Friday, December 28, 2012

Vehicle Black Boxes with Truck, Tractor and Auto Supplies

Now available with Truck, Tractor and Auto Supplies in Farm Supply:
Vehicle Black Box from Cowon.

This Black Box device is installed on windshields to record video, audio, and other data related to vehicle impacts or accidents.

Federal regulators are proposing mandatory black boxes for every new vehicle sold in the United States after 2014. [complex]

COWON AC1 Vehicle Car Black Box
Truck, Tractor and Auto Supplies
Farm Supply
add your supplies to Farm Supply

Monday, December 24, 2012

Home Grown: Clearing the Air With Houseplants

Houseplants certainly add to a home’s décor, but they can also purify indoor air.

“This is an area that’s been largely ignored, and the health issues are potentially astronomical,” says University of Georgia horticulturist Stanley Kays. “We spend as much as 90 percent of our time indoors breathing indoor air that often contains a diverse range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), many of which are toxic.”

House plants can absorb those VOCs. To determine the best air-purifying houseplants, researchers at the University of Georgia evaluated 32 plant species.  Of those tested, purple waffle plant (Hemigraphis alternata) best removed VOCs from the air.

Continued at... Clearing the Air With Houseplants

Home Grown
English Ivy
Wax Plant
Plants and Seeds

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Home Grown: Brighten Winter With Holly

How can we brighten up a bleak winter landscape?

One way is by incorporating evergreen and semi-evergreen shrubs into landscape plantings.

For centuries Europeans have been using hollies to dress up their winter landscapes, indoors and out. To brighten up your surroundings, consider these holly and holly-look-a-likes in your landscaping plans for the coming year.

Continued at... Brighten Winter With Holly

Home Grown
Home and Garden Center
Plants and Seeds

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Range Raised Beef from Tucumcari, New Mexico

Now available with Beef in Meats:
Lean Natural Range Raised Beef from Tucumcari, New Mexico

This lean range-raised beef is available direct from a sustainable family ranch in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

This beef comes with a guarantee that it is hormone free and has never been subjected to any growth-hormones, antibiotics, ionophores, insecticides or animal by-products, and that the animal was handled humanely and raised in its natural environment on native pasture its entire life.

Sold by the quarter, half or whole, the meat comes from animals born and raised on the ranch. Shipped anywhere in the USA.

add your beef to the Buy Direct Directory
advertise with Beef

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Beard Lube from Carrollton, Texas

Now available in Health & Beauty:
Beard Lube Conditioning Shave from Carrollton, Texas.

Unlike whipped-cream style foams and gels, this is a pre-shave oil, shave cream and skin conditioner, all in one.

Jojoba and macadamia nut oil help prepare the beard by penetrating and softening whisker growth. The lightweight formula provides a thin, lubricating layer to hold-in moisture so the blade glides easily through the whiskers, while eucalyptus and peppermint refresh the skin.

The end result is an easier, smoother shave, and less razor burn.

Beard Lube's see-through texture helps prevent nicks and cuts, and makes it easier to shave around the line of facial hair, such as sideburns or a mustache. Plus, it And, won't clog razors, as it's super light and rinses easily.

Lotions, Moisturizers, Gels and Body Oils
Health & Beauty
advertise on the Lotions page
add your Lotions, Moisturizers, Gels and Body Oils to the Buy Direct Directory

Monday, December 10, 2012

Home Grown: Alternative Evergreens

Just a handful of species make up the majority of evergreens planted.  This lack of diversity is starting to be a real problem in areas where diseases are decimating both Scotch pine and Austrian pine, the two most commonly planted pine trees of the last 50 years. Fortunately, there are several less-common types of evergreens to consider:

Concolor Fir (Abies concolor): Graceful, soft, silvery-blue foliage makes it a nice alternative to Colorado spruce. Grows to 70 feet tall by 40 feet wide.

