Vanilla Bean Frozen Custard at 1840 Farm

It’s difficult not to fall in love with ice cream.  It’s so delicious and such a welcome treat on a warm summer day. Ice cream is certainly delicious, but you haven’t lived until you have been treated to frozen custard.  The difference may seem subtle on paper, but one tasteRead 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 →

1840 Farm Flag

I grew up celebrating Independence Day with sparklers and barbecue. We lived in Kansas and didn’t really need the guise of a holiday as an excuse to eat barbecue. Fourth of July parades and celebrations seemed to be as ubiquitous as sunshine on a summer day during those years. ThereRead 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 →

Costoluto Genovese Heirloom Tomato from 1840 Farm

If you’re looking for a tomato to thrive in the summer heat, look no further. The Costoluto Genovese variety hails from the Mediterranean.  For centuries, gardeners living along the Mediterranean found that this tomato loved the intense summer heat and sunshine.  The gardeners loved the fantastic flavor that this tomatoRead More →

In the summer, the gardens at 1840 Farm dictate what is served for dinner.  If the Purple Top Turnips are ready to be harvested, then dinner is designed around them.  During heirloom tomato season, no one in the family asks “What’s for dinner?”  There’s no point.  The answer is alwaysRead More →

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 overRead More →

The 1840 Farm Seed Exchange has been extended! Sign up before midnight on Monday, March 26, 2012! For the last two weeks, I’ve been deep in the midst of a great read.  A truly fascinating tale of the men who shaped our nation and their overpowering love of agriculture.  There’sRead More →