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The Three Sisters Garden Heirloom Seed Collection

Throughout the year, we produce as much food for our family table as possible here at 1840 Farm.  We span the calendar year from spring’s maple syrup to summer’s garden produce to fall and winter’s fresh eggs from the coop and milk from our dairy goat herd.  Each season and crop has a purpose.

Each year, the beans, corn, and squash grown in our garden will be featured on our Thanksgiving table.  These three crops can be grown in a variety of ways in the garden, but I like to use an interplanting technique that may be as old as Thanksgiving itself.   Planting a Three Sisters Garden will provide delicious produce for our November celebration and allow us to participate in an American history lesson right outside our farmhouse door.

The Three Sisters Garden may very well be the first instance of the companion planting technique that gardeners still use today.  There is a wonderful old legend about the Three Sisters Garden that involves a Native American woman who had three daughters who struggled to peacefully coexist.

The legend tells the tale of her brilliant method for showing her daughters the value of diversity and peaceful coexistence.  She planted the three crops of corn, beans, and squash together to show her daughters that together, they could support each other yet retain their own individuality.  As members of the group, they were stronger than they could possibly be as individuals.

While some historians disagree regarding the historical accuracy of the story, the legend of the and its gardening technique have endured through the centuries.   In fact, artwork of a woman tending a Three Sisters Garden appears on the reverse side of the Sacajawea US Dollar coin that was released in 2009.  Now you can help to preserve the legend with The 1840 Farm Three Sisters Garden Heirloom Collection.

Last year, we offered a collection of three heirloom varieties used by the Wampanoag Tribe to our customers in our Three Sisters Garden Collection.  This year, our The Sisters Garden Collection features four historic heirloom varieties.  We have paired the original three heirlooms with a sunflower that was named for the Hidatsa Tribes that also famously planted corn, maize, and squash as companions in their gardens.  The 2014 Three Sisters Garden Collection includes four historic heirloom varieties:

Hidatsa Sunflower
Long Island Cheese Squash
Stowell’s Evergreen Sweet Corn
Sunset Runner Bean

To plant a Three Sisters Garden, prepare a mound of garden soil approximately 48 inches wide.  Amending the soil with compost will help to improve the productivity of each of the crops during the growing season.  After the danger of frost has passed, plant the corn in the mound, making a circle about 24 inches in diameter.   Plant four to six seeds in each inch deep hole.   Space the corn plantings about 8 inches apart along the perimeter of the circle.

Once the corn has grown to between 4-6 inches tall, plant the bean seeds.  Evenly space the beans around the base of each corn stalk.  Seven to ten days after planting the beans, plant the squash seeds.  Plant 2-3 squash seeds in each of three or four holes inside the circle of corn and beans.

Planting corn, bean, and squash together is a sustainable method of companion planting, allowing each plant to help contribute to the success of the other varieties.  The towering corn stalks serve as a trellis for the climbing beans, allowing them to be grown without the need for a supplemental support system.  As the beans grow, they help to enrich the soil.  Their roots produce nitrogen which feeds the corn and squash plants throughout the growing season.

In the Three Sisters Garden, the large leaves of the squash plant shelter the soil, suppressing weed growth and discouraging pests from damaging the trio of crops.  The prickly vines of the squash plant deter pests from the garden and help to protect the developing crops.  The flowery blooms of the bean and squash plants help to attract pollinators to the garden, increasing the productivity of the entire garden.

The sunflowers can be planted along with the other three varieties in the Three Sisters Garden.  Their bright blooms will help to attract pollinators to your garden. When spent, the large flower heads can be harvested for their delicious seeds or shared with your flock as a nutritious treat.

I look forward to showcasing produce directly from the garden at 1840 Farm on this year’s Thanksgiving table.  Beans, corn, and squash will join spinach, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and fresh herbs in our favorite holiday dishes.  Enjoying this homegrown produce on our family table will make our holiday celebration even more memorable.

The Three Sisters Garden Collection is available in The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.  The 2014 Heirloom Seed Collection is a collaboration between 1840 Farm and Fresh Eggs Daily.  Together, we have curated our favorite heirloom varieties into collections that are ideally suited for growing together.  The heirloom, non-GMO seeds in our collection are from family owned seed purveyor Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.

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This year, 1840 Farm offers five heirloom seed collections for purchase. The 1840 Farm Favorites Garden includes six of our favorite varieties to plant in the gardens here at 1840 Farm. The Easy Keepers Garden includes four varieties that are perfect for the beginning gardener and can be sown directly into a small garden plot or containers. The Pollinators Garden features six flowering plants that will help to attract beneficial pollinators to your garden. Our Three Sisters Garden includes four packets of seed that allow you to enjoy delicious produce and an American history lesson as you put into practice one of the oldest forms of companion planting.   The Tomato Lover’s Garden features six of our favorite heirloom tomato varieties.

We invite you to join The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook and Fresh Eggs Daily on Facebook to share updates from your garden and keep up to date on what we’re harvesting from our heirloom gardens. We’ll also be sharing regular garden updates along with fresh, seasonal recipes in our 1840 Farm Community Newsletter and The Fresh Eggs Daily Newsletter.  In the meantime, you can view photos from the gardens at 1840 Farm by visiting our Garden Photo Tour.  More photos will be added as we progress through the 2014 growing season.

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Sunset Runner Heirloom Bean

The Sunset Runner Bean is beloved for its ability to bring beauty and a nutritious crop to your garden plot.  The beautiful salmon pink colored blooms are unique to the sunset variety of runner bean.  The vines can grow to be six feet tall and make a wonderful climbing vine for arbors and trellises.  Continually harvesting the pods will encourage the plant to keep producing until the first freeze.

While there are many varieties of runner beans, the sunset is unique in many ways.  First, the seeds are a beautiful, dark black color. The climbing vines bear their beautiful pink blossoms early and continue to produce edible pods and beans during the growing season.   While some beans have only one purpose in the kitchen, the Sunset Runner Bean is delicious when used as a fresh snap bean, canned or frozen for later use, or as a dried bean.

