Monday, September 28

Monday Farm Photo: Welcome and Progressive Pioneer Readers!

Summer Work is Winter Food

I was thrilled to learn that has included both Farmgirl Fare and In My Kitchen Garden on its list of Sites We Love. I've been reading Saveur magazine, which focuses on exploring the world of authentic food, since the very first issue came out, so this is an especially nice honor for me. And of course I love that the cover of the current issue says 'Why Lamb Rules' in big bold letters! (Through September, both new and renewal Saveur subscriptions are only $14.95 at

Readers often ask me if we eat the any of the grass-fed lambs we raise, and the answer is yes. Not only is the all natural meat incredibly delicious, but I also love knowing that the animals who become my food lived happy, healthy, stress-free (and dare I say spoiled?) lives. You'll find several of my favorite lamb recipes here.

One of these days I really will get around to writing up that Frequently Asked Farmgirl Questions page, but in the meantime, Amy Thompson asked me all sorts of questions during this interview for her wonderful MamaViews series on Progressive Pioneer. (Technically I'm not a mother, but I suppose that raising dozens of animals grants me honorary mama status. And of course there's my baby Cary.) The interview even includes a couple of photos you've never seen before: Amy, one of my favorite ewes, with her newborn triplets in 2007, and me with the donkeys out in the front field.

Reading Amy's What is a Progressive Pioneer? essay brought tears to my eyes, and I'm very proud to be one. I think many of you will really enjoy her lovely site, where she writes about everything from urban chicken farming and unschooling to bee keeping and natural family living.

Are you a progressive pioneer? In what way?

© Copyright 2009, the windows have been closed for the first time in months foodie farm blog where you know I love autumn, but after all these years in Missouri, the first 40 degree night (that would be tonight) still comes as a surprise. Thanks to the miracle of online weather forecasts, though, all the tomato, tomatillo, and basil plants in the garden have been safely (I hope!) swaddled up in old bedsheets and are ready to face the oncoming chill. Bring on the quilts and polarfleece!


  1. Those are lovely honors! Congratulations, they are well deserved!

  2. Congratulations on being listed, what an honour. I'm really enjoying your blog and as soon as I have a little bit of time I'll be reading even more.

  3. Congratulations! I love Saveur, too, although I read it at the library these days.

    That was a great interview over at Progressive Pioneer. I love the extra photos. Who cannot smile when looking at those wild and happy donkeys!

  4. Congratulations! I thought of you immediately upon taking my current Saveur from the mailbox, although I've not made it past the front cover of this issue. I roasted some of our Farmgirl Fare lambchops over a just-picked delicata squash last night...heavenly!

  5. Many congratulations - and your interview was like hearing a particularly beautiful bell ring. Calm, sensible, uplifting, joyful.

  6. Congratulations! What an honor for you. I am happy others enjoy your blog just as much as I do. Beautiful photos!!!

  7. Congratulations on the Saveur thing!
    Just found your site through twitter! I have wanted to own a pumpkin patch in Massachusetts for years now. One of these days...
    Thanks for keeping your blog for those of us still dreaming about the life you live.

  8. Congratulations, Susan! I've just spent the better part of the morning reading Cary's life story. Sadly, I must get on with my day, so I'll save the rest for another day. You are a great writer. Looking forward to more great farm tales/tails! Liz Larkin, Pound Ridge, NY.

  9. Dear Susan
    I have followed you for a long time (I'm old and I forget)---but I think this is the first time we have seen a picture of you. Albeit, from a distance.
    How about one of you and Cary????


  10. It's always great to hear your take on things - feels even more poignant knowing you had the perspective of coming from my neck of the woods.

    I love to hear you encouraging people to get their Farmgirl on in more manageable ways - like having a small garden or raising a few chickens rather than upending everything in their lives.

    I'm not sure I'm much of a progressive pioneer, but I do tend to follow the more natural approach. As in, don't fight nature because she always wins.

    It's just easier.

    Growing an organic garden was a choice I made because it was easier than trying to create my own fake environment for plants to grow. If I just planted and grew things the way they would in nature, with all its bugs and decaying plant matter, it just works.

    Because, duh, Nature doesn't have a bottle of Sevin or Miracle Grow fertilizer pellets and WHOOPSY stuff grows in nature somehow anyway.

    So, that's just a long way of saying that I'm lazy and thankfully lazy works sometimes.