My Container Garden at 10 Weeks!


Things are thinning out in my container garden–my lettuce, cherry tomatoes, first growth of rosemary, lemon thyme, and potatoes have now been harvested. Containers that have become waterlogged due to the excessive rain we’ve had in these parts have been drained, emptied and stored away until next year.

I have replaced some with a couple of pots of oregano, some impatiens and sylvia’s (my first try at an annual on my deck). My pumpkins are growing slow, as are my zinnia’s and sunflowers. Fungus gnats have taken over their soil.

I cooked up several of my cherry tomatoes with local bought zucchini-




The new potatoes were out of this world. Even though we’ve been eating organic red potatoes for years, nothing has ever tasted as good as the ones I’ve grown this summer. The skins melted in our mouths, and the flavor was out of this world. I used organic red seed potatoes and grew them in organic soil from Purple Cow Organics.  I harvested my potatoes when the plants were dead looking and dried up. There were three plants total in the pot and we harvested 28 potatoes of various sizes. I harvested too early as there were still tubers growing. Next time I will wait longer.


Until next time–be well.

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Hello July!

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Typical summer meal–homegrown and/or local– total cost per meal- $1.22, two good-sized adult meals, or food for three! We eat three or four vegetables with every meal. This meal also included baked chicken and fish. I’ve started making homemade tartar sauce by cutting up a dill pickle in tiny pieces and adding it to our vegan mayo with a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar-Yum!

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Sourcing organic whole foods

For my family, good food means organic food. Sourcing it has been a real challenge. Now that our CSA is done and the Dane County Farmer’s Market will move to the inside markets the challenge begins.

We have been working on sourcing our organic diet for years. Initially we had to order the quantity of food we needed and have it be delivered to a local grocery store from Organic Valley. The quantity for what we were looking to buy was not available locally. Organic Valley was our first experience in WI with organic food and beverage. To this day 60% of our organic diet is supplied by this company. We trust Organic Valley and we continue to use their products.

Organic Valley does carry produce throughout the summer but we have always enjoyed the trek to Dane County Farmer’s Market. With winter approaching we will again rely wholeheartedly on Whole Foods.

Last night our dinner meal was 100% organic purchased exclusively from Whole Foods. We enjoyed a roasted chicken(2.5#) costing us $9.50, organic potatoes, organic carrots (Harmony Farms) sold at WF in Madison, 365 organic gravy and organic custard made with Organic Valley Milk.

The wonderful thing about buying organic, besides- eat local & its good for you and the earth,  is that the vegetables cook in 1/2 the time of any of the non organic veggies. My guess is the non organic veggies are so preserved(waxing, cleaning, sprays) or old that they are much more dense and woody to cook quickly.

This can also be said about chickens. I cooked non organic chicken for almost 20 years in both gas and electric ovens. Most of the chickens ranged in wt 2-3.5# and on 375 degrees would take 2-3 hours. An organic chicken of the same weight at the same degree takes about 1 hr and 15 minutes.

If we were not willing to drive for two hours there would be no way for us to eat organic chicken. That is a definite shame.  We are committed so we bundle as many activities and errands in a day trip and off we go.

As far as organic vegetables go, without the DCFM, Willy’s Coop and Whole Foods we would not have enjoyed the last few years eating organic veggies.

None are sold locally or within a 40 miles radius either direction. Madison Wisconsin is our closest source.

Thank you Madison and thank you to all the farmer’s in the Madison area.

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Our chicken looked like this. We ate 1/4 of it and froze, for sandwiches later, 3/4 of it. **Photo compliments of Whole Foods** we forgot to take a photo before we started carving. 🙂

Chocolate

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Summer fun is soon coming to an end and I was reminded of one of the things I truly love about fall-homemade hot cocoa. Spring for me is like a promise, a promise of things to come. When summer comes along there is the hopes for this and the hopes for that. All too soon the realization becomes clear that there will be some things in life that will work out and others that just will not. Fall is like this for me. It’s the end of some hopes spawned early in spring and not seen through to fruition the summer long. Everything outside becomes crisp, orange and brown and the time arrives to put things to rest. To prepare for the end of the year, the season called winter. In all endings are beginnings to new and different ways of thinking about things. The seasons remind us that we need to keep moving forward, not back. This year has brought me closure for a couple of things long in need of closing and also the ability to know where to focus my attention and where not to.

This summer has been a good one filled with relaxing vacations, and many many projects that have been thankfully completed. The list was very long when we began, but, we are nearing the end of it and are so relieved.  Having recently acquired photos of family members, that I never knew existed, sent me in all directions trying to find the right frames to do them justice. This project took me most of the summer, but I am satisfied with the frames and I am so proud to hang them on our walls.  Painting projects took another couple of weekends, but alas, those are done too. We went here for an early June weekend getaway, loved it and would recommend it to anyone. We went here for a long weekend getaway and enjoyed the couples spa getaway and golf package.  Our vacation was one week in a cabin at a beach resort in Union Pier, Michigan and we LOVED it there. We are already making plans to go again next summer.

With fall fast approaching harvest time is upon us and putting up vegetables for this coming winter is what’s been going on these last two weekends or more. Actually whenever we have a free moment something is being processed and preserved.  Soon, very soon, school will start again for me and spare time will be little to none until May when I graduate.  Still on our list of things to do is a few more times hitting the golf course, a couple more bike rides and oh yes, drinking that delicious cup of hot cocoa I made before I began this post.  The recipe is here, enjoy!