Season’s Greetings


Mouse tracks on the porch.


Bunny tracks.


2015 Harvest Fest



Common questions I get at the Lake Superior Harvest Festival (this Saturday at Bayfront Park in Duluth, 10 am – 4 pm) include “What is celeriac?” “What do you do with eggplant?” “What are poblano peppers?” and so forth. To make things easier this year, I thought I’d post a few recommended recipes here to point folks to.

Creamy Celeriac Soup

Roasted Celery Root, Red Onions, Mushrooms, and Sage

Creamy Baked Leeks

Roasted Poblano Salsa

Roasted Jalapeno Poppers

Baba Ganouj (Eggplant Dip)

Roasted Beet Pesto

Cayenne Pepper Recipe Collection

momcarrotsNormally, my parents would be helping me get ready for the Fest, but my mom is recovering from a recent surgery, so they’re at home in western Iowa. I’m happy to report that she’s doing great.

I have very good help here, but I’ve just been thinking of all the bunching, bagging, and washing my mom has done for me in the past — thanks, Mom!

See the rest of you at the Fest.

Just another walk around the farm with the camera …. It’s been a warm summer for us, and rather dry since we got 3 inches of rain at once about a month ago. We’re approaching the halfway point of CSA deliveries, and most everything has been growing pretty well.

Everything is lush and green right now here … it rained yesterday morning and it’s currently raining with more in the forecast, so it might get a little soggy again. At least I don’t have to irrigate, and the lettuce is happy!

The pigs like puddles, and apparently it’s fun to run back and forth through the old hay ring that my dad rigged up to provide shade for them (see below).

Our builder finished up the porch on Friday (thanks, Steve), but Elden is now putting up the ceiling in there, so it’s still a construction zone.

June. Period.

I took these photos yesterday evening, but we all got so much done today that they’re outdated already! At the bottom is a video of the piggies for the pig lovers out there.


Our piggies arrived at Stone’s Throw Farm on Saturday — check them out below. Also, a farm member sent a photo of Reese, who is a big fan of last season’s beets, apparently! I haven’t taken photos of the veggies, but we have a passel of seedlings ready to transplant as soon as it dries out a bit.

Our awesome contractors (led by Steve Johnson) are working hard to finish the new house, and though there’s a lot left to do, it’s getting there! One of the main features inside is wood paneling made out of a set of Douglas fir farm sale bleachers we got from my grandfather. The door and window trim is also made from the same set of bleachers. Elden and I painted the interior and have stained most of the woodwork (though there’s still more to do), which has been keeping us busy on weekends.

Spring seems to finally be here and my seedlings in the greenhouse are happy to see the sun. I’m hoping we can move in to the farm house before ALL of the plants need to go into the ground!

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