Dried Bean Harvest

KevinFall Veg, From the Garden, Vegetables6 Comments

It has been a pretty memorable gardening year – having converted so much lawn into garden, we’ve had more produce around than ever, both in quantity and diversity. An unexpected treat at the end of the season is these guys – dried beans. I suppose it’s relevant that I am a big fan of dried beans, and have a soft … Read More

I’m Thankful for This Soup

KevinBacon, Charcuterie, Dairy, Fall Veg, Foraging, From Local Farms, From the Cellar, From the Garden, From The Wild, Mushrooms, Nature's Green Acres, Pork, Smoky Valley Goat Cheese, Vegetables3 Comments

I’ve been really grateful for the abundance around me lately. I feel a little like I’ve won the lottery [I don’t buy tickets]. This soup kind of summed up my happiness of late. It’s a purée of winter squashes from my former lawned front yard, with celery and leek from my backyard garden + a whack of chevre from Holly. … Read More

Ginormous Veg Fun

KevinFall Veg, From the Garden, Vegetables9 Comments

Our friend Maki [who happens to live down the street] was talkin’ smack about their giant tomato. Yup. They’re gonna take it in the tomato category this year – but I’m pretty confident we’ve got it in the carrot category. I’m gonna pickle this sucker into many, many jars.

Killing-Frost Harvest Sprint 2010

KevinApples, Fall Veg, From the Garden, Fruit from the Yard, Vegetables3 Comments

The forecast tonight? -4C!?! The ‘big white combine‘, as farmer-friend Andreas puts it, cometh. It was go-time in our yard today. We started with harvesting the tomatoes [nearly all green], then the fall squashes, any remaining summer squashes, the cucumbers, celery, celeriac, the significant beet crop, onions, shallots, pole beans, bush beans of many types – and a couple hundred … Read More

Bumper Beans

KevinFall Veg, From the Garden, Vegetables6 Comments

Didn’t I just pick these?!? 1.9 kg – or just over 4 lbs. Good thing I have a load of guests around this weekend who will likely be into eating a bunch of garden produce. But I’d better figure out a good way to preserve some of these, as it’s getting tough to keep up. This is the first time … Read More

August Abundance

KevinFall Veg, From the Garden, Summer, Vegetables5 Comments

It’s a little sad that the leaves are starting to change colors. We only start getting them in May up here, so seeing signs of their departure only 3 short months later somehow seems unfair. But those signs also are indicators of extremely exciting things knocking on our calendar’s doorstep: garden harvest, fruit harvest and winemaking, shaggy mane hunting, butchering … Read More

Smoky Valley Goat Cheese – Feta

KevinDairy, Fall Veg, From Local Farms, From the Garden, Smoky Valley Goat Cheese, Vegetables2 Comments

No, their goat feta is not pink. It’s fantastically textured, confidently salty – but decidedly not pink [it was the roasted forono and bull’s blood beets’ fault]. We’ve recently had feta from what I thought would be  a fairly good source: the Italian Centre [I heart the ICS]. But this stuff killed it. No competition. The more I try their … Read More