Blogging is Like Riding a Bike

Blogging and writing in general are like riding a bike.  When we say, “it’s like riding a bike”, we usually mean that you never forget how.  The minute you start again, it is like you never stopped.   But for me it means that you have to pick up a certain momentum in order to enjoy the ride. Ride too slowly or stop too often and you get shaky and start to question your balance.   You remember learning to ride, your chin hitting the pavement, the awful sound your teeth made slamming into each other.   You need to pick …

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2012 Season in Review

By Jug Bay Market Garden’s Farmer in Chief,  Scott Hertzberg This season was shaped by global warming more than any previous year.  We have never started the CSA so early. Prior seasons, we started in mid-May but this year we started in mid-April. Because the heat did not really kick in until late June, we were able to provide the CSA with weeks of spring crops.  We broke a record for how many straight weeks of head lettuce we harvested (8) and grew some of our best radishes, onions and potatoes. While climate change helped us have an extended spring, …

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Weather Drama

I am determined to get back to writing again in the next week, but for now I will share my latest piece that just ran in the fall Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association fall newsletter. For those of us farming in Maryland (and most everywhere else) climate change is hitting home.  Whether it was the release of the new USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map, this summer’s drought, last summer’s flooding, or learning the new word “derecho”, we have all been facing pretty regular weather drama.  My children know exactly how to handle a tornado warning now and it seems …

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Jewish New Year and Tashlich at the River

We celebrated the Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year this week with a visit to synagogue to pray and hear the shofar, a delicious apple cake modified from the Smitten Kitchen (ok, very modified), and tashlich at the river. Tashlich is the ritual of throwing bits of bread in the water while recounting things you are sorry about on or shortly after Rosh Hashanah.  You can find an official description from Chabad here.   It has always been one of my favorite rituals, because it is personal, hands-on, and takes place outdoors. We went down to the local Patuxant …

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Letting the Princess into the Farm House

Note: This article originally appeared  on kveller.com. Kveller.com offers a Jewish twist on parenting, everything a Jewish family could need for raising Jewish children–including crafts, recipes, activities, Hebrew and Jewish names for babies…and advice from Mayim Bialik. It all started with the arrival of the Ariel bathing suit. I was whipping a cart through Target when my 2-year-old spotted the suit. “Oooh, so pretty,” she said. “And her hair is exactly the same color as mine.” My daughter has dark brown hair and Ariel’s hair is a shade of red you don’t actually find naturally. Something about her bubbly delight combined …

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My Top 5 Back to School Parenting Mistakes

I am feeling so grateful that we have made it through the first 10 days of kindergarten and so far it seems like pretty smooth sailing.  We even added the bus to the schedule without a problem.  Most of the mistakes this week were mine, so I decided to list my top 5 back to school mistakes while they are still fresh in my mind! 1) Practice Lunch: While I spent the summer feeling like I should have been practicing reading and letters I now realize we should have practiced other things like eating out of a lunch box.  On …

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1,2,3,4 & 5 Days of Kindergarten: We did it!

As of today, my son completed his first week of kindergarten  — a full five day week complete with music, gym, walking in lines and one new “halfway friend.”  No school bus yet, but we are feeling brave enough to try it soon.  I feel like we have all learned so much we are ready for an early diploma. The transition has been hardest by far on my 2 year old, who so desperately wants to go to school too.  She cries watching him walk away with his class and I have had to carry her screaming to the car …

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Lakeside

In case anyone noticed, I haven’t updated my blog in a while.  I escaped the heat again this year for an extended vacation in the Adirondacks where I spent my summers growing up and my family owns a house. My days are very different here, swimming lessons at the lake and lots of time picking wild blackberries and generally following the children around, helping them inch toward swimming.  There is no TV, and very limited internet and cell connection so my world shrinks here to the matters at hand with little distraction. We are in our last week here and I should be back to writing soon.   …

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Searing Heat – Nature Bats Last

So I never should have laughed at the heat wave and thought I had it covered with my cucumber water, nature bats last.  The heat has been unrelenting, overpowering, nerve fraying and exhausting.  Screen time in the house has gone up, creative play has hit rock bottom.  We are counting the hours until the heat is supposed to break. On the farm, first our chard and lettuce fried.  That was reasonable, it’s summer.  But than it got personal.  Our cucumbers, the cooling, abundant, gazpacho powering cucumbers — withered in the heat.  They are a summer crop, they got some water, …

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Surfing the Huge Heat Wave

First an overwhelming and unrelenting heat. My fellow farm blogger wrote about the heat here on her blog “A Year on the Farm” and it is good to know we are not alone. Spring was suddenly banished, sent sprinting off to northern Canada, and we were thrown into blazing hot days. Then a storm came through with winds so strong and loud it felt like another world, like a dream.  My two year old immediately recognized the wind sounded wrong, scary! She sat up in bed and yelled, “need Daddy, now!” With the strange powerful wind came cool air and …

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