Cold Spring + RECIPE: Midwest Bok Choy Ramen Salad

Spring is chugging along my friends– chugging along very, very slowly. Things started with a real burst for us in mid-April. We were blessed with 70-degree weather and an absolutely perfect week. We planted onions and lettuce right on schedule. It rained when we needed it to. It stopped just in time. We planted a…

Imperfect Action + RECIPE: Roasted Beet Salad

Last Saturday there was a snowstorm in Wisconsin– a short-lived but altogether unexpected spring “blizzard” where temperatures dropped as low as 26 degrees and four inches of very heavy snow fell on our farm. As vegetable farmers in an already unpredictable weather locale (Wisconsin is well-known for forty-degree swings in the spring and fall) in…

Packing Shed + RECIPE: Spicy Chickpea & Sweet Potato Salad

The journey to having a building on our farm where we can wash, pack, sort, and store our vegetables is nearly over. Can you believe it? After a season of dreaming (2016), a season when we truly thought we would be building only to discover that the site location the whole family had settled on […]

Preparations for Spring + RECIPE: Beef Short Rib & Bok Choy Fried Rice

The seventh season of Raleigh’s Hillside Farm is officially underway! My Carrot and I began seeding a little over two weeks ago with an epic afternoon spent dropping thousands of tiny onion, leek and scallion seeds into soil. And somehow, a short sixteen days later, greenhouse number one is nearly full. Brassica, lettuce, fennel, parsley,…

The Last Two Weeks + RECIPE: Spicy Blood Orange Margaritas

We’ve had a really exciting couple of weeks here at Raleigh’s Hillside Farm headquarters and Chez de The Leek & The Carrot. We launched our spring seedling sale pre-order. We cleaned the greenhouse. We inventoried our farm supplies. We did our taxes. We completed the majority of our annual organic certification paperwork. I was on…

Date Nights + RECIPE: Perfect Pizza Pie

Three months back my quiet, selfless, fiercely independent husband made a request. And let me just begin by saying this guy never makes requests. His is a soul that lives to serve and lift up others. But on this particular day, kindly and gently, he asked if perhaps we could reinstate our routine of weekly…

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…