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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in activism, business, Food


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DIY Radical Raised Beds and Hoop Houses

More video love. This time from the 1st episode of “hi im Lang Get Radical” show on YouTube. Make food not lawns, yo. What a concept.

Chris Langford is a Sioux Falls dude who’s partaking in a self-proclaimed “radical shift” to live differently, starting with growing his own food. Here he builds a simple raised garden bed, plants some seeds, and makes an in-garden greenhouse out of PVC pipe and plastic for about 12 bucks. Catch Chris on the Rock Garden Tour #73.

Also, catch episode 6. Put dill in pots to prevent the dark side takeover.

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Posted by on July 23, 2010 in Food, garden


Raspberry Smoothies

Smoothies taste dramatically better when you’ve picked the fruit yourself. Zoey found out yesterday. My favorite quote of the day from the Z: “Daddy, I didn’t even know I loved them.”

Thanks to the McAreaveys for letting us raid their raz patch on a hot summer day.

Here’s our smoothie recipe du jour. Roughly. Just blend it all up, serve, and smile. And don;t you dare follow these directions. Smoothies are for making it up as you go.

  • 2-3 cups of fresh picked raspberries
  • 2 peaches (not very good or ripe, but they did the trick)
  • 1 handful of fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons of local honey (also from the McAreavey farm)
  • 2 cups plain yogurt (haven’t quite made the jump to the Greek stuff. no matter how much Torin likes it, it’s still just sour cream to me)
  • a little bit of orange juice
  • 3 handfuls of ice cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon of freshly ground flax seed (don’t tell the kiddos!)

Posted by on July 11, 2010 in Food, garden


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Saving money in the dirt

photo on Flickr by Harpo42

The wifey is making some changes at work. She’s set to end maternity leave in about a week, and when she heads back to the office, it will be on a smaller scale. So, part time work means part time income, which lead us to talk some turkey this weekend about what we’ll change in our life with a smaller budget. Let’s call it our “happy up, money down” plan.

One line on the old Dave Ramsey-inspired budget that needs some polishing is food. We spend a lot on it. So the obvious part is cutting out the lunches at Wild Sage, Parker’s and Uno Zoni, and brown bagging it. The other part is cutting on the grocery bill. We decided a few years ago to pay more for our groceries. Why? Because real food generally costs more money than fake food. We want to feed our kids goodness from the Earth, not crap, so we pay more. Not saying we never buy any high-fructose-in-a-box, but we try to cook well-rounded meals with ingredients that our grandmothers might have actually fed to our parents as often as we can. It’s a journey.

So, back to the budget. We need to grow our own food. We got way behind nature’s eight ball this year with our garden. Our house was pretty busy this spring, you know? So, the garden pretty much sucks right now. We’ll be leaning heavily on the Farmer’s Market, community garden and the Co-op. And Denny’s extra garden bounty for sure. But, we figure, it’ll save us big bucks if we don’t have to buy so much. We’re even planning to learn the art of canning.

Synchronistically, I ran across an article on the topic today on Mother Nature Network’s blog about a couple who actually kept track of the money they put into their garden, and what it would have cost them to eat the same food from a grocery store.  Read “How Much is Your Vegetable Garden Worth” here.

For this Maine couple, over one year it came to 834 pounds of veggies from their garden, that would have set them back $2,200 at the store. Wowsers.

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Posted by on July 6, 2010 in Food, garden, money


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Montrose, South Dakota: Local Foods Mecca

photo by Natalie Maynor on Flickr

I noticed something at the Falls Park Farmers Market Saturday. I had a hug and conversation with Ruth and waved to Tom in the Goosemobile, bought some late season tomato and pepper plants from the Warners, and ate a grilled burger from the Gessners (Dakota Natural Beef). On the way to the car it hit me–three of the 18 vendors are from a stone’s throw of Montrose. Then at the Sunshine grocery store we saw “honey straws” from Orland Honey Farm–also of rural Montrose.

