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Fun Things to Do With Edible Flowers

Did you know that some flowers can be lunch? I grabbed my Edible Flower book and wandered around the yard, tasting. I eat whatever is in the yard that I KNOW is edible, including  pecans, blackberries, mulberries, blueberries, tomatoes, wild cherries, figs and cucumbers. Now I have added Edible Flowers to my "Okay to eat"… Read More

Okra, Corn and Tomatoes – A Southern Recipe

I love growing okra - it reminds me of late summer on the farm With all the great summer produce, sometimes we just want to make something that takes us back to the farm and to Grandmother's cooking. In coastal North Carolina, this recipe is an expected summer treat. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:34] Okra's flowers are gorgeous and it is… Read More

Mule Room Suite — Perfect for Long-Term Rentals

When I was growing up we had mules: Big Red, Little Red, Rock, Kit and Mary. There were other mules before my time, but I don't remember their names. We have spiffed up our mule Mary's quarters and we call her home the Mule Room Suite. Much discussion went into what to call it. A… Read More

The most easterly Barn Quilt on North Carolina's Quilt Trail is on the Pack House barn at Big Mill B&B in Williamston, NC. I just love it! I used to go to Quilting Bees with my mother when I was a child. I would play under the quilt all by myself. There were no other… Read More

Easy Blueberry Jam Recipe with Cinnamon & Lime Zest

Blueberries are a gift - they speak "Summer" If you can pick your own blueberries that is the best. I have blueberries growing right outside my kitchen window and I try to use them any way I can. Local farmers' markets also have good berries. I love cooking with fresh blueberries and this is the… Read More

Contented Cows at Simply Natural Creamery

All the cows at Simply Natural Creamery dairy in eastern NC  have a name - and they are all women. This wonderful North Carolina dairy and creamery produces some of the BEST ice cream around. And to think - it was started as a project for the children of the owners. Neil Moye bought three… Read More

Cotton Pickin’ in Carolina

October is cotton picking time in eastern North Carolina Some things change, but  fall is still harvest time on the farm. I woke up today and the big tractor was outside my window picking cotton. We have words for all the farm jobs -- we pick cotton, we dig peanuts and later we pick the… Read More

I grow blueberries and blackberries here on the farm and I love to use them any way I can. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:32] DISTANCES to BIG MILL Bed and Breakfast  252-792-8787 90 miles east of Raleigh, NC 103 miles south of Norfolk, VA 94 miles west of Nags Head, NC 145 miles north of Wilmington, NC… Read More

We folks in eastern North Carolina celebrate our farm heritage Every year since 2003, we have a big Farm Heritage Fair at the Senator Bob Martin Ag Center in Williamston, NC. Sadly, this fair happens no more, but it was fun while it did. Our "old timers" who knew how to bale hay, make cracklins… Read More

How to Save Flower Seeds

It's time to save seeds for next year's flower garden.  These datura or Devil's Trumpet seed pods will dry out and turn brown. That is the time to harvest them. Georgia O'Keefe liked Devil's Trumpet or Jimson weed as it is often called. ~~~~~~~~~~~ To everything there is a season. It's late September and, like… Read More