Going Picking?

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Here’s some tips to make your U-PICK trip a success…


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What does it mean??

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Michigan Blueberries : The Blueberry Patch

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Indiana Cherries: Pavolka Fruit Farm



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Can You Recommend a Farmer’s Market?

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There are so many Farmer’s Markets out there now, and frankly some are better than others.  Can you recommend your favorites?

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Backyard Composting

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Not that long ago, I would never have considered having a compost bin in my backyard.

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Planting Seeds….Heirloom, Hybrid, Organic

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What is ‘Chicago Farm and Table’?

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Our mission is to serve as an objective directory and information base… an all-in-one source for Chicagoans seeking information on any or all of the following topics : locally grown, organic, sustainably grown, grass-fed, free-range, urban agriculture, community supported agriculture, farmer’s markets, and local restaurants, bakeries and other dining establishments that support any or all of the above.  We have  information on ‘do-it-yourself’ subjects like beekeeping, chicken raising, urban gardening and seasonal cooking tips.  We want you to see all your options; so you can be a smarter consumer, eat better, and all with greater ease.

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Step nine

First, I want to tell you that I really enjoyed learning about vermicomposting from my new friend Momone.  If you don’t know what vermicomposting is, it’s basically using captive worms to make compost on a smaller scale than a compost pile in your yard.  See the definition further down in the article for the more scientific explanation.  The idea of recycling my family’s organic food waste and doing it in such a simple way (i.e. so easy I can’t mess it up) thrills me.  Yes, thrills me.  Here’s why:  Read more »

Heirloom Seeds and Plants – please share your recommendations!

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Please share your recommendations growing specific heirloom varieties of plants!

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What’s Local and in Season Now

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Remember that many local farms offer U-Pick throughout the growing season….


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My Big Garden Blog

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Recent Topics:

  • The Latest From the Garden…2014 SEASON

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Start Your Garden!

Harambee Community Garden in Chicago's Austin Neighborhood

Yes, folks, it’s that time of year.  Time to go through the seed catalogs, if you haven’t already placed your orders during the dreary winter days.  Time to think about preparing the soil, investigating best planting techniques to ward off summer pests, and draw up some plans for this years delicious yields. (Pictured: Harambee Community Garden in the Austin Neighborhood of Chicago) Read more »

Backyard Beekeeping

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Last fall, my Chicago neighborhood newspaper The Bowmanville Bee featured a story about a local resident who had a beehive in a neighborhood backyard.   Interested to find out more, I contacted the beekeeper, Heidi, who was nice enough to meet with me and talk about beekeeping. 

Muscoda Morel Mushroom Festival 2015

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Muscoda, Wisconsin: May 16th & 17th

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Paseo Prairie Garden: 2015 Mother’s Day Weekend Plant Sale

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Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, 10am to 3pm


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Burt’s Buzz….

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Salon International de l’Agriculture in Paris

Obviously, this isn’t about Chicago.  But I couldn’t help sharing this with you.  Click on this link to get a view of this year’s really spectacular annual agriculture show that just ended in Paris.

Then visit the website of David Lebovitz, renowned Chef and Author, and Parisian, and see his wonderful post about his visit to the show this year.

And while you are at it, check out this post from Messynessychic.com about the peach orchards of Paris.

Good Food Festival and Conference: March 13-15

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2014 Urban Livestock Expo: Saturday February 22, 10AM-1PM

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Food Growing Summit 2014

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2014 One Earth Film Festival is Coming Soon!

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