Continued at... Alternative Evergreens
Home Grown
Christmas Trees
Home and Garden Center

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Home Grown: Gifts for Gardeners

If you have gardeners on your shopping list, whatever you do, don’t give them cheap tools. Give them something they’ll remember.

Most serious gardeners would much rather receive one high-quality garden tool than a bunch of cheap ones that won’t last a year. And please don’t give an adult a set of child-size tools.

Continued at... Gifts for Gardeners

Home Grown
Home and Garden Center
Garden Tools
Lawn Tools & Equipment

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Painless Potion direct from Ocean View, Hawaii

Now available in Health & Beauty:
Painless Potion direct from the producer in Ocean View, Hawaii.

This is a natural therapeutic aromatherapy pain cream with eleven essential oils for muscle and joint pain relief.

Made from lavender and rosemary grown on the producer's Big Island farm, the lotion is sold in a 4-ounce jar and used for eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, cuts and burns, headaches, migraines, stress, and as a natural anti-depressant.

Lotions, Moisturizers, Gels and Body Oils
Health & Beauty
advertise on the Lotions page
add your Lotions, Moisturizers, Gels and Body Oils to the Buy Direct Directory

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Home Grown: When to Prune

As the days get shorter and plants go dormant for winter, many homeowners become anxious to prune their landscapes. But for most trees and shrubs, pruning in the fall is not the best time.

Some woody trees and shrubs can be injured during winter from pruning cuts or open wounds that won't have a chance to heal properly until next spring. An open wound in the winter is more likely to suffer damage from water freezing and thawing inside the cracks and crevices of the exposed wood.

Continued at... When to Prune

Home Grown
Home and Garden Center
Garden Tools
The Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Farm Fresh: Old Birds with Little Red Berries

The hybrid Broad Breasted White turkey produces more meat (mostly white meat) at less cost than any other bird. This has made it so popular among producers and consumers that it has pushed almost every other breed of turkey into extinction, or close to it. This is the classic Thanksgiving turkey you see on television and in cookbooks and glossy magazines, but it is not the turkey that great-grandma served, or the pilgrims for that matter. It has been selectively bred to have, above all else, huge breasts full of juicy white meat.

Abnormally large breasts? Juicy white meat? Our foremothers would have been shocked!

Continued at... Old Birds with Little Red Berries
Farm Fresh!
Heard a Good One?
Artwork: Turkey

Monday, November 19, 2012

Reindeer Tutu Legging Set from Brighton, England

Now available with Baby Clothes in Clothing:
Reindeer Tutu Legging Set from Brighton, England

This 2-piece outfit for girls from three months to a year in age has a knit bodice with reindeer applique and a tulle novelty tutu skirt with striped knit leggings.

Bodice/Pants are 95% Cotton/5% Spandex; the Skirt/Lining are 100% Polyester. Machine washable.

Baby Clothes
add your baby clothes to the Buy Direct Directory

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Farm Fresh! Christmas Stamps.

At the post office, customer buys a Christmas stamp for a card and asks the clerk, "Shall I stick it on myself?"
The clerk's reply: "It'll get there faster if you stick it on the envelope."

Continued at... Christmas Stamps
Farm Fresh!
Heard a Good One?
Artwork: Cayman Islands Christmas Stamp

Friday, November 16, 2012

Here's How To... Make a Twinkie

To get the light, spongy cake shell requires a few extra steps. First, beat the egg whites until they are very stiff.

After mixing the batter, fold the egg whites in gently. The volume of the batter will increase greatly. See all those bubbles? This batter is fluffy!

To get the authentic Twinkie shape, use this canoe pan.

Follow the link to... Homemade Twinkies

Here's How To...
Cakes and Cupcakes
Artwork: Cream Canoe Pan

Coffee Cake from Littleton, Colorado

Now available in Baked Goods:
Coffee Cake from Littleton, Colorado

Slices of fresh ripe banana are layered into this sour cream coffee cake, creating a moist banana and cinnamon flavored cake. Kosher Certified and contains no trans fats, artificial flavoring, artificial coloring or preservatives.

