Well, people of my page, I have just made the best fruitcake to date. I wish I could claim the original recipe, but the honor goes to PureWow.com.

Interested? If so, here is their recipe and website:

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http://www.purewow.com/recipes/The-Best-Damn-Fruitcake-Ever

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The Original “She Farmer”

While there are many women who have farmed, one who rings a crystal clear bell in my mind is Tasha Tudor.  She was a woman who walked away from what we call the “normal” of society and recreated her own reality- and it served her well.

I first learned of Tasha Tudor by accident. While perusing my local library, I came across a book cover that literally stopped me in my tracks. Suffice to say, I was hooked. I gobbled up all the information that I could find on this mysterious and amazingly talented woman, who dressed in 18th century clothing- because it was who she was.

Tasha was born August 28, 1915, in Boston Massachusetts. She made her home in Marlboro, Vermont, which is where she died, after living a life well lived, at the age of 92 years old. You can find plenty of information on her online; however, I suggest you pick up a few of her books and see if she casts her spell over you as well. Though a woman of many talents- illustrator, author, historic figure, it is this last talent, I’d like to focus on, the plant-woman.

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This herbalist, farmer, and botanist created an environment most of us, literally, would shake our heads at in amazement. Known to root herbs in willow stems; for later plantings, grow massive amounts of flowers for their effects on her worn pathways- set amongst her 250 acre paradise, create secret spaces for mere enjoyment, and take pride in the meals and desserts she cooked from the harvest of her land. Tasha, one step at a time, accomplished what most of us seek to do, to build her farm her way. And that she did.

Tudor was self-sufficient. She had Nubian goats for milk, yogurt and cheese. Fruit trees lined the steps down into the gardens which held herbs and vegetables. She would say that she felt vegetables preferred plants growing around their base to keep the moisture levels balanced. I must remember that next time I’m weeding furiously.

What most intrigued me about this woman is the fact she created a whole business around a life-style that she utterly adored. Her flowers and farm show up in her illustrations, her life shows up on the pages that she wrote.  She was brilliant, and her farm business model worked.

So, if you want to be inspired, pick up a book on Tasha’s life, her words will encourage you to move forward to build your own farm.

Green Tidings!


Capturing the Gatherers.

Here are a few shots of the bees gathering pollen from our lavender patch. They are simply fascinating to watch as they build their new hives.


Dehydrating Fresh Garlic Scapes

This year we cut a percentage of our scapes to see if the process will indeed enlarge our garlic bulb sizes. (There have been mixed opinions on this practice from our readings.) However, being the adventurous sort that we are, we had to test our own waters…er garlic. This process meant we had a lot of garlic scapes to use. So, dried scape powder these will become- once they’re complete in the dehydrator that is. 🙂

To begin, wash your scapes, then…

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Once dried, either bottle as is, or grind the mixture down to a powder. I’ll post more photos of the two options, and either work just fine.


Arrival of the Bees.

Our bees arrived today. They’re Italian bees…however, we’ve yet to hear the accent. 😉

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Here are some pictures on our Facebook page should you be interested in seeing the steps to introducing them to the new hives.

Hope you’re planting is going well.


March News

Our garlic trials have been successful. Therefore, we will have seed garlic available this summer for purchase. For those who enjoy garlic, don’t forget about the garlic scapes and flowers. They make an amazing pesto…along with a multitude of other recipes. Additional news…

Our honey bees arrive this spring. We are raising the Italian variety and are very excited about their arrival. Until we receive our nucs packages, we will be busy assembling the hives which wait for us in the shop. We will be offering not only honey, but wax for those of you who wish to use it in your products.

And lastly, Appleton Wiske now has a Pinterest account. If you’re curious, jump on over and visit with us on the new site. Recipes, how to’s, and information on homesteading await your visit. Here’s the new site:

 


The life of a farmista seems to always be in a state of flux.

As we peek through the straw in spring for signs of garlic tops; a spark of glee occurs when we do a mental count to compare what we had planted to what has survived the winter. Then comes the watching and waiting for telltale signs of when to harvest. So many things come into play such as weather, time and simply growth patterns.

With all of this flux, we are happy to report that all of our garlics survived the winter. The hardneck varieties of Music, Porcelain and Rocambole; along with the softneck garlic: the Silverskin.

Our seed heads are blooming beautifully, and we will have some available for sale by the end of August 2015. Due to growing our stock, there are limited quantities so send an email early should you be interested in purchasing our garlic. We use all natural practices from the ground up.

Enjoy your day. 🙂

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