Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tour De Coops/Edible Arcadia Tour this weekend

 3rd Annual Phoenix Tour de Coops,
presented by the Valley Permaculture Alliance,
Saturday, December 3,
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
at coops through out Central Phoenix
and our Boho Farm and Home coop is one of the stops.

Come see our coop, compost, raised beds, potager and the Poulet Rouge meaties!

This year they have a bike tour too.
That starts 7 a.m. at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market for breakfast
with registration at The Grow House, coop touring around town,
lunch at Lux, more touring and ends at 7 p.m. at La Grande Orange.

Look at Jennifer Wood's story on the New Time's great food blog, Chow Bella for more info.

On Sunday is the  Arcadia Edible Tour
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
10:00am to 3:00pm

Come see Becca's Farmyard

and Lylah at the Simple Farm.
plus a bunch more.... 

Tickets still available.

What a weekend full of sustainable fun!


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Small Business Saturday

Is Today!

Our friends over a Local Lily put out this great guide just in time
for the holiday shopping season. 

Buy LOCAL and support all our amazing businesses
here in the Valley of The Sun.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Let's Catch Up!

I have been MIA lately!

So I thought I would catch you all up on what is going on!

Our kitchen window is finally here...after a month of waiting and delays...
it was finally installed.  So now we can move on to counter tops.
I have our two carrara slabs on hold waiting for the fabricator and
the sink is on its way.

still need to figure out some kind of tiled back splash but we are finally moving closer to completion.
Lord willing, it should be done by Christmas.

Found this little Chippendale shelf.  It had this awful gloss mahogany finish but I
painted it a grey/blue green color and my husband put a back on it
and now it is our little drink station.

The 50th Birthday went off with out a hitch...a good time was had by all!
(love those galvanized stars from Sweet Salvage)

3 out of our 8 chickens are molting...they look terrible and
of course they start the week before we are one of the
stops on the Phoenix Tour de Coops!

The meaties are getting big...
This is the pen we built for the Nigerian Dwarf goats we are going to share
with three families...but they won't move in till
after the meaties go to "freezer camp" the week between Christmas and New Years.

All the beds are FINALLY planted!  Just in time for the Edible Arcadia Tour.

We finally finished installing our fencing and gates, so that the free range chickens
would stay out in the back forty.

We had a true farm to table Thanksgiving

that was enjoyed by friends and family!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Look forward to hearing and seeing what is happening in
your world too!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Reflections On Gratitude

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has."
- Epictetus

"Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic"
- John Henry Jowett

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that
gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
- G.K. Chesterton

“For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food,
 for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are thankful for a multitude of blessings:

family and friends...our community
 things given and taken
summer and winter and springtime and harvest
in every season of life we are trying to be thankful.

Wish you and your family a Thanksgiving full of wonder and blessings!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Easy Orange Marmalade

Here is the recipe from the Marmalade Making Class on Saturday. 
It is from the Barefoot Contessa At Home Cookbook and it is the best and simplest recipe I have found.

Orange Marmalade
4 large seedless oranges
2 lemons
8 cups of sugar
8 cups of water

Cut oranges and lemons into 1/8 inch slices using a mandoline, removing seeds as you go.
Cut the citrus into half moons and place the slices into a stainless steel pot.   Add 8 cups
water and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often.  Remove from heat and stir in
the sugar until it dissolves.  Cover and allow to stand overnight at room temperature.

The next day, bring the mixture to a boil again and reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered
for about 2 hours.  Turn the heat up to medium and boil gently, stirring often for another 30 minutes.
Skim off foam and cook marmalade till it reaches 220 degrees F.

Pour the marmalade into clean, hot canning jars, wipe the rims with a clean damp cloth and seal with the lids.

Makes 3 to 4 pints
stores for 6 months


Monday, November 7, 2011

I'm here but...

We have been swamped.  Between farm to table dinners, flea markets, farmers markets,
classes, finishing up our residential design clients before the holidays, photo shoots 
and running the kids around town.  I have had hardly any time to sit in front of the computer,
because I am old school and have a desk top, that is literally what I have to do
around here to write a blog post.
(I am hoping the farm fairy will bring me a laptop for Christmas...oh and two milking goats too.)

So, I am here, alive and well and thought I would update you on all I've got going on!

We have ventured out into a new area of animal husbandry...
My husband and I are raising Poulet Rouge birds and they will be
"processed" the week between Christmas and New Years.
This is a new frontier for us but being foodies and locavores, it is a natural progression
and I want to know and respect the preciousness of life that these animals give for us. 
With this understanding we do not want to waste any part of the bird but use all parts.
This is something that is missing in American culture with it's huge Frankenchicken breasts or
worst yet, Mc Nuggets...knowing from where our meat comes. 
We don't know if this will be a lifestyle or a one time thing but I am conquering my
fear and if the worst does come, I will be able to "process" an animal like my grandma.

We had a full Marmalade Making class on Saturday and one of the best parts was a
blog readers from Chicago just happened to be in Phoenix
visiting her family and she came for the class!
How fun is that? This is the part that amazes me about having a blog.
The world becomes smaller...
My husband's big 50th Jubilee Birthday Celebration is coming up in two weeks
and I am trying to pull that together.

We are again participating in the Phoenix's 3rd Annual Tour De Coops
on December 3rd, tickets here
So we are getting everything tour ready.

On Sunday, Dec 4 from 10am to 2pm (yes, the day after the Tour de Coops)
 we are part of theEdible Arcadia Tour . 
Tickets sell out fast!

Our dear friend Shauna over at JAM in Scottsdale is having a rustic couture farmers market
the first Thursday of the month and Boho Farm will be there!  The next one is Dec. 1st.
This would be the perfect spot to pick up all your holiday gifts and best of all
it's local... let's support our community artists and farmers.

I will post more soon!

Happy Monday!

pictures via boho, pinterest and google
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