Monthly Archives: August 2016

Last Harvest

Picking tomatoes for tomorrow’s Bow Little Market was tinged with sadness because tomorrow’s market is the last regular market day of the season. Onions, tongue-burning peppers, sweet peppers, a lot of food has come out of our little garden and … Continue reading

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If a Lettuce Falls …

If a lettuce falls in a hoop house, does it make a sound? I’m surprised I wasn’t waken in the middle of the night when this lettuce came crashing down. The ground must have shook violently. It explains why so … Continue reading

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Determination

Ena 枝那 is a determined dog. Three times now, she has dug up this bed. She hears and smells something underneath. I might as well forget planting anything in the bed until she finds whatever she is looking for. The … Continue reading

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The Last of the Chioggia

I picked the last of the Chioggia beets on Thursday morning for Thursday’s market. Thankfully, no one bought them. These are my favorite beets. They taste as good as they look. I had some Savoy cabbage left from the market … Continue reading

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The Secret to Happiness

Putting your face into a sunflower is the secret to happiness. You’ll forget all your troubles, and smile. Tonight, a bumblebee has decided to spend the night in that sunflower. Some researchers think that maybe honeybees, at least the foragers, … Continue reading

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What’s for Lunch? Not an Issue

What’s for lunch? It’s not a dilemma to ponder. The answer is in what I found in the garden while weeding: fresh kohlrabi, potatoes still warm from the ground, red tomatoes, kale leaves, and more. In less time than it … Continue reading

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Dog Is My Gardener

Ena 枝那 is exhausted. What could tire out a dog so much? How about digging up onions and beans? I hadn’t planned on digging up this row of onions and beans today, but she decided it was time for them … Continue reading

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Hatching Time

Mi-asa-hime’s 美朝姫 chicks hatched yesterday and today. Before I saw a chick, I knew they had hatched because when I got close to her, she let out a low growl to warn her chicks that danger was near. Hens never … Continue reading

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Fresh Homemade Tofu – 新鮮手作り豆腐

After experimenting with making tofu for over twelve years, I’m satisfied enough with the result that I’ve started selling it at Bow Little Market each Thursday. For the market, I’m making it on Wednesday, so if you come to the … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Food

Before your wheat is ground and made into bread, this is what it looks like, golden sheaves of spiny heads of wheat. Swiss chard stalks look like candy sticks. The colorful stalks are worthy of their own dish. The Costata … Continue reading

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Sandbox for Adults

Grow savoy cabbage. You won’t be disappointed. Few vegetables are more beautiful, or so delicious. Grow corn. You won’t be disappointed. Few vegetables have such wild hairdos. Plant a noble fir. In midsummer, its cones will remind you of Christmas. … Continue reading

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Worth It

With its showy leaves, zucchini is worth growing just for its looks. Just one turns into a stunner. And it will feed you too! I’m preparing beds for fall. So how wide should I make them? A meter? A half … Continue reading

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Hints of Fall

The chilly, dewy mornings hint of fall. It’s down in the low 50s when I head out early in the morning, cool enough to put on a light jacket. On mornings like these, kale leaves are jade jewels. In the … Continue reading

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Every Day is an Adventure

For these young chicks, every day is an adventure. Even though these dark cornish chicks are hatchery chicks, the moment they arrived on the morning of July 20, I introduced them to their mothers, and here we are, three weeks … Continue reading

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Potato Heaven

Chickens go nuts over potatoes which is why they are banished from the vegetable garden. A few years ago they dug up the entire crop of potatoes and ate them all. It’s not that they went looking for potatoes, but … Continue reading

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Purple and White, Too Pretty to Eat

Vegetables can be so beautiful and colorful, you pause to pick them. Maybe I’m not that hungry today. I’ll make due with potatoes and kale and leave the brilliant chard to color the garden. The magenta spreen never fails to … Continue reading

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Better Than Apple Pie

What is better than apple pie? A ripe apple that has been in the hot sun all day long. Pluck it from the tree, bite into its warm flesh, and an explosion of apple goodness will blow you away. It’s … Continue reading

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There’s No Escaping Love

Love is inescapable. You can’t go a few minutes without seeing it. Because so many living things express it, love must be one of the core attributes biological forms acquired. Peel away the billions of bits of DNA we have, … Continue reading

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The Fairest of Them All?

Picking produce early in the morning for market is a joy. Is there anything more tranquil or beautiful than a snap pea covered with dew? Maybe a squash flower opening at dawn? Or an onion in full bloom? Perhaps the … Continue reading

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Grow Them for Their Flowers

Radishes are worth growing for their delicate, butterfly-like flowers. Some radishes have white flowers and others pink or lavender. You could have a wedding and use nothing but vegetable flowers. Huge bouquets of carrot flowers would steal the show for … Continue reading

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