Thursday, January 28, 2010

Possibilities in the garden...

If you've followed the blog for a while, you may remember our very first garden post, nearly two years ago! Well the Schaefer Manor Farm has made great strides since then, adding two more vegetable beds, lots more herbs, cold frames, a drip watering system, and a dwarf Meyer lemon tree, but I'm sad to say that this last winter I let things slip, and weeds took over most of the yard. Even after a thorough weed whacking, there is a lot of work to do before things can be planted.

The Yard is mostly tangled up in deep-rooted weeds like this. I never grasped the true, radical meaning of the phrase "grass roots" until I tried to pull these bastards out! On a more positive note, beneficial herbs like parsely have rooted in all over the yard, and will probably get a year-round supply without having to do any extra work! But we've got big plans coming, in the form of steer manure, and nice, rich compost! Check back near the end of February for an update!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Some plans brewing for the New Year!

Happy New Year, Comrades!

I hope you enjoyed your Hopping John this year, we sure did. Check out the recipe (via Bryant Terry) here.

Our first order of business, of course, is to keep on cooking, but we've also got some more detailed projects.

See the details after the jump!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Hoppin' John!

I have no clue why eating Hoppin' John on New Year's Day is considered good luck (I guess you're supposed to eat poor tonight and rich the rest of the year) or how the dish got it's rather unlikely name (edible Chesapeake has a bit of history) but even a Yankee-boy like me can tell it's delicious! Bryant Terry's vegan version is less porky than your average Southern indulgence, but still very, very good.

Check the recipe after the jump!