Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small pumpkin, skinned and chopped into 1-inch chunks
2 1/4 cups water
1 2/3 cups canned coconut cream
1 tablespoon hot sweet Thai chili sauce
1 tablespoon lemon grass, finely chopped*
1 tablespoon fish sauce
freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish
In a large pot, heat oil and gently cook onion with brown sugar and garlic over low heat until softened (8-10 minutes). Add chopped pumpkin, water, coconut cream, chili, lemongrass or rind and fish sauce. Season with freshly ground pepper. Simmer for about 25 minutes until tender. Remove and puree until smooth. Just before serving, adjust seasoning to taste. Mix in chopped coriander. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with a fresh coriander leaf.
*The same amount of grated lemon peel can be substituted.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Breeze Farm Stakeholder Meeting & Potluck flyer
December 9, 2009 - 6 PM
Schley Grange Hall
3416 Schley Road, Hillsborough
*Optional* Farm Twilight Tour
December 9, 2009 - 4:30 pm
4909 Walnut Grove Church Rd, Hurdle Mills
Read about the 2009 Farm to Fork Picnic in this article.
Sign up for future picnics here.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Everybody got to look at worms and the bin I've had going since last fall a bit closer, before preparing a bin to take into their classrooms. They shredded a bunch of newspaper for the bedding, we wetted it, and dropped the worms in. The bins will be housed in all the second grade classrooms during the school year, and returned to STARworks Garden in the spring, when we can harvest the castings!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
A WORKSHOP WITH MICHAEL SHUMAN
When: OCTOBER 29, 2009 2:00-4:30PM
Where: STARWORKS CENTER FOR CREATIVE ENTERPRISES
Michael Shuman, economist, attorney, entrepreneur and author of The Small Mart
Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-
Koehler, 2006) and Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age
(Free Press, 1998) will present an afternoon workshop that lays out the principles of his
approach to economic development, which contends that small, locally-owned businesses
are the key to a healthy and dynamic economy. Followed by question and answer.
Followed by the Central Park NC ANNUAL GATHERING 5:30 pm -8:00 pm
Join Central Park NC as we celebrate with local food and music, a year of
accomplishments and progress in our eight-county region. This year's theme “Local Works”
is designed to help us create a regional community where local, independent businesses
thrive and help small town economies.
Registration includes evening Central Park NC Gathering event.
$15 for Central Park Stewards/ $25 for general public.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please register at www.centralparknc.org or by calling
Monday, September 14, 2009
Here's one of the brave lettuces that made it from seed to a plant. About half the plants I started have been devoured... by slugs I suspect. So today I did another sprinkling of DE (Diatomaceous Earth). Last weeks sowing of lettuce in raised beds did not yield any results. I think it's just too hot still for the seeds to germinate. So today I also started a new batch of greens (lettuces, spinach, rukola, a mesclun mix and kale) under the deck. Most likely they will be coming up in 2 days, and since Maarja and I have prepped more space for planting - they will be able to go in the ground faster this time - and be covered with row cover immediately.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Well, last week at some point Maarja and I looked at the logs, and saw 2 small mushrooms poking out. I took that as a sign, that it was time to reconfigure the pile, so I stacked the logs like that:
The three piles in the back are in the most shade, and the very last ones (being the smaller sweet gum logs) are producing some Shiitakes. There are a few small mushrooms on oak and thicker sweet gum logs. We've been watering them twice a day now for the past 3 days or so, and their growth is amazingly fast. The first dibs on mushrooms will go to Eddie and Angela, as Eddie came out with his chainsaw in the spring and helped Adam and I cut the sweet gums off our wooded part of the property here at STARworks. From then on I'll be adding shrooms to our CSA shares for those who will eat them:)
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Something exotic! We were excited to see those guys, until Maarja said:"Oh, I see them in Tartu all the time... they are not REALLY playing..."
Dried fish and onions! Yeah! Estonians eat a LOT of fish - dried, smoked, marinated, fried, salted...
This was a small company that offers an alternative to regular store bought bread, which is also of high quality. (Although, gone are the days when you could go to your local small store and buy fresh, warm, made-the-same-morning bread with crunchy crust and intoxicating aroma - and it was packaged right there in paper, not in plastic at the factory...)
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wild Chanterelles were also abundant. Gorgeous mushroom, and oh so good just fried up with butter and a pinch of salt... eaten with some fresh new potatoes boiled and sprinkled with dill...
Here are all the goodies next to each other - Chanterelles, blueberries, and fresh peas in the pod. The last were a hit with all the kids.
Overall view of all the goodness.
I was impressed with Tartu's marketplace. Clean, well organized, very well stocked. My friend Elen also buys organic produce straight from farmers , who come to Tartu once every 2 weeks or so. CSA's as such have not found their way to Estonia yet, but organic farmers seemed to be well organized and pulled together.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Cabbages, carrots, onions, beans - all sorts of cool weather vegetables... Neighbors from across the field also use a few rows of my parents land to grow their food.
Here's the view from the house towards the vegetable garden and fields. The wooden structure in the foreground is "kiik" - a sledge swing, a type of swing original to Estonia. In the olden days young people used to gather during the long summer nights around the "kiigeplats" - "swinging grounds" to swing, sing and dance and eye suitable marriage partners... my dad was the first in the village to build one of those swings after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The original kiik had to be replaced at one point as the beams eventually rotted. But we had many fun times swinging with other village kids, or gathering with family for summer solstice or other summer holidays on that particular "swinging ground".
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
The house on the right is the house I grew up in. The house on the left is my brothers new home. The flag pole is in the center, surrounded by flowers.
Ain't it purty?!
And of course, a very important feature of an Estonian country life -the outhouse. In this case - it's next to the garage/dad's work room/root cellar. The outhouse has moved more than once also during my lifetime.
Well, another day has passed. The sun is setting behind the church tower in the village, it's almost midnight.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Here is Melanie Lamonds with a group of fourth graders sorting out the worms.
After harvesting the castings, Mrs. Lamonds' and Mrs. Comer's classes each started a new bin - with shredded newspaper, some compost from the old bins, and a bunch of worms. We also went to check on the flower bed that the kids planted a little more than a month ago. They recognized some plants, marveled over the height of the sunflowers, and checked the little watermelons that had started to form. Yesterday when I looked at the plants - the sunflowers were blooming, and some of the watermelons are about 4 inches in diameter! I can't wait for those kids to come back to the garden when school starts, to taste the fruits of their seeds!