Category Archives: Gardening

I need your help!

I have frozen okra from last years crop, and I am in need of cleaning out the freezer. I also have some squash and zucchini I freezer packed. PLEASE HELP BY LETTING ME KNOW OF ANY FOOD PANTRIES IN OUR AREATHAT WILL gladly TAKE THIS FRESH PRODUCE.

With that said…

Since my last post in January (sorry for the long delay in writing) the crawfish have been picking up and the garden is planted. I put in three short rows of sweet corn, and three shorter rows of popcorn.

Seed Saver Exchange

I’ve never grown popcorn so we will have to see how it turns out. ( I purchased the popcorn seeds from; the variety is Two Inch Strawberry) I also have the tomato plants started from seeds in the greenhouse, bell peppers too, and squash, zucchini, and green beans. STRAWBERRIES are in full swing so if you want some let me know.
In the next few days I will plant a row of okra too. Last year three rows were a bit much for our small family, so I’m reducing waste. I may try to get some more green beans in this week, those are so good when canned!
Check out my next blog about saving seeds….and growing them year after year.

Greenhouse is up!

Fresh vegetable plants coming your way soon, as I moved the tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers and cilantro into the new green house!

Fruge’ Farms and Produce

Here at the farm, crawfishing has started and is in near full swing. Today we have crawfish sacks (average 30-35 lbs.) for sale at $60.00 a sack, so let us know if you want to get a sack or two. Contact me at 337-200-1236.

We also have three varieties of tomato plants started, along with bell peppers and eggplants. Cilantro and Basil are growing in 3″ pots too.  We are setting up a greenhouse this week, and will begin to grow more plant starters for our garden and hopefully yours too! The onions are growing, both red and sweet white.

I have Morning Glory’s nearly ready to transplant. Grandpa Ott which is a purple color,  and a mix of blues and reds sets.  This is a trailing plant/flower so you will need a sunny location, an arbor or fence where it can trail. If you don’t have an arbor you can easily plant them in pots and train them to grow up a bamboo stalk.

Check back soon for updated pictures of our new greenhouse. I am very excited about this new transition!

Spicy Salsa…As spicy as you want it!

Ball’s current “Blue Book” ( I say current because I snapped a picture of the one at Wal-Mart) has a recipe for Spicy Tomato Salsa in it. This salsa is delicious by my way of doing it. I altered the recipe slightly out of necessity. You will see the necessities in parenthesis as I type it out. So give it a try if you have tomatoes this winter or even next Spring.

  • 6 pounds of tomatoes (I used twelve, period. )
  • 6 jalapeno peppers
  • 9 dried hot chili peppers (I used three fresh hot, red peppers, not habanero but the other fresh red ones, and NOT bell pepper)
  • 3 cups diced red onion ( I used one large red onion)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cilantro (I used a whole “bunch”)
  • 15 cloves garlic, minced ( mine: two to three heaping teaspoons of already minced garlic from the jar)
  • 3/4 tsp. crushed red pepper (just add what looks like a teaspoon)
  • 3/4 c. red wine vinegar ( I used straight vinegar with Cabernet Sauvignon  wine to top it off. On the second batch I used Scaia wine, which is a corvina grape and can be purchased at Marcello’s in Lafayette LA) : I didn’t have red wine vinegar so I made my own!

Now there are complete instructions with the Ball guide, but this is how I did it.

Chop all ingredients, and do not blanch or remove skins from tomatoes. Throw all ingredients into a good size pot. (The older generations didn’t measure things or go to such long lengths of removing the skins from their tomatoes (except for sauces), they were happy to get it done and happier to have it to eat!)

Bring this mixture to a boil and then simmer for ten minutes. Fill your pint jars, add lids, process in a hot water bath (boiling water) for 15 minutes.  I will say it is important to cover the jars with at least one inch of water in the hot water bath. That part I don’t mix up.

Then listen to the little pops as the jars seal once removed from the hot water bath! Enjoy now, or later! It really is just right, not too much heat and nothing else overpowered.

Why not give it a try!

Gardening Journal Page

Just click on the link and you will be taken to the pdf file and are free to print this to use for your vegetable garden logs this Spring. Check back often as I create more.

Plant Type

Preserved Lemons

Preserving lemons is very useful for this winter fruit because it makes them last throughout winter until the next crop arrives.  Not only does preserving them mellow out their boldness and tartness, this also  heightens their flavorful essence. As I said in the other lemon post, preserved lemons are great (and a staple) in Moroccan foods, North  Africa meals and of course used  easily here in the States on any baked or grilled fish recipe.

When using the preserved lemons you only use the rind. Some sites say you can use the meat too, but I would stick with the rind, as preserved lemons are powerful.

Just finished, so don’t worry about the cloudy appearance, this is the salt.

Here’s the easy how to: (but don’t get in a hurry as they have to sit for three weeks!)

  • About 3 small to medium cleaned lemons
  • 1 pint jar
  • 1/4 c. Kosher salt, sea salt or canning salt.
  • 2/3 c. juice from fresh lemons

Cut the lemons into quarters and place in a large enough bowl. Add the salt and toss with a spatula to cover the wedges with salt.

Place the lemon wedges in the pint jar, compacting as much as you can. When half full, sprinkle with some salt, then continue adding lemons wedges. Scrape the remaining salt from your bowl in to the jar when filled. Add the juice to cover the top of the lemons. Wipe the rim of you jar and seal the lid

Place in a cool dark place for three weeks, turning the jar upside down every 3-4 days for a few hours to distribute the juices.

