Monday, October 10, 2011

The news from When Pigs Fly Farm

It was time.

Saturday, the Wonderfully Patient Spouse helped me take down my little corner of When Pigs Fly Farm. I had harvested all that could be harvested and collected a few green tomatoes as well.

Covered with newspaper, they now reside in a box next to the furnace in the basement. The garden lady in the newspaper said they would ripen that way. I have my doubts. But I'm not too worried. There are actually things you can do with green tomatoes other fried green tomatoes. My tomato verde recipe, for example.

And the World Famous WPFF 2.0 Sunflower Patch is also now but a happy memory. . . in flower vases scattered throughout The Nine-One-Four (along with a few other Soup Night households).

Tears (mine) were shed in the process because I hate to let go of summer, but there ARE many lessons to be learned from When Pigs Fly farming. And, of course, I'm quite happy to share them. Here are my Top Ten Take-aways from When Pigs Fly Farm 2011:

1. Romaine lettuce is dumb.

2. Carrots are dumber.

3. Big, large plastic bags come in handy.

4. Once our last WPFF heirloom is gone, I will not eat another tomato till next July. I'm serious. The stuff they sell in stores out of season is toxic. Well, maybe not toxic. Just crappy.

5. I'll buy swampland in Florida if Assistant Farmer Holland is on board.

6. Note to Farmer Jim: The viral vegetable video concept needs work.

7. Don't believe what you read about artichokes.

8. I need to copyright the term "Engi-Agrarian" before Farmer Jim does.

9. As much as it pains me to admit it, Walmart has its merits.

And finally. . . .

10. Sunflowers. Thank you, Farmer Jim, for indulging me and letting me take over WPFF 2.0 if but for a couple of months. Hopefully we got all the sunflower seeds out of the way. But on the other hand, if  we didn't. . . . . . . . . . . that wouldn't be so bad, would it?

I'm not sure what to do without When Pigs Fly Farm during the dark, dank days to come. I've got a couple ideas that, aside from the Trader Joe's food demonstrator gig (WHICH. I. AM. SERIOUS. ABOUT), will no doubt make you laugh till you pee.

Fair warning. One possible past time involves needle and thread.

But this weekend, looking out over When Pigs Fly Farm, I can only say "Thank you and sleep well, my friend."

Sleep well.


  1. I had a blast and learned well from you. Thanks for helping me with my first!

  2. Oh dear. It'll be spring again before you know it (I can hear you cursing me in your head). Can't wait to pee in my pants. :)