Category Archives: Rants

Can’t Buy Me Love

We spent the day putting away all the Christmas decorations in the natural light while it was available.  We are completing day eight of our holiday power outage.  We have been without power since last Friday, due to a storm … Continue reading

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Searching for Peace

Well, it’s tomorrow in Australia and the world has not ended, but there is more than enough upset for this holiday season.  Not only do the holidays bring out the usual dysfunction of families, but an unending thirst for the material, rather … Continue reading

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Challenges Mean Finding Solutions

It’s been quite a week!  We’ve been busy transplanting hundreds of tomato plants for the up-coming market season.  This involves moving the trays that are transplanted to our hoop-houses for them to ‘beef-up’ and harden-off for selling.  With temperatures above … Continue reading

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Occupy Your Garden!

So let me ask… many of you have vegetable gardens?  How many of you frequent farmer’s markets?  Until I lived and worked on a farm, I was pretty clueless about growing food.  So why should we be concerned? Food gardens … Continue reading

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March Madness!

No, it’s not hoops and the tourney, but some of the oddest weather we’ve ever seen.  We just finished up with an extremely mild winter.  We only had three significant snow falls, which were literally gone 3-4 days later.  The … Continue reading

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Hubs of Hell

When the phone rang the other day, Val cheerfully answered, “Hello, hubs of hell!”  She wasn’t kidding either.  With the heat index peaking at 110 degrees, one has to wonder how in the world do you cope with the heat?  We … Continue reading

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Monsoons, Onions and Pissaladiere

It’s been raining…..again.  The fields are flooded, muddy and our garlic’s rotting.  It’s one of those times when you realize you are not in control.  Three weeks ago 10 inches of rain, this week 4 inches.  Is it ever going … Continue reading

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The Self-Sustaining Family Farm

Brickyard Farms is a ‘self-sustaining farm’ that uses organic methods.  If that seems like double-speak, it is wording that allows us to find a description that is appropriate in legal-speak.  For a small farm such as ours, the organic certification … Continue reading

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The Chicken, The Farmer & The Cook

When I was contemplating what to write about this week, it occurred to me that this is not simply a food blog.  It also is a farm blog, a blog on food issues and a life-style blog.  Food is at … Continue reading

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Food & Peak Oil

Tonight Val & I attended a book signing for a local author about peak oil and its implications.  The book Prelude by Kurt Cobb has many intersections with the food industry that should concern all of us.  Being truck farmers … Continue reading

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