Category: The Seasons

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Stamped Holiday Spice Cookies

The Western New York Winter has blown in early this season. I didn’t finish all of my fall chores. The hickory tree still has lots of leaves that won’t get raked. A handful of garden beds look unruly, but the wildlife will be thankful for the shelter and perchance some scrumptious vegetation to munch on during the cold month.  I’m thankful for the snow … Read More Stamped Holiday Spice Cookies

Savor Fall with Fish House Punch

There is a reason that we live in Western New York, and that is there is a change of seasons. We hear the complaints about how awful winter is here, but what is horrible is having the same weather all the time. A change of season is good. This year, we deemed the summer the year of terrible rain and bugs. Oh, the bugs … Read More Savor Fall with Fish House Punch

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk

During the season, Bruce and I go less and less to the local grocery stores and focus most of our shopping in our own garden or the great farmer’s markets around us. We live smack in the middle of three such markets, Anderson’s Produce, Carlberg Farmstand and Peterson’s. Anderson’s last week had Brussels sprouts on the stalk for $3.00. I was incapable of walking … Read More Roasted Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk

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Purple Potato Salad

On a whim, I picked up a basket shopping this spring that had potatoes, garlic and horseradish for growing. I tried my hand of growing these guys in fabric grow baskets. I still need to harvest everything but I did harvest the purple potatoes. There were pros and cons. Pro, super easy to harvest with just a dump and grab the potatoes. A couple … Read More Purple Potato Salad

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Fireball Applesauce

In the midst of Western New York apple season, you can find apples strewn on the ground and in the trees. Bees and wasps circle the apples with their last ditch effort to enjoy a taste of sugar before the frost hits. Last week, Bruce and I grabbed a market bag and walked down to my parent’s orchard. We spent our lunch going from … Read More Fireball Applesauce

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Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

During the summer months when the humidity starts creeping up and begins to be oppressive we struggle to find food that is cold to eat. There is that rumor out there that if you eat hot soup on an equally hot day that it will regulate your body temperature. This may very well be true but when you are in the midst of misery … Read More Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

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Autumn is Coming

As we look out the window we see the days getting shorter and the leaves are starting to turn ever so slightly. The temperatures are going from the heat of summer to the coolness of Autumn and with it, flower season is starting to close. The bright colors are still in our field but soon we will miss the brightness of the season everywhere … Read More Autumn is Coming

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Edible Bouquets

Some of the bouquets we make are filled with edible flowers and herbs. We have grown some unique varieties of edible flowers and herbs on the farm so we can use them in regular bouquets but so we can also make completely edible bouquets. The completely edible bouquets can be used throughout the week to add flavor and color to home cooked meals. Fresh … Read More Edible Bouquets

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Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake

Bruce and I started a semi week off. I say semi because we never get a real week off without a client having some sort of an emergency. Such is life for a business owner. Plus I have projects in the midst of approvals. Definitely, slowing down this week and focusing on us and all the small moments. We started the week venturing through … Read More Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake

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Zucchini Casserole

Summers, as a kid in the 1980s, were filled with long days in the pool with my cousins. If you listen close enough I think whispers of Marco can still be heard to this day floating over the pool with inevitable Polo replies hanging in the air. One classic game known to a select few would be bucking bronco. Perhaps not a well known … Read More Zucchini Casserole

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Relaxing & Planning

This week we are taking some time off for the 4th of July Week and enjoying the warm weather and quiet moments of relaxation. Planting is all but done and now it is just time to watch the flowers grow. We may be doing some late season sowing soon to give us a little more inventory for later in the season so stay tuned … Read More Relaxing & Planning

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Poppies, Hydrangeas & Zinnias

As the seasons change from Spring to Summer the planting time dwindles and we wait patiently for the flowers to grow. A week goes by then another and we see them grow slowly throwing out shoots and greenery, teasing us with what is about to come. Then the weather changes and the heat index rises along with rain showers that wash over the fields. … Read More Poppies, Hydrangeas & Zinnias