Best Fresh Maine Blueberry Pie

September 29, 2015


I've been baking blueberry pies for years. We've been fortunate that my father-in-law was living in Maine and had his own blueberry bushes and blueberry field, so he would always stop on his way from Maine to Florida for the winter and drop off blueberries for us. Now that we live in Maine ourselves, I've already baked three blueberry pies in the six short weeks we've been here! So I thought it was high time to share my recipe.

Photos from the Mother Earth News Fair - Sept. 18-20th

September 26, 2015


Last weekend I traveled to Pennsylvania to speak at the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs. I had a fabulous time presenting, signing books, meeting some of my sponsors, and wandering around the fairgrounds, which are actually set up at a ski resort. I stayed right at the resort in a beautiful room on the ninth floor, overlooking the ski runs. The weather couldn't have been more beautiful, the crowd more friendly, nor the animals more adorable. Take a peek!

What's the Difference between Brown Eggs and White Eggs?

September 15, 2015


Believe it or not, the only difference between brown eggs and white eggs is the shell color! Not only do they look exactly the same inside, the inside of the shells of both brown and white eggs are actually white, they taste the same and have the same nutritional value. The nutrition in an egg is determined by the hen's diet for the most part, not the shell color.

A Week in Farm Photos - September 6th to 12th

September 12, 2015


Well, another week has ended. We thoroughly enjoyed the first week in September up here in Maine. The cool nights and sunny days, the arrival of goldfinches to our feeder and even the distant howling of coyotes. And our spring ducklings laid their first egg yesterday! We know that this first winter especially will be a true test of our will, but I think we're all up to the challenge. The chickens are all molting in anticipation of winter, so they'll have nice new feathers to keep them warm come the first frost and they have a nice new coop to protect them from predators and the elements. Enjoy this peek at our week!

Do I Have to Refrigerate my Fresh Eggs?

September 8, 2015


One of the most common questions I get asked by readers is if they need to refrigerate the eggs they collect from their chickens. The answer might surprise you.

A Week in Farm Photos - Aug. 30th to Sept. 5th

September 5, 2015


As I sit outside writing this, it's 57 degrees out. I'm wearing a fall jacket, sipping my coffee and thinking I really need to find my fingerless gloves! Fall is definitely coming to New England and we couldn't be happier! We've had an amazing week, starting off with a fun photo shoot with Maine photographer Darlene Terry for a new project I'm working on. We were excited to welcome some goldfinches and chickadees to our yard and enjoyed apple pie made with apples from a local orchard we visited. The week ended on a high note with our new chicken coop from Horizon Structures arriving at sunup Friday morning. Stay tuned for more photos of that. Enjoy this glimpse at our week!

Probiotics vs. Prebiotics in a Chicken Diet

September 1, 2015




Most of you are likely familiar with what probiotics are - I mean who hasn't seen the Jamie Lee Curtis yogurt ads on tv - but you may be surprised to learn that probiotics work basically the same way for chickens as they do for humans.

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