The Sunset Heirloom Runner Bean is one of the most beautiful plants that we grow in the garden at 1840 Farm.  Its hardy vine and beautiful flowers are a constant throughout the summer.  We love to walk through the paths in between the raised beds and snap fresh pods straight off the vine.  Most of them are eaten right in the garden and never make it back to the farmhouse.  Those that do are blanched briefly before being sautéed lightly in butter.  Either way, they’re a delicious, healthy treat straight from the garden.

The Sunset Runner Heirloom Bean is one of the four varieties included in our Three Sisters Garden Heirloom Seed Collection available in The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.  The 2014 Heirloom Seed Collection is a collaboration between 1840 Farm and Fresh Eggs Daily.  Together, we have curated our favorite heirloom varieties into collections that are ideally suited for growing together.  The heirloom, non-GMO seeds in our collection are from family owned seed purveyor Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.

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We invite you to join The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook and Fresh Eggs Daily on Facebook to share updates from your garden and keep up to date on what we’re harvesting from our heirloom gardens. We’ll also be sharing regular garden updates along with fresh, seasonal recipes in our 1840 Farm Community Newsletter and The Fresh Eggs Daily Newsletter.  In the meantime, you can view photos from the gardens at 1840 Farm by visiting our Garden Photo Tour.  More photos will be added as we progress through the 2014 growing season.


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Stowell’s Evergreen Heirloom Sweet Corn

Biting into a perfectly ripe ear of sweet corn is a summer rite of passage.  There’s just something about the sweet, juicy flavor of sweet corn that instantly transports me back to my childhood.  When I watch my children enjoying an ear of corn grown in our garden, I know that they are building a memory that will stay with them for years to come.

Stowell’s Evergreen is an heirloom variety that dates back to the mid 1800s.  Nathaniel Stowell lovingly crafted this sweet corn by crossing Menomony Soft Corn and Northern Sugar Corn.  The resulting corn combined the best traits from both.

In 1855, Nathaniel agreed to sell two ears of seed corn to a friend with the understanding that they would only be used in his family garden.  They settled on a price of $4.00.  Unfortunately for Mr. Stowell, his friend promptly sold those two ears to an established seed company for an incredible $20,000!  In 1856, Thoburn and Company Seed offered Stowell’s seed for sale to their customers.

More than 150 years have passed since Nathaniel watched as his beloved sweet corn’s future slipped between his fingers.  Somehow, I feel like I’m helping to right a wrong when I plant these heirloom seeds in our family garden.  I can only imagine that Mr. Stowell hoped that generations of family farmers and gardeners would lovingly grow his corn for their family.  I hope that you will join me in growing Stowell’s Evergreen Heirloom Sweet Corn for your family’ table.

Stowell’s Evergreen Heirloom Sweet Corn is one of the four varieties included in our Three Sisters Garden Heirloom Seed Collection available in The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.  The 2014 Heirloom Seed Collection is a collaboration between 1840 Farm and Fresh Eggs Daily.  Together, we have curated our favorite heirloom varieties into collections that are ideally suited for growing together.  The heirloom, non-GMO seeds in our collection are from family owned seed purveyor Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.

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We invite you to join The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook and Fresh Eggs Daily on Facebook to share updates from your garden and keep up to date on what we’re harvesting from our heirloom gardens. We’ll also be sharing regular garden updates along with fresh, seasonal recipes in our 1840 Farm Community Newsletter and The Fresh Eggs Daily Newsletter.  In the meantime, you can view photos from the gardens at 1840 Farm by visiting our Garden Photo Tour.  More photos will be added as we progress through the 2014 growing season.


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Long Island Cheese Heirloom Squash

There are few images more synonymous with autumn than that of a ribbed, round pumpkin.  Each fall, the Long Island Cheese Heirloom Squash grown in our garden move inside the house.  They decorate the farmhouse during the season and through our Thanksgiving holiday.  Once fall turns to winter and Thanksgiving yields to Christmas, those beautiful squash are stored for serving at our family table.

Throughout the fall and winter, we use each squash in our favorite hearty dishes.  We clean each squash, cubing the flesh before freezing it for use in a variety of dishes throughout the long New England winter.  The seeds become a healthy treat for the heritage breed hens that live here at 1840 Farm.  They eagerly greet us at the door of their run when squash seeds are on the menu.

I love pumpkins of every size, shape, and color.  The Long Island Cheese is perhaps my favorite.  Its appearance is unique, with a slightly flattened shape and heavy ribbing.  Its skin is smooth with tan undertones.  The name originates from its strong resemblance to a wheel of cheese.

The Long Island Cheese Squash is very well suited for use in pies and pureed dishes.  The flavor is slightly sweet with a balanced earthiness.  When fully cooked, its texture is smooth and velvety.  It is equally delicious is savory and sweet preparations.

The Long Island Cheese stores very well.  It’s not uncommon to find whole squash in the farmhouse at 1840 Farm long after we have celebrated the arrival of the New Year.  As soon as we have finished the last cube of squash, we begin dreaming of planting the next crop of Long Island Cheese in the gardens at 1840 Farm.

The Long Island Cheese Heirloom Squash is one of the four varieties included in our Three Sisters Garden Heirloom Seed Collection available in The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.  The 2014 Heirloom Seed Collection is a collaboration between 1840 Farm and Fresh Eggs Daily.  Together, we have curated our favorite heirloom varieties into collections that are ideally suited for growing together.  The heirloom, non-GMO seeds in our collection are from family owned seed purveyor Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.

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We invite you to join The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook and Fresh Eggs Daily on Facebook to share updates from your garden and keep up to date on what we’re harvesting from our heirloom gardens. We’ll also be sharing regular garden updates along with fresh, seasonal recipes in our 1840 Farm Community Newsletter and The Fresh Eggs Daily Newsletter.  In the meantime, you can view photos from the gardens at 1840 Farm by visiting our Garden Photo Tour.  More photos will be added as we progress through the 2014 growing season.


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Isis Candy Cherry Heirloom Tomato

2006 was the first summer we lived at 1840 Farm.  That year, we planted a small garden with a handful of heirloom tomato varieties.  We were new to heirloom gardening and selected the varieties for that year’s garden in a very non-scientific manner.  We simply chose heirlooms with names that drew us to them.  A tomato named “Isis Candy Cherry” sounded beautiful and sweet, a combination that we couldn’t wait to watch ripen in our tiny garden.

