|Yum. Homemade pizza - fresh tomato sauce, garden squash, fresh basil, and mozzarella|
Tanner and I planted a little garden box to the side of our house and used the flower bed in front of our house as a little garden patch as well. As you know, we live in the mountains - about 6,000 plus feet high - so our crop season is about 3 weeks shorter than the average in Utah and also we deal with a lot of wind and not a lot of pollinating bees. These circumstances make it a little more difficult to farm.
|Making our garden box|
|Just the beginnings - it got a lot bigger!|
The carrots, beets and collard greens did quite well, well meaning I got to eat them. They were small. But it's our fault. The soil we put in our garden box is rocky, sandy and hard. Next year I am getting soft, lush, dark soil and will plant veggies for my green smoothies and scratch the peppers and squash. I pulled my last carrots and beets last week. They were so yummy in my smoothie, but I was sad to see the last crop go.
We have had tremendous luck in our front garden bed with Green Beans. Oh, how I love a good green bean!!! Yum. Last year I planted green beans for the first time. Tanner said they would not grow, but I cared and tended for my little seeds and we had a great harvest. The Green Bean Gods blessed us again this year. The tomatoes did pretty good too, they are Tanner's favorite.
|Just the little starts|
|Reaping the "veggies" of our labors|
|My herb garden|
We also are participating in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). A CSA is a share from a local farm. Every week we get a little bundle of amazingly fresh produce hand-picked from a local farm. The CSA we joined is called Jacob's Cove. I love it. It is all organic and amazing. I used to hate tomatoes - now that I have tried a REAL tomato I really like them. (The ones at the grocery store are picked green and gassed to turn red...yuck! that is why they taste really bland and sour.)
|Fresh greens from our CSA|
|Look at all that land! See the chicken coop in the back?|
|Eating an apple fresh off the tree!|
Brown Town also has chickens and bees. I love farm fresh eggs and honey. I have never had better honey - honestly. Next year, Tanner and I are going to get 6 hives of our own in our backyard.
|Farm fresh eggs!|
|My honey...in the shirt and in the jar! :)|
I love being out in the garden! It makes being in the kitchen so much more pleasant. I love it when I can make a dish and then point to it all and say everything used to make it is fresh and a result of my efforts!
Eating fresh is the best!!!
|Homemade ice cream pie using raw milk and almonds for crust.!|