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TAG : Ilene White Freedman

How to Perfectly Roast Vegetables

 Roasting vegetables is easy, they say. I have always heard that but never experienced it. Anyone can throw a dish of vegetables in the oven, but I found it difficult to achieve that crispy coated browning. The caramelized sweetness of broccoli, zucchini, onions. That perfect browned ...

The Making of a Vegetable Herding Dog

 English Shepherds are herding dogs. They are work dogs and need to be kept busy. We have animals on our farm, and our dogs help herd and protect the farm animals at times, but it’s not a full-time job. And this puppy needs a full time job. We are vegetable farmers. Vegetables don’t need ...

Prep Greens in Jars

 Prepping spring greens like spinach, lettuce and scallions makes them easy to use for my family. Asian spinach straight from the garden, sits in my refrigerator, unwashed. It just sits there. My husband won’t grab it and toss it into scrambled eggs. My son won’t grab it and toss some ...

Raised Beds for Resiliency

 Among all the resilient growing practices at House in the Woods Farm, it is the raised beds that really saved the day in 2018, the rainiest season on Maryland record. Our county of Frederick had flash flooding in May due to as much as six inches of rain falling within three hours. And it ...

Spring Vegetables that Scoop and Wrap

A fun way to eat your vegetables is to use them to scoop or wrap a delicious filling or dip. The kids who come to the farm delight in vegetables they can get their hands around. It is like magic when you grow a vegetable that serves as a spoon and can be eaten right along with the rice it is ...

Bok Choy Sprouting into Broccoli

The high tunnel hoop house at our farm is full of tomato plants all summer. In late fall, we plant it with winter greens. Collards, kale, bok choy, arugula, turnips, Napa cabbage and lettuce fill the hoop. This cold hardy garden feeds our family and volunteers through the winter and early ...

Heating Your House with Wood, Part 2

Heating by woodstove is like gathering water from the spring. You own the process. It is your labor that sustains you. You know how much fuel you are using. You build a woodpile, you watch it deplete through the season, you work it, and you carry it. You know your heat source. You provide the ...

Part 1: Heating Your House with Wood

Hope survives best by the hearth. - Rick RiordanThere is nothing like the comfort of a warm spot in front of the woodstove. Heating the house by woodstove is a way of life. It creates a rhythm to the day, filling the woodstove on a cold day. It is physical and self-sufficient and real. There is ...

Grow a Pole Bean Hut to Enchant Garden Visitors

I have always wanted to grow a bean hut. I was inspired by the book Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots years ago, but the fun projects always get pushed to the bottom of the list. We finally made it happen last summer at House in the Woods Farm.Our CSA members come to the farm weekly to pick up ...

Inventory Your Food Preservation

 People ask me how many jars of tomatoes I preserve by canning. My answer used to be: I can however many cans I can can. That was when I did all I could, never approaching my pantry goals. “As much as possible” was a simple goal. An inventory of my jars and freezer packs didn’t seem ...