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What's the Buzz? Farm to Table!
Bernie Mahar talks about growing and preparing the bounty from her small farm on Whidbey Island in Washington State, USA
My name is Bernadine (Bernie) Mahar. We live on a small farm on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest. When I started this journey with my husband over 30 years ago, I knew I wanted to live on some land, with some space, but didn't anticipate the scope! Approximately 3 to 4 acres of our farm are cleared, with the majority planted in fruit trees. Most of those trees are of different apple varieties. I married a horticulturist with a specialty in pomology. Who knew?
It is more difficult than one would imagine using everything you grow if the volume of your bounty lies somewhere between small and commercial. We have many fruit trees, along with grape vines and a vegetable garden.
I do love it when I look at my dinner plate and see two or three of the items coming from our farm. I especially love it in the middle of the winter when we have home-grown green beans, along with potatoes and maybe a baked apple! Yum, yum!
I have more jams and jellies in my pantry than one could use in 10 years (excellent Xmas gifts). And our dehydrator is a life saver!
One summer we gave bushels of grapes to a local vintner who used them, along with others, to make wine. We were the recipient of 6 bottles of a blush - way cool because they used our grapes!
Right now, we have tons of swiss chard which I have used a bit – not as much as I should, though! A creamy swiss chard is delicious and not difficult at all to make. Our asparagus for the year has already been roasted and eaten!
Look for anecdotes to follow about what currently is 'coming in' and being served, from our farm to table!