What to do in winter

What to do in winter
When the winter weather is so, so harsh it’s easy to say, “No, there’s nothing to do in the garden,” and go right back to work on that crossword puzzle…or bowl of ice cream.   Just do it. Cultivating the drinkable landscape means that you must connect each and every day of the year. Something, anything. Just go out, look, and pick [...]

Sow True Seed loves Drink the Harvest

Sow True Seed loves Drink the Harvest
The good folks at Sow True Seed, in Asheville, are in love with Drink the Harvest and have shared these photos. Every girl needs a copy of Drink the Harvest! Sow True Seeds loves Drink the Harvest A good read for winter. Drink the Harvest is completely dog friendly! I just can’t put it down. Good to the last drop.  

Mushroom mead for real!

Mushroom mead for real!
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Assocation’s fall conference, held in November in Greenville, South Carolina, was a thrill for several reasons: the nearly 800 attendees came not only from the Carolinas but as far away as Maryland and Arkansas, they were all passionate about learning self-sufficiency skills like “drinking the harvest [...]

Fruit presses and other equipment

Fruit presses and other equipment
During a recent Mother Earth News fair, this one in Topeka, Kansas, I got a chance not only to talk about canning and wine-making to several hundred people but to learn from vendors and other exhibitors about some great equipment for “drinking the harvest.” Apples for cider One of the most important discoveries — all right, [...]

Exotic Garden Tea

Exotic Garden Tea
A friend recently returned from a visit to Turkey with an amazing beverage in dried form, one which can be replicated in any flower-rich garden in North America. This product is simply called Turkish tea and it’s made of dried rose buds, dried flowers like carnations and hibiscus, pieces of dried orange slices, and a few dried pineapple [...]

Kudzu Blossoms, a hidden delight

Kudzu Blossoms, a hidden delight
What in the world is that amazing smell? We were driving along a local road, mid-August, and suddenly caught the deep, unmistakable aroma of grape Kool-Aid. But it wasn’t Kool-Aid at all. We had encountered a patch of kudzu, that dreaded forest-eating vine, with the lavendar-colored blossoms close enough to pick. These blooms resemble w [...]

Radio Interview with Niki Jabbour

Radio Interview with Niki Jabbour
Hey we made it on the radio in Canada!!  If you would like to listen to the interview, please check out this link:   http://www.news957.com/2014/07/27/the-weekend-gardener-sunday-july-27-1030-a-m/ The program is called The Weekend Gardener.  Groundbreaking Food Gardens by Niki Jabbour Our host Niki Jabbour (www.nikijabbour.com) is an avid gar [...]

Drink the Harvest Reviews

Drink the Harvest Reviews
Holy Moly! Drink the Harvest is still getting great reviews across the board! Both Nan and I are very pleased with the book’s reception. Thanks to everyone who made this possible. On the Bookshelf: “Drink the Harvest: Making and Preserving Juices, Wines, Meads, Teas, and Ciders” By Rachel J. Weston | For The Star-Ledger  on Octobe [...]

Yes, crabapples

Yes, crabapples
Drop everything and go buy some crabapple trees. This minute. Then put them in the ground and watch them grow. Crabapple blossoms After decades of growing and canning experience, both of us rate crabapples as the best fruit tree of all in the edible, drinkable landscape. Look at these gorgeous spring blossoms, for one thing; nearly every bloo [...]

Kitchen Sink Mead

Kitchen Sink Mead
Wow, look at this stuff! Is it a fine sherry? A liqueur of some sort? No, it’s simply the first test pouring of DeNeice’s crystal clear “Kitchen Sink Mead” round about the first week of May 2014. This had only been in the bottle 8 months at most. Kitchen sink mead The taste was of fruit, for all the odds and ends of the canning season  had en [...]