THE U-Pick GARDEN IS CLOSED

To get a copy of my book, "How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska" just give me a call....The books are $20 plus tax. If you live out of town and want me to mail you a copy, mail a check for $25.60 to:

Lori Adams
P O Box 6021
Sitka, Alaska
99835


Down To Earth U-Pick Garden is located at 2103 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka, Alaska. It is open usually from mid-June through late August. Hours are Monday-Saturday 12:00 to 6:30. On Farmer's Market Saturdays I am not open until 3:00. Children are welcome but may not run through the garden or chase the ducks. If you have any questions you can contact me, Lori Adams, at 907-747-6108 or 907-738-2241. My email address is downtoearthupick@gmail.com

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Small Step Forward

It's time to start up the garden again! First things first, clean and organize the sunroom.....


Oh dear. That's a daunting task. It's hard to believe that it looked like this just a few short months ago....


There were still a few tomatoes hanging on for dear life. I hadn't watered those plants for at least 2 months....amazing!


The winter was so mild here that the Rosemary survived.


The Basil, on the other hand, did not. No surprise there.


Okay, so I didn't clean the whole sunroom....just made enough space to get the February seeds started. Tomatoes, Celery, Leeks, Cilantro, and Green (Bunching) Onions.


Next, I bleached all the trays, lids, and pots.



Ahhhh.....nothing says, "Spring is here and full of so many possibilities", like a fresh box of popsicle stitcks!


Almost all of the Tomatoes I am starting are for Penny out at Garden Ventures. You can be looking for those to hit the shelves in May or June.


This year I'm starting something new that I read about in one of Elliot Coleman's books. I'm growing Bunching Onions....their called "Green Onions" in the grocery store.


He plants the seeds 10 to a soil block.


Looks crowded, doesn't it?

They grow in a bunch, you transplant them out in a bunch, harvest them in a bunch, rinse them in a bunch, and then sell them in a bunch!


I'll let you know if it works.


That's all for now....the rest of the seeds will get planting in March.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Somebody's Been Watching Food Network Again!

Well, we still don't have TV reception here at our house, but when we travel or visit other folks, my favorite show to watch is, "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives". Recently I got to thinking that maybe the episodes were on disc, and sure enough....they are! So I ordered Seasons 1, 2 and 3.  Hey, everyone benefits...and it's tax deductible too! I put one of the pie recipes to use today.....


I was taking lunch to my good friend Yvonne's house. She is a very busy gal, with 4 girls in 4 different schools, so I figured that the only way I was going to see her is if I brought a meal to her. It was sort of a Farm to Table kind of lunch, with Winter Kale salad.....



And Grilled Black Cod Tips with pan fried Fingerling Potatoes.


And dessert was Apple Pie. I used the Apple Pie filling that I canned last year, but removed most of the liquid first and set it aside.


Then I rolled out the pie crust extra large and put it in the pan and piled in as much Apple Pie Filling as I could, and stuck a cube of butter in the top.


The last step was to pull all the extra crust up to the top and press it tightly and firmly into place around the butter cube.


And pop it in the oven.


It fell a little bit, but it was still huge and beautiful (in a rustic sort of way).  Evonne loved it!



We heated up the extra liquid that had been removed earlier, and served over the top of the pie and icecream.


And fun was had by all!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Farm To Table

Well, I'm heavy into paperwork right now, getting all the facts and figures ready for the tax lady, but I did take a break from my desk last week to participate in a Farm To Table event. Bobbie Daniels is raising rabbits here in Sitka, and she is trying to encourage other locals to raise rabbits too, so she organized this amazing dinner at my favorite little Bistro.....Ludvigs! The entire menu with very few exceptions was grown right here in Sitka and Ketchikan.


The turnout was really good....

As usual, Colette and the crew did a bang-up job of preparing the food....


That is one tiny kitchen they have to work in!


The food was as beautiful as it was delicious!

Rabbit Turrine....


Moroccan Goat Stew.....



Grilled Rabbit with Inca Bella Potatoes and Kale (from my garden!)...


And the Russian Meringues....just like my Mom used to make!



I was given the honor of being one of the servers at this function. It was really fun to work with the Ludvig crew, and it was great to support this worthy project!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We Took A Little Trip

We just got home from Dallas, Texas, where we attended our first Sport Show of the season. On the way down to Texas I stopped off in Oregon to see my Mom and Dad. We didn't do anything wildly exciting, but it's always fun to see the folks. We ate out....


Did some knitting and crocheting.....


 And tied a comforter for one of the little greats.


And then, it was off to Dallas for the Sport Show. Here we are at one of the banquets...


The food was as delicious as it was beautiful!


While we were in Dallas we checked out the site of President Kennedy's assassination in Dealey Plaza. Here's the "grassy knoll"......


And here is the Book Depository. Lee Harvey Oswald shot the president from the second window down on the right. There is a cardboard box in the window to mark the spot. There is also a white "X" painted on the street to mark the spot where Kennedy was at the time of the shooting.


It was very interesting to see this area in person.

Now we are home and it has done nothing but rain since we got here. We are spending most of our time catching up on the mail and other business, but we did take out time to work on one little project.....We put in a new faucet!

Here is the old silver, leaky one....

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And here is the new black, shiny one.....


I must say, it classes up the place, and it doesn't leak!


Thanks for helping me, Mr. Adams!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Levi Was Here!

Levi came home for Christmas break. It's always fun when Levi is home!

First he decorated the tree for me with his good friend, Kristina..



This is his favorite ornament....made by his Aunt Kelley....


 And of course, we had to measure him again....


He's tall.

He helped Dale hook up some flying simulator games on his computer....


 And we all went out to the shooting range....



 Good shot, Levi!




 That was fun.

And then.....it was time to open Christmas presents!!!


 Levi got what he wanted.

And as for me....I did too! The ivy in my kitchen window sill has been dead for over a year now.


 That's right....100% stone dead. I've been too busy (or lazy) to do anything about it.


 So, Santa brought me a new one and I spent the day after Christmas taking down the old one and potting up the new one.


It looks SO NICE....like a breath of Spring, right in the house! Merry Christmas to me!