Baked Goods
advertise with Cake
add your cake to the Buy Direct Directory

Here's How To... Bake Bread

When we make bread, we participate in the same alchemy as countless generations before us who used the carbon dioxide produced by tiny yeast cells digesting carbohydrates to make bread, and used the alcohol they make to create beer and wine.

We've been at it so long, it is likely part of our genetic code.

Follow the link to... Bake Bread

Mobile link
Here's How To...
Artwork: Woman Baking Bread by Jean-François Millet 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Home Grown: Overwintering Geraniums

You can beat the frost and save your geraniums by taking them inside to overwinter.

In freezing temperatures, unprotected annual geraniums will turn a mushy green and die. They can be preserved, however, by overwintering indoors before they get nipped by a hard frost.

Pot up the plants, take cuttings, or store the plants as bare-root specimens.Whichever method you choose, understand that success isn’t guaranteed.

Continued at... Overwintering Geraniums

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tips from the Farm Kitchen: Turkey Cooking Alternatives

Whether the oven fails, a power outage occurs or there just isn't enough room in the oven, roasting a whole turkey in a conventional oven isn't the only way to get the big bird cooked safely.

Grilling turkeys is becoming a popular cooking method. During grilling, a turkey cooks by indirect heat in an outdoor covered gas or charcoal grill and a pan of water should be placed beneath the grilling surface to catch the fat and juices that drip from the turkey as it cooks.

Deep fat frying a whole turkey also can be successful by using an unstuffed turkey 12 pounds or less in size.

Continued at... Turkey Cooking Alternatives

Farm Kitchen
Kitchen Supply

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Turnlock Chain Bracelet from Richardson, Texas.

Now available with Jewelry in Handmade:
Turnlock Chain Bracelet from Richardson, Texas.

Multiple silver-tone chains and a unique turnlock closure make this vintage-inspired bracelet a keepsake.

add your jewelry to Buy Direct Directory
advertise with Jewelry

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Home Grown: Preventing Sunscald

Homeowners who planted new trees this year, especially ones with thin bark, will want to protect the southwest side of the new tree this winter to protect it from sunscald.

Many young, smooth, thin-barked trees like honey locusts, fruit trees, ashes, oaks, maples, lindens, red buds and willows are susceptible to sunscald and bark cracks.

Continued at... Preventing Sunscald

Home Grown
Home and Garden Center
Garden Tools

Butterwort Plants from Scranton, Pennsylvania

Now available in Plants & Seeds:
Pinguicula Moctezumae Butterwort Plants from Scranton, Pennsylvania,

Moctezumae Butterworts have violet flowers and sticky leaves that trap small insects that are then digested through the plant's leaves.

This live plant is sold with a 3-inch net pot, moss ideal for soil, and a detailed caresheet explaining how to take care of Butterworts.

Humidity domes and year round warm weather is not necessary.

Carnivorous Plants
Plants & Seeds
advertise with Carnivorous Plants
Add Your Plants and Seeds to the Buy Direct Directory

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Farm Fresh: Aptly Named

I once went to a dentist with the surname Peck. And I recall seeing a nurse named Oaui (pronounced oweee!).

Then there was the undertaker, B. Stiff, and the cardiologist, Dr. Hart, and the exterminator, Ed Bugg.

These names are call aptonyms ("aptly named") by people who get a kick out of such things, like English teachers and writers of dictionaries and bored postal clerks.

Continued at... Aptly Named

Farm Fresh!
Heard a Good One?
Artwork: Custom Name Badges

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Farm Direct: Cultivar Walnuts Offer Income Potential

Growing black walnut trees that have been grafted to improved cultivars have potential for excellent production and financial return. Some farmers grow the walnuts on their land, pick and sell them for extra money, but there is a potential to do much more using grafted trees.

