My cousin stopped by to help me harvest 8 rabbits for our 4th of July party this year. It was a an amazing party with the best neighbors one could have.
We prepared the rabbits in a verity of ways, in different smokers, served along with several other free range meats.
I also fried the rabbit livers and kidneys. Once the meats were ready to serve I topped of the plate with sautéed chanterelle mushrooms we foraged the day before.
The flavors will be remembered. Many have not had rabbit and we believe it won’t be their last.
One Tree, 40 Types of Fruit
Ideas don’t grow on trees, until now.
Syracuse University Professor Sam Van Aken is the proud father of a single tree that grows 40 types of fruit. The artist’s rendering of his creation is getting attention worldwide, CBS News correspondent Jeff Glor reports.
"It’s flattering. It’s amazing. But yeah, it’s overwhelming," Van Aken said.
The art professor grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania. A few years ago, he learned New York’s agricultural experiment station — a 125-year-old institution that preserves and produces fruit — was going to rip up its stone fruit orchards.
So he set out to find a permanent home for seeds that trace back thousands of years.
"When I started, it was a matter of essentially collapsing an entire orchard down onto one tree. That was the practical application for it."
The result is not an entire orchard in one, but “a couple orchards in one.”
The tree contains 40 varieties of peaches, apricots, cherries, nectarines and European plums that date back to the 17th and 18th century.
Growing multiple stone fruits, like peaches or plums, on one tree is possible because what Van Aken does, perhaps better than anybody, is graft.
In essence, he tricks a tree into adopting a new limb, or in this case, dozens of them.
The Tree of 40 Fruit has been growing for nine years. Fourteen are installed around the country, most in public places, like Van Aken’s at the center of the Syracuse campus — alive and edible.
July garden update:
After more than enough rain, followed by a few days’ worth of hot, intense sun, followed by more rain, everything has exploded. It’s dreary out there today which doesn’t make for the best photo-taking conditions, but it’ll do.
Potatoes are huge and beginning to flower, onion greens are starting to flop over and flower (almost time for harvest!), herbs are all sorts of productive. Eggplants are starting to do their thing after a massive aphid attack almost took them all out. Cherry tomatoes are abundant.
Borage flowers are almost ready to bloom, foxglove just popped, and the zucchini plants have exploded overnight. I planted all of my cucurbits on the late side this year, trying to ward off the dreaded cucumber beetle. Hope that works. The garlic will be ready to harvest within the next week, I think. Kale is now waist-high. Peppers are leaning over with fruit and badly need support. And those snap peas…we have been blessed with a bumper crop. I keep picking them and they just keep on going. My goal was to have enough for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and maybe one or two more servings for the winter months. We’ll have way more than enough.
Overall everything is doing well as long as I can keep the squirrels from digging it all up. I could use a good solid day to get out there and weed/deadhead. Maybe Sunday. I did not take photos of the tomato plants because they’re on the other side of the house, and the neighbor is having a huge party. I didn’t want to look like an asshole crawling around with my camera while they’re trying to have a good time. I’ll get some photos this weekend. We have some massive tomato plants this year, and every one is bearing fruit. Hooray! Also not shown: carrots, horseradish, lettuces, chards, strawberries, pineberries. They’re all doing quite well.
Here’s the post of last month’s garden update if you want to compare where we were versus where we are now.
Five sprouts from our cover crop.
I totally just snagged a runaway bulblet from a nursery. It’s rooting now. fingers crossed.
The remarkable Egyptian Walking Onion, or Tree Onion.
These perennial alliums (Allium x proliferum) can grow over a metre in height, progressively creating new bulbs from the top (between 2-30, depending on the cultivar) while multiplying under the ground (between 5-6 new divisions from one bulb in a year).
Eventually, the stalks cannot bear the weight of so many bulblets, and fall over: re-sowing themselves.
These are an excellent choice for a food forest or perennial vegetable garden (alongside other edible perennials like artichokes, sunchokes, and asparagus).
My barber swears that if you eat these stalks before the flowers bloom that they taste just like apples. My barber also makes his own wine and sells it out of big jugs. And my barber has a vacuum cleaner for sale. And my barber taught me how to over-winter fig trees in Illinois by bending them over and building a little coffin around them and burying them in leaves. My barber is swell.
I have a bunch of these that I collected at a farm I volunteered at last year. I should plant them somewhere.
This is cool, I took some pics of last week when I first setup the coop around a new apple tree, and how it looked a week later. There were wood chips from last year under the weeds, and they did not get it all. I still think its cool though. They are like little landscapers.
a little #stjohnswort in #vodka for a little winter #stash ! amazes me every time how quickly it turns #red. #iloveherbs !!!
Just because a company is organic doesn’t mean it’s progressive. Exhibit A: Eden Foods. Like Hobby Lobby, Eden Foods sued the Obama administration to try to get out of providing contraceptive coverage for its employees. Eden Foods is a Michigan-based business that bills itself as “the oldest natural and organic food company in North America.” It is solely owned by Michael Potter, a Catholic who refers to birth control pills as “lifestyle drugs” and likes to whine about “unconstitutional government overreach.” (More crazy quotes from him below.)
In Eden Foods Inc. v. Kathleen Sebelius, filed in federal court in March of 2013, the company claimed its religious freedom was being violated by the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that employee health insurance cover birth control. The suit argued that “contraception or abortifacients … almost always involve immoral and unnatural practices.” In October, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided against Eden Foods, ruling that a for-profit company cannot exercise religion.
But then, on June 30, the Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that family-owned, “closely held” companies can use religion as an excuse to flout the birth control mandate. Eden Foods is one of a few dozen “closely held” for-profit companies that have filed suit over the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. On July 1, the Supreme Court ordered the 6th Circuit Court to reconsider its decision against Eden Foods and another plaintiff with a similar case."