Archive for April, 2009


Except for during the dog days of summer, roasting is my favorite way to prepare many of our vegetables. Pictured above are a mixture of beets, baby turnips (so sweet! This is the one we fight over), garlic, onions, potatoes and carrots. I’ll include red peppers and eggplant when they are in season.

We also roast okra and asparagus (on their own) since being shown the way by our friends the Haworths last year.

With all of these, we just cut them up (all but the asparagus) and mix them up with olive oil and coarse sea salt. We cook them for 25 to 55 minutes depending on the vegetables, at 400 degrees (350 for the asparagus).


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The “tomato twine” that Nicolas uses to stake the tomatoes is sold by High Mowing Seeds.

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Sweet Potato Slips

Here in the south, it is about time to plant sweet potatoes. We have never had enough sweet potatoes. They are one of our most popular crops – at the market, with the chefs and in our family. They are also extremely nutritious – loaded with vitamins C, B, A and good dietary fiber. The more saturate the color of its flesh (and it can be white, yellow, orange or purple depending on the breed) the more beta carotene. In Eastern Africa, their word for sweet potato means “protector of children”.

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I got this in my email this morning:

The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) has a bone to pick with Michelle Obama. MACA represents chemical companies that produce pesticides, and they are angry that – wait for it – Michelle Obama isn’t using chemicals in her organic garden at the White House. I am not making this up. In an email they forwarded to their supporters, a MACA spokesman wrote, “While a garden is a great idea, the thought of it being organic made [us] shudder.” MACA went on to publish a letter it had sent to the First Lady asking her to consider using chemicals — or what they call “crop protection products” — in her garden. I just signed a petition telling MACA’s board members to stop using Michelle Obama’s garden to spread propaganda about produce needing to be sprayed with chemicals. I hope you will, too. Please have a look and take action. Thanks!

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I intended to post several recipes here this week, as my video camera charger had gone missing, but we have been happily occupied at the farm with visiting nephews and nieces and fort building. So, I am posting a friend’s recipes which (truth be told) are much better than mine anyway.

Here is a link to Persephone’s recipe for collard wraps.

Here is her asparagus, escarole pizza. Both include beautiful pictures.

Her blog, Clean Up Clear Out is filled with nutritious vegetarian advice for detoxing, juicing, combatting Candida, eating for two (she is pregnant) or just plain eating well.

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In this tutorial, Nicolas talks about the soil mix that we use. It is called McEnroe Organic Farm premium growing mix. We get it from Seven Springs Farm , in Virginia. Here is a link to a site that has information about lots of soil mixes, including recipes to make it yourself.

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