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Summertime

Summertime

Summer is not my favorite season by any stretch, yet in spite of unprecedented weeks of heat here in the Pacific Northwest, this summer has been filled with charm and simple luxuries. The creek is at what neighbors say is a record low for this time of year, and I believe it. But it still offers […]

Homegrown Potatoes: A Worthy Vegetable

Homegrown Potatoes: A Worthy Vegetable

A few years ago, as my husband and I prepared to plant our first large garden, we poured over the colorful photos in seed catalogues and discussed what we wanted to plant. The gist of it: everything! But we narrowed it down to a reasonable selection, based on the pursuit of superior flavor and nutritional value […]

The Rabbit & Chicken House

The Rabbit & Chicken House

We currently have about twenty chickens including two roosters and two broody hens that cannot be deterred from setting. Since for the past several years we’ve had the unique circumstance of urban acreage, there have been no predators aside from the occasional raptor from which to protect them. They simply roam free and roost in the rafters of […]

Fine Dining: Wild Salad

Fine Dining: Wild Salad

Every day when I get home, or before lunch on weekends, I put my daughter in the Ergo carrier or pull on her boots, and we go out to the field to pick greens. Most goes into salad, which we enjoy with simple chutney vinaigrette or oil and vinegar at least once every day. Others […]

Planting Purple Potatoes

Planting Purple Potatoes

Every Saturday during the summer, since we did not grow potatoes for the first time in years, we bought spuds from a fellow at the farmer’s market who we affectionately referred to as Santa Claus Guy. He sold organic Yukon Golds, Russets and a lovely purple variety. Since colorful potatoes contain the most nutrients, we ate a […]

Double Yolks and Wind Eggs

Double Yolks and Wind Eggs

Among these four chicken eggs are three yolks. Can you guess how many each contains? Double-yolk eggs are said to occur once in about 1,000 eggs laid. I’ve found many of these elongated monstrosities over many years of collecting eggs, and there remains a certain excitement to discovering one, from spotting the enormous shell to making bets on […]

Meadow and Brown Field Mushrooms

Meadow and Brown Field Mushrooms

The geese or crows have been quick to dine on the bounty of fungi emerging across our property, so I rushed to gather our share. Last night we had burgers with sautéed mushrooms, a pile of wild greens, bleu cheese and fresh aioli. My husband fried potato chips for the side. Tonight we’re having chicken-fried rabbit […]

Goose Down

Goose Down

I’d read numerous warnings about the arduous task that plucking the goose would be. Perhaps the dreadful anticipation contributed to my positive surprise. Yes, it took at least two hours, maybe three with the final tweezing of the pinfeathers. But the work was pleasant, almost meditative. I sat out in the yard in a cloud […]

The Pleasure and Utility of Goats

The Pleasure and Utility of Goats

I’ve had goats for all but short periods of my life. On the farm where I was raised, we had pygmies, which I must admit I am not fond of: noisy, cantankerous, and quite useless except for show, in my experience (please do correct me if I’m missing something!). When I was ten or eleven, […]

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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