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Oranges are in season right now and staying inside on a cold, rainy day to make marmalade is a great way to pass the time.  Your whole house will smell wonderful! To make marmalade follow these steps: Peel off the skin by scoring the orange with a knife so you can carefully remove it in […]

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A cold dreary day like today calls for Beanier Brownies! They are fabulously easy to make and great for people who want to cut down on dairy and boost their protein and fiber intake. Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open the powdered brownie mix and put in a bowl. Open the can of beans […]

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By guest writer, Rae Steinbach While winter might not be the busiest period of time for a farmer, it’s a season that can be tough on a farm. The freezing temperatures, snow, sleet, and ice can put a lot of stress on the land and outbuildings, and it can also be tough on livestock.  If […]

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Guest post by Ali Clarke Winter is coming – to the Pacific Northwest, that is. The weather may feel mild, but urban farmers still need to perform basic garden maintenance in order to ensure that produce can continue growing through the year’s nippier months. With fifteen percent of the world’s food production coming from agricultural plots in some of […]

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Here is an old family pumpkin pie recipe from my husband’s aunt, Betsy Stapleton.  She makes this for special events and it’s always a favorite.  Besides it tasting good, I like that it doesn’t use evaporated milk. Recipe Put in a frying pan: One large can of pumpkin puree One teaspoon ginger One teaspoon salt Two teaspoons cinnamon One pinch nutmeg Cook, stirring […]

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Each year I just can’t resist getting a big box of apples this time of year. It used to take me forever to carefully peel the apples, cut them up and remove the icky bits.  Last spring I went to a rummage sale and a friend handed me a weird looking contraption. “This is exactly […]

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Fall is here and thats means apples.  Many of the apples grown west of the Cascades have scab or are infected with coddling moth.  The result is that apples that aren’t very appetizing to eat out of hand, but still can be used to make great applesauce.   You can also buy apples by the box at […]

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Plum Wine!

Last year I did the following post on plum wine.  A couple of days ago I did the final bottling and it turned out very well; it tastes more like brandy than wine but it’s very drinkable.  To do the bottling you sterilize your siphon and bottles then carefully decant the finished wine from the […]

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Pine Needle Baskets

Willow basket season is months away so it’s time to use pine needles! Soaking the needles makes it easier to start the tight coil then I’m using wool yarn for binding. You can use twine or other materials as well.

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Plum Torte

I dream not in sugar plums but in Italian prune and this year my dreams are all coming true; the neighbor’s tree is bursting with succulent blue fruit.  I harvest the plums in succession for each recipe tastes best with a different level of tartness. First up are the wonderful New York Times Plum Tortes. […]

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