According to Brian Hammons of Hammons Products Company in Stockton, Missouri, a landowner with a 40-acre planting of cultivar nuts (60x60 spacing = 480 trees) could be producing as much as 80,000 pounds of nuts and generating an additional $56,000 income (about a $32,000 profit after hulling and hauling).

Continued on the Tip Sheet: Cultivar Walnuts Offer Income Potential

Farm Direct
Buying Online
How to Lease a Booth

Personalized Christmas Stockings from Eagle River, Wisconsin

Now available with Holidays and Notable Events:
Personalized Christmas Stockings with embroidered names from Eagle River, Wisconsin

Each Christmas Stocking is designed, crafted, and packaged in-house. They are knitted with 100% wool yarn, feature professionally embroidered names, and come in either a Scandinavian or Ragg Wool style.

Personalized Christmas Stockings
Holidays and Notable Events
advertise with Holidays

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Emu Oil from Midland, Michigan

Now available in Health & Beauty:
Emu Oil direct from the producer in Midland, Michigan.

Emu Oil is a healthy, complex, topical or ingestible oil, which contains a natural anti-inflammatory and is trans-dermal. In addition to reducing swelling and stiffness in joints, it reduces bruising and muscle pain. Professional sports trainers and players recognize the benefits of emu oil.

This Pure Certified Emu Oil is processed to ensure a safe, clean, fresh product. Available in various sizes, from a half ounce to a full gallon.

Emu Oil
Health & Beauty
advertise on the Emu Oil page
add your emu oil to the Buy Direct Directory

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Here's How To... Rappel

What goes up will eventually come down. But when descending from the top of a wall, a cliff some or other steep grade, a carefully controlled decline is advisable. Most climbing accidents happen on the way down, not on the way up.

Rappelling, the technique of sliding down a rope, allows climbers to make safe descents from precipitous heights, but it can be a hazardous activity.  No text or website can substitute for on-site instruction, but there are some basic concepts that can be learned beforehand.

Follow the link to... Rappel
Mobile link
Here's How To...

Guidebooks and How-to Titles
Artwork: Rock Climber Rappelling
How To Do It
Climbing the Walls

Home Grown: Growing Oaks from Acorns

To grow plants from seeds, you don't need to go to the local nursery and buy a colorful packet. A little knowledge can create a rewarding do-it-yourself experience.

One plant that is relatively easy to start from seed is the oak. Acorns mature in early fall. You can tell the seed is ripe when the outside changes from green to yellow, brown or black and the caps can be easily removed. Acorns can then be plucked off the tree or picked up from the ground soon after falling. It's important to note that acorns left on the ground for several days begin to dry out and become a food source for insects and wildlife.

Continued at... Growing Oaks from Acorns

Home Grown
Home and Garden Center
Garden Tools

Monday, October 29, 2012

Here's How To... Pick Morel Mushrooms

To harvest a morel, pull it up from the earth, cut off the root end with a sharp knife or pinch it off and place in a bag. Once harvested, split the morel lengthwise and wash thoroughly to remove grit or bugs. They can be eaten fresh or storied for months with proper preservation.

To preserve morels, freeze in water or dry-freeze in plastic bags or containers. They can also be dried in the open air or in a dehydrator and then stored in sealed jars. Reconstitute in water when ready to use.

Follow the link To... Picking Morel Mushrooms
Mobile link

Guidebooks and How-to Titles
Artwork: A Morel Mushroom On A Nebraska Forest
How To Do It
Tales of a River Rat

Home Grown: Protecting Evergreens in Winter

Evergreen plants can be harmed by the snow and ice of winter.

Inspect your plants for winter damage. Snow can cause excessive bending down of evergreen branches to the point of breaking. These broken branches will always be weak if you try to bend them back up or tie them back up.

Consider cutting them off and, if possible, train neighboring branches to grow and fill in the gaps.

Continued at... Protecting Evergreens in Winter

Home Grown
Home and Garden Center
Garden Tools

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Emu Oil from Gill, Massachusetts

Now available in Health & Beauty:
Emu Oil direct from the emu farm in Gill, Massachusetts

This emu oil comes from a small farm that uses sound natural and humane practices to produce the highest quality fat.

