Farm Share Programs Near You

Live in a major city and never see a blade of grass? Never get the chance to make it to your local farmers market? Want to get delicious garden fresh, local produce? Here’s your new best friend: LocalHarvest.org

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I get these delicious ‘donut peaches’ from my local farmers market. No one else has them! They’re so sweet and fresh. Who knows what your farmer could have in store for you!

They do all the work for you. Type in your zip code and sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture program near you. They’ll deliver you a plethora of delicious local veggies and fruits for a very affordable price. Bon Appetit!

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The Garden’s Beginning to Grow!

I made Trader Joe’s Asparagus Risotto for dinner with the delicious garlicscapes from the garden! (the big one you see on the top is decoration)

This week has been good to our plants, and to my tummy. Our delicious plants have begun blooming and it’s so exciting! As you can see, I used the garlic scapes to make a delicious risotto tonight, you can get the risotto from TJ’s in the frozen section, and it makes a great small dinner or side dish in 6 minutes. Below you’ll find a picture sequence that tells a story about what’s been going on in our garden. Take a gander and enjoy the beauty that is nature. : )

We’ve added some compost to act as mulch on top of our bed to help our plants grow and keep moisture locked in. Now we’re fertilizing our soil to be sure they’re receiving proper nutrition.

See that?!?! Our Heirloom tomato is growing!!!
Here’s a close-up on that baby! (Just so you know this is a yellow beefsteak tomato plant, and it’s known as an heirloom because its seeds have been passed down for many generations and it’s been continuously regrown)
Those are yellow squash flowers. Many chefs use them in fancy cuisines.
The top of that (the green part) is a budding flower which grows from the squash vegetable itself– the yellow part. It will soon grow into a shape thicker than a cucumber but shaped similar to an eggplant.
I couldn’t help myself– we had a lot of these, so Jesus and I ate two little baby squash. I now understand why those caterpillars are crazy for them, it was so flavorful and yummy!
I learned how to properly stake a tomato today! You have to knot around the string and not knot around the stem so that you don’t do too much damage. Now the plant is able to grow upright.
This is our cherry tomato plant.
Our butternut squash is growing!!!!
How cute is that?!
hellooooo tomatoessss!

beautiful lovely home to so many veggies

Transplanting a little squash

Last year when Jesus planted the squash, a bunch of moths laid their eggs on the squash and their babies grew into pests that took over our entire crop. This year, we have a game plan. cotton on the top to keep these pests out and to keep heat inside for an adequate growth environment.
Cotton fort! I kinda wish I was a squash now… this looks like fun!
ah, innovation

from the outside looking in
I literally walked two feet away from this deer and it didn’t even flinch. Then it heard me taking a picture, looked up for a second, and went back to eating. Friend ❤

Enjoy!! 🙂 xox Trish

Introducing our honeybees…..and our garlicscapes!

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Busy working for the queen these babies are determined to give us delicious honey as well!

Lovely view of our garden from the mason jar’s perspective…

Beautiful background for our bees, first it was just one sunflower that surprised us by making an appearance this year… now make that TWO sunflowers!!
I love being in the garden at night!
Jesus is allll about the garlic scapes— we’re so excited to make pesto with them!
how beautiful is that?!

What are garlicscapes you ask?? Well, they are part of hardneck garlic (you are most familiar with softneck which is in most grocery stores). It can be used to make delicious culinary dishes, most notably: pesto! The bulbs you see (the white part) is the flower, and the reason we cut those off is so that the plant won’t reproduce and thus expend all its energy into attracting bees which will help pollinate and reproduce more plants. We want it to spend its energy on making delicious scapes! Which it did, so we are harvesting them now! YUM. Search online to see where you can get these babies– they’re AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS.

best way to transport from garden to room= backpack!

Happy summer!

xox

Trish

Adventures in the Campus Garden and Beyond

Our organic campus garden here at school is the ultimate treat on a sunny beautiful day like today. Farming and gardening may be a lot of work, but it’s worth it. This morning Jesus and I and headed over at 9:30 (well, by the time I actually got there it was 10:05) and we got to work. Our cilantro has grown to be so tall that the seeds at the top (which are used to make coriander) have multiplied and are ready to be crushed. So our first step was to pull the cilantro husks out and plop off the seeds.

