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Unable to get my good camera fixed, for now, I decided to get a lens for my i phone. Did you know that there was such a thing? It is called the ollo clip and is not expensive. It allows you to take macro, wide-angle or fish-eyed lens pictures with one tiny devise that sits on the corner of your iphone. It only works with the iphone 4, not the 5. This is probably not new news for many of you, but for me, this is very exciting. This morning, I picked flowers with Elizabeth for a few hours and then played with my new toy. Here is where the bouquets are created, in this fish bowl corner of the barn’s outer vestibule. See Farmer Nicolas, looking mighty tiny in the doorway? Super cool lens, eh?

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And here is a bucket of those bouquets, ready for tomorrow morning at the market. Elizabeth and Helen worked their magic, with Yarrow, Larkspur, Salvia, Sunflowers and the first Zinnias:IMG_3309

Mmmm. Look what I collected to take with me –

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And here was my ride home:

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I made a video of Nicolas talking about walking onions. It will eventually make its way here. For now, it is on youtube.

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IMG_3243Above, Nicolas and Mark washed lettuces for the next day’s market.

IMG_3257Aaron, a homeschooled friend of Gillen’s who works for us.

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IMG_3262Gillen T. showing off his tractor skills. And below, he is showing off Willie’s pointing potential. IMG_3229

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IMG_3250Helen, after hours of hard work cutting flowers. These are the Yarrow.

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I found this on YouTube, filmed by someone ten years ago. It was a fun surprise for me! I hope you enjoy it too.

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So, it’s been a long long time since I’ve acted like a farmer’s wife and posted to this blog. Too busy cooking the good farmer’s food, doing his and the boys’ laundry… excuses, excuses…. Actually I’ve been pouring my creative juice into learning art. But Jesse and Eli (flower farmer Elizabeth’s son and Jesse’s good friend) have decided to start working at the farm on Fridays, which means I get to be there with them. I’ll now have ample opportunity to cut a few flowers with Elizabeth and take pictures of the farm. I’m even going to fix my good camera so you won’t have to look at anymore blurry shots from my farm dirty-iphone. But in the meantime, here are a few from this past Friday:

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Nicolas in a high tunnel filled with what farmer Mark calls “Boutique Lettuce”. Below, a few of them took their close-up.IMG_3113

Right now, for me, it is all about the flowers. A beautiful dewy Peony. Isn’t it just screaming to be painted? I thought so. I’m afraid the peonies didn’t make it to market today. They are being well loved in my art room.IMG_3078

The woman behind the flowers – Elizabeth, here with the Larkspur.

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Asparagus, the headliner (in my humble opinion) of spring. We’ve eaten it several times in risotto, but it’s also so good roasted on a cookie sheet with olive oil and salt, at 350, until it’s really toasted. IMG_3044

Just one small section of a huge table of garlic. One of Eli’s jobs on Friday was to tie several together into bunches.IMG_3052

Swiss Chard, a family favorite. I slice it up into strips, the colorful stems too, and sautee it in a big cast iron wok with garlic and olive oil. I add bragg’s or tamari to it in the last few minutes of cooking. IMG_3084

It was hard to get many close-ups of the strawberries as small hands kept popping into the screen.  IMG_3164

Nicolas showing Eli how to efficiently package the berries. Here’s a tip. If you’re freezing berries, you can freeze them spread out on a cookie sheet and then when you put them frozen into bags or glass containers, they won’t stick together so badly.

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Arugula.

 

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Captain Organic Jesse America. His wheelbarrow is filled with that boutique lettuce. IMG_3173  See you next thyme. : )  It will be much quicker that the last time.  IMG_3048

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