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!

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.

 

August 27, 2016

A Guest Blog from Gabe on His Vacation to the Galápagos

During this year’s summer excursion to the Galápagos with my daughter and grandchildren, we met a lot of fun and interesting people, including 11-year old Gabe. Gabe was also visiting the Islands with his family, and like myself, is an avid photographer. Here is a selection of his favorite photos and thoughts from the trip.

My summer vacation in the Galápagos was very exciting. We spent about two-weeks on a boat, and it just happened to be the same one as Martha Stewart! I was glad to become friends with her grandchildren, Jude and Truman, and their friend, Max.

I enjoyed all the activities, especially walking on the Islands and taking pictures of the many landscapes and wild animals. I loved visiting the "Chinese Hat", a tiny island just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island - it got its name because it has the shape of a down-facing Chinese hat. Most of the animals were easy to photograph. Sometimes the sea lions got a little aggressive, but they were still my favorite animals to visit, along with the green sea turtles.

I took a lot of photographs - these are just some of my favorites. Enjoy.