I found Prairie Magic apples!

I've been looking online and calling around but when I had to go to Virginia (MN), a little voice whispered in my ear "try Vern's Greenhouse," a greenhouse only a few blocks off of...

Watch out; there’s a canning lid shortage!

My friend, Dara, called me the other day saying she had been in the stores and there were no canning jar lids. I asked her what stores she'd checked in and, as I was...

We spent Mother’s Day repairing vole damage in our orchard

We had a crappy fall with heavy rain daily, turning to snow that stayed all winter. Unfortunately, the snow stacked up and the nasty voles that tunnel under the snow, also tunneled up and...

Spring brings lots of work

We've been hugely busy now that the snow's gone (for now anyway!) and the weather has warmed up. We had saved up over winter and bought a trailer load of livestock panels and pipe...

It’s amazing what you can get done with nice weather here

While I'm busy transplanting over-grown tomato seedlings into very tall Styrofoam cups, Will is out at the end of the Wolf Road, cutting up the ash logs for firewood and hauling them home to...

We have a new, part-time apprentice

On Saturday, we were happy to welcome our newest part-time apprentice, Kelly, to our homestead. She lives about four hours south of us in Minnesota and has e-mailed and talked on the phone with...

My ham and bean soup turned out perfect

Make that perfect plus! Wow — I sneaked a taste as I ladled it into the jars and even I am impressed. Now we have 14 pints of nice bean soup sitting on the...

We made use of a nice weekend

David and his friend Ian cut and hauled more firewood out of the mess the loggers left at the end of the Wolf Road (the logging trail David's cabin is on). Ian brought his...

We got our Bliss Triumph seed potatoes from Alaska

We've been searching and searching for Grandpa Eddy's wonderful Bliss Triumph potatoes he grew in the Gallatin Valley, in Montana. A wonderful reader had sent me a bag three years ago, which I planted,...

I’m back in the saddle

I'm sure all of you are wondering what the heck was going on with me. After all, I missed a few blogs. Well, my "health issue" was a bleeding ulcer. No, I'm not stressed,...