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Meals Forest – Vermont Woods Studios


An Replace on Our “Meals Forest” at Stonehurst

Vermonters are critical about rising meals! If you happen to’ve ever visited our showroom in Vernon, VT, you’ll have walked by the wooded trails, gardens, and fruit and berry orchard–what’s been collectively known as our “meals forest” right here at Stonehurst. This time of yr, we’re busy at work amassing the final of the harvest and processing seeds for subsequent yr’s crops.

Do you know that some crops, like garlic, profit from overwintering within the floor? This week we turned over the backyard beds and added an insulating layer of leaves for garlic and shallots. Particular person cloves of seed garlic will flip into full heads of garlic by mid-summer, with no upkeep or watering.

garlic and shallot bed
Spacing out garlic and shallots to overwinter in-ground

 

When ready appropriately, what’s usually considered “ornamental” corn is 100% edible, and scrumptious! Many of the corn we grew at Stonehurst this previous summer time will probably be saved for seed and sown subsequent yr, and a few will probably be eaten. This seed is known as White Eagle as a result of the kernels generally have a marking on the aspect within the form of a hen. White Eagle is a dent corn supposed to be floor into flour.

dent corn
Dent corn drying for subsequent yr’s seed
shagbark hickory nuts
Shagbark Hickory nuts collected earlier within the season

Right here at Stonehurst we handle about 100 acres of forested land. Shagbark Hickory timber could be discovered alongside the paths and by the roadside. A few of these timber could also be 50-100 years outdated, or older, and nonetheless produce edible nuts.

Consuming regionally and in-season is a large a part of total good well being. Come go to our Stonehurst showroom! We’d be comfortable to share the harvest, share seeds, or hear about your gardening methods.

 

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