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Anniversary Dinner #8 Sustainable, Local and Compassionate – Just like us.

Blue Moon Evolution as a restaurant is committed to farm to table, sustainable food practices and compassionate care of livestock all while being stunningly delicious.

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Blooming New England – Spring Flowers 2013

April offers us poetry month and the first flower flash mob

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It Really is The Great Pumpkin – Competing for the Biggest Pumpkin EVER

At the 2012 Topsfield Fair, a world record smashing giant pumpkin, the first to exceed one ton (2,009 lbs) is encased in a glass mausoleum as the receiving line wraps around the building - who are the people who grow these things?

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OVERGROWN – Chronicle of a Reluctant Gardener

"Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there." ~  Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732   “I don’t want a garden, that’s a deal breaker, too much work, too little time”.  He agreed.  We bought a townhouse, we got married.  My husband, envious of my sister’s wonderful tomatoes, faltered first.  We were allowed 3 feet… Continue reading OVERGROWN – Chronicle of a Reluctant Gardener

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For the best corn EVER visit Barkers Farm No Andover This is a repost of a blog I wrote last August 2011

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“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”     Dwight D. Eisenhower

Lend me your ear and I’ll tell you all I learned about corn from the people who grow the best butter and sugar corn in our region and beyond:  Barkers Farm and Farm Stand, North Andover, MA on Rt. 125.  The Barkers know what they’re talking about, now under the guidance of the 10th generation (that’s the real Gen X!), this land has been cultivated by the family since 1642.  As a comparison, the town wasn’t incorporated until 1646.  The Barkers maintain a true Yankee farm focusing on their produce without sliding into the “farm as theme park” modus operandi that others in the area have resorted to to pay the bills.  It’s not that I begrudge the other farms their livelihoods, I’m pleased that any land offers me the option…

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AND THE WINNER IS – One Perfect Bugs Me Bug 24 Hour Photo Contest (c)

Thank you photographers and voters for sharing your passion and your talent.  And the BUG  WINNER  is NISSI CAMPBELL - Bad 4, green bug and eggs found on a corn leaf in Boxford MA. Nissi is a very talented amateur photographer and recent HS graduate from Mississippi.  She had two photos in the semi finals: Bad… Continue reading AND THE WINNER IS – One Perfect Bugs Me Bug 24 Hour Photo Contest (c)

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WHAT BUGS YOU – One Perfect Bug – JULY 9 DEADLINE 24-Hour Photo Contest (c) Holiday Edition

"We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.”  Bill Vaughn I want to be nice to all living creatures and see in each the miracle of nature, but some seem so much less worthy than others. And that bugs… Continue reading WHAT BUGS YOU – One Perfect Bug – JULY 9 DEADLINE 24-Hour Photo Contest (c) Holiday Edition

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One Perfectly Pretty Flower – 24-Hour Photo Contest(c)

“I hate flowers -- I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move.” GEORGIA O'KEEFFE, New York Herald Tribune, Apr. 18, 1954 found on BrainyQuote.com * Each flower by its very nature is beautiful, but is yours the Beautiful-est of ALL. That’s the challenge…. Make us swoon for your bloom, people, and I’ll forgive the pollen,… Continue reading One Perfectly Pretty Flower – 24-Hour Photo Contest(c)