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Early Autumn dinner of squash, beans and pork

early autumn harvestOur early fall harvest so far has been amazing. Rick planted green beans in September, not really expecting anything from them. Fifteen pounds of beans later (not exaggerating), we still have more coming in every day. They are huge and delicious. I found Happy Dawg pulling some off the lowest vine today; she was very pleased.

early autumn dinner

Acorn squash, beans, pork, and leeks—all local and seasonal.

So, what to do with an abundant harvest? Make a nice dinner. I had a pork loin from the Maple Avenue Market and an acorn squash from the SMART farmer’s market (which I love, by the way). I thought both would go nicely with the beans and leeks I harvested.

I really didn’t do anything fancy to prepare this early autumn dinner. This is in part because I was tired and hungry when it came time to make it! And it was in part because when I have such good and fresh ingredients, I don’t feel a need to get fancy. I prepared each item the following way:

  • Pork cut into medallions, seasoned with salt and pepper, and pan fried in grape seed oil.
  • Leeks sliced and sauted in pan after I took the pork out of it.
  • Pumpkin, sliced in half, roasted, and seasoned with salt and pepper.
  • Green beans sauted in olive oil and tumeric.

Ta da…dinner!

I can’t wait to see what the following weeks bring to the garden. We got our greenhouse up today, so our spinach and other greens should be very happy in the coming weeks. My celery root is getting big. I’m not sure when to harvest it; it’s usually in season in the winter, so I’m going to keep it in the ground as long as I can and hope the bulbs get really big. This is our second year with the big garden plot and we are having a blast experimenting. What’s growing in your garden this fall?


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Rise Up and Drink the Coffee

Rise Up Coffee Roasters

Rise Up Coffee Roasters is a completely kick-ass coffee shop in Easton, MD. Go there.

I just had the most wonderful weekend away with my husband celebrating our 5th anniversary. We spent the long weekend in Chincoteague, VA eating, laughing, and hiking through the nature preserves. Even though it rained on us most of the time, we just had fun meeting great people and completely relaxing.

What does this have to do with coffee? Well, we drank quite a bit of it. All good. But the best was the awesome little coffee shop we found in Easton, MD on the way home (thank you Smart phone GPS apps!). Rise Up Coffee Roasters are a small, independently owned roaster serving the broad Washington, DC area (so those of you in Maryland, start asking Whole Foods to sell their coffee).

Noah owner of Rise Up Coffee Roasters

Me and Noah, one of the owners of Rise Up Coffee Roasters.

We pulled in as it was beginning to rain again. The store front is kind of small, but that’s just fine. The barrista, whose name we didn’t catch, made Rick the best latte he’s ever had. I got a regular old half caf, and it too was amazing. Then we wandered to the back of the shop where the roasting happens. Noah and Tim, the owners, welcome their guests to come over to the roasters and watch the process. They spent some time taking to us about coffee and their vision of the business (keep it small, the quality high, and sell through store that support local businesses). We left with a promise to talk to the stores in our area and convince them to carry this amazing product.

I highly suggest looking at their web site…it’s what really convinced us to leave the highway and visit the shop. Rise Up Coffee Roasters.


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A Child’s Take on Big Ag

This child gives me hope for the future.


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