oven and earth

Leek Scapes

April 30, 2015 · 9 comments

Maybe you’ve heard of garlic scapes, those curlicue green things that show up at farmers’ markets around this time of year. They taste faintly of garlic and are often (for reasons I don’t totally understand) blended into an alternative pesto. But have you heard of leek scapes? Like garlic scapes, leek scapes are the shoots and […]

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I snapped a few photos of my parents huge garden/small farm on Saturday. It’s kinda fun to compare them with this post from almost exactly a year ago. My mom has almost everything planted, and my dad’s been attacking the robust, early-summer weeds. Unlike last year, I’ve barely helped out at all this spring, so […]

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I woke up sore this morning. And tired. It feels kinda great. The kids and I spent most of this past weekend at my parents’ place, sometimes known as Oven and Earth Farm. My mom bought a big trampoline about a month ago, so now when we’re over there, the kids just rotate from trampoline […]

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Every spring, I remember just how much I love artichokes. They’re a pain to eat, but boy, do they taste good with that earthiness that’s somehow sweet and bitter at the same time. Henry planted a row of artichokes at my parents’ property (that they lovingly refer to as “The Other Place”) a few years […]

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It’s the peak of the season in my parents’ garden. My kids and I have the privilege of spending quite a lot of time basking in the autumn glow among the rows of corn and kale. I grew up in this garden, but it’s only now, as an adult, that I can really appreciate what […]

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Just thought I’d throw this out there on behalf of my mom (to whom I owe a million favors)… My parents own and operate Oven and Earth Farm and have been vending at Corvallis-area farmers’ markets for 28 years. Every spring, my mom starts a ton of basil seedlings and sells them at the Corvallis Saturday […]

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I grew up eating my mom’s homemade pumpkin pies, and I think it ruined me forever. I love her pumpkin pie, sweet-but-not-too-sweet, spicy-but-not-too-spicy, with firm-but-not-too-firm custard. As an adult, I’ve finally given up on eating pumpkin pie made by anyone else because it’s always a disappointment. I think it may be more of a familiarity […]

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Oven and Earth Farm is actually my parents’ place, the house and property where I grew up. My kids and I spend a LOT of time over there during the summers. My parents are my primary child care providers, so they make it possible for me to do the things I do. I don’t feel […]

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