Food Festivals, Garden Tours and the Volvo Ocean Race: The Latest from Martha's Blog
Touring Martha's Garden at Cantitoe Corners
Every now and then, I agree to small, guided walks around my farm to show visitors what is blooming. Yesterday, I was happy to host the Connecticut chapter of the Herb Society of America. Enjoy some pictures of what they saw.
Symphytum, also known as comfrey, is a dynamic accumulator in the garden -- drawing minerals out of the soil and into the roots and leaves. It is also a wonderful compost accelerator and weed suppressant.
A beautiful table of cookies, biscotti, pomegranate juice, and cut peony flowers.
Reading Between the Vines
The location of the flower varies by season. Spring-blooming clematis flower on side shoots of last season's stems. Summer and fall vines flower only on the ends of new stems.
Work in the vegetable garden is well underway. Most recently, we planted eight beds of potatoes. The potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial nightshade Solanum tuberosum.
Room to Grow
When planting a group of potatoes, be sure they are spaced at least eight to 12-inches apart. For more information on planting and growing potatoes, go here.
We All Say Potato
Replace the soil in the trench, fully covering the potatoes with at least four inches of soil. Did you know the average American eats 142 pounds of potatoes each year?
Preparing the Feast
My gardeners, Ryan and Wilmer, scattered seeds for the cabbages, carrots, parsnips, beets, and all kinds of leafy greens. These onions were started from seed in my greenhouse earlier this year and were finally ready to be transplanted to the vegetable garden. I am looking forward to a bountiful harvest!
Layers of Fun
Onions fully mature when their tops have fallen over -- this happens at the "neck" of the onion, and is a signal that the plant has stopped growing and is beginning to prepare for storage. This happens around late summer or early fall. Onions should be harvested soon after. I can't wait!
The Volvo Ocean Race
The world’s longest professional sporting event and leading off-shore sailing race is now in its last three weeks of competition. This year's race began in Alicante, Spain, on October 4, 2014. It is scheduled to conclude on June 27th in Gothenburg, Sweden. During its nine month course, the race makes several city stopovers. The North American break was taken in Newport, Rhode Island last month. Mike Fiore, my property director and an avid sailor, was invited to join the crew on one of the racing vessels.
One in a Sea of Many
Every boat was built identically using one design. These boats are Volvo Ocean 65 models, a new high class of performance racing yacht created by Farr Yacht Design, Ltd., and built by a consortium of four European boatyards.
Here is an aerial shot taken of Team SCA. (Photo by Daniel Forster).
Aye Aye, Captain
Mike took the helm with great pride and determination to help the team.
The Wine and Food Festival of New Paltz
Just before leaving for a week-long business trip to Europe, I participated in the second annual Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz. The three-day event featured tastings, cuisine pairings, cooking demonstrations and seminars with various experts. While there, I did a book signing for my newest releases, "One Pot" and "Clean Slate," and sat for an interview and discussion on food and wine. I also had the opportunity to stroll the grounds of the landmark Victorian and learn more about its history and design.
Ready for My Close-Up
Fine Foodie Friends
Kevin Zraly, chef and restaurateur Marcus Guiliano, and I show off a newspaper article about the Wine and Food Festival.
Here I am with one of the festival's talented vendors.