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Turkey Tracks: Bits and Pieces in Early May

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Turkey Tracks:  May 4, 2014

Bits and Pieces in Early May


I stopped by Fresh Off the Farm yesterday to get a few vegetables.

I could not resist the organic Driscoll strawberries.  They looked luscious, and I was hungry.

I had some this morning, and I knew from the moment I touched them that I had made a “hungry” mistake:  bright red, but sour as lemons.

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I am so enjoying reading, now, Jennifer McGruther’s The Nourished Kitchen.


Here’s a quote I wish I had read yesterday when I bought those pitiful strawberries:

Fruits and vegetables prepared in their season bring joy to the table.  As the days turn from dark to light as spring nears, and just when you’ve had enough of hearty stews and root vegetables, the brightest and lightest of vegetables appear–sprouts, herbs, tiny little strawberries, and crisp lettuces.  These vegetables fade and bolt with the heat of summer that, in its turn, brings robust and juicy foods–watermelons, vivid red tomatoes, and plums that drip with juice at the first bite.  The days grow dark and cold once more, and the apples, pumpkins, potatoes, and roots return.  The changing seasons bring excitement and heady anticipation that cannot exist in the seasonless aisles of the supermarket.

I have a feeling that the chickens will enjoy the strawberries.  I’ll be waiting for my own to come into season, and believe me, they are worth the wait.

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I woke to rain this morning.  And, then, magically the sun came out, and I changed clothes and went out.

The project:  replanting the climbing rose and clematis in front of the new fence panels that shield the propane tanks and the generator.  AND, re-carving out the flower beds in front of those panels.

As I worked, it was glorious to see the summer thunderstorm moving towards us.  And to hear it!

It was NOT glorious to see the chickens out of the fence that I installed yesterday.  They are jumping over it from a large bush next to the fence.  But they have to stay inside as fox ate one of the hens this week–one of the two hens that are actually laying.  You will remember that the pattern last year was one missing hen one day, all chickens missing the next…   So as the rain came in, I was shooing chickens back inside their enclosure.  (I have an idea for how to block that jumping off bush.)  And I’m hoping that one of the hens will go “broody” and raise a batch of eggs by my sweet rooster and the one hen that is laying.

Anyway, Miss Reynolds Georgia is terrified by thunder.  She is presently in her laundry basket at my side, shaking and under the covers:


Anyway, when it stops raining, I’ll post some pictures of all the work that Stephen Pennoyer has made possible at this house.  I have been blessed, blessed, blessed to meet him.  He is so competent, skilled, cheerful, and an awesome worker.  What a gift!

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This quilt will be my 100th quilt–remember it is from Material Obsessions 2:


Don’t mind the wrinkles around the diamonds–it’s just how the quilt is sticking to the flannel–and I have not ironed much as there are so many biased edges.  I won’t really iron it until I get the borders on it.

BUT, BUT, I think it really needs one more row.  It’s looking way too…SQUARE.

So, I’m picking out fabrics for four more blocks and will “unsew” that bottom row so as to be able to insert the required diamonds.

The diamonds get sewn in on the diagonal lines–with each medallion left unjoined down its center–which is doable…

I think you can see the method of construction on the diagonal lines here.





I was in Alewives quilting in Damariscotta Mills earlier this week and took pictures of the version of this quilt that Rhea Daiute did–the one that drew me to this project in the first place.  I loved the way she used a stripe for the inner border:


And I love her BIG, BOLD border.  Rhea has the greatest eye for color and pattern.  Here’s a close-up of her blocks and that striped border:



I could not find a big, bold border so am going with a quieter one that lets the medallions shine.



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I have finished the baby quilts for the Enright family twins that are in the offing in, hopefully, early June.  Hopefully as everyone wants them to stay put until early June…

We have our Coastal Quilters’ meeting this Saturday, and I want to “Show and Tell” the baby quilts before mailing them on Monday.

Then it’s on to my niece’s baby daughter, also due in June.  I am excited about the fabric that I’ve bought for baby Stevens’ quilt.

Interesting Information: The Good Life: The Movement that Changed Maine

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Interesting Information:  May 4, 2014

The Good Life:  The Movement That Changed Maine


Friend Marsha Smith (founder of the immensely successful Citizens for a Green Camden group here in Camden, Maine) sent me this post at least two weeks ago.  I treated myself to reading it this morning.

Lo and behold, the little gem is not just about reading, it’s a very different kind of internet presentation to tell a story.

I knew many of you would enjoy this experience.

It will take you 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how involved you get with the text.  So ENJOY!

This site operates differently–just keep scrolling down, as instructed, and click on each chapter as it comes to you.


The Good Life: The movement that changed Maine.


The story starts with Scott and Helen Nearing–who spawned a back-to-the-land movement back in the 1970s.  They, in turn, helped spawn Eliot and Sue Coleman’s work on an adjacent farm–now known as Four Seasons Farm.  Eliot Coleman went on to pioneer growing/harvesting greens/tomatoes/etc. in hoop houses in the middle of the Maine winter.  That marriage broke up, and Eliot Coleman is now married to the horticulturist Barbara Damrosch, who has written about food for The Washington Post for many years, has written numerous books, and is a mainstay of MOFGA–the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association.  I heard her speak a few years back and found her to be an engaging speaker.


Interesting Information: Adequate Fat-soluble Vitamins (A, D, and K) Intake Is A Challenge Today

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Interesting Information:  May 2, 2014

Adequate Fat-Soluble Vitamins (A, D, and K) Intake Is A Challenge Today


Here’s a sidebar entitled “The Challenge” from the Winter 2013 issue of the journal of The Weston A. Price Foundation’s journal, Wise Traditions (39):


Weston Price found that indigenous people consumed over 12,000 IU of fat-soluble vitamin A and over 1500 MG calcium in their diets on a daily basis.  In our experience these are amongst the most difficult elements to get enough of in an industrial diet, as well as in a non-industrial whole foods diet.

Some groups of people he studied ate little or no meat, but large quantities of raw or fermented milk and cream; others ate beans and grain and small amounts of animal products, including insects and dried shrimp and fish.

But no matter what the particulars of the diet, all had high levels of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K, as well as calcium.  Obtaining these from either the industrial diet or a small garden is the challenge of the modern age.

Food for thought…





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May 4, 2014 at 3:13 pm