Monthly Archives: February 2010

Sunny Monday

Finally we’re set to get a break in the rain today. The weather station is predicting mostly sun for the week – cool but sunny. We’re shuffling our plants outside this morning with hopes that some direct light will cure them of their legginess. We’ve had some difficulty wrapping our heads around our various garden spots in any manageable way, but a renewed effort at space-planning is getting us back on track. In spite of the cold we are determined to have produce earrrrly, which may require the purchase of some seedlings from someone with a greenhouse….man I wish we had a greenhouse.

The lack of land – one nice, big, sunny spot, preferably a short walk from our door – is, at least,¬†helping us get a sense of what is possible and what is ideal. I’ve always been a fan of low overhead and, to some extent, decentralization of operations. I like that we are occupying and utilizing spaces which otherwise would be (relatively) unused. I’m glad to be helping people realize the growing potential in their own yards. I’m grateful for the extra time spent with our families as we work in their yards. As for being in the city (as opposed to some beautiful rural landscape), that has its perks, too. The resources available to us are astounding. Everything is so close and we can work to make the city a more desirable place (for us, at least) to live.

I’ve been reading a bit about urban agriculture since the move, if only to remind myself why I’m here. There does seem to be a decided shift in our population back towards urban centers. That trend is rather difficult for me to comprehend, as my lifetime has been defined by the suburbanization of this country. Yet, I agree. It does make sense to urbanize to some extent. And it makes sense to incorporate the resources required to sustain ourselves into the new urban landscape.

– M


Harvest Dinner 1

Below is the menu for our first harvest dinner of the season, to be held on March 6 at 2310 Sheffield Rd., our home. Feel free to invite your friends and¬† please RSVP by February 20. We’re excited to share with you the first fresh vegetables of the season, both from our own gardens and those of other farmers in the area. Thanks – more pictures and updates to come soon!

A Lovely Italian Supper

“The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other.”
-Orson Welles, 1947

Freshly baked rosemary focaccia with homemade chicken liver pate
(Small Potatoes Farm, White Cross NC)

Cellared butternut squash soup with smoked poblano cream
(Maple Spring Gardens, Cedar Grove NC)

Braised spring greens
(Durham Farmer’s Market, Durham NC)

Stuart pecan-encrusted NC speckled trout pan fried in a thyme-infused ghee
(Southport Seafood Company, Raleigh NC; New Grass Gardens, Raleigh NC…that’s us!!)

Flourless chocolate cake with homemade creme fraiche
Locally-roasted coffee, regular or decaf, with local cream
(Counter Culture Coffee, Durham NC; Maple View Farm, Chapel Hill NC)

*All flour is from Lindley Mills in Graham NC
*All dairy (including butter!) is from Maple View Farm in Chapel Hill NC

*Local eggs from Fred Crouch in Raleigh NC

The house cocktail will be the Italian apertif Negroni in its various manifestations, the signature of which is its red hue imparted by the requisite Campari bitters {see quotation}
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We will also have nicely paired Italian red and white wine (with the help of the folks at Seaboard Wine) available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle (imported by Haw River Wine Man of Burlington NC)

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