We were thrilled when an Isis Candy Cherry was the very first tomato to ripen.  It was indeed beautiful and sweet.  Sliced in half, my children eagerly ate that first tomato while still warm from the sunshine.  We have been growing Isis Candy Cherry now for eight seasons and it is predictably the very first tomato that is ripe enough to harvest from our heirloom garden.

While its early ripening habit make this variety popular here at 1840 Farm, we would continue to plant it regardless.  The flavor of this tomato is the real reason it keeps finding its way into our tomato patch every year.  Knowing that it ripens in less than 70 days is merely icing on the proverbial cake.

These beautiful orbs are packed with sweet, jammy tomato flavor.  They ripen to a beautiful red-orange with lighter golden shoulders and a trademark starburst pattern on the blossom end of the fruit. This is the perfect tomato for the person in your life who doesn’t think that they like tomatoes.  One bite of this lovely heirloom should be all it takes to convince them that they love this tomato!

The Isis Candy Cherry Heirloom Tomato is one of the six varieties included in our Tomato Lover’s Garden Heirloom Seed Collection available in The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.  The 2014 Heirloom Seed Collection is a collaboration between 1840 Farm and Fresh Eggs Daily.  Together, we have curated our favorite heirloom varieties into collections that are ideally suited for growing together.  The heirloom, non-GMO seeds in our collection are from family owned seed purveyor Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.

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We invite you to join The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook and Fresh Eggs Daily on Facebook to share updates from your garden and keep up to date on what we’re harvesting from our heirloom gardens. We’ll also be sharing regular garden updates along with fresh, seasonal recipes in our 1840 Farm Community Newsletter and The Fresh Eggs Daily Newsletter.  In the meantime, you can view photos from the gardens at 1840 Farm by visiting our Garden Photo Tour.  More photos will be added as we progress through the 2014 growing season.

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2014 Heirloom Seed Collection from 1840 Farm and Fresh Eggs Daily

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Last year, we launched our first 1840 Farm Heirloom Seed Collections in order to share our favorite heirloom varieties with our readers.  This year, we are excited to be partnering with our friends at Fresh Eggs Daily to bring you an expanded selection of Heirloom Seed Collections.  Each collection has been carefully curated to pair varieties that are well suited for growing together in your gardens and ours.  All of the seeds in our collections are heirloom, non-GMO, and sourced from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, a family owned seed purveyor.

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Lisa and I first became friends during the summer of 2012.  What started as a casual conversation about chicken keeping and writing quickly evolved into an ongoing dialog about so much more.  Within days, we were trading messages about using old fashioned techniques to care for our animals, tips for tending to our gardens, and the warm childhood memories of our grandparents doing the same.  Two years have passed and our conversation is still going strong.

This winter, we discovered that we were each working independently on curating heirloom seed collections for the upcoming growing season.  Within minutes, we decided that working together on the collection would allow us to offer a better variety of seeds to our customers and give us another reason to chat all summer long.

We’re hoping that you will join us in growing a few of our favorite heirlooms in your gardens.  Together, we can learn more about the history of these varieties and share our favorite preparations for our families and the animals in our care.  Whether you grow a collection of herbs to boost the health of your hens or tend a tomato patch to brighten the fresh meals served at your family table, we hope that you will enjoy joining in our friendly conversation this summer and beyond.

In the coming weeks, you will learn more about each individual variety in this year’s collection.   We invite you to join The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook and Fresh Eggs Daily on Facebook to share updates from your garden and keep up to date on what we’re harvesting from our heirloom gardens. We’ll also be sharing regular garden updates along with fresh, seasonal recipes in our 1840 Farm Community Newsletter and The Fresh Eggs Daily Newsletter.  In the meantime, you can view photos from the gardens at 1840 Farm by visiting our Garden Photo Tour.  More photos will be added as we progress through the 2014 growing season.

While we’re all waiting for spring weather to finally arrive and the growing season to begin, 1840 Farm, Fresh Eggs Daily, and Sasquatch Books have a fantastic giveaway to share with you.  One lucky winner will win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to all who enter!

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Heirloom Tomato Profile: Blondkopfchen Cherry

The Blondkopfchen Heirloom Cherry Tomato originated in Germany.  In German, the word “blondkopfchen” translates to “little blonde girl”.  My daughter was a little blond girl when we first began growing this tomato here at 1840 Farm.  In fact, she was the reason that I first ordered these heirloom seeds and planted them in our heirloom tomato garden.

The incredible taste and production of this heirloom was the reason we kept planting them each year.  Every year, our Blondkopfchen plants are the most prolific in the garden.  A single branch holds dozens of tiny orbs waiting to ripen in the sun.  I am always amazed at just how many tomatoes these plants can produce.

I’m also taken by the unique color of these ripe tomatoes.  They are golden yellow with a tinge of lime green undertones when they are fully ripe.  They are beautiful when used in fresh tomato dishes or sauces, bringing a lovely contrast to the other red colored tomatoes in the dish.

The Blondkopfchen tomato has a sweet, earthy flavor with a touch of citrus.  It’s a perfectly balanced blend of sweet and brightness.  It is a disease resistant variety that consistently produces tomatoes without cracked skins.  It also tolerates our cooler nights here in New England, making it perfectly suited to growing in our garden.  One taste of this fantastic variety and you’ll understand why it is a favorite here at 1840 Farm.


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Our newsletter isn’t the only way to follow what’s happening here at 1840 Farm.
You’re always welcome at 1840 Farm
and at The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.
You can also find 1840 Farm throughout the social media universe on
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, and Bloglovin‘.

We even created a new 1840 Farm Community Newsletter Pinterest board to catalog
our newsletter content so that you could easily pin your favorites to your own boards.

Come add your voice to our conversation!
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Growing Our Own Thanksgiving Celebration

It’s early June, but I’m already dreaming of Thanksgiving dinner.  I can almost picture the homegrown feast that will grace our family table.  The herbs for our favorite sage and artichoke heart dressing are already growing in the garden.  Sweet potato slips have been planted, seed potatoes are taking root, and heirloom corn, squash and beans will be sprouting in the coming days.

