Week 32: Final Reflections

This is the end of one journey but the beginning of another.  My time here at the farm has felt brief but as I consider my final reflections the experience seems profound. The nature of Pepperfield effortlessly introduced me to a new collection of connections.  As a result, I met local producers, food and hospitality... Continue Reading →

Week 31: The Penultimate week at Pepperfield

If you missed out on our recent update about some of our future developments, we encourage you to check it out here.  As I began to realize that this was my penultimate week at the farm, the whole experience I shared with the people and nature seems almost surreal. Monday started with an early trip... Continue Reading →

Week 30: My Thoughts About Fall and More

Some people love fall; I do not.  The changes of the seasons might bring cheer to some but for me it's rather undesirable.   Monday I put on my lumberjack gear to continue cutting wood.  As I worked away stacking and hauling wood for next year I began to reflect.  Observing my surroundings, I found... Continue Reading →

Week 29: Fall Clean-Up and Firewood

his last week has been full of outside work.  We have been stockpiling firewood in preparation for winter. The week started slow with some outside clean-up.  I spent my Monday working in the back pulling out dead plants and taking down fences.  I started by pulling out melons and eggplants.  Then I turned my attention... Continue Reading →

Week 28: And Just Like That, Snow…

We are now experiencing true autumn weather.  Our week ended with a small flurry of snow giving a beautiful appearance to the grounds of Pepperfield. David and I began our Monday as usual.  After a quick visit to the hospital garden we spent some time in town running some errands.  Afterwards, we returned to the... Continue Reading →

Scratch Baked Beans

Background Our chief complaint with standard baked beans is the flavor. They are overwhelmingly sweet without any complexity.  This recipe is crafted with only basic ingredients; no cheats like ketchup - high fructose corn syrup and tomato paste. Yield 8 Servings Ingredients 2C Dry beans, soaked 1 Leek, washed and minced 1 Paste tomato -... Continue Reading →

Just Raspberry Sorbet

The name says it all. This has become a summer favorite here at Pepperfield. Background When serving this to your friends and family, don't be afraid to tell them "It's just raspberry sorbet." It'll make you seem much more skillful having brushed off this feat as nothing. But then you can explain that it really... Continue Reading →

Make your Own Yoghurt

Much like making buttermilk, yoghurt is another easy item to make. It's great to have on hand just for eating but it's also fabulous for frozen yoghurt, parfaits and can even be substituted for buttermilk if you're in a pinch. Yield 4qt Ingredients 2C Yoghurt Starter 3.75Qt Milk 3/4C Non-fat dry milk powder 3 Packets... Continue Reading →

Buttermilk Recipe

Making your own buttermilk is extremely simple. It is a great ingredient to have around for pancakes, cornbread and other baked goods. Yield: 1Qt Ingredients 3.75C Milk .25C Buttermilk - this is your starter Method 1. Pour milk into a clean glass jar.2. Pour starter into jar with milk.3. Mix it for about 30 seconds... Continue Reading →

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