Archive for September, 2009

Back of the house

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

I met with Mike Borkenhagen of Eulipia this afternoon; we talked about recipes for the dinner, serving logistics and food prep. I said hello to the pears in the walk-in cooler; they look fine. It’s such a pleasure to work with someone so generous and cheerful, although he protests that he’s not actually doing anything. […]


Monday, September 28th, 2009

Via the magic of Twitter, I bring you two links: Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Jim Dunlop are hot farmers, and FarmsReach is connecting farms and restaurants, although I want to see use by larger institutional customers.

If there’s no photograph, did it happen?

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

I realized as I was driving away from the farm this afternoon that I hadn’t taken a single photograph, however underwater-looking, to document the work day. I wandered through the winter squash planting, where we have many pumpkins getting huge and orange. I picked a couple of small ones to try frying them. They were […]


Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Elephant seals don’t eat when they’re on shore, but I made up for their abstemious habits today, picking up a whole aged sheep cheese and almost five pounds of feta from Rebecca King at the Westside farmers market, and then 20 lbs of freshly ground flour and 10 lbs of soft wheat berries from Pie […]


Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Vamos a ver… We have, clockwise from top right: carrots, zucchini, apples, eggplant, melon, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, basil, collards, and eggs and red onions in the mush pot. The carrots have started a new bag, the apples have joined the reactor core, which is reaching criticality. The zukes are dehydrating, peppers and eggplants for roasting. […]

Who was that masked man?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

It was Henry, keeping a barrier against infection between himself and the world. We picked about 750 lbs of good apples today, with probably another 250 lbs of culls. Not a good year for apples, it seems, which is strange since it was such a banner year for pears. I finished Farm City today, it […]

Not going with the flow

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Well, I waited until tonight to post, because I was planning to report on Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio’s showing of Flow: The Film And then our Veggielution dinner planning meeting went on too long, and I didn’t end up going. That makes me sad, since it looks like a good movie. I’ll try to catch it […]

Food, glorious food

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Todd and I really laid on the food today at the Veggielution workday, especially Todd, with his penne with pesto, homemade bread, and stuffed zucchini blossoms redux. I made a soup with the shelly beans that had been growing up one of the huge cornstalks in the original plot. I told Amie she should include […]

Better living through chemistry

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Well, once again we come to that semi-annual exercise in despair at human nature that is trash cleanup along the Guadalupe River. Today was Coastal Cleanup Day (as opposed to National River Cleanup Day, which is in the spring) and I joined a group which met at the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens visitor center, […]

Open Positions

Friday, September 18th, 2009

And, much as I hate posting twice in one day (when I could be saving things up for days when I guiltily realize I have nothing to blog about) tomorrow is Coastal Cleanup Day, and I’d like to do my small bit in getting the word out about these open positions. First, there are two […]

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