Now you can join in and learn more about the gardens here at 1840 Farm, the heirloom varieties we love, and the Thanksgiving feast that will follow.  I’ll be sharing updates and harvest notes throughout the growing season and hoping that you’ll share the news and notes from your backyard and garden here and with The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook.

Long before Thanksgiving dinner arrives, we’ll be enjoying berries, tomatoes, and a host of other heirlooms fresh from the garden.  I’ll be sharing our favorite recipes so that you can enjoy them on your family table.

You can learn more about our Thanksgiving garden and the history of the holiday itself by reading my How to Grow Your Own Thanksgiving Series on The Daily Meal.  The slideshow contains beautiful photographs from our friends at Iron Oak Farm and detailed planting and harvest information for herbs, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and pumpkins.

Now it’s time for me to get out in the garden and plant our Stowell’s Evergreen Heirloom Sweet Corn.  It’s the first step in our Three Sisters Garden and I can’t wait to watch as it grows in our gardens.  Our heirloom three sisters garden will provide Stowell’s Evergreen Heirloom Sweet Corn, Sunset Heirloom Runner Beans, and Long Island Cheese Heirloom Squash for our Thanksgiving menu.  I can almost taste it already!

Are you growing crops in your garden specifically for your Thanksgiving table?  I’d love to learn more about the varieties and recipes that you enjoy at your annual celebration.

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Cast Your Vote for The 1840 Farm Heirloom Seed Collection

Tennis Ball Lettuce at 1840 FarmOver the last few weeks, I have immersed myself in seed catalogs and gardening history books.  While it has taken some time, I have finally narrowed down my wish list of varieties to include in The 1840 Farm Heirloom Seed Collection for 2013.

All of the seeds offered in our collection will be non-GMO, heirloom varieties.  The collection will be offered for sale in our Etsy shop in the next few weeks.  Each seed packet will be paired with a brief history of the variety and my family’s favorite recipe for enjoying our garden harvest at our family table.

Throughout the course of the growing season, there will be opportunities for you to share photos and news from your garden with the other members of The 1840 Farm Online Community and a few surprises in store.  I can’t wait to share all of the information with you in the coming weeks!

So, cast your vote for each variety that you would be interested in growing for your family.  Vote for all of them if you want every single one to make the cut.  If you have a variety that you would like me to add to the list, leave me a comment.  I can’t wait to see your responses!

The 1840 Farm Heirloom Seed Collection - 2013
Vote for all of the varieties you would like to see included in our 2013 collection.

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Heirloom Tomato Profile: German Johnson

The German Johnson Heirloom Tomato is a potato leaf variety of tomato plant with an indeterminate growing habit.  It produces large, round, Beefsteak shaped fruit with bright red skin.  The ripe fruit commonly show bright yellow striping along its shoulders.

The German Johnson’s flesh is pink and meaty with a delicious, old-fashioned tomato flavor.  Fully ripened fruits may weigh in excess of one pound each.  It is not uncommon to harvest tomatoes that tip the scale at 24 ounces or more. In fact, the big, beautiful 23 ounce specimen in the photo above was harvested in our vegetable garden this morning.

The German Johnson is one of the parent species of the Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter tomato.  For me, that is reason enough to include it in the heirloom tomato garden at 1840 Farm.  One bite and I think you’ll agree that the German Johnson is a delicious slicing tomato that transforms the ordinary sandwich into an extraordinary meal.

 

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Heirloom Tomato Profile: Purple Calabash

Purple Calabash Heirloom Tomatoes have been in the 1840 Farm vegetable gardens since our first summer living here in 2006.  Every year, we look forward to that first slice of Purple Calabash still warm from the sunshine.  If I had to choose just one tomato to grow, this variety would be in the running.

The Purple Calabash has a rich flavor and striking appearance.  The ripened fruits are slightly flattened and beautifully ruffled with a burgundy to deep purple color.  The vines are prolific producers of medium fruits around 3″ wide.

The taste of the Purple Calabash is often compared to red wines such as Cabernet.  The taste is rich and full of old-fashioned tomato flavor with just the right blend of sweetness and acidity.  The flesh is smooth and meaty with evenly distributed seeds.  We love to enjoy this tomato on freshly grilled panini with mozzarella and basil.  The flavor of the Purple Calabash really sings when it is used in a slowly simmered tomato sauce.

One bite of a perfectly ripe Purple Calabash Heirloom Tomato and you would understand why we love this variety so much.  Every year, I expect to find a new variety that I will enjoy just as much. It’s been seven years and I still haven’t found a tomato that can compete in terms of appearance, yield, or more importantly, taste.  Next year, there will again be Purple Calabash tomato seedlings growing in the heirloom garden at 1840 Farm.


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Our newsletter isn’t the only way to follow what’s happening here at 1840 Farm.
You’re always welcome at 1840 Farm
and at The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.
You can also find 1840 Farm throughout the social media universe on
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, and Bloglovin‘.

We even created a new 1840 Farm Community Newsletter Pinterest board to catalog
our newsletter content so that you could easily pin your favorites to your own boards.

Come add your voice to our conversation!
We’ll hope to see you there!


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1840 Farm Seed Exchange

This week, the day finally arrived and the 1840 Farm Seed Exchange began.  In the next days and weeks, over 80 participants will be exchanging seeds with each other.  Seed packets will literally be traveling from Okinawa, Japan and Caribou, Maine.  I never imagined that a gardener who lives over 10,000 miles from 1840 Farm would be eager to participate in the seed exchange, but I was thrilled to have them join in!  By visiting the Google Map for the 1840 Farm Seed Exchange, you can see where the participants call home.

I was inspired to start the seed exchange after reading Andrea Wulf’s book Founding Gardeners.  As I read, I learned how important this seemingly simple act was to the men who were the Founding Fathers of our country.  Men the likes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison took part and wanted to be remembered not as statesmen, but as farmers.  These men believed strongly that our country’s agrarian strength should be our most treasured asset.  I am willing to bet that there were just as many women and children who felt the same way.

