by Ashley Weeks Cart
This little library has become an essential part of adapting to life at Cartwheel Farm.
1. Starter Vegetable Gardens, $13.57 – Exactly as the title suggests, a great resource for jump starting your own vegetable garden.
2. Serving Up the Harvest, $12.46 - Recipes for all of the fresh vegetables now coming into our home, with suggestions for how to harvest, prep and even store.
3. The Cleaner Plate Club, $11.88 – For anyone with children, a must have. Heck, for anyone, period. It’ll have you cooking vegetables in positively delicious and unexpected concoctions. Beet brownies, anyone? Of note, a local woman is a co-author of this book who I happened to meet standing in the barn of our farm CSA last summer. Gotta love small town living!
4. The Fresh Egg Cookbook, $11.15 – With 12 chickens, we’re going to be inundated with eggs. This book is filled with recipes and has great tips about keeping a backyard flock. Also written by a local woman, whose husband is the founder/director of MASSMoCA and a fellow Eph.
5. The Backyard Homestead, $12.14 – A more all encompassing book about living off your back yard, from vegetables to poultry, bees to goats.
6. Farm Anatomy, $10.98 – I’d buy this book just for the illustrations. An absolutely gorgeous, simple overview of farm living.
7. Composting Inside & Out, $11.54 – Our Bible for all things compost. Amen.