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
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,
There 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
It’s official. It’s fall. I know, I know. I’m supposed to embrace this change. I should get out my favorite sweater, go apple picking, and buy a pumpkin. I don’t want to. Instead, I want to invite summer to stay a while longer. I want to thumb my nose at Mother Nature. I want her to understand in no uncertain terms that she can keep her beautiful foliage if I can keep my tomato patch a while longer.
It’s time that I came clean. I love tomatoes. No really. I love them. Not the languishing in the produce aisle in February variety. Sorry. You may label me a tomato snob, but I can’t help it. If you’ve ever tasted an heirloom tomato fresh from your garden, still warm from sunlight, then you’ll understand. If you haven’t, get thee to a local farmer’s market. Immediately.