They all took great pride in their gardens and shared seeds from their posts in Europe and eventually, The White House.  By several accounts, President Thomas Jefferson chose to push aside state matters in order to personally write to each citizen who had requested gardening advice or the exchange of a few seeds.  While it might not have been a strong political strategy, it certainly illustrates his belief that “The greatest service which can be rendered to one’s country is to add a useful plant to its culture.”

The Founding Fathers weren’t solely responsible for my decision to propose the seed exchange.  I was motivated by the thought of my great grandparents tending to their own farm and garden fifty years ago.  While half a century has passed, I find myself tending our garden at 1840 Farm a mere 100 miles from where their farm was nestled in the mountains of New Hampshire.  I was also inspired by my children who I hope will continue to cultivate not only their gardens, but the pride that comes from holding their food supply firmly in their own arms with fresh garden soil under their fingernails.

Gardeners of every skill level are participating in this exchange.  There are Master Gardeners with years of botanical knowledge as well as participants who are gardening for the first time.  No matter the level of expertise, we are all hoping to experience the wonder of tending a small seed as it grows into the plant that nature had intended.  There is something incredible about planting a small, seemingly lifeless seed and then watching it reach for the sunlight and grow stronger every day.

I have created a Facebook group for the exchange entitled “1840 Farm Seed Exchange”.  You are invited to join in order to share photos from your gardens as well as the ability to ask the other members for advice and stay up to date with what is happening in the gardens at 1840 Farm.  All gardeners are welcome to join.  Participation in the seed exchange is not required.

To join, login to Facebook and type “1840 Farm Seed Exchange” into the search bar.  Click on the link displayed in the search results to navigate to the page.  In the top right corner, a button labeled “Ask to Join Group” will be displayed.  Simply click the button and I will complete the registration process for you.

I’ve also created a seed packet template that can downloaded or printed by clicking on the image below.  Feel free to get creative.  The template can be used as is or as a pattern to create your own seed packet.  When assembled, the packet will fit in a standard size business envelope for mailing.

Thanks again to everyone who took part in the 1840 Farm Seed Exchange.  The participants are helping to keep a long-held gardening tradition alive.  For centuries, gardeners have been exchanging seeds with each other with the hope that their gardens would be made more diverse, more successful, and more communal.   I hope that they will all enjoy exchanging their seeds and receiving seeds from another gardener in the exchange.  I know that I will.

Congratulations to Connie from Boise, Idaho.  She was randomly selected as the winner of the 1840 Farm Seed Collection.  She will receive seeds to grow Bloomsdale Spinach, Buttercrunch Lettuce, Cherry Belle Radishes, Chioggia Beets, Genovese Basil, Kentucky Wonder Beans, Purple Beauty Bell Peppers, and Sugar Baby Watermelon.

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1840 Farm Seed Exchange Group on Facebook

Get ready to welcome gardening season with open arms.  I have created a Facebook group for the 1840 Farm Seed Exchange exchange entitled “1840 Farm Seed Exchange.  You are invited to join in and share photos from your gardens as well as posting questions to the other members.

Joining is the easiest way to stay up to date with what is happening in the gardens at 1840 Farm and with the gardens of other participants in the seed exchange . This group is open to anyone who has a  love of gardening and does not require participation in the seed exchange.

To join, login to Facebook and type “1840 Farm Seed Exchange” into the search bar.  Click on the link displayed in the search results to navigate to the 1840 Farm Seed Exchange page.  In the top right corner, a button labeled “Ask to Join Group” will be displayed.  Simply click the button and I will complete the registration process for you.

I hope that this group will enable us all to share our successes and failures this growing season and become better gardeners in the process.  I can’t wait to see you there!

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Nearly Wordless Wednesday – March 21, 2012

Hello, spring!  The temperatures at 1840 Farm this week have been summer-like and we’re taking full advantage.  We’re constructing raised beds and installing them in the garden to expand our growing area.  We harvested some beautiful bearded iris (Iris germanica) bulbs that are available for sale at the farm.

Today, we’ll be starting the first flight of our vegetable, herb, and flower seeds.  Add in our daily farm chores, and we’ve been very busy farmers for the first week of spring.

Here’s a look at the raised beds in progress and a photo of the bearded iris in full bloom last season.  It won’t be long before we’ll be seeing these beautiful blooms in our flower beds.  I can’t wait!

       

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1840 Farm Seed Exchange – Extended One Week

Behold the beautiful power held by the first day of spring.  It’s a day of promise for everyone, but especially for those of us who love to tend the soil and plant a garden.  It seems that I count the lingering seconds all winter long to remind myself that spring really is on the horizon.  Now we’ve made it and it’s time to mark the occasion by dreaming of the coming summer’s garden.

In my recent post announcing the 1840 Farm Seed Exchange, I had mentioned that the seed exchange would kick off on the first day of spring.  Well, if there’s one thing that farming and gardening has taught me, it’s that flexibility is key. A farmer has to be ready to change course at a moment’s notice, willing to throw off their best laid plans and move organically in the direction that time and nature allows them.

I’m doing just that with the 1840 Farm Seed Exchange.  When I proposed this project, I never imagined that gardeners from around the country would still be signing up two weeks after I had invited you all to join.  In fact, the entries were still fluttering into my inbox yesterday afternoon.

I don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun, so I am extending the entry period in order to allow more readers to sign up and participate.  On next Tuesday, March 27, 2012, I will send each participant an Email with the name and address of the person their seed packet should be mailed to.  In the meantime, please encourage your gardening friends and family to join us.  The more people we involve, the more interesting this seed exchange, and our resulting gardening seasons, will be.

To make things a little more interesting, I’ll be awarding one lucky participant an extra prize:  a collection of heirloom seeds for planting in their garden.  The collection will include some of the beloved varieties grown here at 1840 Farm.  I have been busy researching heirloom seed varieties and collecting a few to plant here at 1840 Farm .  As you can see by the collection on the kitchen table, they include vegetable and flower varieties that will be finding their way into our 2012 garden.  I will be sharing a few of these with the lucky winner.  Several of them are species discovered during the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804-1806.  I can’t wait to plant them in our garden and see them for myself.

