Thursday, December 21, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
and the rabbits that steal them
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
To my delight they had just harvested the remains of their Brussels sprouts. There were huge bins of them still on the stalk in the back waiting to be made market ready. There were also huge bins of cabbages.
But first the apples. Northern Spy and Honey Crisp are two varieties that are hard to come by in the city, so I stocked up on them. Then I saw a shelf of apple butter that would have rivaled Bubba’s litany of shrimp dishes for variety on a single theme. People in
When the time came to add it all up, I walked out of there with quite a deal. Given that the price on the Brussels sprouts was $3 per stalk, I expected to pay a good bit more for this market basket of goods than I did. For 3 Brussels sprouts stalks, 3 butternut squash, 1 blue Hubbard, 1 cauliflower, 1 quart of pear cider, 10 apples, and a can of peaches thrown in for good measure I paid ....................................
Pennsylvania ... I'll be back
Monday, December 11, 2006
From there we were off to Peter’s Orchard by way of York Springs. We wanted to stop and look at an 18th century Episcopal church there. Christ Chapel of York Springs was built in 1736. It is a simple, meeting house style brick building. It is no longer in use, but we lucked into meeting a local named Noel and his wife Helen who let us in and shared some of the history. We had been puzzled as to why in this
It was a VERY cold morning and the church seemed almost colder inside than out. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
One thing in the
The next morning I was at the Hanover Market before sunrise. Just inside the door was a woman making pretzel covered hot dogs. Pretzels are a food group unto themselves, and there are all kinds of ways to embellish them. At Christmas time pretzel sticks are frosted with red and green frosting. Again the Brethren ladies were in abundance and one in particular was selling all manner of canned goods and some chocolate confections that were extraordinary. Take a look at this! It is a box made of chocolate and decorated with a white chocolate ribbon. The top comes off the box and inside are handcrafted chocolates of poinsettias, snowflakes, holly leaves. Maybe 8 handcrafted chocolates in all.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Last year only #5, 8 and 9 produced flowers and then not until mid March. I wonder what this winter will bring.
In the meantime, if anyone has suggestions for successful feeding, watering and summer field growing options, I am all ears.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
I planted five varieties of carrots last spring. Imperator, Nantes Fancy, Atomic Red, Purple Fancy and Shin Kuruda. The Imperators have been huge ! The two colored carrots have been thin and short but tasty. All of them have benefited from the recent frosts.
I will be bringing the “orange” to Thanksgiving dinner today: carrots, rutabaga and sweet potatoes, all from the garden. The rutabaga will benefit from some maple syrup and dried cranberries, but the other two veggies will speak for themselves. They have a special sweetness all their own … no need to sugar them up.