History of Christmas Ornaments

It is said that the first glass Christmas ornaments were made by Hans Greiner and Christoph Muller in a German town called Lauscha. This town was located in a region prime for making glass with plenty of nearby timber and sand. The story goes that one year around 1600, Hans didn’t have enough money to... Continue Reading →

Deep Dish Skillet Pizza

Deep Dish Pizza Baked in a Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Dough ~ combine 2 cups flour with 1 tsp salt in a bowl. In another bowl, mix 1 cup of warm later with 3/4 tsp yeast and 1 tsp olive oil. Pour into flour mixture, knead for 3 minutes, let rest for 15 minutes. Knead... Continue Reading →

Old Fashion Gingerbread Cookies

Christmas time is drawing near, the comforting smell of gingerbread cookies fills the air. Baking with kids and grandchildren, making memories and homemade gifts. 2 1/4 cups flour 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup softened butter 1 cup sugar 1... Continue Reading →

Wild Rose Hip Tea

October is the perfect time to harvest rose hips from local wild roses Rosa canina. Not only is the rose hip known as a powerful antioxidant, it is also an excellent source of vitamin C, A and E, all of which support a healthy immune system. Rose Hip Tea  Place 4 - 8 cleaned fresh rose... Continue Reading →

Granny’s Beet Rolls

Ukrainian Beet Rolls have been an old family favourite for as long as we can remember. Granny would carefully build each beet roll, cover them with fresh garden dill and onion, then bake in a heavy cream. They were served hot at all of our special family dinners where everyone waited in anticipation to dish up!... Continue Reading →

the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

It’s harvest time for potatoes and we would like to pass along a few of the results from our trials here at Heritage Farm. With over 14 varieties grown this summer, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but so far it looks like an “unknown” purple handed down through generations is in the lead as... Continue Reading →

Classic Ukrainian Borscht

Ingredients: STOCK 1 1/2 lbs beef short rib 1 lb pork ribs 2 beef bones with marrow 3 quarts water 1 carrot peeled 2 medium parsnips peeled 1 stalk celery & leaves salt tied in a cheesecloth bag (3 dill sprigs, 3 parsley sprigs, 4 bay leaves, and 10 peppercorns ) SOUP 2 large beets baked (about 1 1/4 pounds) 4 medium boiling potatoes peeled and cut into large pieces 1 lb fresh ripe plum tomatoes peeled... Continue Reading →

At War With Slugs

For the first time ever, I have encountered slugs in our greenhouse. Regular visits to the nursery and trial plots during the growing season allow us to keep a good check on the plants,  pest problems and potential crop failures. Most days, we can enjoy the solitude in nature, but every once and awhile we... Continue Reading →

Healthy Home Made Granola

Submitted by Michelle Forrester My friend and frugal living guru Dorothy gave me a recipe for home made granola and I am in love. Dorothy said making your own granola was easy and so much healthier than out of a box because you get to control how much sugar is in it. It is now my... Continue Reading →

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