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On the Farm

Many of Casually Gourmet's recipes were developed right in our own farm kitchen. We don't grow enough anymore to be a primary ingredient supplier for our products, but we do establish the ingredient quality and freshness standards. Our family likes keeping this blog about Vermont farming, growing techniques, and rural living. These traditions are reflected in our food business.

July 03 2012, 0 CommentsA Low-Till Pumpkin Patch

This low-till technique combines the nutritional and soil quality benefits of a cover crop with the thick surface mulch that pumpkins love.

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November 27 2011, 1 CommentBrussels Sprouts in the Snow

In the corner of the garden, I always grow a few Brussels sprout plants. The kids don't like them, but they're a fixture on the Thanksgiving plate. Some years I have to brush away the snow

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November 02 2011, 0 CommentsPoor Man's Fertilizer

Snow is sometimes called a poor man's fertilizer because it delivers measurable quantities of nitrogen compounds from the atmosphere to the ground. These compounds are produced by both the burning of fossil fuels as well as natural lightning.

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October 16 2011, 1 CommentPlanting the Cover Crop

A fall cover crop benefits soil quality and fertility. With chemical fertilizer applications so costly, "green manure" has become essential on our farm. The mixture of choice is winter rye and hairy vetch. We try to get it planted just as soon the primary crop is harvested

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