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Thursday, November 6, 2014

It Can't Be Thursday Again

Tortuga Thursday
In 2012, on the plains of Northern Arizona, two families joined forces and began the trials and tribulations of building a small family farm with nothing in the bank but love.

I've tasked myself with writing a weekly blog about our move to the prairie and farming. Some weeks that day arrives and I'm not prepared...like this week. Garlic was supposed to be in the ground by now and the less hectic days of winter in progress. As it turned out, summer temps hung on too long and garlic is still in progress. I was out of town for a few days with my mom on a trip we planned months ago to meet with some of her long lost relatives.  Then Christie has been ill and we had to get her to Phoenix for some tests.

Here we are, two rows of garlic in the ground with five more to go. It's not a disaster as we could take the whole of November to plant, but we don't want to. Frank has fishing plans, and I have a book to finish. I separated gloves all day yesterday. I'll continue today but hopefully another row will go in. Lance has two ready for planting and will prepare another. Friends are coming tomorrow to pitch in and help. Hope to get some family out early next week to help.

Sweet potatoes -- most people eat them baked or gooped up with a sugary concoction. If you like sweet potatoes then try them one way we like them. Cut them into one inch chunks and saute them with an equal amount of onions and some bell peppers. Season with your favorite spices. So good!

For those of you in the Prescott, Arizona area, Winter Farmers' Market opens this Saturday in the parking
lot of Walgreens on Willow Creek Road. Come by for some Pirate Pickles and Relish.

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