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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.


August 29 2013, 0 CommentsHarvesting Potatoes

Potato digging has begun! We don't grow that much, enough for ourselves and a few bushels for the Farm to Plate program at the local school.

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August 23 2013, 0 CommentsDrying and Husking Ornamental Corn

The ornamental corn husks are just an important as the ears. They should be almost fully dry before you peel them back, otherwise they'll shrivel and not look as nice.

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May 23 2013, 0 CommentsPlanting Corn with an EarthWay Garden Seeder

The classic EarthWay Garden Seeder, one of the best $100 I've spent. I knocked out 30 small rows of ornamental corn in an hour.

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November 08 2012, 0 CommentsBottling the Late Season Honey

Starting to bottle the 2012 honey crop! We took a medium super from each of our two hives. A few frames weren't drawn, so we'll get only around 40 lbs of honey total.

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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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January 01 2012, 0 CommentsA Cutter in the Rye

I knock down the winter rye cover crop using a bush hog, but a sickle bar or roller would be a better way to create the thick mat you need for no-till pumpkins. One day I saw an old Jari machine

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December 19 2011, 0 CommentsWinter Layers

Molting and shorter day are the primary factors behind reduced winter egg production. Understanding a hen's natural cycles and seasonal changes helps build appreciation for the winter layers.

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December 11 2011, 1 CommentBrown Eggs Taste Better

I sell our fresh farm eggs at work. Some customers were suprised by the various shades of brown colored shells, and the rich orange yolks inside. Here's why farm fresh eggs look different and taste better.

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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 09 2011, 0 CommentsField Trip to the Farm

Kids from the local preschool come to our hobby farm each spring to visit the animals. We like to have bottle lambs for them to feed. There's nothing cuter than a little kid holding a lamb

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