From Restauration to Restoring Health

For those reading this who loved and missed my restaurant, Restauration, I want to explain the trajectory that takes me from Restauration to my new business, Small Wonder Food.  Many have asked why I am not reopening as a restaurant and I want to explain why.  When my husband and I opened Restauration, the guiding … Continue reading From Restauration to Restoring Health

Parent University–Healthy School Lunches

I may be referred to as “the Garden Lady,” but it would be more accurate to call me the “Food Lady.” You may know that I own a restaurant and am a farmer.  That itself might qualify me to talk on the subject, but I’d like to tell you the reasons I know that the decision … Continue reading Parent University–Healthy School Lunches

The Onion Queen of Westpoint, Indiana

I am unapologetically declaring myself the 2012 Onion Queen of Westpoint, Indiana.  My onions are big, beautiful, delicious, and plentiful.  I have been harvesting over a month now and still have the majority to pull.  I have potato onions, 4 kinds of storage onions, 3 kinds of bunching onions, 5 kinds of garlic, and Egyptian walking onions. … Continue reading The Onion Queen of Westpoint, Indiana

It’s Syrup Time Again

Sugaring season is here.  With this crazy warm winter we’ve had, I know some people have been sugaring off and on over the past 2 weeks, but I tapped our trees this past Friday.  It looked like we were going to have a stretch of perfect temps for collecting sap.  We collected 11 gallons form … Continue reading It’s Syrup Time Again

A Really Good Day

50’s outside meant 70’s in the high tunnel and plenty to harvest.  What a wondrous day for the last day of January.  Once I got done with my have-to’s in the AM, I made an executive decision to ignore my need-to’s in the house and spend a few hours working in the high tunnel and the garden. … Continue reading A Really Good Day

The Year in Review

It’s been a memorable and mostly good year here at Small Wonder Farm.  Here are some of the highlights (click on the links throughout and you will see all the posts on that topic): It was our first spring and summer growing in the high tunnel.   Verdict–those poor souls growing in flat open ground are to be pitied.  Raised beds … Continue reading The Year in Review

The Mother Earth News Fair

So, the fair quickly became too hectic and physically overwhelming to keep an ongoing blog journal. There was so much to see, hear, and do, and I wanted to absorb as much as I could. We are now on our way home, 3 hours to go and here are my first reflections: First of all, … Continue reading The Mother Earth News Fair

CHERRY TOMATOES!! and farm friends

We have picked cherry tomatoes by the gallon this summer. We also use them by the gallon at the restaurant.  For the past month or so, Small Wonder Farm has been able to produce nearly all of the restaurant’s needs.  Tiny “currant” tomatoes are the Chef’s favorite.  The 2 red currants and 1 gold currant … Continue reading CHERRY TOMATOES!! and farm friends

Our Cup Runneth Over

Too much to do to blog it all. This is life on the farm now: Get up before the sun for coffee and a piece of fruit Barn chores Pick from dawn until done (about 2.5-3 hours) Water, prune, other maintenance 1-2 hours Sort and clean produce Pack produce for restaurant for the chef to take or for … Continue reading Our Cup Runneth Over

Life and Livelihood

I have been picking a lot of raspberries over the past month or so.  It is tedious, slow, hot, and thorny work.  It’s not my favorite garden chore, but not my least either.  I’m not quick about it.  I look under every leaf and branch, where they like to hide.  I wade into the hedge … Continue reading Life and Livelihood

How big is your salad spinner?

One of the challenges of growing produce for the restaurant is cleaning and prepping it for their use.  It’s easy to send a basket of zucchini with the chef in the morning, but harvesting, cleaning, spinning, and storing a 10 gallon spinach harvest is another thing all together.  I wish I had a commercial 3 bay sink, … Continue reading How big is your salad spinner?