Happy Birthday to Me

Another year is behind me and I find myself again feeling a little wiser for it. This year I decided to celebrate my birthday by enjoying all of my favorite things – my lovely family, some gorgeous landscapes and u-pick produce. Here is a photo-heavy recap. The first stop on my birthday celebration was lunch… Read more »

Tomatoes! Tomatoes! Tomatoes!

Our harvest baskets are bigger than ever this month and we are buried in tomatoes! I am happy to report our later-ripening Brandywines are in full swing. That means we have mounds of Sunburst cherries, San Marzano sauce and fat Brandywines all coming on at once. I have been chained to the canning pot, putting… Read more »

How to Make Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a rustic French dish that captures the best flavors of summer and distills them down in a richly flavored stew. It is the perfect recipe to make at the end of summer when you are harvesting everything at once from the garden. The recipe I love best is from the Gourmet cookbook and… Read more »

Tomatoes for Canning

Every week more and more jars of preserved goodies are added to our cupboard. Canning tomatoes is especially satisfying because I know we will blow through them this winter, as we always do. This year I am putting my efforts toward simply canned tomatoes (click link for recipe!). They are versatile to have in the… Read more »

Making Fig Preserves

Figs are the jewels of summer, only lasting a couple days once picked, and their subtle flavor is something to be savored. But when our Desert King was bent over with fruit, I had to find ways to preserve the harvest before the figs were too far gone. This year I decided to cook up… Read more »

Harvesting Aronia

Aronia is a gorgeous small shrub, more tree-like in shape, that produces heavy crops of dark blue fruit. The berries resemble blueberries, but are not nearly as sweet. They are however packed full of nutrients and a great addition to the homestead. The foliage turns a brilliant scarlet in the fall, making is as pretty… Read more »

Homestead Burger

Eggs, eggs, so many eggs! With three chickens and four ducks, we are in no short supply of eggs. I came up with a new favorite recipe this weekend to use them up: the Homestead Burger. It’s super simple, but another great way to use up all those chicken or duck eggs you might have… Read more »

Fresh Fig Pizza

Figs have to be one the best tasting fruits on the planet. These little gems only last a couple days though once picked, which is why you typically only see dried figs sold in stores. Our amazing Desert King fig tree produces a heavy crop of juicy fruit in late summer. Although most of the… Read more »

Late Summer Broccoli

Late summer has produced broccoli plants with thick stalks ready for harvest. As hard as we try, there is far too much for us to stay on top of. It’s time to think about saving seed for next year and preserving the harvest for the winter months. Broccoli produces lovely yellow flowers that will develop… Read more »

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