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First tomatoes!

The year's first tomatoes.Finally!  The first four tommy-toes!  (Yes, I can count --- Mark snitched one before I was able to take the picture.)  They are nearly two weeks later than last year, but are no less delicious for their lateness.

Our butter dealers told Mark that you just have to expect to lose the whole harvest one year in ten down in these bottoms.  I'm a huge believer in diversification in farming --- unless the flood waters come up here and physically wash us away, we're bound to do well with at least a few crops.  The fall peas and broccoli, for example, are growing a mile a minute.

And I believe our luck is changing.  Folks nearby got six inches of rain in a sudden downpour Tuesday, but we only got a quarter of an inch.  Maybe we'll have a summer harvest yet!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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