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Fresh Roadside Food

The eight-foot-high stalks topped with bright sunflowers caught my eye on my scenic drive along the highway in rural Morgan County, Tennessee. Then I noticed the sign telling me corn was for sale. I stopped to meet Louis Basler and his brother-in-law, Garland Heidel, who were selling sweet ambrosia corn from their family farms.  I paid five dollars for what I think was a rate of four ears of corn for a dollar.  Yet the the bag included a few extra ears.…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on July 15, 2011 at 12:41am — No Comments

Homegrown.org Cook-Off 2011: Garlic Scape Pesto!

I had never cooked with, and perhaps never tasted, a garlic scape before I joined a CSA with Kilpatrick Family Farm this year. I recently got garlic scapes in my CSA delivery two weeks in… Continue

Added by Christine on July 14, 2011 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Chickens: Pet or Food Product?


So on our Baltimore foodmakers discussion board, there was a conversation between several people who own city chickens. Some love their birds as pets, and have adopted them from shelters and feed the eggs to their dogs for feed supplements or to friends. Others view their birds as livestock and have no…


Added by Aliza Ess on July 13, 2011 at 5:00pm — 11 Comments

Repair, Resell or Replace?

To circulate the air in our house on hotter days, we use a Honeywell commercial-grade fan. It has been in our service for about 4 years & each summer, we've had at least a couple weeks where it was pushed to its mechanical limits. About a week ago, the blades would no longer turn when switching the fan on. Instead, we'd hear an electrical hum of the motor trying to soldier through.

At that point, I assessed our options: 1 - consider it dead & purchase a replacement, 2 - take it… Continue

Added by Deezwin Greens on July 12, 2011 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Homegrown.org Cook-Off Recipe Entry--Heirloom Greek Salad

 Heirloom Greek Salad


  • 2 Heirloom Lemon Cucumbers, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, rimmed, seeded, and…

Added by rastaphilosopha on July 11, 2011 at 6:57pm — 1 Comment

Homegrown.org Cook-Off Recipe Entry--Power Patties!

Several years ago my youngest son would admire his oldest brother who spent the evening lifting weights, doing push-ups, and basically anything to "buff up." When the baby would ask him how he got so strong the oldest would reply, "I eat eggs for breakfast every morning."

That was an understatement. Because he worked a physical job, and worked out at the gym and home, this young man could put away 1/2 dozen eggs, 1/2 pound of sausage, several slices of toast, and a quart of milk in…


Added by Carol J. Alexander on July 11, 2011 at 6:34pm — 2 Comments

Potato Success

What a surprise for me tonight when I dug up a potato after I had assumed my potato adventure this summer was a failure.

After battling Colorado Potato Beetle's back in April by picking them off and removing any leaves with eggs, I thought that I was doing pretty well.  The plants were flourishing.  Green, bushy and quite healthy looking.  However, not knowing very much about what to look for with potato plants, I started to notice the leaves getting spots all over them.  This was…


Added by Janine Roe on July 9, 2011 at 9:37pm — 4 Comments

The Ladies Rule the Roost

A few months ago I wrote about my family's foray into the world of raising backyard chickens.  Our little balls of fluff have now grown into a flock of New Hampshire red hens, affectionately called "The Ladies".  Raised (mostly) in our home and now living outside, The Ladies still take to the porch each morning when we are leaving for the day, and wait for us to return in the afternoon, clucking merrily behind us as they…


Added by Caroline Malcolm on July 6, 2011 at 2:28pm — No Comments

NCSC is Official!

The North Country Sustainability Center, Inc. based in Ashburnham, MA was officially notified that we have been granted our 501c3 non profit status by the IRS!  Now we can start raising the money to purchase the old riding stable and furniture factory to build our sustainability center.

Lots of people thing this project is about "greening" the region, and to some aspect it is. I had a little girl tell me this spring that sustainability means "what we have to do to stay here."  I…


Added by Patricia Stewart on July 6, 2011 at 7:31am — No Comments

recipe: beet & brown rice veggie burgers

A few years ago, I would have never imagined myself saying this but... we made beet & brown rice veggie burgers and they were incredible. I… Continue

Added by Christine on July 5, 2011 at 11:47am — 5 Comments

Vertical Gardening

  As I was doing the research for aquaponics I came across several vertical gardening sites. I like the idea of growing up :) as I am not getting any younger and getting up and down from the garden beds hurts my knees a lot. The idea of using aquaponics and vertical gardening together sounds decidedly pain free. I found there are several commercial vertical gardens you can buy but as I have stated before money and I are not fast friends so I need to come up with something cheaper and I think…


Added by Penny on July 3, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment



  The last few days I have been fighting the foes of my garden. Aphids, Squash bugs and Tomato Horn worms! I think I am winning at least until I go on vacation then we see if my husband can keep them from eating up my garden. I have decided that I am really just providing a nursery for the squash bugs at the moment and have lost my squeamishness to squishing the little pains in my squash. I am…


Added by Penny on July 3, 2011 at 9:28am — 3 Comments

Chantecler and his Rock-a-doodle hens




Added by Penny on July 3, 2011 at 9:03am — No Comments

Garden Update


New post on the regular blog!

Added by Cynthia Schrage on July 2, 2011 at 1:59pm — No Comments

The Great HOMEGROWN Cook-Off of 2011 - Pan Sautéed Patty Pan Squash

Howdy folks! This is my entry for the cook-off, and actually this is a post that I made on my CCR blog earlier in the week.

I would say that 95% of the ingredients in this recipe are from my front yard garden, and 99% of the ingredients that ended up on the final plate are from our front yard garden. I say front yard, because we have a back yard garden also.




Added by Cajun Chef Ryan on June 30, 2011 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

:: Everyday SOLE Food (Sustainable, Organic, Local, Ethical) ::

A SOLE Food Challenge is something I've been thinking about for ages now, just haven't had the time or energy so far this year, and really, I still don't. In an attempt to reduce the pressure I might put on myself by calling it a…


Added by dixiebelle on June 30, 2011 at 12:03am — 1 Comment

Milk: making butter

High Prairie Homestead

Added by amanda richards on June 29, 2011 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Garden Update

I know I've been updating you on the garden in the sidebar. But I couldn't help but show you what I've been… Continue

Added by Carol J. Alexander on June 27, 2011 at 11:40am — 2 Comments

Keeping it clean: My laundry soap recipe

The other day my sis asked me to share my recipe for laundry soap. It's very simple, but I'm not so good with measuring things. I tend to just make by feel (needless to say, I don't always have spectacular results). For the sake of passing on the info I'm going to make an attempt to quantify the process. I hobbled this particular laundry soap recipe together from various sources across the web. I've been making my own for so long that the process has evolved a bit to suit me, but you can…


Added by Aleah Weltha on June 26, 2011 at 12:30pm — 12 Comments

Fending Off Squash Pests

We're planning to grill the first squash from our garden tomorrow:  some zucchini and a variety of yellow squash.    I have to admit that the first to taste squash from our garden were pests.  And we may not have the yields of some conventional gardeners this year.  Yet, I don't regret our efforts to grow by organic methods.  …


Added by Flour Sack Mama on June 26, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

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