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My visit to see the turkeys at River Ridge Farms disrupted their latest move from one stretch of pasture to another. Verlinda Waters had the tractor backed up to move the large wooden roost she and her husband had built by hand. One turkey sat leisurely atop the roost while the other gobblers gathered around a water pan and their keeper was polite enough to chat with me. These preening, lavish birds were accustomed to…
She typically wakes in the middle of the night, inspired to draw out another original pattern. The only book she ever publshed quickly sold out. And yes, she's still stitching at 101-years-young. Meet Aunt Lena and learn more about her passion for quilting at http://FlourSackMama.com.
Students returning to campus at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville will have a fitting alternative to the usual fast-food destinations. Their classmates in the organic crop production program are serving up a fresh market with food and entertainment planned through mid-October.
Students can shop the UT Market without having to…
Added by Flour Sack Mama on August 13, 2011 at 4:48pm — No Comments
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.…
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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. …
If you've eaten a lettuce salad, some fruit or even nuts today, chances are you have a bee to thank. Even if you don't eat honey, that delectable byproduct of the bee's busy work, you wouldn't be dining well at all…
Added by Flour Sack Mama on June 16, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Roasted beet salad, fresh local spinach and scallions sound like menu details from an upscale restaurant. They're what's new this spring at the cafeteria of Takoma Regional Hospital in Greeneville, Tennessee. Chef Mary Goldman is excited to include some fresh, local produce for the first time this year. A chef getting a say over wholesale food orders for her…Continue
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What a fun weekend it's been to visit the Asheville Herb Festival in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The narrow market sheds were brimming with the colors of flowers,…
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For years, weeds outpaced the other plants and pint-sized specimens burst out of their boundaries. When no one was tending them, the leafy residents of this secret garden hid the promise of what would come. Come visit behind the garden doors, starting Monday at the Flour Sack…Continue
Added by Flour Sack Mama on March 19, 2011 at 11:38pm — No Comments
Spring is already bursting with life at our house, two weeks before the official start of the season. We're being blessed with an early start to a plentiful crop of vegetables. The lettuce and broccoli seeds are happily germinating in abundance, less than a week after being planted in little indoor containers.
It's no wonder, now that I read the…Continue
Added by Flour Sack Mama on March 5, 2011 at 5:12pm — No Comments
How would you like to visit your local grocery store feeling like you owned the place? Having a real say in the way products were chosen and sold? Getting a refund back at the end of the year because you'd loyally done so much shopping there? You can, if you choose to join a community-owned food cooperative. These co-ops are owned by consumers just like you who decide to get directly involved.
Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 23, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments
The latest winter snow has thawed to reveal golden wisps of dormant grass blowing gently in the meadow called Cades Cove. While horses still graze on other fields nearby, much of the grasslands lay unused except by the wildest of creatures. Small mammals like rabbits and fowl such as quail can more likely find a place to hide from their predators when they have native clumps of grass like broomsedge in their natural habitat. Yet, fescue has claimed most of the land, choking out several…Continue
Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 17, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments