Turning a Farming Hobby into Money

Small-scale-farming-w Photo: Timothy Boucher’s Lettuce Operation.

I’ve been growing food since I was 12 years old. That summer, I hand-dug a quarter acre garden in one of our unused horse fields  and I’ve never looked back.

It’s provided a never-ending source of enjoyment and satisfaction for me through the years.

No matter how crazy life might get, all I need to do is take a walk in my garden to lift my spirits.

As I’ve gotten more proficient and efficient, I’ve dabbled with the thought of selling locally. I figure it’s something I can do into my old age. And so I’ve been collecting resources and information to have at the ready when I […]

Best Black Bean and Corn Salad Recipe

confetti-saladWI know, there are a bazillion salsa/salad recipes, so why do you need another one? Of all my dishes, this one NEVER fails to get rave reviews–no matter how fussy the eaters! There’s something about the combination of flavors that seems to make every mouth happy.  Even though it’s really just a tricked out Black Bean and Corn Salad, it’s been dubbed “Confetti Salad” at our house because it’s so colorful.

The great thing about this salsa is that you can vary ingredients or amounts to your heart’s content, and it will still taste great! Without further ado–here’s the recipe:

Confetti Salad Recipe

  • 1 can of black beans rinsed
  • 1 can of white shoepeg corn […]
By |2016-10-24T09:56:20-04:00June 13th, 2015|My Garden / Recipes|2 Comments

Spring is… Springing

I can’t really say Spring has sprung yet because we’re about two weeks behind where we normally are at this time. But it’s definitely springing!

garden-start-2015

My herb and perennials garden looks to have survived the winter in one piece. Read on to view my garden by the numbers.

  1. Chives are growing.
  2. Compost is being added to replenish nutrients.
  3. If you like fresh herbs, Oregano is an easy perennial.
  4. Be careful where you plant mint, as it gets pretty invasive. But I love mint so I don’t mind.
  5. Parsley is starting to take off already.
  6. Garlic planted last fall is greening up.
  7. Wink is wondering what the heck I’m doing up on the deck when he is down below.
By |2016-10-24T09:56:20-04:00April 18th, 2015|My Garden / Recipes|0 Comments

Good Ol’ Standby

Betty Crocker 1976 CookbookWith the holidays fast approaching, I’m  starting to dig through favorite recipes to get a jump on some of the cooking.

While it’s true that my cookbook tastes lean toward the East, as in Middle Eastern, Indian, Japanese…  I do have my old American standbys for everyday and not-so-everyday dishes.

For instance, I still have this Betty Crocker cookbook my parents gave me when I moved into my first apartment waaaay back when.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I have dozens of its recipes committed to memory, from such frequent use.  Sometimes simple and straight forward is best.

I will also admit that there is some pretty weird schtuffff […]

By |2020-08-25T09:51:39-04:00December 22nd, 2013|My Garden / Recipes|2 Comments

Gardening in November– Sort of…

Even though I put my gardens to bed last month, I’ve still got garden dirt under my nails. That’s because Cait has conscripted me to help her get her biology project started.

Biology Project

She asked me to get 30 pea seeds to grow so that she can then see how they fare with various amounts of water everyday. As you can see, she has 6 groups of 5 plants that she will be summarily stunting to various degrees by over or under-watering. 

I made her move them into her room because it kinda goes against my nature to deliberately try to kill anything–even for the sake of science. I know… I’m a wuss.

Anyway, I’m […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:25-04:00November 17th, 2013|.Cait and Me, My Garden / Recipes|0 Comments

Grilled or Pesto — Use Those Scapes!

scapeI’ve spent most of the morning pinching scapes off my garlic plants. And in case you didn’t know it, scapes are quite a delicacy — right up there with fiddlehead ferns in my book!

Both have a short window for when they’re available though. While I’m lucky enough to grab them fresh, straight from the garden, chances are that you can find them at your local farmers market right about NOW! If you do find some, here are two of my favorite recipes for them.

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Grilled ScapesGrilled Scape Recipe

For quick and immediate enjoyment, I’ll grill a bunch […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:26-04:00June 22nd, 2013|My Garden / Recipes|1 Comment
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