Wednesday, June 24, 2009

More about gardens...

Ok, I am feeling like a proud parent here.
I can't resist.
I can't hold back.
It's my garden!
That's right, my own personal kitchen garden. "Kitchen Garden" seems like a good name, it defines it from the rest of the flora around the house. And, after all it is a garden for the kitchen, right?
What you can see (and can't) is:
Mesclun
Spinach
Eggplant
Cauliflower
Tomatoes
Basil
Cilantro
Onions
Zucchini
Cucumber
Husk Cherries
Sage
Thyme
Oregano
et al herbs
Kiwi (Behind the house, not pictured)
Not bad huh?

Now, I know it might not look like much now, but it is still pretty early here in Vermont. So, you wait and see, it's going to be a good season, I know it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Gardens...

Here's quick little post for you. I just wanted to give you an update on the world here in Vermont. I haven't been posting much lately, and of course I started posting in the "dead" of winter. Well, winter is over, very over, and the gardens in Vermont look amazing. We are currently in the middle of one of the best strawberry seasons in recent memory. Here are some quick little video clips of the gardens here at the Round Barn, I shot on my Vimeo Flipcam, nice and easy to use but the quality isn't exactly Hollywood.

Here is a little description of what you'll see here: In the first video you'll find potatoes, many varieties, and then under the white cover is all fall and winter squashes, after that in the fenced in area you'll find all the lettuces, spinach, kale, basil, tomatoes, broccoli... of course all Certified Organic.
The smaller garden has more of the same but in different stages, and maybe a few other things there, see what you can pick out.


video video

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Have I got a Tweet deal for you....


most photos here are from @rickerwoodward -Thanks




So, it's been a while. The old (slow) g4 with a broken "A" key doesn't exactly call out, "type on me". Tonight, the little guy spoke up and here I am. I will try to pick words without, you know, the letter.

Just a few weeks ago I got this big idea. Big ideas happen with me pretty often, and I swear they are all winners, really amazing ideas, but alas not everyone will concur with my constant little inspired plans. This time, I think it was either really good or they just had no clue what I was talking about, and I tricked them.

I felt this uncontrollable urge to hold a tweetup. Tweeter, Twitter what are these funny words...

In Just under 3 weeks I took an idea, to completion. I had this idea that social networking is a powerful community builder, but it was still either on a non professional level or the overly tech-savvy website builder with CPU-envy. I began to think, how cool would it be to bring together the techie with say, farmers and restaurateurs and just people who are "foodies" for a night? What if the people that work so hard to maintain the rural Vermont landscape and keep farming alive meet the people that are working towards advancing Vermont's technology fields. This was my goal. I think it went pretty well.

here is the text from the e-vite distributed nearly exclusively on twitter:

The Vermont Locavore Tweetup is an opportunity to meet face to face the people behind the Tweets! Foodies to Farmers, Artist to Legislators everyone is on Twitter! Enjoy an evening with local foods, music and participate in seminars, win prizes and general discussions on where Twitter may go. Even if you just would like to learn you are welcome.

Vermont Techno-Foodies Unite!

Yes, you know you are one. Vermont is full of them and it just might be the future of our state. Let's all come together Wednesday, March 27th for a night of discussion, workshops, music, prizes, fun and of course food!

Aside from techno-foodies there is going to be a guy who is riding his bike across country tweeting along the way, some people that drove a Ford Fiesta nearly around the world, there will be sign makers, webby people, innkeepers, slackers, students and everyone in between. This is truly going to be a unique evening.

Please register and rsvp
(we want to be able to accommodate everyone)
if you do not rsvp I ask you bring a bag of non-perishable food or at least 10 dollars I will donate to the local food shelf.

Come early if you like there is 4 acres of organic vegetable gardens to stroll, or just come relax anywhere on the 145 acres.

music by:
Phineas Gage

Food by:
American Flatbread
Misty Knoll
Vermont Herb and Salad
Hartshorn Farm
Vermont Yak Co.
Defreest Farm Beef

PRIZES!!
Cooking Class for 2 from The Store
Gourmet Basket of food and cooking gadgets from The Store
9 book library from Chelsea Green
Speakers from Smalldog Electronics
iPod accessories kit from Smalldog Electronics
America 24/7 book from from Smalldog Electronics
Coffee Goods from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
2 Tickets to the A Taste of the Valley
and more.... WOW!

Tweeting Stations by:
Smalldog Electronics

Seminar by:
Chelsea Green

Sustainable sewing demo by:
The Bobbin Sew Bar and Lounge

and soo much more...



for directions please visit http://www.theroundbarn.com/directions.htm
There will be a really "Tweet" deal on rooms at our Inn, inquire for the rate.

thanks, and see you soon!

Charlie
roundbarnfarm on twitter


Check out the pics and the links about the tweetup below.


This is the crowd watching the demo on sustainable sewing given towards the end of the evening, they were awesome, really sewing has never been so cool. http://thebobbin.com/
The next picture down is a 2011 Ford Fiesta, yes 2011. It is part of a special project by Ford nd driven by two Vermonters, the car had just finished a big cross-country trip just a few hours before arriving at the Tweetup. Check out Fiestavus here: http://www.fiestavus.com/



The Great Vermont Locavore Tweetup
check these out, Brian has some great pictures to give you a feel for the night.


The Tweetup Song!

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