Monthly Archives: October 2017

Fall Madness

The cooler weather has encouraged the stinging nettles to send out fresh shoots. Their bright green could fool one into thinking it is spring. Leeks are in bloom. Before they bloom they spin fantastical caps. Maybe not as amazing as … Continue reading

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Yesterday was the last regular market for the season at Mt. Vernon Farmers Market. Thank you for making this summer’s market such a great one. It was a wonderful summer. If you need any tofu, soy milk, okara, or fresh … Continue reading

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The Bags Have It

Back in June, I mentioned using fruit ripening bags from Japan for our nashi 梨, Asian pears. You use them by covering the developing fruit with them when they are still small. The bags protect the fruit as they develop, … Continue reading

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Golden Fall Day

How many people get to pedal past scenery like this on their way to the post office? Chuckanut Mountain is so serene on a day like this. Maples along the way are on fire. Trees have it all figured out. … Continue reading

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It’s a Good Day in October

It’s a good day in October that starts with fluffy clouds drifting across a blue sky, and ducklings who come scurrying out of the hoop house to greet you when you open their door. The compost pile is breakfast for … Continue reading

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Tread Lightly

Not having a Thursday farmers market to prepare for gives me time to start work on neglected forest trails. There is always something fascinating to see in the woods, like these mushrooms, squeezed between two logs. The chickens have taken … Continue reading

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Summer To Smoke

On a calm, sunny October day, we light a pile of brush accumulated over the summer. Sweet smoke billows up like incense. If I close my eyes, it seems like I am at a temple in Kyoto, savoring the soothing … Continue reading

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