Studies have shown that emu farmed in northern climates produce fat with higher penetration and anti-inflammatory properties. Emu raised without hormones, unnecessary antibiotics, chemical pesticides or herbicides provide the cleanest fat.

This emu oil is certified by the American Emu Association, ensuring the composition, purity and stability of the oil.

Emu Oil
Health & Beauty
advertise on the Emu Oil page
add your emu oil to the Buy Direct Directory

Monday, October 22, 2012

Home Grown: Preparing a Lawn for Winter

When it's time for the last cutting of your lawn, how low should you cut? Your area's winter snowcover should help you decide whether to cut it short or leave it long.

If you live in a heavy snow area, cut the grass to about 1.5 inches in fall to prevent it from matting down beneath the snow and forming a haven for the snow mold fungus.

In areas with little snowcover, grass dries out and the crowns may be injured from a lack of insulation. In those areas, leave the grass long over the winter to help protect the crowns from drying out.

Continued at... Preparing a Lawn for Winter

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pottery Wheel from Aurora, Ohio.

Now available in Craft Supplies:
Pottery Wheel from National Artcraft in Aurora, Ohio.

This wheel can be used by potters, sculptors, painters, decorators working in ceramics, floral arrangers, model-makers, and even cake decorators.

The base and top are made of heavy cast metal joined with a heavy-duty ball bearing that allows the top to spin easily. Holds up to 40 lbs.

The base has a non-skid rubber boot that holds the wheel firmly in place without the need to drill holes in your work station.

The top is designed with concentric circles to allow easy centering and the rim is weighted to give the wheel extra momentum when spinning.

Craft Supplies
add your supplies

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Tips from the Farm Kitchen: Buying Seafood in Season

To get the best prices on seafood, buy when the fish or shellfish are in season and available in large quantities.

"Fresh wild salmon caught during the bountiful summer and early fall runs is much less expensive than salmon caught during the winter months," writes Braiden Rex-Johnson in PPike Place Public Market Seafood Cookbook, referring to Pacific Northwest stocks.

Continued at... Buying Seafood in Season

Seafood and Fish
Farm Kitchen
Kitchen Supply
Pike Place Public Market Seafood Cookbook
Fresh Salmon Fillets

Music in the Market

Now playing ♫ I Cry ♫ from Wild Ones album by Flo Rida.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tips from the Farm Kitchen: Flame-Roasting Eggplants

Roastng eggplants on an open flame can be messy, but is definitely worth the effort, as the smoky aroma adds immensely to the taste.

First, line your stovetop with aluminum foil.
Place a whole eggplant (or more than one if you are confident) on a rack over the open flame and roast, turning occasionally, until the skin is scorched and blackened, and the flesh feels soft when pierced with a wooden skewer or a fork.

Continued at... Flame-Roasting Eggplants

Farm Kitchen
Kitchen Supply
The Book of New Israeli Food: A Culinary Journey

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Purple Dendrobium Orchids from Thailand.

Now available with Flowers in Plants & Seeds:

Purple Dendrobium Orchids from Thailand.

These long stemmed fresh cut purple dendrobium orchids are imported direct directly from the farm in Thailand. Hand picked and carefully packed, the orchids are shipped with with small water tubes around each stem provided supplying continuous hydration during shipping.

An ideal gift or complement to weddings, parties or other occasions, these orchis are guaranteed to last at least 7 days.

Plants & Seeds
advertise with Flowers
Add Your Plants and Seeds to the Buy Direct Directory 

Farm Direct: Small Farm Direct Marketing

Direct marketing refers to selling that is based on a personal, one-to-one relationship that ties farmers and consumers together. Many times this relationship is face-to-face, like at farmers' markets. Other times, the consumer and farmer may not actually meet, for example, Internet sales.

