Archive for September, 2008

Square Foot Gardening

Raised bed using the SFG method. Picture taken August 17, 2008.

Raised bed using the SFG method. Taken 8/17/08.

We are really excited about our new raised bed; planted with the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) method by Mel Bartholomew. We are so happy with our results, that we will be attending the SFG symposium in Utah, where we will learn more about SFG and become certified teachers. Our plan is to expand the farm’s services by offering classes on SFG. More info in the weeks to come! ๐Ÿ™‚


That’s One Big Tomato!

Pruden's PurpleThis is from one of the plants we started from seed. Pruden’s Purple is a new tomato variety for us this year and we think it’s a keeper. Meaty and sweet, it’s perfect for a tomato sandwich.

Purple Carrots?

The other day, I was cleaning up the dead leaves in the raised bed, and I thought to myself “How are the purple carrots doing?” I couldn’t resist, I pulled one.

I love the color purple, so I plant purple food; eggplant, tomatillos, beans. When I saw there were purple carrot seeds, well, I just had to give them a try.

Next colorful veggie: Detroit golden beets.

Taste test later: this one sacrificed it’s life in the name of photography, plus it’s a baby, so not ready to harvest yet.

Bliss on a Plate

Tomatoes marinated in olive oil, basalmic vinegar and basil, heaped on toasted ciabatta bread, served with ripe peaches, drizzled with basalmic – pure food bliss. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.




We make the best, fresh, chunky salsa this time of year. Usually, we chop up everything in the garden, add a little olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and a dash of sugar. It’s the best….or at least we think so.

Dig in! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mystery Tomato

We received this tomato plant from Copia in Napa, CA, when we were visiting last March. They have a lovely, kitchen garden and greenhouse. One of the staff was repotting tomatoes and she offered us two plants. She wasn’t sure what was what, but knew they were heirlooms and not a cherry variety. One turned out to be a green zebra tomato and the other is the tomato pictured to the right. Anyone know what it is?

They are pear-shaped and are on the orange-red side for color. Meaty and firm, great flavor. Most are pretty large, about the size of my palm or bigger.

Here’s another picture of them, to the left. Each subscriber got one this day.

Below is how they look when they are growing? Any ideas?