Monthly Archives: June 2012

posted on by Jackie Bebenroth

So long, Spring!

Goodbye, asparagus. Farewell, ramps. See you later, lettuce without holes in it. We’ll miss you too, rhubarb. Summer has arrived in all its sun-drenched glory! We’re headed into the heat of July with our heads down and eyes up, just a little behind on the restaurant’s seasonal switch out. Next year, we’re hoping to hit up summer solstice with a little celebration, but for now we’re just working to keep the boat afloat while our kitchen gets rocked by a few major events on the horizon. In the calm before our busy season storm, we took ample time to enjoy both the bounty and the challenges of Spring. Small sprouts reaching toward the sky (very little fresh harvest to work with). Colorful blooms punctuating the fields (winter preserves accenting main dishes). New baby animals wandering about, looking for their mamas (too cute to cook just yet!). Spring is such a … READ MORE

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posted on by Jackie Bebenroth

The War on Deer

The long and short of it is this: Suburban deer have been annailating our crops and totally outsmarting us for five years. They’ve overcome all levels of defense, no matter how extreme, creative or intensive. We’ve tried virtually everything to keep these pesky, voracious creatures away from our food. 1. Wire fence. 2. Electric fence. 3. Slingshot. 4. Multi-layered electric fence. 5. Let the dogs out. (woof. woof.) 6. Piss around the perimeter. 7. Top-line fencing. 8. Deer skull on a stick. 9. Ribbons hanging from top line fencing. 10. Multi-layered, wire, wood, electric, three-dimensional fencing. 11. Mean eyes on ribbons, blowing in the wind. 12. Japenese drums. 13. Paintball gun. None of this has made a dent in the deer’s ability to chomp down our harvest. In fact, deer have eaten so many of our vegetables, vegetarians might qualify them as edible if we put them on our menu. After … READ MORE

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posted on by Noelle P.

Q + A with Spice Farm Manager, Andrea Heim

Andrea Heim recently returned from Jamaica after spending the last two years working in the Peace Corps educating the island farmers about organic agriculture. Her new gig as Spice Farm Manager marks her return to farming in the States. Andrea’s planting extends far beyond the Spice Acres Suburbia, the 10,000 sq. ft. plot behind Chef Ben Bebenroth’s home. She’s looking after the 100+ containers on the restaurant roof. She’s building raised beds behind the parking lot. She’s watering lettuces in the hoop houses. Look for her buzzing around the edible landscaping on the patio next time you’re in. All this farming fanatic really needs is some seeds, a little dirt, water and sunlight and she could feed a village…or at least few thousand guests at Spice Kitchen + Bar and Spice of Life Catering Co. this summer. Let’s see what she’s up to. Q. You have quite an interesting background … READ MORE

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