10 Best Apples in My Orchard

10 Best Apples in My Orchard {12}

While my orchard harvests are not ready for prime time availability and farmstand sales, I do like to share my findings in what I think are some of the best apples I grow. And by best apples, I mean, tree varieties that aren’t too fussy and grow fruit of exceptional quality and flavor. While an apple tree takes(…)

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Special Delivery…

Special Delivery… {19}

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for the kind notes, cards, comments, well wishes and condolences regarding the loss of my four-legged friend, Boz. While Gracie and I are faring well, we still sorely miss the farm’s Master and Commander. So please accept these flowers from my gardens, fields and heart as a small token(…)

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Phoebe and Tillie’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure

Phoebe and Tillie’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure {28}

In terms of landmass, Vashon Island (37 sq. mi.) is about the size of Manhattan (34 sq. mi.). The north-end ferry connects Seattle, while the south-end ferry unites us with Tacoma. As slow as the car drives along the I-5 corridor that connects these two cities, the trek seems an interminable exercise in commuting. That said, I(…)

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Preserving Summer Peaches for Winter Pies

Preserving Summer Peaches for Winter Pies {11}

My late summer laments have begun. Nothing too cerebral here, I merely mourn the loss of summer’s simple pleasures —from dips in the Sound, to naps on the hammock, to deliciously long days (courtesy of latitude 47), to lunker homegrown tomatoes on my plate and in my BLTs. But the thought of no peach pie past September is(…)

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