There was a lot, so it took some time, but it gave us a time to enjoy the beautiful sun and well, wake up!

posing with the coriander– so legit

Incoming….! While we were waking up, we were greeted by two friends who decided to keep us company. A cute little lady bug and this interesting worm thing, which played on the seeds!

hi friend!

oh yeah… and here’s our worm friend.

Okay, maybe I liked that little lady bug too much– we became good friends.

While we were shucking the coriander seeds we were greeted by two friendly (human) visitors who wanted to check out what the garden was all about. Of course, we love talking about the things we’re working on, so this was the perfect opportunity. We showed them how this summer we’re thinking big, so we are busy planting lots of delicious herbs and veggies. In the other beds we have thyme, oregano, two kinds of sage, tarragon (which is my FAVORITE– it tastes like licorice), curly parsley (which is dying out because we didn’t cut off the flowers and so it’s more focused on reproducing than keeping its leaves), thyme, and rosemary.

two kinds of sage, oregano
chives, tarragon
rosemary, thyme
who doesn’t love thyme??
left to right: snap beans, jalapenos, basil, jalapenos, lemon balm, summer heirloom tomatoIn my section of our personalized garden bed I am planting a golden summer heirloom tomato (my absolute favorite fruit), jalapenos, lemon balm (a kind of delicious mint) and later will be adding spearmint and hopefully chocolate mint!

Jesus is planting swiss chard, cilantro, snap peas, and basil. They are going to be delicious.

We’re also pleased to announce that the garden has welcomed a new family, honey bees!!!

See the cuties on the bottom of the box? They’re busy working for the queen!

They are in this beautiful purple box that has been donated by lots of lovely people, including Jesus himself and our campus garden directors. I happen to love this because the color reminds me of something that you’d see in Rabbit’s garden in Winnie the Pooh (my favorite story collection) and the bees are making lots of ‘hunny’. Right next to it happens to be a lovely sunflower (that apparently is being eaten by something) and it provides some nice aesthetics to the garden.

The bees seem to like the flower and they’ve been busy buzzing around working for the queen. Although, currently there’s a swarm cell inside the box, which means that either the bees are going to swarm and leave because they’re unhappy with the queen and want to make way for a new one, or the queen is sick and they’re relocating. We shall see, but don’t worry because our lovely helper who knows a lot about beekeeping is on top of it. These bees aren’t going anywhere if she has something to do with it!!

Just under that we have made way for our tomatoes and squash.

As you can see we’ve layered our black plastic to act as a kind of mulch which prevents weeds and makes cleanup easier when we go to harvest the tomatoes.

left to right: black plastic mulch making way for cherry and grape tomatoes, compost pile, more black plastic mulch making way for winter butternut squash (YUM), garlic and garlic scapes ( the leafy like things curling on top of bulb which make an amazing in pesto), our herb and veggie beds.

We’ve fertilized the soil with Plant Tone organic plant fertilizer– which pretty much is chicken poop with 5-3-3 NPK Nitrogen Phosphorus and Potassium…basically we’re adding a great amount of nutrients to make sure these plants get their game on! We’ve had great success in the past with our plants so we expect a great turnout.

For our lunch break, we decided to make our way to Whole Foods for their grilling competition. Today it was all about the seafood. They grilled up some amazing mahi mahi with peppers and a really delicious teriyaki sauce that was not loaded with unnatural colors and msg. Just pure goodness!

We’ve met a lot of really cool animal friends today. Here’s the storybook of our adventure:

funny since Jesus is from Austin!

look at the beautiful colors on his skin!

We got a little too close and he got scared and leaped back to his habitat! Jesus’ reaction was priceless.

oh well, we’ll make more friends!
of course… berries!!

’twas yummmy

how cool is that??

We made friends with these awesome grillers who participated in the Surf vs. Turf contest today! After that mahi mahi, which literally was melt-in-your-mouth delicious, they got our vote (and probably won the grilling contest)!!
there it is!

And that’s our wonderful adventure-filled day! Tips for the summer: Check out to see if your local market participates in grilling contests. Start a garden– how ever small or big you want it to be. Buy local food. Take pictures of nature. Make friends with the environment. Spend some time researching sustainability.

I know that you’ll enjoy it as much as we do. Stay tuned for more from our Fairfield U campus garden and keep eating and loving nature!

As always,

Bon Appetit et bonne sante!

Trish