Yes, carrots ARE sweeter after a frost!

You are right. This is a cabbage. We did, in fact, eat the carrots before the photo shoot.

This year we did well by our fall crops. Clearly, the most important first step was that we, actually, planted our fall crops! Fall planting time can easily sneak by us. We started the seedlings in a cooler protected environment, covered the plants with row cover to deter the voracious insects of late summer, and covered them with row cover or plastic when freezing weather came in. We were rewarded with spinach and kale as well as delicious crunchy carrots, cabbage, collards, and broccoli made sweeter by the cold! We were fooled a couple times by warming trends after the first frosts. Thinking that the bugs would not be active after the freeze, row covers came off and, don’t you know it, bugs (caterpillars) came in. Next year, I’d like to plant more confidently….meaning, planting more and having a solid plan for storing surplus. We are grateful for the extra abundance from the garden to supplement our stored winter squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and dried beans. Yum!

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Be my pickle.

Author and Chef: Hannah K. LeVasseur

Okra, garlic, cayenne pepper, black peppercorn, dill, mustard seed just waiting to meet its vinegar.

Banana pepper, garlic, cayenne pepper…be my pickle, be on my sandwich.

So excited about these curry cucumber pickles. I love my Batch book! Dragon’s egg cucumbers mixed with pickling cucumbers, an onion, and every spice that would make you swoon.

All vegetables are from the garden! Thanks, Mom, for letting me make your kitchen HOT!



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Dandelion season




She seems to blend as one with this dandelion flower. I would have thought she had enough! I hope she is strong enough to take that load home!

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