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A Recipe for Cozy: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

A Recipe for Cozy: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Fall is in the air, and soon it will be time to cozy up in front of the fire, bundled up in plastic and sipping liquid sugar. Wait...what? You were probably thinking more about sipping a pumpkin spiced latte wrapped up in your favorite sweater or blanket. That’s fair,...

Summer Berry & Kefir Ice Cream

Summer Berry & Kefir Ice Cream

When we embrace seasonal eating, we realize the special delight of berries! Where we live, local strawberries appear at the end of May, heralding in summer along with Memorial Day. Following in quick succession are gooseberries, mulberries, raspberries, blueberries...

How to Dye Eggs Naturally for Easter

How to Dye Eggs Naturally for Easter

The tradition of dyeing Easter eggs goes way back, most likely even before Easter itself, to pagan times when spring celebrations included decorating eggs as a symbol of rebirth. For me personally, the ritual goes back to the sixties, a kitchen table covered with...

Tenets of Meal Planning with Megan Barr

Tenets of Meal Planning with Megan Barr

This post is written by Megan Barr, a true Lady Farmer and co-owner of Abraham's Table Farm in Sandstone, Minnesota. Read more about Megan and her farm at the bottom of this post! I regularly experience tension concerning meal planning. I love it, and at the same...

Slow Living Challenge – Week #2 – Slow Food

Slow Living Challenge – Week #2 – Slow Food

This week, we're talking about food, but not just any food. We're taking a look at real food, what it is, and why it's important and how you can bring more of it into your life. So what what is slow food to you? Does that mean a home cooked meal? Hand grown veggies? A...

Slow Food Series: Sourdough Gingerbread Cookies

Slow Food Series: Sourdough Gingerbread Cookies

Sourdough gingerbread? This might sound like an odd combination of flavors, but you don’t taste anything sour in this new take on a holiday baking classic. This is a simply delicious, satisfying and nutritious gingerbread recipe. Adding a sourdough starter to the...

Slow Food Series:  Sourdough Bread

Slow Food Series: Sourdough Bread

What is a slow food practice that you can start right now, with things you already have in your kitchen? Sourdough baking!   Sourdough bread is made from fermented dough. The level of fermentation can vary. Basically, the dough that's used in sourdough bread is a mix...

Sustainable Fall Fruits, Farmed and Foraged

Sustainable Fall Fruits, Farmed and Foraged

It's time for apples, pears and pumpkins, our seasonal favorites!  But how do we choose the most sustainable of these mass produced products?  Although farm-grown and pick-your-own options are becoming much more available in certain areas, many people are still...

Sustainable Travel: Real Food on the Road

Sustainable Travel: Real Food on the Road

Making sustainable food choices on a road trip can be a challenge, especially if you really care about sourcing and quality. Options are usually limited to fast food and packaged, shelf stable snacks at gas stations, not even close to the guidelines we like to follow...

6 Reasons You Should NOT Eat Local

6 Reasons You Should NOT Eat Local

There’s a lot of talk about eating local these days, but as with anything else, it’s not for everybody. Here’s a list of reasons why you might be one of those who’ll want to think twice about this.  You should not eat local if; 1) You like your food well traveled.  ...

7 Days of Easy “Real Food” Winter Meals

7 Days of Easy “Real Food” Winter Meals

Healthy, hearty winter meal preparation is simple with these “real food” staples on hand. What is "real food"? Real food is organic, seasonal, fresh, non-processed ingredients. Local is best, of course, but getting things fresh from closer-to-home is more of a...

A Guide To Microgreens

A Guide To Microgreens

What are microgreens? Microgreens are essentially young, edible leafy greens such as lettuce, beets, sunflowers, radishes, spinach, kale and many more, harvested at 1-3 inches between 2-21 days after planting. Different from sprouts, which are grown in water,...

Healthy Homemade Mayonnaise

Healthy Homemade Mayonnaise

This simple, homemade mayonnaise recipe changes everything! Eating store-bought mayonnaise is like eating chemical goo. Mayonnaise is one of America’s favorite condiments. It’s at the heart of so many of our favorite things. I’m thinking about potato and egg salad,...

More planning, less plastic (#goals)

More planning, less plastic (#goals)

Just last week, I was on my way home from a meeting and knew I had limited time there before moving onto the next thing. I was STARVING, my lack of meal planning on both the breakfast and lunch ends had me kicking my low-blood-sugar self. Worst part was - this wasn't...

The Potato Hack(s)

The Potato Hack(s)

Folk tradition has it that you should plant potatoes by St. Patrick’s Day. I’m always excited for this early spring task. It’s like opening day for the garden season! It’s easy and fun, too. There’s nothing like sticking a few pieces of potato in the ground and then...

10 Minute De-cluttering Trick: Less Stuff…More Life

10 Minute De-cluttering Trick: Less Stuff…More Life

We love the four seasons here at the farm and winter is no exception. This year I’ve been hunkered down by the parlor fire working on The Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living, full of all kinds of ideas, resources, recipes and what have you, due out this spring. (Keep...

Butter: A Love Story

Butter: A Love Story

This post was originally published a year ago, and we're reviving it because we love butter so much. <3 In all seriousness, in the spirit of slow food and slow living, and heart health (in the month of love!), we love talking about how important it is to include...

Peppermint Hot Chocolate: A Holiday “Super Treat”

Peppermint Hot Chocolate: A Holiday “Super Treat”

What could be more comforting on a cold winter day than hot chocolate? This delicious winter treat has all the warm and snuggly feels WITHOUT all the sugar, preservatives and chemicals found in most prepared hot chocolate drinks. Even if you’re used to making your...

Mom’s Beans

Mom’s Beans

One day not too long ago during a particularly delicious meal prepared by my eighty-something mom, I asked her how she’d cooked the beans. “Bacon grease,” she said. “...and plenty of salt, on a low simmer all afternoon.” She’d come full circle, at least on the beans....

A Maker’s Meal

A Maker’s Meal

We were so honored to be a part of the last Makers Meal, a supper series designed to celebrate D.C.'s community of farmers, chefs, florists, & artisans, and to create an opportunity for everyone to gather at the table and explore our area's own terroir and all...

Kefir Lessons

Kefir Lessons

Those of you that have been around here for any time at all already know this, but in case you’re new, I’m telling you now that we are passionate about kefir. You can read all about it and how to make it and why you should be making it here. Anyway, I made a discovery...

Kefir – The Superfood You Need To Know About

Kefir – The Superfood You Need To Know About

Kefir! It’s the superfood you need to know about, a rich, creamy probiotic beverage with the consistency of drinkable yogurt but with many times more nutrients. If you haven’t discovered it yet, then read on. You’re in for a treat! Kefir is an easy, affordable and...

Slow Breakfast

Slow Breakfast

For my breakfast this morning, I had plain, whole milk yogurt sprinkled with pomegranate seeds, walnuts, cinnamon and honey. It took a while to separate  the luscious seeds from their tight little clumps inside the fruit, and as I was doing so I thought about how the...