The lemons are ready when the rind is soft and easily comes away from the flesh and pith.

To use, just pull a wedge out of the jar with tongs so as to not contaminate the others. Rinse the salt off quickly before use under cold running water. Use as much as the recipe calls for.

Lemony Snips & Their Tidbits

Store your lemons at room temperature.

This is the time of year that lemons are ripe and ready to be picked here in Louisiana. So, I’ve been reading up on the various ways to preserve these tasty fruits.  There are so many easy ways to preserve them and even more ways to use them.

The simplest way to preserve a lemon is cut it into quarters and slices, place on a cookie sheet to freeze individually, then transfer to a airtight container or Ziploc until you are ready for use. Any recipe that calls for slices of lemon are at your fingertips and ice cold water in the summer is a refreshing drink with lemon wedges added to it.

Whole lemons can be frozen as well. Although they may be a bit more soft when thawed, they will juice real well. You can even zest a frozen lemon! To thaw a frozen whole lemon, place in cold water for 15 minutes and proceed as usual.

Juice your lemons and freeze in ice cube trays, then when frozen transfer to a Ziploc for easy individual use.  A regular ice cube tray holds two tablespoons of juice.  You can use the juice to pour over other fruits to keep those fruits from discoloring. You can gargle with equal parts lemon juice and water to ease a sore throat. Eating a lemon wedge or sucking it’s juices can help cure scurvy, a common infection overseas for those of you that travel.

Zesting lemons is another way to preserve the flavor you long for, with a punch! The oils from the sexted rind are intense and can add an intense flavor to any meal, or baked good. If cooking with zest add it to the end of cooking.  Zest only the color of the rind because the white pith will make dishes bitter. Store unused zest in a Ziploc, and again you can freeze this too.

Zest from a small to medium lemon

Some final tips:

  • Adding juice during cooking contributes a bright, tanginess but little fruit flavor.
  • Never add juice to a still cooking sauce, add it after you remove the sauce, stew or gravy from the heat.
  • Add zest to get the impact, and add it toward the end of cooking for more impact.
  • Lemon wedges can also be preserved for use in Moroccan and African meals, as well as baked or grilled fish.  (Look for the recipe to preserve lemons in the near future)
  • Lemon juice can be added to vinegar for a household cleaner
  • Drop a lemon rind or two in the garbage disposal for cleaning.
  • dry some lemon rinds after you’ve juiced them and use them as a fire starter with a great scent.


Tis the Season…(for Strawberries!)

Winding down, or still winding up for the Christmas holiday and upcoming New Year?  Maybe you are done or maybe you still have family gatherings yet to be had. Offshore employee’s,  or members of family far away, yet to draw near can make our holiday season linger.  If so, make a non-traditional holiday treat for them when they arrive.


Fresh Strawberries: Deep red in color, sweet to taste naturally! Even the leaves are a rich green.

How many ways can you use strawberries?

  • jelly or jam
  • strawberry shortcake
  • pie
  • syrup (great on pancakes)
  • dipped in sugar and eaten fresh
  • can you think of more?

This is the time of year that strawberries grow in the south. The first fruits are coming in, only a small batch at a time .  But, the flowers are in bloom with new berries each day.

If you are like me and get them in small batches and want to have more, just freeze the berries on a cookie sheet and transfer to a Ziploc bag or vacuumed sealed bag until you get the amount you need.

If you have a green thumb or want to learn how to make your fruits and vegetables look so vibrant and taste just as rich, the secret isn’t a secret at all.  A contributor is an edible, food grade fertilizer I use on the berries once a week.  More to follow on this topic as we enter into Spring.

Lastly, if you are local to the area, and want to grow some strawberry plants, leave me a message as I have some sister plants available. Hurry, they will be gone soon!

Oberlin Farmers Market

imageCome see us today now through noon in Oberlin at the Certified Farmers Market on 6th Avenue , Oberlin LA!!! image image

Coming Soon to a Farmers’ Market near you!


Fruge’ Produce! If we get enough fall crop  to offer, check us out at Iota or Jennings Farmer’s Market. In the meantime here is a list of local markets to visit for fresh produce or hand made items.

Jennings Farmers Market 7-10 a.m. every Saturday now through November. This is located on the corner of Main an Nezpique at Founders Park. Items available: eggs, fresh produce when available, (they have okra) sewing items and arts and crafts.

Lake Arthur American Legion Farmers Market 8-noon the second Saturday of the month. Located at the American Legion Post 403 parking lot, 701 Highway 26. Items available are: seafood, eggs, homemade arts, crafts, household items, sweet dough, jams, jellies, bbq’s, pickles and local produce when available.

Iota Farmers Market is from 8-12 on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month on the gazebo right on Main Street. The have a variety of fruits and vegetables, in season, and usually some home made hot sauces.

Oberlin Farmers Market located at 228 W. 6th Street in Oberlin. This market is every Wednesday from 9a.m to 1:00 p.m.  fruits and vegetables that are in season. Very sweet coordinator.

Ville Platte Farmers Market is going to start up at the end of September, through November on Fridays at 4p.m. to 6p.m.  at 11 East Main Street in Ville Platte.

Welsh Farmers Market runs May to October on Tuesdays from 4p.m. to 6p.m. at the Welsh City Hall grounds.

Farm Market at Robin Farms open off and on throughout the year on Saturdays, with various vendors. Please call (337) 789-3776 to verify the time they are open.  Church Point LA