Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

Wild Black Cherry Prunus serotina Have you ever wondered why most cough syrups are cherry flavored? The taste of course would be one reason, but in fact cherry has an affinity for treating coughs. The wild cherry bark, and fruit were commonly used for medicinal purposes to treat coughs, diarrhea, digestive complaints, red rashes, and…

Three Sisters Garden

Three Sisters Garden by Lauren Ritz When you only have 2.87 acres to grow and raise your food, you start to see the lawn as precious garden space and less as a lawn full of pretty green grass. If I am going to water something daily, I need to be eating it! Corn, beans and…

White Bean Hummus Stuffed Flowers

White Bean Hummus Stuffed Flowers (Vegan & Gluten Free) Here’s a little story about The Three Sisters The Three Sisters are the three main agricultural crops in various Native American groups in North America: winter squash, maize (corn), and climbing beans. These lovely sisters are inter-planted with one another because they thrive in each others…

Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)

Black Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa The name, Chokeberry, might suggest you should leave this plant alone but in fact there’s no need! I happily stumbled upon this plump little berry in mid August and glad I did. The dark purple, almost black clusters of fruit hang on a stout deciduous shrub. Showy white flowers bloom in…

Nasturtium Pesto

Okay so most people are familiar with pesto – the unique combination of basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and some salt. Oddly enough I’ve never made pesto with basil! (I have nothing against basil, in fact I find it quite medicinal and delicious). However, when you discover that a variety of leafy…