Thanks Jim. They look lovely and are doing well.
I have an obvious passion for packaging, display…and product that looks yummy. If I can’t do it for my clients, I do it myself. It’s my own art—and I’ll create product for the labels I design. So look out for cut flowers this summer—those labels feature the lovely calendula that show’s up in my work all of the time.
Last night, made one of our favorite Jamie Oliver dishes: Moroccan Lamb with Couscous. Red onion sautéd with chili pepper, diced tomatoes, parsley, garbonzo beans (used butter beans this time), cumin, salt and pepper—and mashed a bit. The lamb is rolled in cumin, salt and pepper and sautéd in olive oil. All is served on a bed of couscous (with a dash of fresh lemon and salt) and garnished with sour cream (fresh from the Essex Farm). Also made David Cohen’s recipe for baked cauliflower with parmesan cheese—check his blog at www.bakedbeads.com.
A few years ago, I read The Dirty Life by Kristen Kimball. I loved the book. She is a great writer—so I’ve actually read the book twice and may go for a third round. She and her husband Mark own a farm in Essex. The have a lovely history of love, risk and hard work. They now farm 600 acres—producing amazing produce for their community. Their CSA is a gift situation. You should check them out at http://www.essexfarmcsa.com.
I am a fan. Called a month ago or so to see if we could drop by. They have organized tours, but we really wanted to visit low key and off season. They were so welcoming and lovely.
This is such a genuine and lovely entity.
Just got Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson today. Also recommend Guido Mase’s Wild Medicine Solution. Both books remind us of how we can improve our health by eating “wild” herbs, fruits and veggies—as unaltered, unprocessed and straight as possible. These powerhouses of nutrition are the guys that are out there growing naturally. They pump up nutrition and help maintain optimum digestive, body and mind function.. Check these books—you’ll be moved to change a few things and kick-up your operating system.
Saturday, March 2nd at 2am, my godson was stabbed and killed in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a good man with a good spirit. There is nothing to be said really. There are no words. I am too sad—and I miss his mom. I wish I could hug her right now. Eliot, my love to you and the family. Clydo, keep tough. I love you all.
And they are all doing well.
We’ve been self-teaching ourselves on fruit-tree pruning—mostly through YouTube. Also have some cool videos (borrowed): Holistic Orcharding with Michaeld Fillips, Year-Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman and Business Advice for Organic Farmers with Richard Wiswall (also a fantastic book of the same name). Today, after watching several takes, we were ready. Worked with two old apple trees on the north side of the property—and a few pear and cherry trees that are two and three-years old (if that). South and western apple trees are really very old—and really very overgrown. We’ll tackle those on another day. P.S., thank goodness for one-suits and Muckmasters.
There are always a ton of things on our list: heat barn water, build a new barn, add trim, fix faucet, take tape off the ceiling beams, replace windows, prune trees, build a greenhouse, etc… Today, we researched industrial kitchen fans (one day!) and farm table design. We’re going to use wood from the property (one way or another) and steel—something galvanized? Anyway, I came across this (below) and thought it was interesting. I got linked to Ana White’s web site (ana-white.com). I guess she’s a pretty popular interior designer with some ingenuity and flare. I think she’s from Alaska. Anyway, check her out if you’re into it. Any thoughts on farm table design, please share.