I really enjoyed meeting you all and writing the story.  I must say your food and cooking was among the best I’ve sampled in my 7 years as a food writer.  –LY

We got this in an email (above) over the weekend and was slightly flabbergasted at the praise and though proud of the food we serve, we can’t take all the credit.  A lot has to do with the working the soil for nearly 20 years – the food just taste noticeable different and we are certainly blessed to be able to eat like this every day.

Now I know ya’ll been hollering for recipes.  Thing is when I cook I don’t measure, I cook to taste.  Mostly. I just add whatever’s growing n the garden — handful of this,  that, a little bit of this and that.   Now that means every time I cook the same thing it’s a little different depending.  So if there’s to be an actual cookbook in the works means I’ll start having to keep better records.  haha

Though school’s out it doesn’t feel like summer one bit thanks to June gloom (now only in AM and then the sun comes out).  The calendar says summer, but the weather says otherwise.  But we’ll gladly take the slightly cooler temps and enjoy it while it lasts before it heats up and sizzles.

So as we near the longest day, our meals are changing to eat what’s growing in our backyard.








Breakfast – homemade skillet granola
Lunch – homegrown potato kale soup
Dinner – homegrown potato kale soup


Breakfast – homemade skillet granola
Dinner – homegrown potato kale soup
Lunch – omelet (homeraised eggs) homegrown tomatoes, celery, onions and peppers


Breakfast – homemade skillet granola
Lunch – homegrown green beans, organic rice
Dinner – homemade pizza topped with homegrown marinated peppers, tomatoes, basil, onions, organic cheese and homegrown salad


Breakfast – homemade skillet granola
Lunch – ALT sandwich – local (bartered) avocados, homegrown tomatoes, lettuce
Dinner – homemade spaghetti sauce (homegrown basil, onions, celery, tomatoes, peppers) with whole wheat pasta and homegrown salad


  1. Chandra says:

    Your meals look fabulous! The meal wrap up is my favorite part of this journal and if you should ever decide to write a cookbook I would like to put put in my name and reserve a copy in advance 🙂

  2. Michelle says:

    The cookbook idea is intriguing..that could be a great fund-raiser!

  3. Tammie says:

    You know? The cookbook wouldn’t have to look like conventional cookbooks. If it’s made for people like us who want to do most of our grocery shopping in our garden, we would understand about using a little of this and a little of that … and using whatever ingredients happens to be available that day. So rather than giving exact measures, you could give approximates … and rather than giving exact ingredients, you could say I used ‘this’ in the pic, but I sometimes I use this, this, or that … and let the reader’s mind spark with creativity.

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