August 31, 2016

Growing Tomatoes at My Farm

We’re having such an excellent tomato season.

Every year, I love to grow a large and interesting assortment of tomatoes. I purchase many of the seeds from reputable seed companies, but I also make a point of collecting seeds during my travels. I also like to use seeds that have been passed on to me from other gardeners and friends.

We've been harvesting many, many tomatoes over the past couple weeks - large, medium, and small. Some of the varieties include: 'Noire Crimee', 'Cherokee Purple', 'Uncle Mark Bagby', 'Gulf State', 'Pink Beauty', 'Valencia', 'Czech Bush', 'Pink Berkeley Tie Dye', 'Grandeur', 'Granadero', 'Verona', 'Sungold', 'Brandywine' and 'Nova'. Here are some photos of this year's crop - enjoy. And, please let me know how your tomatoes are doing this year in the comments section below the photo gallery.

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August 30, 2016

Repurposing a Tree on the Farm

Maintaining a landscape sometimes means cutting down trees.

I always feel badly when trees are cut down. Trees are important to our environment - they are the world’s single largest source of breathable oxygen, they absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, and they create an ecosystem to provide needed habitat and food for birds and other animals. However, occasionally trees need to be removed.

Because of some work that is planned for one of the paddocks, it was necessary to cut down a sycamore tree from its location. Fortunately, it can be repurposed - I decided it would make a wonderful perch for my peafowl. Here are some photos.

And, please click on the following link to read my recent Forbes interview with keynote speaker and bestselling author, Dan Schawbel. We spoke about the upcoming 2016 American Made Summit, which will take place October 21-23. The two-day event promises to gather some of the nation's most influential innovators and entrepreneurs to offer their expertise and inspirations with the next generation of makers. I hope to see you there!

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August 29, 2016

Making Blistered Eggplant with Tomatoes, Olives and Feta Cheese on Facebook

Why not make today a “meatless Monday” and prepare a delicious summer salad for dinner?

I hope you caught my special Facebook LIVE last week. I had so much fun sharing my recipe for blistered eggplant with tomatoes, olives and feta cheese from my latest cookbook, “Martha Stewart’s Vegetables" - in bookstores next week! You’ll love this book! It’s filled with so many great recipes and ideas - we’ve even chosen some of the dishes to be part of our Martha & Marley Spoon meal kits this fall - I hope you’ve signed up!

During this Facebook LIVE, I was joined by my head gardener, Ryan McCallister. We answered questions and talked about all the wonderful vegetables growing at my Bedford, New York farm. I also showed one of my favorite ways to serve and eat fresh corn on the cob - it's so delicious! If you missed the show, you can still watch it - just click on this link to my Facebook LIVE chat on cooking eggplant. Enjoy these photos.

 

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