What are GMOs?

What are GMOs? Are you avoiding them because someone said they’re bad, or do you actually know what they entail? The Issue of Misinformation Did you know you can now buy GMO-free hummus? When I saw the ad, I gave my husband a funny look. “Does hummus even contain GMO products?” I’ve written articles on... Continue Reading →

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Hearty Oat-Nut Flatbreads

This recipe came about when I was living off food storage for a month in order to get material for magazine articles. By day 15, all the store-bought bread, milk, and butter were long gone. Eggs would be, as well, if I didn’t have chickens roaming my backyard. I needed bread for quick sandwiches to... Continue Reading →

When Culling is Forever

Cross-posted from my blog at Backyard Poultry Magazine! My husband and I have an agreement: When culling or butchering, he does the initial step. I do the rest. If I had to, I would do it all. If my husband was out of town on business and one of my chickens was suffering, I would... Continue Reading →

Deep Purple Shepherd’s Stew

There's really nothing special about it. Some lamb, some carrots, some potatoes and onions, parsley and thyme and garlic. But it's purple! One of the joys of growing your own food is the delightful variety. My family loves to focus on color when we plant vegetables. Really, we're also focusing on nutrition, because specific nutrients... Continue Reading →

Duck Egg Flan

Not a traditional recipe, this easy flan recipe tastes more like crème brulee and satisfies some of the pickiest flan adversaries. This recipe is cross-posted from Backyard Poultry Magazine, where I blog about all things chicken-related. This is my go-to dessert recipe whenever I entertain friends who are unfamiliar with urban farming or backyard poultry.... Continue Reading →

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Unfiltered apple cider vinegar, with the “mother” still in it, is expensive. But you can make it yourself! What you need: Apples Wide-mouth mason jars and rings Cheesecloth A warm location Sugar and/or storebought ACV to speed up the process, though these are not necessary First, cut up your apples.  But here’s a hint… you... Continue Reading →

Seize the Season (with Smoothies)

This post is dedicated to Marla! It’s mid-August, and produce is at its peak. Sales are everywhere. Friends call you, asking you to come pick grapes and blackberries so they don’t go to waste. And you hate wasting food, but you have no time to can it. Plus, your kids are picky eaters. No problem.... Continue Reading →

Blogging for Backyard Poultry

We have an announcement! In a few weeks, Ames Family Farm will begin blogging for Backyard Poultry Magazine! The first blog post is scheduled to appear the week of August 12th. This is a dream come true for us, and a huge step toward both our urban farming identity and Marissa Ames' author identity. Feel... Continue Reading →

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