Gratitude & Farmer Knowledge + RECIPE: Blueberry & Kohlrabi Chicken Salad

My husband and I spent last weekend at the Organic Vegetable Producers’ conference in Madison: a beautiful two day affair of organic pioneers, newbies, researchers and friends. The tone at this particular conference (which is only in its third year) fills my heart with so much joy because in addition to the kinds of conversations…

Winter Freeze + RECIPE: Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Peanuts & Apples

My little home in Southern Wisconsin (and much of the Great Lakes basin) is experiencing a crazy arctic blast of beyond sub-zero temperatures right now. The temps are to stay below zero for the next 48 hours peaking tomorrow evening at a chilling -30 degrees. That’s before windchill.  As a farmer, I am of course thinking…

Retreating to the Northwoods + RECIPE: Cabbage, Leek & Pepper Runza

After seven nights away and a full two weeks off of work, I can say with absolute certainty that everyone everywhere deserves a retreat from their daily lives every once in a while. Not just a vacation or an adventure, but a real retreat that encourages quiet and calm and reflection and possibly even productivity….

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide + RECIPE: Spicy Ham Hand Pies

It’s official. We have entered cookie bake season which means I’m feeling very festive, a little fat, and way behind schedule on all of my gift purchasing. Without fail, every single Christmas I repeat this pattern where I sort of forget to be thoughtful until it’s nearly too late. I wax poetic to everyone who will…

These Gray Days + RECIPE: Caramelized Shallot Dip

Boy oh boy has it ever been gloomy here in my beautiful home state of Wisconsin. Honestly, since we returned home from Maui a little over a month ago I would guess that 95% of my waking hours have been under cloudy skies and it seems like pretty much everyone in my life is handling…

Thankful + RECIPE: Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Shallots

We made it guys. We planted 3+ acres of vegetables. We packed 150 CSA boxes of produce every week to feed 200+ families for five months. We employed people. We hosted so many farm parties. We went to Hawaii. We came back. We planted garlic, raced to get things out of the field before the…

Out of the Fields + RECIPE: BBQ Brisket Pizza with Coleslaw

Every day we inch a little bit closer to the end. The field work is hours away from being completed and we’re almost ready to move into one of my favorite phases of farm life: the strategic phase. Pretty soon I’ll be running reports, crunching numbers, throwing together spreadsheets and having long conversations with my…