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If you’ve been following along with me for awhile, you may remember the Farm to Table Project.  In 2013 I documented the growing season of Rhizosphere Farm, a small organic farm at the time, located in eastern Nebraska.  At the end of that season, farmers Matt and Terra Hall, took a year off to find a permanent home and land so they could further pursue their dreams of sustainable farming and feeding their community.

After a lengthy search, a permanent home for the farm was found in Missouri Valley, Iowa.  The 2014 growing season started off beautifully, and the first time I visited the farm’s new location I was in awe of the bounty in the fields.  Matt and Terra, along with their assistants Nick and Jackie had the farm looking like they had been there for years, instead of months.

Rhizosphere Farm

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Does anyone else have a hard time getting in gear after a vacation?  While it’s great to be home I haven’t quite caught up to my family…who seem to have hit the ground running upon our return.  Guess that’s just how it goes sometimes…

As I mentioned, last week, we enjoyed some vacation time in the mountains.  This included hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park and a trip down to Boulder to enjoy one of their many bike trails as well as Valmont Bike Park.


Day trips like these include a little planning.  Jackets, bike helmets…and of course snacks and water.  That’s where Mighty Nest comes in.  About a month before our trip to Colorado, they kindly contacted me, sharing a bit about their products and asking about a giveaway.  My feeling on blog giveaways is that I really feel the product needs to be something I would use…regularly.  Well, after browsing through Mighty Nest’s site I couldn’t imagine a better company to pair with.  We already use many of their products daily and I couldn’t be more excited to now share their goodness with you.

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It’s been a little quiet around here for the last week, but with good reason!  I spent last week down in Louisiana, working out the details for photographing a cookbook project, getting some shots of the author and her family.  In between, I was able to visit New Orleans and the French Quarter, along with enjoying my first beignets!

Continuing what my husband calls my ‘Farmers’ Market World Tour’, I visited a quaint Saturday morning market set in a local park of a smaller Louisiana community.  The produce was beautiful, and the music of a blue grass band filled the air as shoppers visited the vendors.  I always love seeing the region specific goods that vendors come to sell, and this market was no different.  Boiled peanuts and fresh shrimp sold by the pound were popular stops.  I enjoyed a fresh made watermelon and lime juice while soaking in the market vibe.

While it felt good to go away and have a new adventure, it felt equally good to be home again.

Of course there are pictures, I don’t go much of anywhere without a camera these days.  Some you may have seen on my Instagram feed, others are with my ‘big camera’.

Before I sign off for the weekend, be sure to head on over to, A Clove of Garlic, A Pinch of Salt to see more farmers’ market images.  Tiffany invited me to share what $10 will buy at my local market.  It was a fun challenge!

Have a wonderful weekend!
















As many parents know, when it comes to feeding our children it often feels like the job is never done.  Feeding the 3 boys in my house is like trying to fill a bottomless pit.  They are always hungry.  Fortunately, we are able to put food on their plates for 3+ meals a day.  They have no idea what it really means to go hungry.

Simple Egg Pasta

This is not the case for many children.

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It’s hard to believe it was just 7 months ago, I pulled into the drive at the farm for the first time.  I had no idea what to expect, or where this project might take me.  The pages of my idea notebook were filled with shots I wanted to get, questions to ask and things to observe for.  In just a couple of visits I had crossed everything off those shot lists.  All that was left to do was to be open to the experience that lay before me; to take in the details of each visit, the knowledge offered by Terra, Matt and Max and the beauty of the fields as the season wore on.

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