I know it’s only four producers of local, wholesome food. But they’re all within ten miles of my house. I’ve never thought of Montrose as a local foods hot spot. I doubt you have either. But this is actually something. Put these four together with our wonderful Montrose Community Garden and there’s something here. Something real and good. And unnoticed, at least by me, ’til this weekend.

Maybe we can be the Hardwick, VT of South Dakota one day (read “How Food Saved a Town“). Local Foods is the ‘real deal’ (just ask Mike), and it’s a serious opportunity for us in small towns–to feed ourselves and surrounding communities, to live healthier lives, and to re-connect with this land and it’s bounty in new-old sacred ways.

update 6/28: Thanks to my friend Corey at Madville Times for pushing the gas on this little local food revolution.


Posted by on June 27, 2010 in Food


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Dusty, Squashy Weekend

We sanded. We stained. We made soup. Good soup.

It started in the basement. After a big special Saturday morning breakfast (ham, eggs, toast and made from scratch hot cocoa with tiny marshmallows), Zoey and I dropped off Mesa and Hope at the latest edition of cheer camp. Sixty-some 5-10 year old girls tumbling and toe-touching for three hours. Two big performances coming up on Monday (in Salem) and Tuesday (in Montrose).

(It was Jaimie’s weekend as Manager-On-Duty, hence the lame attempt at Mesa’s pigtails.) Then it was into the basement for the “Builder Girl” and me, for a date with several unfinished trim boards, a railing and a newel post. The woodworking is done for today, but the house sure stinks. You can see 12 seconds of live action here (no need to mention the power tools to Jaim, ok?).

So for supper tonight, I tried my hands at acorn squash soup for the first time. Made mostly with squash and onion from Denny’s garden, cream from a cow somewhere, and a hand mixer. Mine is based loosely on this recipe, though I didn’t have quite the right herbs, and I threw a little leftover bacon in there, and an extra pinch of cayenne pepper. It’s really good stuff. We have plenty left, if you want to try some.

Yes, I used an ice cream scoop. The squash didn’t mind. And no, my beautiful wife would not let me put up a photo of her eating my wonderful soup.

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Posted by on December 13, 2009 in Food, home and yard, Kids


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Chunks of Meat (it’s a South Dakota thing)

Raise your hand if you’ve never heard of chislic. I grew up eating the stuff quite often (it was usually deer at our house, but James Baxa always cooked up some fab lamb at Sport Days). From chislic feeds to booths at the fair to bar menus in every town, it’s a staple of southeastern South Dakota that I just figured everyone knew about. Until a little research a few years ago.

Turns out, it’s pretty much foreign everywhere outside of the Mount Rushmore state. We’re talking totally unheard of–even just across the border. Until now.

Seems the cosmos has suddenly decided chislic is worth it. You might expect it to be featured on the Rock Garden Tour’s three days of peace and love at the Turner County Fair, but it’s sweeping the nation–on WikipediaFacebook and in the big city news. That’s right, cubed fried meat is the new pizza.

And so, to celebrate (and to prevent Eric from having to actually clean and freeze his hunt from the road trip home) a few dozen Bartmann cousins got together the night before Thanksgiving to imbibe in greasy meat, malt beverages and internet surfing. I’d have let you know sooner, but these pics were on my little sis’s camera, and she’s been busy playing Dukes of Hazard.

Pheasant chislic, of the breaded variety, was the menu. This was a first for me. I’ve eaten a mighty lot of ringneck in my day, but never in the form of South Dakota’s favorite dish.

Chef Jeremy did the slicing and dicing, and the frying (outside, on a very cold night). Greg kept the cats away from the the deep fat fryer. As you can see, beer is absolutely necessary as a side with any chislic.

By the way, according to the official know-it-all at the Freeman Courrier (the very finest small town newspaper in all the land), chislic has German roots, like me. It’s traditionally made of lamb, but any meat, cubed and deep fried or grilled, can safely be called chislic.

Jeremy, we loved eating your meat. Especially Justin.

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Posted by on December 5, 2009 in Family, Food, South Dakota


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