Family, Fun and Food!

What a great weekend with family visiting from St. Louis!  My sis-in-law Laura and my nephew Elliott arrived late Thursday evening and jumped into the action!

Elliott soil blocking May 2015While I was at work on Friday Elliott worked on making soil blocks so that we could get some more things planted in the greenhouse if we had a rain day!



Elliott was quick to bond with the chickens…or should I say they were quick to bond with him…or his boots to be exact!Elliott chicken coop May 2015 2

Elliott chicken coop May 2015Can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I was when Elliott volunteered to clean out the chicken coop…did I mention he VOLUNTEERED!!!  That was no small job!

Seems I’m not the only one that enjoys the zero-turn lawn mower…it’s like riding a go-cart and getting some much needed yard work done at the same time!

Elliott mower May 2015 2

Elliott is taking rock climbing in school…so he thought he’d take advantage of some other climbing experiences while he was here!Elliott in apple tree May 2015Elliott windmill May 2015

Laura was a big help with the planting:  273 heads of lettuce and 227 pepper plants planted and hooped!  Yes, folks!  That’s a BIG help!  Those are pepper plants in that tractor scoop and yes, that is Elliott on the mower…again!

Laura & Bill May 2015Bill with peppers May 2015Elliott mower May 2015

Elliott cooking May 2015Elliott is an amazing chef (a local celebrity chef in St. Louis!).  He is really into cooking with fresh, seasonal ingredients and loves the whole FARM TO TABLE concept.  After all of our hard work on Saturday Elliott treated us to a gourmet dinner of:

  • stuffed mushroom caps
  • spinach and arugula salad
  • pickled radishes
  • risotto with parmesan cheese
  • asparagus
  • grilled mahi mahi

He took advantage of having fresh asparagus, garlic, and herbs from Morning Glory and spinach, arugula and radishes from Abbe Hills Farm here in Mount Vernon!  What an amazing dinner and such a treat after a long full day of working on the farm.  THANKS ELLIOTT!!!!

Did I mention Aunt Shelly was in and out at the farm this weekend too?  And she loves fresh radishes!Shelly radish May 2015

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