Monthly Archives: September 2016

Local Wheat Extracted

According to Steve Jones of the Washington State University Bread Lab in Mount Vernon, in the 1800s, the west coast of the US was a major wheat producing area of the country. There used to be 160 flour mills in … Continue reading

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Planting Time Again

To be honest, there is rarely a time when planting ceases. There are just heavy planting times and light planting times. Upcoming October and November are heavy planting times so I might as well get a start on it. Which … Continue reading

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Floppy Ears

The fava beans are up, and this morning in the heavy dew their leaves are flopping over like droopy dog ears. Instead of waiting to eat their beans, you can cut the tops off the plants and use them as … Continue reading

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The First Casualty of Fall

Heading out to deliver this week’s eggs to Tweets, I ran into the first casualty of this fall. Today’s wind had knocked over an alder, and it was blocking the lane. Fortunately, it was light and easy to move. It … Continue reading

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Who Loves Artichoke Blooms?

Spiders must hate foggy mornings. It makes their webs visible. There’s little chance of a bee or fly getting tangled up in a web when they sparkle like strings of diamonds. Niji-hime 虹姫 is a mother whose path you dare … Continue reading

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It’s a Bee Thing

I’ve seen enough bees waking up on sunflowers, that it must be a bee thing. “You haven’t lived until you’ve spent a night on a sunflower,” I imagine one bee saying to another. Or, “Don’t forget to add it to … Continue reading

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What’s at the End of a Rainbow?

What’s at the end of the rainbow? A big tomato, that’s what. The tops of the trees are in flames this evening. Fall sunsets make for spectacular evenings. Each season has its palette. Fall’s palette is that of the burning … Continue reading

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Terror in the Garden

Picking beans this afternoon I stumbled on a harvestmen waiting for prey. Look at it closely, and you can see that it’s not a spider. It is in the order of arachnids known as opiliones. They are not venomous and … Continue reading

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Learning from Sunflowers

The first of the sunflowers are ready for harvest. Last year I waited too late. By the time I went out to harvest sunflowers, the birds, chipmunks, and squirrels had helped themselves and eaten all the sunflower seeds. The center … Continue reading

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Bee Happy

Bzzz, bzzzz, it’s like a busy airport around the sunflowers. Bees of all kinds fly in all day. At times there are multiple incoming flights. The bee below is a leafcutter bee. You can tell because it is carrying the … Continue reading

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How We … How They

This is how we want their kennel to look. This is how they want their kennel to look. Dogs do a great job washing dishes. Did you know dogs love pre-washing dishes? They lick them so clean, you’re tempted to … Continue reading

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Cool Mornings … Warm Days

It’s chilly and the sun takes its time poking above the forest. It was 8:40 in the morning when I took this photo of Niji-himi 虹姫 and Scarlet, two mothers side by side, waiting on the grass for the sun … Continue reading

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Are You My Mother?

The warm, sunny afternoon has the bees buzzing around the sunflowers, and the red corn burning brightly. I’m dying to see what these ears are going to look like when they are ready. The whole corn stalks are a dark … Continue reading

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More Than Just a Market

With Bow Little Market closed for the season, this is the first Thursday in a long time that we’re at home. It was a great season. One of the treasures I picked up this summer at the market was this … Continue reading

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Fall – Tofu Season

I was in the cabin making tofu yesterday on a warm, sunny, early fall day. Outside, two month old chicks were chirping in the brush. I couldn’t see them, but I could see the comfrey leaves shaking as they hunted … Continue reading

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Two in One

The cool, fall weather doesn’t slow down the baby chicks. These days, more often than not, they’re running ahead of their mother. They are two weeks old. Very few two week old chicks get to run as fast as they … Continue reading

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Slow Food – Sharp Cheese

September gave me a reason to open a Samish Bay Cheese I’ve been aging for four years. Every so often I buy a cheese from them and set it aside to age. I write the year and month four years … Continue reading

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