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Patience

They tell me that with patience comes rewards.  Be they to your spirit, your treasure or your community.  Or to your garden.  However, I don’t tend to be the patient sort.  When I work I want to see progress made.  If it’s not immediate then I would like it to be at least incremental.  At the…

I Love Blueberries!

As I have said before, each summer I look forward to loading up our baskets and heading to a nearby farm to do a bit of berry picking.  My son will eat them as fast as he can pick them off the bush.  My daughter, on the other hand, has never liked any sort of berry and so…

Picking and Preserving the Harvest

My kids and I have very different styles when it comes to berry picking.  My daughter is efficient and thorough, from her sitting position.  I try to pick as fast as possible, knowing that time out in the berry field with my children is limited.  And my son puts each and every berry he pulls from the vine…

It was a Feast

Last week our farmer’s market was overflowing with strawberries.  Quite literally overflowing.  And yes, like the rest of the produce in the Pacific NW, the abundance was a couple weeks late.  But that’s ok… it only delayed, it did not dampen my enjoyment.     The strawberries in my yard are only mildly productive and…

The Summer my Father was Ten

Things are moving along at a gentle hum.  The summer herbs and vegetables have been planted.  The spring vegetables are providing us with lots of tasty treats for the dinner table.  My job right now is to weed and water and make sure my little plants are happy.  I feel like I can take a…

The Season for Sauce

Grilling season is finally upon us!  The days of light and easy meals, where the only heat applied might be the outdoor grill.  I love eating outdoors and serving up simple grilled meats with side dishes that express the bounty of the summer season.  Right now my plate is full of greens and radishes, spring…

Summer Vegetables

Are you tired of hearing me complain about the cold and the rain?  Me too!  Memorial Day weekend marks the time when Oregonians can get summer vegetable seedlings into the ground and I start dreaming about Caprese Salad, Zucchini Gratin, and Nicoise Salad.  I begin to look forward to long, leisurely suppers served outdoors, surrounded…

Things are coming up Green at the Farmer’s market

It is mid-May and my little vegetable garden has been trying to grow for two months now.  Talk about a slow start… our cold, wet winter has turned into a cold, wet spring.  But the temperature is starting to rise, the sun is starting to make its appearance (as brief as it might seem), and…

Green Shoots

Upon arriving home from a week away, one of the first questions out of my son’s mouth was, ‘how are our seeds, Mommy? I wonder if our seeds are grown!’ You can imagine the delight when we marched outside to witness the smallest of green shoots stretching out of the dark earth. These first tender…

The Planting Season has Begun – Sugar Snap Peas

It is with great satisfaction that I can report that the spring planting season has officially begun!!  Our spring in the Pacific NW has been filled with snow and rain.  In between work deadlines and the kids’ social schedules it has been difficult to find the time to get outside.  My son and I have…