{foodie 60631} Larryville

Why is it that late winter always brings on an obsession for a good tomato?  Is it because the ones available in the produce section look pale and artificial ... too perfect in shape and color?  Afterall, decent cherry tomatoes can be had as a winter substitute.  They can even be enhanced with a slow and low roast in the oven to intensify their flavor.  But no, its not just the flavor of the tomato ... its the experience of the tomato,  yes, the experience of the tomato!  The sunshine, the long warm days, the scent of the tomato plant on your hand from the just picked tomato.  Its a visit to Larryville Gardens that I'm craving ... carrots, tomatoes, garlic, and oh the locally grown artichokes.

A few years back I discovered Larryville at the Burlington, Wisconsin farmers market; she had the prettiest stand with the most amazing looking produce all staged to enhance their beauty and draw you in (it was right out of one of the pages of a romantic farm stand that I have in my head).  Ever since, I make the trip to visit her and her farm as often as I can ... to enjoy her perspective on growing produce, to debate politics and life, to pick some tomatoes and what ever else is in season at that moment, and then drive home to cook up a storm.

Enjoy, taste and dream!


{YE Look Book} Bella Notte's Pearl

Elegant. Sophisticated. Neutral.  Bella Notte Linens' newest color introduction, Pearl, is a nude-like neutral, the shade of an elegant garden rose.  It is rich and warm in synthetics, soft and neutral in cottons and linens.  The perfect addition to the softly sophisticated Bella Notte color palette.  Combined with White and Winter White, it is like nacre - iridescent and luxurious and changes with light and mood.

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{dirt 60631} Late Spring 2016

{dirt 60631} is a pictorial journal of Yvonne's garden journey in a Zone 5, Chicago city lot.

Gardening on a city lot can be a challenge ... poor soil, pollution, weeds and might I say DOGS!  However, this years abundance of rain and cool temperatures, along with years of feeding the soil, has yielded a unusually lush garden.  So much so, that we've been graced with visits from feathered friends we've never seen before ... Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, Grey Cat Birds, and Nashville Warblers.  All came for a short visit on their Spring migration!  They're cohabitating with the Robins, Cardinals, Gold Finches, House Finches, Chickadees, and Wrens. I'm thrilled! Enjoy the view!