The Great River Road + RECIPE: Leek & Pepper Pretzel Dip

I love discovering new parts of Wisconsin. I think our little part of the world is so endlessly beautiful. So lush and magical, with winding roads that swing through hills and valleys. So picturesque and varied, with historic towns, tribal lands, and shimmering lakes around every corner. So agrarian and rustic, with sprawling farm land, humble…

Inspiration + RECIPE: Mason Jar Caprese

The tomatoes are reaching the end my friends. It’s be a light year for tomatoes thanks to the 22 inches of August rain that fell in Southern Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t love every second of the six weeks we’ve had those red, orange, green, yellow, pink and purple beauties. It never really…

Optimism + RECIPE: Sweet Corn Polenta with Grilled Vegetables

Alright folks, after a severe dog illness, financial farm woes, a still unfinished pack shed, and over a foot of rain here in Southern Wisconsin in the span of a few days, I am mostly back to normal. Life is hard and beautiful. The farm teaches me strength and resiliency. This profession we chose is…

Too Much Rain + RECIPE: Cantaloupe Gazpacho

Today I want to take a break from the regularly scheduled programming you’ve come to know and love here at The Leek & The Carrot. A break from my generally sunny disposition of knowing and accepting that farming is hard but being grateful anyways because I’m gifted with tremendous food, a career on my own…

Just Farming + RECIPE: Tomato & Sweet Corn Pasta Salad

Well hello everyone. How are you? Apparently, it’s August. I’ve been so buried in my farm bubble that I really have no idea what’s happening in the world outside of sweet corn, tomatoes and watermelon. It’s not a bad situation. Not one bit. It’s absolutely delicious in my world right now. It is also quite…

Strategies for Survival + RECIPE: Bahn Mi Burgers

This season is a beast. Everything that’s happened so far is just a blur in the rear view mirror. I’ve almost forgotten that this season started with a freak blizzard, a hail storm on our baby brassicas, construction of a second greenhouse, a rhubarb patch, and our first asparagus field. I’ve almost forgotten that we…

Farm Party + RECIPE: Summer Squash Tuna Melt Casserole

There are a lot of things I love about summer. I love the simplicity of grilled meals. I love the bounty. I love the way our little state comes alive with excitement and joy, suddenly remembering all the reasons they love being alive. I love watching my hard work manifest in front of me and the…

Surviving the Heat + RECIPE: Zucchini, Chard & Chickpea Tacos

We followed this strange pattern for the entire month of June. The work week typically began with a major storm event that pummeled our field with anywhere from 2-4 inches of rain. It then gave way to lovely weather that would be perfect to work in had the fields not been far too wet to…

Guest Post: Flowers as Self-Care and Nourishment

This year begins my deep and thoughtful journey into both flowers and self care. If you’ve been reading my blog or following along with my story on Instagram for any amount of time, you know self care is something I fight to fit in on a daily or weekly basis. It’s not always easy, and…