Following in Ken’s Footsteps – Making Sourdough Bread

Ken had so many cooking jobs – bakery, pizza parlor, restaurant, hospital and finally as a private chef.  He made bread for us.  He left me a starter.     Sylvia worked to bring Ken’s starter back to life AND came over to show me how she makes bread.  I last made bread in my twenties with yeast and had no sour dough starter experience. Well, now I am ready to practice and make my …

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This Old Dog… Blacksmithing!

People ask how soon will I have an auction, start selling things, etc.  But I see this as a golden opportunity to try things and decide if I like them before I sell anything!  One example is Ken’s blacksmithing tools and equipment.     Today I visited Joyce, a wonderfully talented blacksmith in nearby Barron, Wisconsin.  She had invited Ken and me to come by and see and use her forge.  I brought a small …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has sprouts, onions, garlic, beets, carrots, black radishes, Kohlrabi, celery root, and Cherokee Trail of Tears Dry beans.     Field Notes.  We are at the midpoint between solstice and equinox.  These mid points are where the drama happens – Solstices and equinoxes mark a conclusion of lengthening days or lengthening nights.    Most religions and folklore have names for these points: St Brigid, St Blaise, or Candlemas …

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Egg Season Has Started!

As the days lengthen the eggs start appearing again in the nest boxes!  And so it has begun – egg season.  And that, folks, is whey the Easter Bunny has a basket of eggs!

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My First Bread in over Forty Years

Ken has been making sourdough bread for years.  I pulled his starters out , fed them and was happy to learn they are still alive! The first try  I added too much flour, but it worked for a pizza dough!  Today I tried a gain – and it isn’t dog or chicken food!

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My Learning Curve on Planting

About a week ago I planted seeds for shoots for the first time; it was a job Ken used to do for us.        I am happy to announce things are sprouting and growing           I used the biodynamic calendar and chose a leaf day         The problem is some varieties may be too big and floppy for the CSA.  This is the learning curve.    …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has onions, garlic, rutabaga, kohlrabi, daikon or black radish, winter squash or pie pumpkins, beets, carrots and cabbage Field Notes. As I write this on Monday, snow is swirling around, and I join the snow day joy of school children.  Snow acts as an insulating blanket over the garden and helps slow the frost dropping into the soil.  The frost will affect how soon soil temperatures are warm …

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Getting By with Some Help from My Friends: The Saw Buck

We have had some cold weather.  And Ken got sick with tractors and wood splitter not working.  A friend brought me a load of wood.  Another helped stack it.        And a third hosted me in her workshop and built (with a bit of help from me) a prototype of a sawbuck from my memory of one Ken and I had years ago.  A Saw buck is an x-shaped sawhorse that holds longer …

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Taking on New Tasks – Planting Micro Greens

With Ken’s death I have difficult decisions.  Do I try to do things he did and I am not sure to do?  Do I use up seeds and do my best?  I decided yes to those questions           Ken planted micro greens for winter CSA boxes and I had ordered the seed.  Although I had watched him and chatted with him while he did this, I never did this.  So here …

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