When I came to the farm six years ago, there was a second, slightly bigger store, actually called the General Store. It was sold, managed badly by the new owners, and soon went out of business, and Isabel's mini-emporium of necessary stuff became the last store standing for 10 … [Read more...] about Village general store
Last year, a little experiment with veggie sales in a town 12 miles (19km) away didn't go so well. I guess you could sum it up as No Quality Control. This year, in line with the tiny farming trick of thinking SMALLER, I had the sudden idea to put some veggies in at the … [Read more...] about Veggie Outpost 2
Someone in the village burning junk in their backyard set off a grass fire that spread across a field and threatened to burn down the barn and house across the road. I missed the flames, and took a look as the firefighters were mopping up. I'm somewhat aware that, lately, a good … [Read more...] about Grass fire across the road
This morning, there was a phone company tech at work on the junction box at the top of the drive into the farm. I'm not sure what the guy and his logo-truck were up to exactly, but the picture made me think about tiny farming and the Web. Right now, Bell and an independent … [Read more...] about Virtual local?
Today, another weird weather reminder, and something I haven't really noticed or thought about in years: slush. Road slush, in particular. Today's sudden warmth—it's near 50°F (10°C)—melted water into the abundant snow (snowbanks help), and there you have it: heavy, wet, cold, … [Read more...] about Road slush