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TAG : Ilene White Freedman

Strawberry Bliss

Tonight I planted out the eggplant seedlings and then made my way over to the strawberry patch.  I stood out in the patch and ate strawberries for dinner and picked extra for dessert. Strawberries burst with the flavor of garden goodness. They represent all things good and sweet. If there was ...

Measuring Tomato Seedling Success

It’s time. It’s time to separate the wheat from the chaff. It’s time for tomato seedlings to stand up and be measured. Are they fit for the job?If you start your own seedlings under grow lights or in a window, you might be asking these questions of your tomato plants in the next few ...

Mini-Hoop Keeps Seedlings Warm

Spring is full of babies and birth, and the greenhouse is no exception. Plant the seeds and nurture them… wait for it… and the baby plants emerge from the soil and stretch toward the sun. It’s called a nursery for a reason. I visit the trays of baby plants and feel their energy, budding ...

Spring Is in the Hoop House

In the greenhouse I get a jump-start on spring. In February and March, when I start to itch for warm weather, I step into the hoop house and pretend it's spring already. On a sunny day it can be 70 degrees in there. I could sell tickets to my Florida-style hoop house in Maryland. Planting ...

Cooking at home…on vacation

What do you pack for your tropical vacation? Sundress, sandals, sunhat, toothbrush, bathing suit, pancake mix, herbs, sprouting seeds. Wait … what? Yep, I did this. And I’m aware, some of you think I’m nuts. You’re thinking, "Loosen up, take a cooking break, go to a restaurant." But ...

Knowing Where Your Food Comes From … On Vacation

We traveled to Puerto Rico this month for a getaway before the farming season gets underway. I raise my family and my farm business with a mission to teach where our food comes from. To get to the source of it, find it, participate in it, own it, understand it, tend it, dig it out of the dirt ...

Making Clementine Candles

Happy New Year! It was a pleasure to welcome in the new year around the table with good friends. It warmed my spirit as much as the bowl of homemade chili warmed my belly. After Andrea’s homemade peppermint chocolates for dessert, I offered up the Clementines. And with it, a clever craft — ...

Dipping Beeswax Candles

I love to dip candles in wintertime. Candles are a beautiful and universal symbol for the winter season and a functional art. My family likes making things for ourselves, and we especially like making it from the source. Homegrown from the start inspires us deeply. So this year’s candles were ...