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The Birds

A bizarre flock of birds taking rest in the trees above our walk around the JN building today. Noting the beauty. Related posts: A Pinecone Project Patio Update: The Rock Has Been Crushed Roast Chicken with Thyme, Lemon and Rosemary […]

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Planting Bulbs in the Back Yard

Every spring, I look out at the brown, bare orchards and say to myself: Why, oh why didn’t we plant bulbs last fall? Well, we’ve been at the farm for more than 13 years now, and it’s finally happened. Longtime […]

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We Have a Winner Watermelon!

The harvest complete, and we have great news. The watermelon was a big success! Red, sweet, juicy and delicious! Related posts: The Watermelon Harvest Watermelon-Basil Mojitos Michael Symon’s Watermelon and Halloumi Recipe: Watermelon-Peach-Tomato Salad with Chili and Lime

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Flushing the Fire Hydrant

Here’s something you don’t see that often. Sam was pretty fascinated. Related posts: First Fire of the Season at SCF Porch Opener: Sidecars Outside, Then a Fire Fire on the Mountain Sidecars by the Fire

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The Watermelon Harvest

I want it on the record that watermelons were planted without my consultation. I would not have planted a vine that needs more room to grow than we even have in our entire front yard. That being said, the joy […]

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Pear Harvest: It’s a Good Year

It’s been a very good year for our Anjou pear tree. We’ve been picking pears and eating them out of hand nearly every day since mid-September. Today, we’re taking a bunch of pears that fell off a little unripe, but […]

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The Porch Is Done!

What a project! But it came out just beautifully. We are thankful.   Related posts: Porch Project: Removing the Carpet Porch Project 2015 Porch Project: More Paint Scraping Porch Update: Look at That Floor!

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Porch Update: Look at That Floor!

Nearly done now! All the paint and stain is off! We just need to seal it with Thompson’s Water Seal and we are done! Related posts: Porch Project: Black Tar and Some Paint Removed Porch Project: More Paint Scraping Porch […]

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Cosmos at Night

Maybe it’s the wine talking, but I thought this looked kind of cool. Related posts: Update on the Garden: Phlox, Cosmos, Crocosmia, Coneflowers! Garden Update: Cosmos, Hydrangea Garden Update: Coneflowers, Cosmos, Blackberries and Butterfly Bushes Update on the Garden: Phlox, […]

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Porch Project: More Paint Scraping

Day 2 for Chris. More scraping. Lots of hard work. By the end of the day, he got it down to the last layer, which was stain. We’ll move on to sanding next. Related posts: Porch Project: Black Tar and […]

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Porch Project: Black Tar and Some Paint Removed

An update. Chris spent most of the day scraping with Back To Nature Multi-Strip Paint Remover. He started with Goof Off, but it didn’t do much. (Don’t you love his don’t-mess-with-me radio!) Sticky, nasty, hard work. The longer it sits, […]

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Porch Project: Removing the Carpet

This Labor Day week off, I am working on (and supervising work on) getting the porch floor in shape. It’s going to be a long haul. If you recall, we had an unfortunate accident in June: the hose sprung a […]

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Porch Project 2015

It started out innocently enough. We asked each other, “Who spilled something on the floor?” After a couple days, it still wasn’t drying, so we got the fan out and tried that.   The rug was soaked through and the […]

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The Sour Cherry Tree is Loaded

Another cool shot of the tree. Those cherries are coming down! Related posts: The Concept Tree at Sour Cherry Farm Our Own Sour Cherry Pie! The Sour Cherry Harvest Making 36 Jars of Sour Cherry Preserves

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Sour Cherry Harvest: It’s Going to Be Huge

The cherries are going gangbusters. Such a nice change after our lame-ass harvest last year! Here’s a look!   Related posts: The Sour Cherry Harvest The Sour Cherry Harvest The Sour Cherry Harvest! Greg Describes the Sour Cherry Harvest

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Garden Update: Cherries! Peonies! Currants!

A strange season this year, indeed. Cherries are ripening way early — two weeks, by some accounts — and yet, peonies, for some reason, stayed blooming later than ever. Here’s an update of what’s ripening and blooming in the fields. […]

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Hydrangea Watch!

To borrow a phrase from the farm’s longtime friend Diane (aka DC Fruit Bat), we are on a hydrangea watch. And it looks like we might be getting some blue flowers this year. This is the hydrangea was planted in 2014. […]

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Beautiful Food Photos and Flowers

I returned to work after the Minnesota trip to find that Carrie had curated my office art! I chose the cocktail photo at the top left, and she played with colors, shapes and textures. It came out great! The next […]

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The Porch is Open!

The first somewhat warm day of the year, and we worked outside to clean up and plant garden. We’re not outside celebrating yet, but someday soon! Related posts: The Porch is Open! Open Days Garden Tour: Pretty Penny Choosing Flowers […]

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The Garlic Is Up!

Well would you look at that! The garlic that Hunna planted in October has been keeping nice and warm under a big blanket of snow. Today, the snow is melting. The sun is warming the garden bed. The garlic is […]

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Big Snow

More snow. A few photos. Related posts: A Snow Day Monday First Snow Day Oh. Look. More Snow More Snow

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Snow Day at Sour Cherry Farm

First big snowstorm of the season, and we have pancakes, make snow angels and build a snowman. Pretty successful run, I’d say! Snow on tree: Yummy winter breakfast: Can we go out now, mommy? With Claire and Jane: Snow angels: […]

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The Sun Sets on 2014

The last light of 2014, inspired by this Instagram by Nicole Franzen. (Yes of course hers is way better, but I was inspired by the idea, and the caption!) PS: She’s great to follow on Insta if you are looking […]

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A Pinecone Project

Step 1: Gather pinecones while on a walk. Step 2: Tie ribbons around the top of them. Step 4: Ask your neighbor Tasha if she has any birdseed you can borrow. Step 5: Rub the pinecones in peanut butter, then […]