Competing solely on price is rarely feasible for small scale farmers. Farmers who accept the lowest price for their products must have the lowest costs. Larger farms can almost always produce high volume, uniform products more cheaply than smaller farms.

While small farmers cannot effectively compete with large scale operations on price, their businesses are uniquely positioned to compete on other, non-price factors. Competing on non-price factors means that farmers must offer their customers something they want but cannot buy at the grocery store, or anywhere else. Differences can include: convenience, flavor, variety and novelty.

Continued on the Tip Sheet: Small Farm Direct Marketing

Farm Direct
Buying Online
How to Lease a Booth
Artwork: Dixon Farmers Market

Friday, October 12, 2012

Tealight Candles from Piedmont, South Carolina

Now available with Candles in Handmade:
Tealight Candles from Piedmont, South Carolina.

These white, unscented Tealight Candles are self-contained, versatile little candles, efficient and very inexpensive.

Compression molded and set in aluminum cups with 100% cotton wicks, these candles are perfect for weddings, restaurants and parties. They can be used in potpourri burners, food warmers or any standard Glass Tealight Holder.

Burn time is 4-5 hours for each candle.

add your candles to the Buy Direct Directory 
advertise with Candles

Tips from the Farm Kitchen: Time-Saving Kitchen Tools

Making meals is a little like making magic. You toss some ingredients together and voila ... they change into muffins or a mixed vegetable medley!

Some days you may wish your magic wand was speedier. That it didn't take quite so long to clean, peel, chop and mix fresh vegetables for a salad. Or measure, mix, beat, blend and cook a casserole.

In search of faster kitchen magic, several Internet discussion groups of dietitians, home economists, chefs and other food professionals were asked their favorite time-saving kitchen tools. The response was overwhelming! Here are 30+ tools to quicken your kitchen performance.

Continued at Time-Saving Kitchen Tools

Farm Kitchen
Kitchen Gadgets
Kitchen Essentials: The Complete Illustrated Reference to the Ingredients, Equipment, Terms, and Techniques used by Le Cordon Bleu

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pet Supplies: Cat Collars from Taiwan

Now available with Pet Collars in Pet Supplies:
Cat Collar from Taiwan

This is an anti-strangling collar with break-away buckle. If the collar gets caught on fences, chairs, branches, or anything else, the safety buckle will automatically open up releasing the cat from harm.

The collar is made of finely woven nylon to obtain a strong, soft and silky fabric. The metal components are made with a reinforced alloy to prevent it from rusting.

Pet Collars
Pet Supplies
Pet Clothing
add your product to Pet Supplies

Home Grown: Composting Yard Waste.

While it may seem easy to put those raked leaves and other yard waste in plastic bags and toss them out as garbage, composting can be just as easy and much better for the environment.

"Many landfills no longer even accept leaves or garden wastes," notes Bill Lamont, professor of vegetable crops at Penn State.  "Composting may be the easiest way for homeowners to dispose of them."

Composting decomposes organic matter into a dark, crumbly material similar to humus. Finished compost provides nutrients and helps soil retain water by increasing the valuable organic matter in the lawn and garden. Compost is a valuable soil conditioner that can be used in gardens, around trees and on lawns.

Continued at... Composting Yard Waste

Home Grown
Home and Garden Center

Handspun Mohair Yarn from Oaxaca, Mexico

Now available in Craft Supplies:
Milagros Mohair Handspun Yarn from Oaxaca, Mexico

This yarn is produced in collaboration with a small sustainable farm in northern California and Zapotec Indians from Oaxaca. It comes from natually colored mohair goats.

A pure mohair single yarn, this product will produce the mohair halo effect. Sold in 4-ounce skeins.

Craft Supplies
add your supplies

Friday, October 5, 2012

Farm Fresh: Pumpkin Pop Quiz

What's orange on the inside and clear on the outside? 


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Have You Tried... Tomatillos?

