Eighth of an Acre Bounty

Random thoughts and anecdotes on cooking, critters, gardening and life on our small city lot.

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Entries Tagged as 'Local Food'

Pickled, packed, sealed and frozen.

August 20th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Canning season is upon us. In this house it actually never really ends since I find myself canning up big batches of chicken stock every couple months from the trimmings and bone I hide away in the freezer after we roast a chicken. But the preservation of summer’s gifts has officially begun. It all started [...]

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Tags: Cooking · Local Food

Seattle Urban Farm Co-op

May 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Just a quick note in case any local people were unaware of the recently created Seattle Urban Farm Co-op. In their own words…
The Seattle Urban Farm Co-op is a community-based project to start a co-op to purchase supplies for urban farmers in the Seattle area.
Our focus will be on obtaining supplies such as animal feed, [...]

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Tags: Gardening · Local Food

On yet another project

April 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

I’ve been reluctant to write about this until it all actually came to fruition for fear of something going wrong. But as everything seems to be in the clear now I’ll go ahead. As many of you know (by virtue of the title of this blog) we are on a very small city lot here. [...]

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Tags: Gardening · Local Food

Pig Parts

March 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment

AKA the great offal experiment.
As I’ve mentioned before, we ordered half a pig from a local farm a mere 15 minutes from our house this year. In the course of making the cut arrangements with the farm I inquired about the offal. You see, I am a bit preoccupied with using everything. Especially when an [...]

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Tags: Cooking · Local Food

The meat is in! And the freezer is packed.

November 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments

We just got back from driving up to Mt. Vernon to pick up the 1/4 beef we ordered from Prairie Springs Ranch. I weighed and counted everything both for my own edification and for anyone else who is considering ordering directly from a farm. In my travels round the blogosphere I have always appreciated when [...]

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Tags: Cooking · Food Politics · Local Food

Salmon and Corn Chowder

October 28th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Gary and I had a field trip this weekend. We went down to Kent/Auburn to check out a feed store (horrifying political discussion between the clerk and another customer to be related later) and then stopped by a U pick pumpkin farm. I have been thinking about trying to carve a pumpkin again (as an [...]

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Tags: Cooking · Local Food

Saving the summer (and a green tomato recipe)

October 9th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Laura over at (Not so) Urban Hennery posted a pantry expose a few days ago that got me thinking. I dropped out of regularly posting for Independence days and have yet to do a full assessment of what we’ve managed to get from the garden this year. Now I don’t even have a pantry to [...]

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Tags: Baking · Cooking · Independence Days · Local Food

Second Spring

August 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

With all of the cool and wet weather lately it seems we have a second spring going. Although it isn’t doing the tomatoes any favors, the rhubarb is loving it. I made a second harvest today of 7 1/2 pounds of cleaned and diced rhubarb. Some of this will go into the freezer for Blackberry [...]

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Tags: Cooking · Local Food

Bowl o beans

August 19th, 2008 · No Comments

I pulled the yin yang beans today. I didn’t plant nearly enough to make it worth leaving them on the plant to fully dry, not when garden space is at a premium around here. This is the first year I have grown these, and they are beautiful. The speckled surprise inside each pod almost makes [...]

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Tags: Gardening · Local Food

Fridge stuffed zucchini (aka, whats for dinner)

August 15th, 2008 · No Comments

Our neighbors just gave us two huge zucchini this morning as we were sitting outside drinking the first cup of coffee. We usually go through this exchange every year. They always plant zucchini, I never plant zucchini - I always plant tomatoes and they never do. So later in the season I can return the [...]

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Tags: Cooking · Local Food