If you would like to receive more than one seed packet (and send more than one packet) simply fill out the form as many times as you would like to participate.  The seeds you share can be saved from your garden or purchased from a store.  Gardeners and farmers of all ages and skill levels are welcome (end encouraged) to participate.

Good luck to all of you who participate.  I’ll announce the winner of the 1840 Farm Seed Collection on March 27, I promise!  Until then, I’ll be busy readying our gardens for planting.  Mother Nature has decided to give us temperatures thirty degrees warmer than usual, and I’ll be taking full advantage.  Like I said, a farmer has to be flexible, especially if it gives me an excuse to spend more time in the garden.

The spring 1840 Farm Seed Exchange has closed for 2012.  If you are interested in participating in the 2013 Seed Exchange, leave a comment below and I will contact you next spring when the details are available.

 

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Roasted Heirloom Tomato Tart

Heirloom Tomatoes at 1840 FarmThere are certain foods that scream summer to me.  At the very top of the list is my beloved heirloom tomato.  I long ago confessed my deep-rooted love of tomatoes, especially the heirloom variety.  During the summer, heirloom tomatoes take center stage in the 1840 Farm kitchen.  Like a well-loved house guest, we eagerly anticipate their annual arrival and mourn their loss once we have eaten the last morsel.

We built a new hoophouse this spring in order to extend and expand our heirloom tomato harvest.  So far, it has been an astounding success.  We have harvested over 100 pounds of heirloom tomatoes this year with more than 90% of them coming from within the walls of the hoophouse.

While the nighttime temperatures have started to dip closer to frost than I would like to admit, the temperature in the hoophouse is warm and the tomato plants living inside appear to be in midseason form.  In fact, the temperature inside the hoophouse hit the century mark yesterday.  Here’s hoping that we’ll be harvesting ripe tomatoes for many weeks to come.

You might wonder what a family of six could possibly do with over 100 pounds of heirloom tomatoes.  I’ll let you in on our secret:  we eat every last bite.  We share the bounty with other tomato loving friends and preserve sauce and savory tomato jam for enjoying over the long winter in New England.

Mostly, we eat tomatoes.  Then we eat more tomatoes.  Then we invent ways to eat a few more tomatoes.  It’s not an easy job, but someone has to do it.

While we invent new recipes each summer, there are a few family favorites.  One of them is roasted heirloom tomato tart with ricotta and basil.  When asked what’s for dinner, answering with this recipe always makes for a happy family looking forward to sitting at the dinner table.

Gathering with my family to sit around the farmhouse table at the end of the day and share a meal is much dearer to me than heirloom tomatoes.  Finding a way to combine the two is a bonus.  The fact that we have put months of hard work into bringing those tomatoes to the table makes it seem a little sweeter.  Long live summer at 1840 Farm.

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Tart
serves 4 – 6 as a main course

This recipe was inspired by the Tomato-Ricotta Tart in Martha Stewart Living’s FOOD.  Over the years, we’ve made a few changes and this is the version we prefer.  I use scraps from the bottom of the pita chip bag for the crust, but good quality bread crumbs or panko would also be delicious.  If you don’t have a food scale handy for weighing the pita chips, use an appropriate amount to yield a generous two cups of crumbs.

                    

180 grams pita chips or breadcrumbs
2 ounces (4 Tablespoons) olive oil
12 ounces ricotta cheese
1 ounce grated parmesan cheese
2 large eggs
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 pound heirloom tomatoes
olive oil
sea salt
pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.  Prepare a 9 inch springform pan by wrapping the bottom in aluminum foil.  Set aside.

Place pita chips in the bowl of a food processor.  Process until chips have been transformed into fine crumbs.  Add olive oil and process until the mixture is evenly moist.  Empty crumb mixture into the prepared springform pan and press evenly to cover the bottom of the pan.

Rinse out the bowl and blade from the food processor.  Add ricotta cheese, eggs, and parmesan to the food processor and process until completely smooth.  Add basil and pulse until basil is evenly distributed throughout the ricotta mixture.

Carefully add the ricotta mixture to the springform pan.  Using a spatula, smooth the mixture over the crumb base to completely cover the pan.  Take care not to disturb the crust mixture any more than necessary.

Slice heirloom tomatoes and place on top of the ricotta, overlapping where needed to fully cover the top.  Brush the top of the tart with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place springform pan on a baking sheet and place in the preheated oven.  Bake for 40 minutes or until the tomatoes are beginning to dry and the ricotta mixture has become firm and golden.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool ten minutes.  Carefully run a thin metal spatula or paring knife around the outside edge of the tart to loosen it from the pan.  Unmold the tart, cut into slices and serve warm.

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Nearly Wordless Wednesday – August 10, 2011

Heirloom tomato, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways starting with the first ripe Purple Calabash of 2011.

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A Dirty Job for Everyone

The Hoophouse at 1840 Farm

Life here at 1840 Farm can get pretty dirty.  Spring has only been here for a few weeks, yet the never-ending trail of garden soil has already started to appear in our mudroom. I’ll spend ten minutes every evening from now until winter trying to clean up the dirt before it ends up all over the rest of the house.  Believe me,  I don’t mind at all.  Dirt on the mudroom floor means that winter has finally ended, spring is here, and summer will be sure to follow.

Summer is my favorite season.  It brings with it long days spent outside working and playing.  It means that we will end our days dirty from the work required to tend our extensive vegetable garden, fruit orchard, and flock of heritage chickens.  We’ll eat lunch outside next to our circa 1840 barn while we listen to the cacophony of chicken sounds coming from our coop.

It won’t be long until we have tired muscles and blisters from the farm chores and unending list of construction projects.  In fact, we’re hoping that a new hoophouse we’re building will extend our growing season past the 90 days that Mother Nature gives us in New England.  With any luck, we’ll be dragging garden soil into the mudroom every month of the year.

