Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Simple Farm Cookbooks ( a few of them)

I love cookbooks - and love to see what others have on their kitchen shelves. Here are some of mine.

 I've just about rushed to order this one after my friend, Lynne, text me with "savoring each page."

 Love love love this cookbook - since I love love love to jam.

This is one that Michael uses when he makes our goat cheese.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Cinderella - It's Beautiful

Our French - inspired market is simply lovely to look at. I'm simply adoring our Cinderella and white pumpkins and so today I just had to do it.

I brought one of the whites in the house, cut her down the middle, scraped out all her insides (seeds) . . . .

and kept thinking about how all those seeds could feed a neighborhood . . .

 . . . and then put her in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour....and voila...the sweetest pumpkin smell in my kitchen and my mind thinking about this soup recipe - Pumpkin Curry with Galangal and Fresh Turmeric!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Red Okra - Beauty

I'd never really eaten okra before we began to grow it. Last year we focused on the green - and when I saw seeds for these heirloom burgundy (or red) okra, I knew I had to order packages - just because they're beautiful...and so good for you!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Raising Back Yard Chickens Class

Ever thought about raising chickens or just needing more information about the care of your egg giving pets that you have?  There's still time to register for this class that's coming up THIS Sunday at our farm from 1:30 - 3:30. Cost is $20 for family.

Back Yard Chicken Raising  - register here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

My Farm Chick Friends and Upcoming Garden Tour

I love my Farm Chick Friends who hold the same values of pure, good and organic that we do at The Simple Farm.

The other day, Rebecca Kidwell of Farmyard called to order a few of our "beauty" farm products to add to a "thank you basket" to give to a client of hers (I think this is the client - the school that Rebecca and her sister Sarah took care of - building these raised beds, planting the organics for these children!)

I notice that the lovely Jill Green of Sweet Life Gardens has a few jars of her fabulous marmalade sitting nicely in this basket as well.

And, of course there is Rebecca's amazing sweet basil pesto!

It's such a privilege to be included in the company of women who wear flip flops while digging in the dirt and educating our communities how to live sustainably, build that sense of community and understand how important it is for all of us to start growing their own food.

On that note, I want you all to get on your December 4th calendars NOW the date for a garden tour you won't want to find yourself on the short end of getting a reserved ticket for. It's called Arcadia's Edible Garden Tour and The Simple Farm is so excited (even though we're not in the Arcadia district) to be on the tours list.  Here are some pics from last years tour.  Tickets will go on sale soon and I'm hoping you're first in line!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bee Keeping Class Postponed

For various reasons, todays (October 16th) Bee Keeping Class has been postponed until early spring. We so apologize for any inconveniences this schedule change has caused.  For all those who were interested, we'll keep you updated as to the next scheduled class with the valley's number one bee keeper - Emily Brown.