Summer is a great time to wander through the hay fields and prairie to see the variety of field birds that call these areas home. Bird populations have been increasing over the last few years at Serosun and on a breezy, sunny day you can see meadowlarks, bobolinks, red winged blackbirds, dickcissels, Savannah sparrows, and the occasional grasshopper sparrow. On your walk, the sounds of tall grasses rustling in the breeze might be punctuated by the distinctive sound of a killdeer, or you might see one of the other species perched on a lot sign or other vantage point.
Companion planting involves arranging plants in a garden or farm in such a way that they enhance the growth and quality of nearby crops, provide maximum ground cover, and improve the soil. Companion plants can also be employed to help control insect populations. Varieties of plants may be mixed together with or without the use of distinct rows and often add to the beauty of the garden. [Read more…]
By Jane Stickland
Stuffed zucchini flowers are a great Italian appetizer and a great way to keep from being overwhelmed by the number of zucchinis coming from your garden. There are a variety of ways to prepare these, and with a little practice you can become a master. The basic ingredients are fresh zucchini flowers, a stuffing, and a breading.
The Wisdom of Tuscany, by Ferenc Mate is a great, easy read about lessons to be learned from the Tuscan lifestyle.
Mate moved to Montalcino, a small hill top town in central Tuscany, where he and his wife bought an old vineyard and farmhouse and created the [Read more…]
Summer is the time to enjoy fresh vegetables from the garden. Whether grillled, steamed, or as part of a salad, there are so many ways to enjoy summer produce. Nothing is better in the summer than fresh corn on the cob from one of the many local farm stands.
Pick some up from:
Goebbert’s – Farm Stand
42W813 Reinking Road (Route 47 and Big timber) in Hampshire
Prarie View Farm – Farm Stand 48W130 State Route 72 in Hampshire
Pioneer Farm – Farm Stand
17N400 Big Timber Road in Hampshire