Ratatouille at 1840 Farm

For me, ratatouille is a celebration of our summer garden harvest.  I often think of this dish as I’m planning the next year’s garden, adding seeds to my shopping cart in anticipation of planting, tending, and harvesting the fresh ingredients that put this meal on our dinner table.  I chooseRead More →

Heirloom Tomato Pico de Gallo Gold Branded

  When heirloom tomatoes are ripening by the basket full in our garden, I experiment with all sorts of ways to feature them on our farmhouse table.  I really love preparations that require little to no cooking, allowing the natural texture and delicious flavor of an heirloom tomato to beRead More →

RaspberryRhubarbSyrupBranded

Here in New England, we’re still counting the days until it is safe to plant our tender perennials in the gardens.  Heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, and the like are all being held in the farmhouse under lights until our overnight temperatures are warm enough to not cause damage to thoseRead More →

Savory Husk Cherry and Rosemary Jam Branded

    Husk Cherries (Physalis pruinosa) are related to the tomatillo and tomato.  They share the same scientific family with tomatoes and the same genus as the tomatillo.  The marble shaped fruits are sweet and earthy with a tropical note.  Their flavor defies easy explanation.  Each bite is equal partsRead More →

West Indian Heirloom Gherkin at 1840 Farm

West Indian Burr Gherkin Cucumis anguria Planting Depth: 1″ below the soil’s surface Plant Spacing: 12 inch hills containing 6-8 seeds each Row Spacing:  18-24 inches Days to Maturity:  60-65 The West Indian Burr Gherkin is a native of Africa.  It is believed that it was brought to the CaribbeanRead More →

Photo Aug 24, 1 14 40 PM

Mother Nature was kind enough to give us warmer temperatures and abundant sunshine this week.  The garden responded by ripening a bounty of heirloom tomatoes, squash, eggplant, and herbs.  We’re in the midst of making the most of the harvest:  eating something fresh and delicious every day and preserving theRead More →

1840 Farm

The last week has marked the start of heirloom tomato season which is news worth celebrating!  We’ve also been busy baking and cooking in the farmhouse kitchen.  Here’s a glimpse at what’s been going on here at 1840 Farm during the last week.Read More →

I am proud to introduce you to 1840 Farm’s newest sponsor:  Mike the Gardener’s Seeds of the Month Club.  The Seeds of the Month Club offers a unique opportunity to receive a collection of open pollinated, heirloom, non-GMO seed varieties delivered to your mailbox each month.  Their club offers seasonedRead More →

The 1840 Farm Pollinators Garden

French Marigolds have a centuries old secret:  they aren’t really French.  It is believed that they made their way to France in the 1500s.  An illustration of a striped French Marigold appeared as early as a 1791 edition of Curtis’ Botanical Magazine.  This marigold was described as being yellow withRead More →

The Easy Keepers Garden Heirloom Seed Collection

We have been growing heirlooms here at 1840 Farm since 2006.  Every summer, we embark on a challenge that lasts through the entire growing season:  we try to grow heirloom tomatoes from seed.  For added fun, we add in a geography component to the challenge. Here in New England, weRead More →

Tennis Ball Heirloom Lettuce at 1840 Farm

Tennis Ball Lettuce was found in the United States as early as the eighteenth century.  It was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson.  He grew it in the famed garden at Monticello beginning in 1809.  When describing Tennis Ball, he wrote, “it does not require so much care and attention” asRead More →