Who am I kidding?  I’ve got the sore muscles already and I’ve already applied bandages to blisters on my daughter’s hands.  I spent yesterday using a sledgehammer to drive 30 inch rebar into the ground to stabilize our new hoophouse.  Thor may be playing at a theater near you, but we’re playing Thor right here at 1840 Farm.  He has a stone hammer, we’ve got a sledge.  True, he has fancy superhero garb and a Norse god for a dad, but  I’m not jealous.  I’ve got over a hundred heirloom tomatoes seedlings getting ready for a warm spot in the hoophouse and a dad who helped me build it.  Thor’s got nothing on me.

So why do we work this hard?  Simple.  We know that by growing and preparing our own food, we can stay connected to what we eat every day.  No, we can’t produce everything that we eat, but we can try to come a little closer every year.  Last year, we added chickens  to the farm and now I can’t imagine buying eggs at the grocery store.  In fact, we’re looking to add a few more hens to our flock just so we can make sure that we always have enough fresh eggs right outside our farmhouse door.  Still, other people struggle to understand what we are doing.  If only we had someone who could try to explain it to them.

Enter Mike Rowe.  You know him, the man who makes learning about the Dirty Jobs that people in this country do everyday seem fun.  The man behind Mike Rowe Works and all the resources that go with it.  Well, he did something remarkable last week.  He spoke before a Senate panel.  I’m guessing that most of us wouldn’t consider speaking to the Senate as fun.  I’m also guessing that after it was all said and done, we’d probably leave the Capitol feeling a little dirty.  Mike seems like just the guy for this job.

Mike Rowe Testifying Before the United States Senate

Mike testified before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.  The transcript of his speech is equal parts autobiography and a call to arms.  The video is even more inspiring.  I can’t remember the last time I listened to someone speaking in Washington, DC who I thought was making sense.  Oh, that’s right, it was last week during the Future of Food Conference.  Allow me to rephrase:  I don’t remember the last time a government official said something that made sense.  Clearly we have the wrong people sitting on the high and mighty side of the chamber.

Mike Rowe’s speech was well delivered and in my opinion, right on the money.  He eloquently described how our society has gradually downplayed the value of real work.  He spoke of his grandfather and a generation that knew how to fix things even if it wasn’t their profession.  I remember those days when the neighborhood mothers and fathers all had their talents and they were called upon when needed.  We knew that Mr. Smith could help fix your lawn mower and that he might call up and ask if my father could help install a new light fixture or repair drywall.  One mother was the best seamstress while my mother might be asked for gardening advice.  Everyone had something to contribute and in the end, everyone ended up the better for it.  Now we ask neighbors if they know someone who is a good electrician or handyman.  We rarely even think to try to make the repair ourselves or ask someone to teach us how to do it.

One line of Mike Rowe’s testimony really stuck with me.  “And still, we talk about millions of “shovel ready” jobs for a society that doesn’t encourage people to pick up a shovel.”  He’s right.  We don’t encourage people to pick up a shovel or anything else that might require getting their hands dirty.  We’ve chosen as a society to pretend that getting dirty isn’t a requirement of life.  Along the way, I think we lost a little something.  We became distant and disconnected from the work that makes our lives possible.  Maybe that’s why these types of jobs are now regarded with so little value.  It’s hard to value something that you chose to pretend isn’t there.

Why don’t we value hard work anymore?  I’m not sure.  I know that we used to.  In fact, my grandparents and great grandparents all worked hard and weren’t afraid to get dirty.  They spent their days tending things and making things.  They knew how to fix things.  They came home at the end of the day dirty with a sense of satisfaction.

I don’t know how we can return to a society that values dirty jobs like farming.  I have a hard time believing that the Senate will be able to affect much change in this department.  I have a distinct feeling that they are even more disconnected from the real working public than the rest of us.  I certainly don’t intend to wait around for them to “help” me figure out what I can do.

I intend to do my part right here at 1840 Farm.  I will happily pick up a shovel and get dirty.  While I’m at it, I’ll teach my two children to do the same.  I’ll encourage them to learn to fix or build something.  I’ll consider it a success when they end the day with dirt under their fingernails.  We’ll get dirty together and with any luck, we’ll end our days with a deep sense of satisfaction.

I’ll know that I’m doing something right when it is necessary for them to take a shower at the end of the day before I can even consider sitting at the dinner table with them.  We’ll sit together as a family around our farmhouse table and eat something that we grew ourselves.  We’ll connect with our food, our family, our lives, and our farm.  Maybe I’ll even leave the dirt on the mudroom floor until tomorrow.  After all, a little dirt never hurt anybody.

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Nearly Wordless Wednesday

Not entirely wordless, but completely celebratory.  The first cherry tomatoes of 2011 are here!  Yes, they are growing in the plant window in the kitchen instead of outside in our garden.  No, we don’t care.

We’re New Englanders.  We’ll take what we can get.

The first tomatoes of 2011 grown at 1840 Farm

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A Stylish Blogger Award For Me?

Really?  Someone I don’t know just gave me a Stylish Blogger Award.  A total stranger.  I won’t lie to you.  It hasn’t made me any less happy about it.  Who cares if I don’t know Betsy from A Plateful of Happiness?  I do know a few things about her.  She writes a blog that I enjoy reading.  She lives in one of my favorite towns – Lexington, Massachusetts.  She likes to collect cookbooks.  I think I like her already.  The fact that she chose to bestow an award on me is purely a bonus.

As is the tradition with acceptance speeches, I feel the need to thank a few people.  Yes, I know that I’m not at the Oscars.  How do I know?  Simple.  I’m wearing my fuzzy slippers and sitting at the computer with my dog Pete.  I know that information doesn’t conjure a terribly stylish mental image, but there’s no point in pretending to be something I’m not, which in this case, is a person wearing uncomfortable footwear.  I am willing to bet that if you watch the actual Oscars, you’ll see at least one star who looks like they would rather be at home in their fuzzy slippers spending a little quality time with their loyal canine companion.

Enough already.  On to my brief acceptance speech which I promise will not require Bill Conti to play me off the stage with  his orchestral stylings.  I would like to thank my family who tolerates me typing away on the keyboard telling my stories even if no one else in the universe might read them.  I would like to thank the someones who have read them and left me such wonderful comments.  I would also like to thank Betsy for giving me the award.

