First Green Babies Hit the Ground!

The rain gave us a break this week which meant some of my green babies got in the ground!

This batch had been hardening off and I imagine they were excited to get in the back of Ms. Tupelo to ride back to their garden home.


These were truly the strongest bunch of plants I have ever had. They all looked awesome as they went in.

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I plant so many varieties of tomatoes that I decided to color code them with tie wraps this year. Early in year I can recall my layout. Later in the year when it is a tomato jungle out there, it becomes more difficult to distinguish. The difference between a Green Zebra and Purple Cherokee is obvious but 5 different Romas can become challenging as they all start to intertwine with one another.


I also am planting eggplant this year. I hope they do well. I am looking forward to Eggplant Parmesan from these and my tomatoes.


Bottom line is that these first green babies are happy to be in and this farmgirl was even happier to get some soil under the nails and sunshine!


Happy Unleashing!


For the LOVE of Tomatoes and Bacon!

Those of you that know me, know that I don’t eat meat often. As a matter of fact I rarely buy it and save my indulgences on eating it to when I am out and it is being served. It is not that I don’t like it, we just don’t get along very well. So, I keep it to special occasions. Last night was one of those!

Is there anything better than a bacon and tomato sandwich when the tomatoes have just been picked and there are five types?


And how about if you have some field greens and fresh basil to top it off with?



And how about if the bacon comes from a local farmer that you just bought hours earlier?


And how about if the bread is freshly baked by your hubby?



And how about if you eat pickles with it that you just made a few days earlier from cucumbers in your garden?


And how about if you have a pot of Cream of Tomato soup (also from the garden tomatoes) simmering on the stove to accompany it?


Can you smell it? Can you taste it? It was perfection… plain and simple.


A bacon and tomato sandwich is simply a rite of passage from summer to fall for me. As I transition into 100% fall status this will be repeated with those last tomatoes that are begging to be used in a splendid way!

What’s your favorite indulge from your late summer harvest?

Happy Unleashing!



It is Fall, But I am Stuck in Summer

pumpkinsTomorrow is the first day of fall- 9/23. Fall seems to be in the air. With evening temps hitting the 40’s and daytime highs being in the 70’s it feels more and more like it every day. Driving over the weekend I saw tree leaves turning beautiful colors and pumpkins and mums sitting on front porches. I see scarecrows outside and feel the breezes outside and pouring in through our windows. I love fall and the change of seasons here in Indiana.

As much as I love fall, I confess that I am not quite there yet. I still have summer in my blood and tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, peppers and green beans on the vines.



I really need to harvest my basil and get it dried, frozen and whipped into pesto before too many cool nights take it away. I have so much summer squash still to pick and feast on AND I am NOT tired of it yet. We have so many green beans that we are eating them daily, BUT I am NOT tired of them yet. I have canned over 100 lbs of tomatoes and still have double that left to do AND I am NOT tired of it yet. So it is summer still in my garden and soul but it is fall on my thermometer.

I am planning my fall garden and I have my green babies ready to go into the ground. I have cover crop seed ready to go. I am about ready to pick our pumpkins. I have a list with tons of fall gardening activities on it, but I am still in summer. I still am grilling out dinner, I am still basking in the sunshine on my deck and I am still savoring every bite of tomato that I pick and turn into a sandwich. But the clock is ticking for fall activities. I will soon lose my precious 10 hours of daylight each day that my green babies need as the days are getting shorter. I know that I need to kick into fall but I am stuck in summer still.

I think I will allow myself to bask in summer for the rest of the month.  I will enjoy my summer gardens to the last precious thing that I pick in the next 10 days or so. I will begin to work the ground that my fall crops will go into, but I will still enjoy my summertime moments that remain. On October 1 I think I will transition over. My scarecrows will come out, I will get some mums to decorate the front porch, place my pumpkins out for decor and will take down my “Summertime is here” signs. But for today, it is 58 degrees, BUT the sun is out and I am going to go pick some green beans and tomatoes.

Happy Unleashing your Season (whatever it may be!)


Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #128

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

We are very much in between seasons here in southern Indiana.  One evening I will be cuddled up in flannels and blankets and the next day I am in sunshine and 85 degrees.  I am getting food from both summer gardens and fall gardens, so one day it is soup with squash and potatoes and the next day it is Tomato Pie!   I love, love, love this time of year.  It keeps me guessing, but one thing I know for sure is that cool temps, colorful leaves and eventually snow (yeah!) will arrive.  I am enjoying the warm air, sunshine, tomatoes and cucumbers while I still can and savoring the fall temps and flavors when they manifest!  How about you?  Living in 100% fall weather yet?  What do you love, love, love about this time of year?

So much to enjoy on last week’s blog hop.  Since I am looking forward to one day being a chicken mom myself, I loved 5 Common Mistakes First’Time Chicken Keepers Make on Fresh Eggs Daily.  I have a feeling that I will make more than 5 mistakes when that time arrives, but knowing the top ones may help me steer clear of one or two.  In the meantime, I have Gus the Rooster sitting on top of my weather vane on my now COMPLETED Pole Barn, for chicken inspiration!  Thanks Fresh Eggs Daily and Lisa for a great blog that you shared here.

So whether you are sitting in warm or cool weather today, it is time to blog hop!  Are you ready?

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE FARMGIRL SISTERHOOD to join the FARMGIRL/BOY FRIDAY BLOG HOP although I highly recommend you check it out if you like the idea of earning badges for all the fun farmgirl activities you already do, and the new ones you will try your hand at in the future!  I love being a part of the Farmgirl Sisterhood and finding MJs Farm helped me and is helping me discover and embrace all the things I love!  I am going to venture into the badge earning process; it looks like lots of fun!


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Everyone that plays in the dirt, craft room, kitchen, farmyard (and pole barn) are welcome– whether you have seen frost this year or not!  So get ready to hop and link up!

So, who are your hostesses? Be sure to visit them and say “hello!”

Here are some rules:
1.) Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
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