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    Meet Annabel

    by  • September 14, 2014 • 4 Comments

    Since Devie the coonhound died in December we’ve been missing a big dog. Our spring and summer were so busy with the kitchen, guests, travel, and farming that we knew we had to wait so that we’d have the time to devote to training a new dog. We said that after Labor Day weekend,...

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    If Canning Jars Leaked But Sealed, Are They OK?

    by  • September 5, 2014 • 0 Comments

    When I’m asked the same question by three different people in three days, I know it must be a hot topic worthy of discussion. Here’s the scenario: You’ve made stock, applesauce, or peaches in syrup. You carefully ladle it into hot jars with the recommended headspace and dutifully can the recommended length of time...

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    Homegrown Home-canned Salsa {Recipe}

    by  • September 3, 2014 • 4 Comments

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    Home-canned salsa. It sounds so simple and yet many people struggle to make something that’s “just right”. The first recipe I tried was too watery. The next was too bland and the third had a too-cooked texture.  These were all a disappointing use of homegrown tomatoes and peppers! Then finally last year my friend...

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    Produce Your Own Produce Mural #projectfreelove

    by  • August 29, 2014 • 4 Comments

    finished produce your own produce mural

    A few weeks ago, we were given the most amazing gift. Sarah Hout, a professional muralist, chose our garage for her Project Free Love, a three free murals endeavor. She came over for a short interview during which I showed her the gardens and told her how much I love the victory garden propaganda style...

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    Homemade Dry Cured Ham {Silent Sunday}

    by  • August 18, 2014 • 2 Comments

    slicing dry cured ham

            1. Alex, thrilled by the finished dry cured ham. This ham was pressed and salted for two weeks and hung to dry until it lost 30% of its weight, about six months. 2. Wishing he had a wooden ham vice. 3. Trying to achieve the perfect thin slice. 4. Pile...

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    No-Till Garden Beds By Hand With A Broadfork

    by  • August 7, 2014 • 1 Comment

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    You’ve pulled out your summer crops. Now what? It’s time to prepare the beds for a fall crop, cover, or mulch before winter. I use a broadfork and Garden Claw to gently aerate and cultivate the soil. No-till methods like this are found to enhance the productivity of the soil, and besides, tillers are...

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    2014 Garlic Harvest, Curing and Storage

    by  • August 1, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    What’s the big mess? Just the 2014 garlic harvest in action. We harvested over 100 heads of garlic for ourselves, gifts, and sharing. Here’s how to cure and store garlic: Harvesting Garlic First, we waited until the bottom sets of leaves of the garlic turned brown. Harvest too early and the bulbs will not...

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    Seed Garlic Vs. Farmers’ Market – Garlic Harvest 2014

    by  • July 29, 2014 • 2 Comments

    harvested garlic out of ground

    In October 2013, my friend Kate and I decided to undertake a little research project. We wanted to know how organic seed garlic purchased through City Folk’s Farm Shop from Seeds of Change compared to large, fully developed cloves from reputable farmers’ market growers. Many garlic growers keep back their own seed stock and...

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    Wild Estes Park Colorado {Silent Sunday}

    by  • July 27, 2014 • 0 Comments

    climbing in estes park

      1) Bouldering in an Estes Park City Park  2) Face painting at Highland Farmers Market in Denver 3) Market sign at Highland Farmers Market 4) Lil collecting hail in one of three hail storms 5) Wildflowers in Estes Park (We later learned that the pink thistle is invasive.) 6) Alex throwing a snowball...

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    A Gift of Green BEAN Delivery

    by  • July 22, 2014 • 0 Comments

    green bean delivery review

    A few weeks ago, the fine folks at Green B.E.A.N. contacted me about some updates in the works. I reviewed Green B.E.A.N. a few years ago and concluded then that the service was useful and cost effective, so I was interested to see what was new. My brother in law and his wife recently...

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