Monthly Archives: December 2013

YA!…CON

Pictured, the yacon plants. The early onset of freezing weather this year means that the yacon roots will be early.This is a frost-sensitive plant originating in the Andes. Imagine a sunchoke plant with yam-shaped water storage tubers beneath the knobby mass of a crown. Here at Earthworker Farm, I'm trying to propagate this horticultural gem [...]

By |2013-12-10T12:00:58+00:00December 10th, 2013|Earthworker Farm, Uncategorized|Comments Off on YA!…CON

Ready for the Harvest

Batteries charged, headlamps locked and loaded with backups for when the cold shortens their lives. Large crock of rice, lentils, spaghetti squah, and yacon plus 3 liters of 195 degree water in a thermos to make tea and hot chocolate to warm up from the inside , although later on might raise the temperature to [...]

By |2013-12-07T22:49:03+00:00December 7th, 2013|Earthworker Farm, Uncategorized, Veggie Musings|Comments Off on Ready for the Harvest

Local Seed Saving: Offerings of the Land

Last weeks artisan mix featured micro red orach grown from seed that was produced by Les at Offerings of the Land, a small farm within 5 miles of Earthworker Farm. In the images below you can see the velvet textured, spinach-like tasting orach growing in a bed where I trial seeds and then the seed [...]

By |2013-12-05T14:44:57+00:00December 5th, 2013|Earthworker Farm, Uncategorized, Veggie Musings|Comments Off on Local Seed Saving: Offerings of the Land

Mmmmm….antifreeze

I'm not a car, I'm a human (pro magnon) that quite fancies the sweetening that happens to plants in their roots, stems, leaves, pods, and buds when freezing temperatures result in sugar production. I speculate, which is all I can do, that starches turn to sugars and serve as an antifreeze or are merely a [...]

By |2013-12-05T02:21:18+00:00December 5th, 2013|Earthworker Farm, Uncategorized, Veggie Musings|Comments Off on Mmmmm….antifreeze