Elden and I still like Dave Hanlon’s homemade bread the very best, but Duluth’s Best Bread has been making some Stone’s Throw Farm members (and their farmer) very happy each week late this season. Yesterday we got our first delivery of their croissants, and I think I saw some drool out there on the porch where farm members pick up their shares.

Our CSA season is ending next week, so I was happy to see via the DNT that I can pick up a few loaves at the DBB bakery when I need good bread this winter. (Psst, that means you Duluthians can get it, too.)

Starting last week, they opened their doors to the public, but only on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., selling their 1- and 2-pound sourdough bread loaves for $4.50 and $7, $1 off the usual price, and selling croissants for $3, a 50-cent discount.

But their focus is not on having a retail store.

“It’s not our goal at all to have people come in and buy,” said Robert Lillegard, 29, a freelance food writer who wrote “The Duluth Grill Cookbook.” “It’s to make good-quality bread and get it out to people where they are.”

They count Perk Place, Alakef Cup, the Whole Foods Co-op and Lake Avenue Cafe in Duluth and Wednesday Bakery in Superior as among their customers. They also sell their loaves through local farmers markets and Stones Throw Farm, a community-supported agriculture program.

“We’re slowly introducing it to places that appreciate it,” Robert said. “People really like it. If there’s an office with at least 10 people who want it, we’ll make deliveries to offices.”

Band together, folks!

Today we say good-bye to our 4 piggies. They’ve been good company.

I’m way behind on photo posting; here’s what’s been happening at Stone’s Throw Farm (below).

Farm member Don Whitehead sent a guide to freezing kale that made me smile:


Step 2


Step 1


Step 3

3 Easy Steps
1.  Collect Kale for 3 weeks
2.  Prepare 56 Cups of uncooked Kale
3.  Freeze 16 cups of blanched Kale

It’s nice to know that all the kale I’ve been setting out hasn’t gone to waste!

My dad wanted me to take photos of the farm fields when everything was looking green & vibrant … I still haven’t gotten around to it, and now the grass is browning up due to the recent heat and dry weather. Sorry, Dad! I do have a few little pics I took with my sub-par camera phone. Thanks to drip irrigation, all the hot crops have been loving the weather. We picked 170 pounds of snap peas last Monday, because they practically all ripened at once. I’m looking forward to cooler weather this coming week.

Thanks to Eddy Gilmore for visiting Stone’s Throw Farm last Sunday and writing about our little farming community in Wrenshall. On his blog, Ed’s Big Adventure, Eddy explains his services as a profiler of interesting people thusly:

What I bring to you is an innate ability to become intensely impassioned for your subject through the lens of a third party with keen observational skills. I am a great conversationalist, will travel out to your location, and will spend hours chatting with or about your subject. The point of this isn’t to merely glean facts, but to find footholds of interest for myself so I may write an engaging story.”

I found his statement to be true — I am not a good conversationalist but I enjoyed talking to Eddy, who seemed genuinely interested. Without taking notes, he got (almost!) all of the details I shared correct and wrote about his experience skillfully. Eddy was generous enough to share a copy of his memoir, The Emancipation of a Buried Man, which I very much look forward to reading — get your own copy here.


As everyone says around here, “Summer is short in Duluth.” It’s not officially summer yet, so it’s especially nice that it’s been feeling like summer around here! Almost all the veggies love it, I love it . . . the only ones who really wish for cooler temps are the piggies. They like it about 50-60 degrees, so we try to keep them cool with water- and mud-baths when necessary. Check out a couple new videos of the pigs at the bottom of this post. As you can see, they’re very social and didn’t understand why I wasn’t getting in the pen with them to give them back scratches!

Besides its future use as a potting shed/winter greenhouse, the shipping container also makes a good place to take overview photos of the farm. Everything is cooking along pretty well; the only big thing left to get into the ground is the peppers, which we should be able to accomplish in the next few days.

We’ve had some excitement at Stone’s Throw Farm lately — farm member Jennifer Gutowski brought her boys and their Cub Scout troop out for a little tour one evening. They especially enjoyed wheeling our row marker around and taking turns with the wheel hoe. We also got a shipping container delivered for use as a potting shed; Elden plans to insulate it and attach a hoop greenhouse on the south side. This will allow me to start seeds at the farm instead of using the basement at my parents’ house 3 miles away! Our neighbor John Laveau set the container into place for us with his excavator (thanks, John). The piggies are doing great and getting hooked on back scratches. They’re still a little shy when big groups of Cub Scouts stop by, though!


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