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to get or gift | produce candles | $24

next on my list of items to get or gift are these beautiful produce candles. joining scent and soil by crafting a line of candles inspired by the harvest, beau burdette is one talented candle farmer! with scents like carrot, honey and kale, each seasonally represented candle brings the farmer’s market fragrances right into your home. coming in at just $24, they are the perfect item to get or gift!

well that’s it for me this week-we’re headed to our hometown today to enjoy the long weekend. i’ve got 3 new babies to meet, family to see and some serious sketching to do! i’ll be back on tuesday with a blog schedule jam packed full of goodness. (so sorry things have been a little light here lately, things were incredibly hectic surrounding quilt market, but i think i’ve finally recuperated!) :) i’ll see you each on tuesday! xox, bonnie

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csa season is here!

May 23, 2014

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csa season is here!

guys, i’m so excited. csa season is here and ours began this week! buying in to our local farm has always been one of our most favorite things to do. it ends up saves money in the long run, but if you’re familiar with CSA’s you know it can call for a pretty big chunk of change up front. which for us, means we have to plan ahead and squirrel away our dimes.  it’s part of how we live intentionally and put our priorities first.

for those of you who are unfamiliar with how a CSA (community supported agriculture) works, they are all pretty much the same. a farm allows you to buy a share of their produce early in the year and then you get a big box of local organic veggies each week. depending on your community, it’ll either be delivered to your doorstep, or you’ll have a designated place and time to pick it up each week. it’s a great way to support your local farmers, eat well and save money! our farm will be delivering a box each week from now until thanksgiving, which averages out to about $30 a week. it will supply us with all of our vegetables for the week which means all i have to grab at the store are staple items like rice, almond milk and beans.

one of my favorite things about getting our CSA share is that it easily allows us to eat what’s in season. it’s also (of course) local and organic. it introduces us to new vegetables and shapes the meals i cook each week. for a foodie like me, nothing is more exciting than opening up our box each week!

check out local harvest to find a csa near you!

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videos to delight in

April 5, 2013

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friends, today i leave you with four videos that have inspired me deeply this week. they have given me so much inspiration and helped me refocus my energy on living simply. the urge to homestead overwhelms me, and my hope is to return to it soon. see you all on monday! love, bonnie

honey harvest featuring sarah and david

garden by tiger jar

visiting trelawney farm

the art of making bread

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after falling in love with stacey van berkel’s work for this modern farmhouse, i had to share more of her lifestyle photography with you. based out of greensboro, north carolina her work is dripping with southern charm, farmlands and modern homesteads.

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stacey is a truly talented and inspirational photographer. if you’ve been oohing and ahhing (like me!) be sure to check out her website and photography blog as well!

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o christmas tree

December 6, 2012

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i haven’t had a christmas tree for three years now. since we’ve lived so far away from our families we were always traveling for nearly the entire month of december, so putting up a christmas tree was nearly pointless. instead, we just mooched off the enjoyment of our parent’s and sibling’s trees (and didn’t have to take them down after the holidays!).

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but this year is different. for the first time in a long time, we were able to get a tree! it’s just one small perk of being back home. another small perk is that ‘home’ just so happens to be the 2nd largest producer of christmas trees in the states. YES! so, i started searching for local tree farms and finally decided upon one that sounded promising. with cider in hand we bundled up and headed out about 11 miles down a windy road.

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upon arriving we were greeted by grandpa, a small dog and no one else in sight. as we inhaled our firsts breaths of christmas, we let toaster and the farm pup play in circles around us. our instructions were to go find the tree of our dreams somewhere on the several acres of trees and to only return when we’d chosen the one.

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it wasn’t an easy task. all were either lopsided, asymmetrical, too short or too tall. until about 5 acres in… we spotted it! way up on the hill there was a perfectly straight, round and fluffy tree and it was just the right height. we marked the tree and returned. grandpa says, “did you bring a saw?” we giggled, then realized he was serious, then looked at each other with wide eyes. ‘um, well, we were hoping maybe we could borrow one of yours?‘.  he grabbed a small, 10 inch saw (apparently, ‘the big one’ was in his other truck) and drove us down to where it was located.

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after about 5 minutes of sawing, david yelled ‘timber!’ as our pretty tree fell to the ground and got wisped away to be measured, bundled and strapped to the top of our car.

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with sappy hands we returned and spoke fondly of our experience the whole way home. we quickly fastened it in a stand, watered it and turned in for the evening.

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the next day, my mom came over and helped me decorate it. apparently i love these globe lights, because after i purchased several new boxes of them, i found the exact same ones in my christmas decor boxes.

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we carefully unwrapped the ornaments i’ve collected over the years, and hung them each on the tree. i love nothing more than sitting by the fire at night with no light on in the house except for the ones on the tree. merry christmas!

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dinner served on the farm

August 22, 2012

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be still my heart. after seeing this recent article on chris fischer and the beetlebung farm, i quickly found myself doing some extra research and reading up on the farm. after a long stint of working as a chef, chris decided to go back home and work on his family farm serving up farm to table (or should i say table to farm?) meals for private gatherings in their elegantly rustic greenhouse. with menus that consist of only what is season and grown on the farm, the meals are what i consider truly a dream come true.

diners gather around tables built from barn boards or driftwood, and find themselves sitting on bales of hay. possibly what i love most it the simplicity of the meals- they simply pick what is fresh and prepare it. they have also been kind enough to share several recipes, which you can find below.


Grilled oysters with chervil butter
Island fish crudo
Frozen yogurt with honey, cilantro, and toasted pumpkin seeds
Chris Fischer’s Perfect Eggs
Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta
Herb-Stuffed Bluefish
Herbed Fingerlings
Beet and Kale Salad with Goat Cheese
Carrot Salad with Parsley and Spring Onions
Pan-Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower with Peas
New Potatoes with Garlic Scapes

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all photos: gabriela herman

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farm anatomy

February 1, 2012

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farm anatomy

you might have seen julia rothman’s latest work,  farm anatomy bouncing around the web, but i only thought it appropriate to share it here as well. in fact, she could have titled it ‘for going home to roost’ and it would have felt just right! julia is one of my long time favorite illustrators, and to see the curious parts and pieces of country life illustrated by her gets me so excited!

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farm anatomy

farm anatomy

as you can see, in 224 pages she’s covered just about everything! you’ll learn the difference between a weanling and a yearling and a farrow and a barrow. she covers everything from tractors to pigs and fences to farm tools. you’ll see the different varieties of squash and all the parts of a goat; learn about how a barn is constructed to what makes up a beehive. all beautifully illustrated by julia rothman- yes, please!

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support a local farm!

happy pigs are tastier

jen from starshaped press recently wrote to tell me about their favorite local farm and how badly they are struggling to keep their small family pig farm afloat amidst large corporate farms with healthy government subsidies. even though i don’t eat meat, i will always support the local, sustainable farm! they are our biggest hope for the future. in efforts to help, jen has created this cute pig poster as a way to raise money for the farm and to help them stay in business. all $10 from the sale of this print will go directly to the farm! (and i’m sure they will accept donations as well!)

a little more about c & d farm:

c & d family farms is a small animal welfare approved family farm dedicated to raising hogs in their natural environment. their happy hogs are raised on pasture and in wooded areas where they can root and play and be hogs. they graze on pasture designed for them or eat leaves, weeds, berries and acorns from their large wooded pens. hogs are very social animals and are kept in droves so they can socialize and prosper.

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