Wednesday, November 1, 2017


  We're excited to be growing a new crop on the farm: chayotes.  This vegetable of Mexican origin can be eaten raw or cooked.  It is very similar in use to yellow summer squash, though it should be steamed to soften before adding to stir-fries.  Chayotes grow on aggressive vines, so a strong trellis is needed.  We had one growing along a grape trellis and another we had grow up an apricot tree.  Chayotes are one of just a few perennial vegetables, meaning it will come back next year if the roots are well mulched through winter.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Planting for next year

We're almost at the end of the season but it's time to start planting again, for next year.  Today we seeded our onion seed into a cold frame.  They'll grow here this winter protected with glass.  Then come March we'll set out the little onion plants.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Homegrown pasta

Cooking from scratch means pasta is a special treat not an everyday food. The dough is a mix of eggs and our bread wheat.  We role the dough through the pasta roller and cut into fettuccine. We boil the noodles for a few minutes then top with a sauce of tomato, ground beef, onion, garlic, basil, and shitake mushrooms. Nothing like a plate full of homegrown food!


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Homegrown tortillas just got easier

Hominy, hominy ground in a corona mill, tortilla in the new press, fried tortillas
Sometimes, a new tool can make all the difference.  We recently bought a cast iron tortilla press.   After the first tortilla, Melissa was convinced we should have gotten one years ago.  The tortilla was a beautiful perfect circle and the right thickness.  But most important, the press was really quick and even the younger kids could help with great results.  While we enjoy cooking our heirloom white corn into hominy fairly often, making tortillas was more for special occasions.  The press has made it possible for homemade tortillas to be more of a staple for us, including frying tortilla chips after the day old extras.  (The press was just $20 at Compare Foods in Statesville.)

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017