The Dirt on Our Farm
We grow food year round, producing the freshest and tastiest Certified Organic vegetables and berries. The food we sell is grown exclusively on our own farm - no reselling and no buying at auctions and calling it our own. We raise all our vegetable plants from seed right here on the farm without using synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Cultivating our vegetables requires a very limited use of fossil fuels each year because we farm mostly with our backs in the sun and hands in the soil. Furthermore, we limit our reliance on external sources by making our own compost, refusing to use black plastic sheeting over the soil, and growing all winter in a passive solar greenhouse that needs NO back up heat source.
The bottom line is, we want to feel great about what we do and the quality of what we grow. That feeling is only possible for me if I follow my heart, which tells me that I am a steward of this land - not a dominant force. And I care for my farm based on the understanding that it is what sustains my community and family, not just a resource to be tapped.
When a farmer strives for ultimate control over her farm, she will be disappointed. We aim to work within the natural systems of our land and micro ecology to grow our awesome tasting produce. This way, we're supporting our ecosystem and facing fewer production hardships since we aren't fighting with nature's cycles.
What does this mean in terms of production? Using regular soil tests and constant observation, we keep soil nutrients, micro organisms, and aggregates in balance with compost, cover crops, naturally derived minerals and amendments, and don't add them if they aren't missing. Our goal is not to have the hugest of vegetables, but instead the MOST DELICIOUS! Huge can mean flavorless, and big tasteless vegetables, frankly, are a waste of space. We interpret system issues and problems based on what symptoms arise. For example, certain weeds can indicate deficiencies or excesses of nutrients and minerals in the soil. Vegetable crops could exhibit stress, telling us a piece to the soil puzzle is missing. Pest and disease pressure often means a farmer has not focused enough on crop rotation and soil health. The idea is very simple, but the practice requires diligence and a love of seeing the inseparable union of science and nature.
We love food at Everblossom Farm, and whether you're a farm laborer here or an eater of our goods, you'll come to realize that farming is more than just throwing seeds to the ground and reaping a harvest. For us, it's a connection to survival and happiness. And despite some overly challenging days and occasional disappointments, we're rewarded by this place and its provisions every single day.
Posted by Elaine L. Lemmon :: Tuesday, December 1 :: 10:09am
We all know that maple sugar is delicious when you eat it by the spoonful — not that we’re condoning that, of course. Or saying that we’ve done that. (We absolutely have.)
To help you avoid this “spoonful-of-sugar” dilemma, we’ve compiled a quick list of some ways to use maple sugar this winter!
1. Coffee and tea: maple sugar will totally change your morning caffeine. Try it with a warm cup of Little Amps coffee, some cream, and enjoy a delectable cold morning treat!
2. Oatmeal: add maple sugar to your morning oatmeal to sweeten up your day! Try adding raisins or cranberries for some extra nutrients.
3. Toast: instead of cinnamon sugar, try maple sugar on your toast for a sweet treat that’s delicious at any time of the day or night.
4. Pancakes and waffles: change your weekend brunch game completely with a simple maple sugar glaze — mix maple sugar and a little whole milk to create a sticky glaze that will make your breakfast foods even better.
5. Yogurt: stir a little maple sugar in your mid-afternoon snack for some yummy winter flavor.
6. Bacon: yeah, you read that right. Coat some fresh cooked bacon in maple sugar — trust us, it’ll be good.
Bacon Bonus: use some of the dried cayennes from Everblossom Farm for an extra spicy kick!
7. BBQ: use maple sugar to make an incredible barbecue sauce. We know you’ve always wanted a secret recipe that your friends and family will beg for!
8. Apple crisp: make a normal apple crisp, but try using maple sugar instead of brown sugar for the crumbly topping!
9. Popcorn: mix some maple sugar into your freshly melted butter for an incredible homemade sweet popcorn — pop in a classic holiday movie, and you’re all set!
10. Donuts: for those of you who are a little more adventurous in the kitchen, try making baked donuts using maple sugar instead of normal sugar, and then top them as you please! We recommend maple glaze and (you guessed it), some more bacon.
Enjoy your maple flavored holiday season, and as always, send us pictures and comments about how you use your maple sugar!