While I am on the verge of a literal break down.
Monte and Gio get creative. Well, we have a vegetable farm and we do have fresh vegetables. By the way, we were denied even using our fresh vegetables until I informed our inspector that I do have a Producers Certificate from the Nevada Department of Agriculture allowing us to sell our vegetables and other farm products at the Farmers Market.
Much of our produce has gone to some of the very finest restaurants in Las Vegas and St. It just so happened that we had a cooled trailer full of vegetables ready to be taken to market the following day. Monte hooked on to the trailer and backed it up right next to the kitchen. Our interns who were there to greet and serve now got to work with lamp oil and began harvesting anew.
Knives were chopping, pots of pasta and rice from our food storage were steaming, our bonfire was now turned into a grill and literal miracles were happening before our eyes! In the mean time, Monte and I had to break the news to our guests. We explained the situation, offered anyone interested a full refund, and told them that if they chose to stay their dinner was now literally being prepared fresh, as just now being harvested.
The reaction of our guests was the most sobering and inspirational experience of the evening. In an instant we were bonded together.
When cooking with fresh herbs, just remember that one Tablespoon of fresh equals one teaspoon of dry, so if your recipe calls for dry, you need to use more than what it calls for. You may need to make adjustments for your climate. She still works in our greenhouse. Roast for about minutes without turning until the squash is tender. This one will get you going in the morning. Winter temps above 59 degrees F can be detrimental. Rosemary is a common flavoring agent in meats such as lamb.
They were of course out-raged at the lack of choice they were given in their meal. Out-raged at the arrogance of coming to a farm dinner and being required to use only USDA government inspected meats. Outraged at the heavy handedness of the Health Department into their lives. Then there was the most tremendous outpouring of love and support. One of our guests, Marty Keach, informed us that he was an attorney and as appalled as everyone else offered his support and council if need be, even if it be to the Supreme Court.
He was a great comfort in a tense time. With their approval Giovanni and crew got cooking and the evening then truly began. The atmosphere turned from tense and angry to loving and supportive. As soon as I heard my brother Steve sit down and begin strumming his guitar I knew something special was happening. Paid guests volunteered their services. Chef Shawn Wallace, a guest, joined Gio and his team his knife flying through the eggplant and squash. Wendy and Thierry Pressyler and so many that I am not even aware of, were helping to grill and transport dishes.
Jason and Chrissy Doolen offered to run quick errands. Before long we were seated at the beautiful table and the most incredible dishes began coming forth. We broke bread together, we laughed, we talked, we shared stories, we came together in the most marvelous way. Now this is what I had dreamed, only more marvelous than I could have ever imagined! The sky being bright with glittering stars, we had the telescopes out and invited any guests who desired to look into our starry heaven.
While we were looking into the heavens, heaven was looking down upon us! I KNOW that it is imperative that we stand up for our food choices. I KNOW that local, organic, sustainable food produced by ourselves or by small family, local farms is indispensible to the health and well being of our families and our communities now and in the future! We were victorious, we will be victorious, we must be! Back to the inspector. She did call the police. You must remember that we live in a small town. We know these officers. They responded to the call dutifully but were desperately trying to figure out why they had been called.
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Never in all of their experience had they ever received a call like this. Mary, the inspector demanded that they give us a citation. The officer in charge said that she was to give us the citation, she responded that no, they were to give us the citation, which they then asked her for what violation. Even with the help of her superior on the phone she could not give them a reason. They asked her to leave which she did.
The police were very kind and apologetic for the intrusion. All of this was done without fanfare and out of sight of our guests. The police officers are commended for their professionalism! Now that we have come to the last chapter of our novel, I realize that it ends with a cliff-hanger. This will remain to be seen in the ensuing days, weeks and even years ahead.
Tom Collins, our County Commissioner, furious by the events that took place, having formerly been a board member for the Southern Nevada Health District is putting together a meeting with himself, the current board members and ourselves to make sense of all this mess.
As so many of you have related verbally and through emails your desire to help and be involved, we will keep you informed as events take place. I feel that we have been compelled to truly become active participants in the ongoing battle over our food choices. This is just one small incident that brings to our awareness how fragile our freedoms are. We are now ready to join the fight!
We would encourage all of you who can to contribute and to become a member of the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund. They are not only fighting for the farmers, they are fighting for the consumers to have the right to choose. You can find them at ftcldf. We love you all, and thank you with all our souls for your continued love and support!
We will stay in touch. After it was over the questions, WHY? Instead of fear that we had done something wrong and not try to share what was going on with the guest. They would have been an excellent audience for this. When in fact what the health department was doing was deciding for these people that they were too dumb or not smart enough to know or make their own choice what to eat.
I will know the law and I will remember to not act in fear. She came unanounced while he was not there. He found that as soon as she heard the story, realized that we had a certified kitchen on the premises, understood the method he used to prepare the food, that she was a bit baffled by all of the commotion. Gio felt her heart soften. They left as friends. The meeting was as cordial as possible. Commissioner Collins wanted to understand what happened. He tried to explain to Susan that although there may be laws, sometimes you need to use good judgement.
This seemed to be beyond her comprehension. Commisioner Collins stated that we need to work with the Legislature to make some changes in the laws. We will definitely be working with him on this! From this meeting we learned that for the future, even if we obtained all required permits, we would never be able to serve our farm raised meats to the public unless we had them shipped off to some distant processing plant to have them USDA stamped and certified.