I understand that this honor comes with a few rules that I intend to follow in the spirit of the award.  They are as follows:

Thank the person who has given you the award
No problem there.  I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to the lost art of the thank you.  If you don’t believe me, just ask my children and wait for the collective groan to erupt as they explain my rule about not being able to spend gift money until the thank you card is in the mail.  Anyway, you get the picture.  The thank you was taken care of as soon as I got the nod.

Share seven things about yourself
Wow-what to share?  Well, here are a few things that you might not know about me from reading this blog during the past months:

1.  I used to cook for pure pleasure.  The richer and more decadent the better.  I can remember Sundays spent making cakes with ten different components from scratch.  I was blissfully unaware that I would find myself cooking with a food scale and calculator a few short years later.

2. Today, I cook with a purpose.  I am the head cook for a household that includes a marathon runner who always seems to be in training for another long run, a child with Type 1 Diabetes, and a child with multiple food allergies.  I spend a lot of time researching recipes, trying out substitutions that don’t sacrifice flavor, and calculating the complete nutritional profiles for everything we eat.  Really, I’m cooking and baking at the crossroads of great taste and food awareness.  I guess it’s a good thing that I like a challenge.

3.  I have a profound weakness for good wine, good coffee, and anything that I can eat straight from our garden.  My winners in each category would be a great Shiraz, a fresh cup of Jamaica Blue Mountain, and a Purple Calabash heirloom tomato still warm from the sun.

4.  If I won the lottery, I would buy a small house in Portland, Maine.  No, I wouldn’t leave 1840 Farm, but I’d have a nice place to pass the time when my gardening duties didn’t call.  In spite of my lottery winnings, I’d still eat on the cheap at my favorite places:  Micucci’s, Otto’s Pizza, Duckfat, Dean’s Sweets, and Bard Coffee.  Alright, so I’d treat myself to a fantastic dinner at Fore Street when the mood struck me.  I’d also spend a lot of my winnings on great wine from Old Port Wine Merchants.  Ah, to dream.

5.  I’m a fairly good cake decorator.  I took the requisite classes before the food bombshells listed in number 2 came knocking on my door.  I can make you a cake whether it be covered in buttercream, fondant, or even gumpaste flowers that look like they belong in an art gallery.  I had great designs on using these skills to build a small business.  Lucky for me, they have served me well over the past few years when cakes from the local bakery would translate to a birthday spent in the emergency room with Epi-pens in hand.  Instead, we’ve had three-dimensional cakes in the shape of pink poodles, dinosaurs, polar bears, The Black Stallion novel, a flying Ford Anglia inspired by the Harry Potter series, and even a Golden Laced Wyandotte chicken.
Pink Poodle Cake at 1840 Farm Polar Bear Cake at 1840 Farm Flying Ford Anglia Cake at 1840 Farm Golden Laced Wyandotte Chicken Cake at 1840 Farm

6.  I’m a vegetarian.  The most common question I get is “Why?”  Simple.  I watched Food, Inc.  I read Eating Animals.  That was it for me.  So now I find myself a person who raises chickens but doesn’t eat chickens.  Have I lost you yet?

7.  I am a homeschooling mom.  I am trying to teach my children how to read, write, and do arithmetic, but also that life can be your classroom if you allow it to.  I want them to keep learning long after their school years are behind them.  I hope that they will never stop being students of all things food whether it be how to grow a better tomato or how to make the perfect cheesecake.  Mostly, I want them to understand how important it is to be connected to the food that finds its way onto your dinner plate.

Share 15 blogs that you enjoy reading
This is the easy part.  I enjoy so many that I’ve done my best to come up with my top fifteen.  I haven’t included A Plateful of Happiness as I have already told you that I enjoy reading Betsy’s blog.  Here they are in no particular order.

1.   The Screen Porch – This site is brimming with beautiful photos and wonderful writing about all things food.  Written by a fellow French Fridays with Dorie member.
2.   Vegan Dad – If you don’t eat meat, this site is a must for incredible recipes for all sorts of meat substitutes.  It also features a lot of great bread baking entries with recipes and very illustrative photos.
3.   Ozark Homesteader - This blog is full of interesting posts which cover cooking, gardening, and all sorts of other life topics.
4.   Orangette – Molly’s blog is full of great writing from the author of one of my favorite food themed books:  A Homemade Life.  If you love food and have ever experienced the loss of a loved one, this is a must read.
5.   Dorie Greenspan – Dorie’s site includes wonderful recipes.  Try the punitions and you’ll be hooked.
8.   Rabeleis fine books on food & drink – Who wouldn’t love a bookstore that only carries books about food and drink?  It doesn’t hurt that it is right next door to my favorite chocolate shop in the whole world, the aforementioned Dean’s Sweets, makers of peanut free, nut free, absolutely delicious chocolates.
9.   Simple Scratch Cooking – This blog delivers on its promise and offers an unending supply of simple, delicious recipes.
10.  Six Until Me – A great site to bookmark if you or a loved one fights the good fight with Type 1 Diabetes each day.
11.  5 Second Rule – I love the artistic food photographs that accompany the recipes on this site.
12.  Allergic Girl – If you or a loved one lives with food allergies, this site offers a wealth of information.  Sloane has been living with food allergies for several years and writes very eloquently about her experience.
13.  Bittersweet – This site provided a lot of useful tips and recipes during our egg-allergy years.
14.  Steph’s Bite by Bite - Steph cooks, bakes, writes, and trains for marathons.  Gee, it sounds a lot like what goes on out our house except that I leave the running to my husband.
15.  Salt – I enjoy reading the detailed recipes on this site and love the step by step photos.

Notify the bloggers from your list of fifteen that you have passed along the xx award to them
In my opinion, this is the easiest part of this process.  I get to make the day of fifteen other bloggers.

Thanks again to Betsy for sharing this award with me.  I had received a rejection letter for a writing assignment earlier in the day and was feeling a little sorry for myself.  It saved me to hear from her and learn that my writing had brightened her day.  Now she knows that her writing has returned the favor.  Lucky me, now I’m off to let fifteen bloggers know that I think that they are stylish.  Hopefully they won’t hold my fuzzy slippers against me.

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