click map Twitter Instagram Pinterest Facebook

Archives for August 2014

Salt Potatoes

affiliate

I was almost 20 before I realized that most of the world has no idea what a salt potato is. I was in college when a friend of mine from Rhode Island mentioned that he had never had salt potatoes. Apparently it’s a central New York thing. I was shocked. Never had a salt potato? Didn’t know what they were? I’ve since made it a mission to share the buttery delight of salt potatoes with the world.

Salt Potatoes - The best potatoes you'll ever eat
[Read more…]

Cackle Hatchery Surprise Box – 6 Weeks Old

affiliate

Our surprise babies are 6 weeks old and I thought I’d share how they were doing. If you follow me on Facebook you might have seen some of their baby pictures!

Cackle Hatchery Surprise Box - Day 1
The Cackle Hatchery Hatchery’s Surprise box is basically an unknown quantity of poultry where you get at least 40 birds, when I was reading about it I saw that some people get ducks or turkeys in their boxes but we weren’t that lucky. [Read more…]

Saffron Prep – The Bed

affiliate

We’re trying Saffron again! The first round was a few years ago and it didn’t survive the chickens. I ordered 100 saffron crocus bulbs from Fedco, the ordering deadline is August 15th so hurry up if you’re in the market for some!

This time we’re planting it in it’s very own bed that’ll be over-planted with direct seeded annuals during the summer. Saffron crocuses bloom in the fall and the whole show takes place September-November. The bulbs are set for delivery after Labor day so the bed will be empty until then and leaving soil open is never a good plan so we’ll be filling in with a cover crop for now. The crocus won’t mind and a frost killed annual is the perfect bedfellow. No digging means no viciously murdering disturbing the bulbs with a shovel.

4x4 Perenial Veggie Beds
The box is 4×4 and will be placed next to the other 4×4 boxes we have set up for perennials in the vegetable garden. In the far corner of the garden I have a large L-shaped bed of asparagus, a 4×4 currently planted with leeks (it was strawberries but they didn’t survive the neglect, next year it will be horseradish), another 4×4 with Jerusalem artichokes and finally the new bed.  You can see the JA behind Alfie and the new bed behind that one. This one will have 1/2 hardware cloth across the bottom, the others don’t. It’s basically a giant version of the DIY Compost Sifter so I won’t rehash those instructions. [Read more…]

Farm Stand Stuffed Zucchini

affiliate

The inspiration for this dish is the baseball bat sized zucchini my brother-in-law provides us with each summer. Each zucchini is different and will hold a different amount so the filling is approximate and this is really more of a guideline than a recipe.

Farm Stand Stuffed Zucchini - make use of over gown zucchini by stuffing it with the best the season has to offer [Read more…]