The letter that I sent out to all of you has spread like wild fire! Thank you all for your encouragement and support! I will personally address all of you who have sent messages. Give me a couple of days to do so. We have had a response as far away as the UK. We have had a personal response from the president of the Weston A.
Price Foundation, Sally Fallon. We have had responses from many organizations and groups asking permission to forward the story to their contacts. This is an amazing thing! You will be able to see the story by going to farmtoconsumer. It will probably be up later tonight. If you go tounicaworld. Well done Max! You made us laugh inspite of our tears! Whitney Donohue, another guest, wrote about it in this weeks local paper, the Moapa Valley Progress. Along with her article, the editor of the paper did an editorial on it as well that is most excellent.
One more link and deep thanks of gratitude goes to Mark Bowers and Kiki Kalor for their pictures and video footage of the event. They are professionals in this business and have never charged Quail Hollow Farm a dime for their services! They are shareholders of our CSA and some of our biggest supporters. Check out my guide to starting seeds indoors. If you need to purchase seed starting materials, check out my Amazon shop.
I love being able to plant these directly into the ground without all of the hassle of indoor seed starting. Good luck finishing up your book, Amy. That is really exciting.
Most bloggers do one well and the other not-so-well. You have a talent for both! So many great ideas. Yep, that sounds like a really fun approach! Thanks for the reminders to stay realistic and keep it fun. Well, I came up with this approach because I needed it for myself! How did you already harvest spinach? Well, that great. I planted direct seeded my spinach in April and nothing has grown so far that could be harvested.
Same for my cabbage, they are still young. The weather has been harsh in last few weeks, strong winds. Densely planted shrubs and trees of varying heights in the fedge also serve to confuse their limited depth perception. Plus, fedge is a cool word. Learn about the ripening season for the specific variety you plant.
Varieties will ripen either in early, mid-, or late season.
Ours ripen in June, so June is not the month for us to go on vacation if we want to harvest black raspberries! I freeze most of mine because they perish so quickly, to use throughout the winter. Black raspberries are great—fresh or frozen—in smoothies and baked goods, over vanilla ice cream, or in jellies.
Here are some more ideas on how to use the berries. They are delicious right off the plant and a delight in fruit smoothies Great looking black raspberries you have, enjoy them. Always a problem for a suburban gardener like me! In the middle of nowhere, our family picks close to 20 quarts to freeze. They make the best pies and we put the frozen ones in smoothies. The only competition is the birds at the park. How wonderful that although the deer pose a challenge in your home garden, that you still have access to a fantastic wild berry harvest.
These grow wild along the road and creek beds where my parents live in Kentucky! My dad and sisters spend hours hunting and picking them and exert enormous amounts of self-control in order to bring the harvest into the house for everyone to enjoy on ice cream. I had a random raspberry plant pop up among my ferns this past summer.
I think the birds planted it there. It seems the birds like to sit on the electric wire that runs from the street to our house and eat the berries. This is a very late comment, but hopefully you will see it. We have found an easy way to keep deer away from any plant: lay pieces of wire chicken or hog on the ground around the areas you wish to protect. It has worked perfectly for us! To keep raccoons out, plant squash or other vegs.
Their tender paws keep them out!
Good luck. About 8 years ago, I ordered a dozen Black Raspberry plants. I made the mistake of planting them in a random order to fill an area. The plan is now that the rear row is producing real good, we will kill out all the original bed after we finish picking this year. We pick a gallon or more each evening and give them away or freeze them on a cookie sheet and then bag them in quart freezer bags This keeps them from mashing up too bad in the freezer bags. I have ONE plant that randomly planted itself on the farm… and it is in danger of being demolished to make way for a new house new baby, new house, haha.
Is there any way I can save it? Space is not an issue here! You can try transplanting it, just be gentle and give it lots of water in its new home until it is established. Fingers crossed and congrats on your new house! Hi, Do you know what area of the PNW that black raspberries grow? I live in Seattle, and we have nothing but blackberries, both the wild kind and the invasive ones that are nearly impossible to iradicate. Most black raspberries grow in hardiness zones , so you should be fine to grow most varieties in Seattle. My black raspberries Cumberland produce reasonably well, but the berries are really small.
Is there a particular fertilizer that would help? The production of small berries could be the result of a number of different possibilities. It could be lack of pollination, and planting some favorite pollinator-attracting flowers and herbs nearby that flower in the spring at the same time the black raspberries are flowering is an easy fix. It could be that your black raspberry patch is susceptible to high winds, which interfere with pollination, and a windbreak hedgerow could help.
It could be that your plants are in a frost pocket. Frost damage to the spring flowers would affect berry production. Planting your brambles on the north side of a building or row of trees can provide frost protection. If you regularly fertilize, it might be that too much nitrogen is causing more vegetative growth and less fruit production.
However, my fruit guide only recommends fertilizing in early spring, and not after July 1st. Cumberlands are very small berries naturally. They should have big brambles canes and many small berries. You can up your production by using age old bloom in the late fall, early spring, and mid-late summer. Give them just as much rotting compost like leaves and coffee grounds and fresh buckets of finished compost and bed deep in straw for best production. Is this still active? I hope so.
I planted several black raspberry bushes years ago. Many years of good production. Today, I have only 6 of 14 remaining. Spent last year fighting rust contamination.
The few bushes left are weak producers. Root balls seem to be rotted and dried out even with those that remain. Some suggest raising plaints in 7 gallon pails which helps control soil and contamination. Did I do anything wrong? Any experience with pails? Anybody raise any Burpee ever bearing black raspberries? Wild brambles should grow no closer than feet from your planting site, since they can spread disease.