October 27, 2009 by Carolyn
This past weekend was New Leaf Market’s 2nd Annual North Florida/South Georgia Farm Tour weekend. I was excited to see over 30 farms on the tour, everything from backyard gardens to full production organic cheese and dairy farms. I was able to visit a goat and lamb ranch (www.goldenacresranchflorida.com), a vineyard (http://www.monticellowinery.com/)and a community garden. I learned alot from each site and met some interesting people. I also brought home organic eggs (my next big project–chickens!), lamb and winter squash. I encourage you to visit your local farms and gardens! You will meet some great people and learn more than you can from any book or website.
I made squash soup this weekend and saved the seeds to plant in the garden next spring. In my own garden, I planted more garlic along with Asian greens and a baby Meyer lemon tree. I wish I had planted my fruit trees four years ago, when we first moved to Cowlick Cottage, as they take awhile to settle in and start producing. But I think I will have Alma figs and some lemons next spring and summer. The fall garden is coming along nicely. It’s a great season to garden here, with fewer pest problems and cooler weather that makes one want to be outside mucking around. The Russian Red kale is just coming into its own, and we had the first pickings in our lamb stew last night. Very tender and delicious. The garlics are already starting to sprout, too. And I can’t wait for the first delicate lettuces. It’s Greens season!