Despite their name, tomatillos are not small tomatoes. Grown on a rambling vine, this small tart fruit ripens yellow to purple, but is generally harvested and used

Sometimes called Chinese lanterns, the fruit grows inside a husk that turns light brown and paperlike as the plant matures. Each tomatillo measures about 2  inches across.

Continued at... Tomatillos

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Home Grown: Mind Your Mulch

Mulches can be an effective way to make soil moisture "last longer" in landscape and garden. They are frequently used in the landscape to conserve water by reducing weed growth, minimizing evaporation, and retaining moisture.

Mulching can reduce rotting by keeping vegetables such as squash and tomatoes out of contact with soil. Organic mulches also lessen soil compaction, slow down erosion and improve soil texture when later tilled into the soil.

To get all these benefits, however, you have to think ahead and consider your own particular situation.

Continued at... Mind Your Mulch

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tutus from Napa, California

Now available with Tutus in Handmade:
Custom made tutus direct from the designer in Napa, California

All of these tutus are hand made and customized with a choice of color combinations to make every princess' dreams come true.

Embellishments like snowflakes, butterflies, ladybugs, Mickey heads and more are available.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Recipe File: Scandinavian Burgers

Adapted from Burgers: Comfort Food

Beet greens, which have a delicate, spinachy flavor, are a colorful garnish for these savory hurgers speckled with diced beets. Serve these burgers with a Russian salad --  tiny cubes of cooked carrots and potatoes, tiny green peas, and sliced cooked green beans  --  all bound together with a little mayonnaise. It's a winning combination.

Mustard Dill Sauce

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
Salt & freshly ground pepper


1 pound ground chuck
1/2 pound ground veal
4 medium-size beets, cooked, peeled & cutinto 1/4-inch dice
4 small scallions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped capers
Salt & freshly ground pepper
8 thick slices Russian black bread
1 cup well-washed beet greens, thinly sliced

Prepare the mustard dill sauce: In a small bowl, combine the oil, sugar, vinegar, and lemon juice. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the mustard and dill, and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate. covered, until ready to serve. (The sauce can be made up to
day in advance.)

Preheat a grill to medium-hot or preheat the broiler.

Prepare the burgers: In a large bowl, lightly knead together the chuck, veal, beets, scallions and capers. Use wet hands to form 4 patties about 3/4 inh thick. Season with salt and pepper.

Grill or broil the burgers to the desired degree of doneness.

Place the burgers on 4 of the slices of bread. Top each with a spoonful of sauce and sprinkle with the beet greens. Cover with the remaining bread. Serve ot with the remaining sauce on the side.

Serves 4.

Burgers: Comfort Food
Farm Kitchen
Recipe Archive
Artwork: Hamburger

Sunday, August 5, 2012

On the Magazine Stand: 10 Farmer's Market Rules to Swear By.

"1. Yes, eggs, milk, and produce are more expensive than at the supermarket. But where else can you get just-laid eggs with bright-orange yolks, milk capped with cream, and vegetables that go beyond garden variety? What's more, the taste is exponentially better. So don't hassle the farmer about price.

"5. Unless it grows in your region, don't expect to find it at your local market. Of course, if you live in California, you can ask for anything....

"6. Each visit, buy one ingredient you're unfamiliar with--perhaps garlic scapes, fava beans, or pattypan squash. It'll make you a better cook."

 ~ in current issue of Bon Appetit

Food and Drink Magazines

Magazine Stand

Home Grown: Helping Drought-Stressed Trees

 A dry winter, minimal spring rains, record high temperatures and low summer precipitation is putting extreme stress on woody plants in many areas of the country this summer. The stress increases susceptibility to insects and disease.

Trees and shrubs should be thoroughly watered if they begin to show
signs of leaf wilt, discoloration or drying, especially at leaf edges.

Trees are able to obtain moisture longer than most other plants due to deeper roots, so symptoms of drought stress tend to be more delayed and some symptoms may not appear for months or even years.

Continued at... Helping Drought-Stressed Trees

Home Grown
Home and Garden Center
Garden Tools