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Are They Free Range?

“Are your hens free range?” It’s a question I get asked regularly at the farmers market. For the most part, the chickens roam through woodland. They seem to enjoy thick brush more than anything. At times they are out on … Continue reading

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Spreading May Flower, Dancing Stork Grass, Maianthemum dilatatum

In a quiet spot in the forest, behind the tofu cabin, false Lily-of-the-valley are in bloom, lifting their flower spikes high above their broad leaves. Maianthemum dilatatum is their name, Mai coming from the Greek word Maios for May, and … Continue reading

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Early Summer in May

The last few days have been an early summer, more like late July and early August than mid May. Even a bed of cabbage seems like a welcoming place to cool my head and take a break from the heat, … Continue reading

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Lilacs Scent the Late Spring Air

The lilacs are in full bloom. On sunny days, if you hang out your laundry to dry next to blooming lilacs, when you gather in the sun-warmed laundry, take in indoors and fold it, the fragrance of lilacs makes you … Continue reading

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Is It Summer?

It feels like the beginning of summer. The soaring cottonwoods are leafed out and shimmer in the afternoon breeze. The comfrey are in bloom making the bees very happy. The dandelions in a meadow near the post office have all … Continue reading

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Fragrance of Lilacs

The air is soft with the fragrance of lilacs. With so many flowers in bloom, the hummingbirds hardly bother with the feeders anymore. Huge, healthy earthworms are a sign that the soil is rich in biology. It takes a lot … Continue reading

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Pink to White

Finding a duck egg with a double yolk inside is a morning treat. When our duck lays a mammoth egg, you can count on finding two yolks inside. She does it quite often. Some of the apple blossoms are still … Continue reading

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