plus side, both the corns, all three of the pumpkins, the…

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Added by Jana Franzen on May 15, 2014 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Using Coconut Coir Pellets for Seed Starting

Originally shared at Back to the Basics

These little pellets are AMAZING!!!

Check out MY results using Coconut Coir pellets.



Step 1: Take out…

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Added by Marianne Smith on May 15, 2014 at 9:06am — No Comments

Creamy Avocado Enchiladas

More anticipating-the-start-of-CSA-season-freezer-raiding here!

I whipped up a cheesy rich gooey enchilada dish using Hatch chile and bell peppers I'd put up last Fall plus ripe avocados.  For me, the biggest reason why I can't be 100% local is avocados.  And olive oil.  And tea.  And bananas.  And --- heck, the list is so long--but avocados top it.  …

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Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 14, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Companion Planting Shortcut

Just sent out this info this morning!  ENJOY!…
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Added by Marianne Smith on May 12, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Overnight Yeasted Carrot Waffles

As I wind down the stores of veggies I'd put up last Fall, when the weekly CSA farm share delivery was a routine--not like I'm desperately anticipating these days--I had extra carrots.  Crazy, right? When we eat them with dips, in tacos and meatloaf and burgers and stew . . . and the sweet farm carrot tops are a particular favorite of Crystal the composting guinea pig.

However, excess I had, so excess I put up--by finely shredding then freezing.  And over the winter, we got to enjoy…

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Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 12, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Wild Violet Granola

My farm share starts up the end of this month--yippee!--but in the meantime I'm foraging.

And my mentors have nurtured me, like a mother does, to help me create this recipe.

You can find the recipe…

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Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 8, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Fox vs Chickens

Below I'm going to just link to the three posts this month that have been weighing heavily on my heart.



It all started a little over a month ago...

...only to happen again, but this time was a bit worse...

...but,…

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Added by Tasha Raymond on May 7, 2014 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Grilled Cheese with Guacamole, Corn Salsa, and Hummus

Poor lil' ol' forlorn leftover guacamole gets a new lease on life in this repurposed leftover grilled cheese sandwich.

You can find the recipe…

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Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 6, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Cheater Margarita Smoothies

A quickie for Cinco de Mayo or really an all summer long drink--I freeze berries when they are ripe, and blend them up with bananas, peaches, whatever else I've got in the freezer to make these smoothies.

You can get the recipe…

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Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 4, 2014 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Avocado Lemon Feta Yogurt Dip

I love creating new ways to enjoy vegetables as appetizers.

I thought this would be an interesting one for Cinco de Mayo--and adding red and green peppers would echo the colors of the flag in a yummy way.

You can…

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Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 2, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

A First Attempt at Making Jam

I've been in my house for thirteen years and the loquat tree in my front yard has never produced anywhere near the volume of fruit it's providing this spring.  I have no idea why this is the case but for the past few months I've had to sweep up smashed fruit from my driveway every day.  The volume far…

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Added by Bill Graney on April 30, 2014 at 6:34pm — 2 Comments

Radish Sandwich Spread

Radishes used to be the items that were hard to use up in the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share box, but the more I've been playing with them the more the whole family is enjoying them.

You can…

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Added by Kirsten Madaus on April 30, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Grilled Goat Cheese with Fresh Figs, Honey, and Speck

It's totally a tease to share a fresh fig recipe in April.  I know.  But I'd never had a fresh fig until I got some in my Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share box. Whoa-that is some good eating!

When we moved to Ohio I thought I'd never have that fresh fig experience--after all, by the time fresh figs hit the store they are usually about to mold.

Then I took the dog on a walk through an alley a few blocks away . . . and lo and behold there was a tree with leaves…

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Added by Kirsten Madaus on April 28, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Greenhouse visitation

Went to the school greenhouse this morning. Picked up thyme, oregeno, and parsley. Got some tomatos I have forgotten the name of (I know which two they WEREN'T, which leaves Jet Star and the one I can't remember as the possibilities), and two mystery tomatos that volunteer grew in the recycled dirt the geraniums I chose were planted in. Grabbed some pretty hostas, marigolds,  and coxcombs, too.

You may remember that I told you Mr. Fancher tends to give good deals. That's 2 of…

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Added by Jana Franzen on April 26, 2014 at 11:58am — 2 Comments

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