Homemade Etrog

We built a beautiful sukkah out of bamboo this year but did not manage to get an official lulav and etrog which were apparently in short supply.  I  went googling around for a solution and I found this inspiring piece from Tikkun Knits about a lovely felted wool etrog. It sounded like a great child friendly and affordable idea, veering from tradition but still in keeping with the holiday.  So I decided to make something similar. I used a scrap of yellow fleece material that was left over from another project and stuffed it with fill from an old pillow.  I worked with my son who is always happy …

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Cosmos, Okra and More – an Eclectic Harvest

Even though it is the first night of Sukkot and it is raining (again!), I promise not to complain about the weather.  Maybe it will magically clear up in time for dinner tonight.  Either way,  we have some amazing foods to eat from the farm tonight.  We raise  shitake mushrooms on the farm and today a pile appeared on my kitchen counter when my husband dashed through the house between farm tasks.   Shitake mushrooms are always a huge treat both because they are delicious and because they are always a surprise. Unlike the vegetable crops, they do not really have …

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Sukkot

Sukkot is one of my favorite Jewish Holidays, and it is wonderful and fun for kids.  You get to build a club house and decorate it with all of your awesome art and crayon creations. You can eat, play, and sing in it, and, if you are lucky, camp out under the stars. From a farmer’s perspective, the holiday makes lots of sense.  Sukkot falls during the peak of the fall harvest. I find it very natural to feel a direct connection to our ancestors who built sukkot long ago. And from a mother’s perspective,  shifting meals outside is a …

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