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,…

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…