The latest addition to my little blogroll is 2 Acre Farm, Based in Carlinville, Illinois, appears to be the little farm that could. Serving the southern area of Illinois, closer to St. Louis than to Chicago, this farm turns out both great food and great online content. They seem to have found a knack for the latter. Their pictures alone make me want to try growing some of the more obscure crops they discuss. And the list on the left of what they’ve grown for farmers markets could be that source of inspiration by itself. I’d like to explore the eloquently named Paul Robeson heirloom tomato, and the Dragon Tongue snap beans. What’s a Dragon Carrot? And while I’m not much a fan of cherries, Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry is quite an intriguing plant.
(Ha, look at this: the Paul Robeson Black Tomato came from Russia. Siberia, no less! I wonder if Khrushchev was thinking of these for his Virgin Lands program. Although I’m pretty sure he was thinking of corn. Russia: A Country Study confirms this.)
The farm bears the stamp of a Certified Naturally Grown farm. That, as opposed to organic. I’ll look into the distinctions more later. Probably avoids the fees of getting USDA organic certification. We’ll see. (Thank you to Nathan from 2AF for elucidating on this.)
You can also find 2 Acre Farm on Facebook.
Very appropriate that I’d come across this shortly after I found the University of Illinois Extension’s Watch Your Garden Grow guide has proven helpful to me today.