Butchering Day

Butchering Day

We grow a fair amount of squash, and it usually gets eaten throughout the year – roasted whole, tossed with pasta, turned into soup, or baked into muffins. Most years, I cook one of the big guys and freeze the pulp in glass jars (this 

No-Parm Pesto

No-Parm Pesto

I may have overdone it. Again. I have a tendency to get overly excited about one crop every year and plant way more than one family can possibly eat. Exhibit A, last year’s garlic haul: By June, when I still had half a bushel left 

Sour Puss

Sour Puss

Ours is a family that loves big flavors.  Salty, bitter, spicy, sour – you name it, we love it.  Even the kids adore things like garlic, dijon mustard, kalamata olives, and tonic water, which is a dream for me, ’cause there’s no way I’d enjoy 

The Must Make Jam of Summer

The Must Make Jam of Summer

If you’re a fan of peach and raspberry jams, then you’ve got to give this recipe a try. ┬áIt’s the perfect blend of the two flavors, which go together unbelievably well, and the color of the resulting jam is amazing. I made this for the 

Crop Failure

Crop Failure

Our cooler than normal summer did nothing for our tomato crop, which struggled from the get go. The plants grew nice and tall and looked healthy enough, but they set very few fruits, and the ones that did develop just sat there not changing colour. 

Unusual Market Finds

Unusual Market Finds

A farmer’s market is a great place to find unusual varieties of things that you’d never find in a typical grocery store, and this week I must have been in an adventurous mood, because I came home with several things that I’d never bought before. 

Mid Month Check-Up

Mid Month Check-Up

I’m finding my garden posts from last year to be very useful as a gardening journal, so for future reference, here’s where things stand in the middle of August. This incredibly robust pumpkin plant just appeared near the compost bin. We have no idea what 

Apricots

Apricots

Last week was the week of the apricot around here. There’s a market down the hill from us that had organic BC apricots on sale for $1.99/lb (about 50 cents a pound less than the ones at the farmers market), so I bought about 10 

Berry-licious

Berry-licious

My mom, the kids, and I headed out to our favorite u-pick farm yesterday for round two of the great berry stockpile that takes place in our household every summer. This time we were hungry for raspberries and blueberries. Unfortunately, when we got there we 

Is it summer yet?

Is it summer yet?

It has been an incredibly wet June in this corner of the globe. We’ve had rain on 18 of the past 25 days, and I’m starting to worry about the welfare of my poor tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. It’s been downright cold in the evenings,