THE U-Pick GARDEN will be closing August 20th. This will be the last year the garden will be open to the public. Next year I'll be operating as a CSA, supplying about 20 regular customers with weekly boxes. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years, but it's time to try something new.

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, you can mail a check for $25.60 to:

Lori Adams
P O Box 6021
Sitka, Alaska

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 2:00. 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

Friday, February 22, 2013

Levi Made Me Clean

Ever since Levi started helping me reorganize he has been nagging me to clean things better.  I kept putting him off by saying, "I can't do everything," or, "It doesn't matter," or, "It won't show," or, "I've got more important things to do!" I've been building things and moving stuff around - cleaning can come later.
Well, today he would not take any more excuses.... He said, "Mom, this is unacceptable, you do have alot of other things to do, but they will all be easier to do in a clean house!!!"  And then he forced me to clean the entire kitchen including the cupboards over the stove.  SHEESH!

Oh yeah, did I mention that he helped me? Chris showed up as we were finishing and cheered us on.

Now that the antique wood cook stove has been moved out of the kitchen we added more hooks to the wall so we can hang more coats up.

That's a lot of hooks!! I know the kitchen is a weird place to hang your coats, but it is SO handy! And, it's right over a heat register, so once in a while when we run the oil furnace it will actually dry out the coats. Sitkans have a lot of coats, vests and jackets, so it's nice to have enough hooks to store them all. To be honest, I think they look colorful and pretty me weird. I read one time that there are many things you can do to make your house feel welcoming to visitors. One of them is having a obvious place for them to hang their coats......Well, we have that!

Just in case you are interested, here are a few more that I remember....
-Have coffee tables within reach in the sitting area so they have some place to set a coffee mug or a drink, (and make sure there's a cleared off spot for it!)
-Leave space for them on the counter next to the bathroom sink, and space in the shower for their shampoo and razor.
-Put a towel in their room so they don't have to ask for one or snoop in all the cupboards.
-Make sure they have a clean bed --AND A DECENT PILLOW FOR GOODNESS SAKE!

I don't remember the others, but a know a few things like that can really make the difference in whether or not you feel welcome when you are staying at someone else's house.

Oh yeah, and today, THIS happened!!!!

That's right! We are in the egg laying business again!!!! Well, there was only one egg, but where there is one, there will soon be more!


  1. Tell Levi he can come clean for me anytime!! And I need t

  2. o be better about having a place for guests' coats. (Sorry about two comments...accidental publish hit there.)