• Posted by Jacquie Bellon on June 7th, 2011, 8:12 AM

    Bear in the pantry last night.

    Chocolate’s all gone,

    brown sugar box spilled into giant pool of Dawn,

    blueberry jam laced with broken glass,

    can of condensed milk dragged out the door.

    Outside, a picnic patch of flattened

    grass with discarded Italian cookie wrappers

    and emptied bottle of mangosteen juice.

    A chocolate cake mix box.

    Must barricade against

    my sweet tooth and his.

  • Posted by Jacquie Bellon on September 26th, 2008, 4:27 PM

    Mountain Bounty Farm, my local CSA, has an abundance of tomatoes this year; more fruit than can be included in the weekly distribution, sold at the Saturday’s Farmer’s Market, or to individuals focused on canning sauces and salsas.

    With the threat of global economic collapse on the front burner, my partner Steve and I have decided to invest in tomato futures by freezing, drying, canning, and gorging daily on this sublime fruit.

    Today is mostly cloudy and cool, a break from the blistering temperatures of summer. It’s a good thing that I’ve already dried 150 pounds of tomatoes in the last three weeks, when daytime temperatures stayed in the 90s with little humidity. Read on… »

  • Posted by Jacquie Bellon on July 13th, 2008, 3:31 PM

    The Sichuan–Tibet highway, a sporadically paved two-lane road, winds through forests of birch and willow trees turning gold, spruce, pines, and mountainsides of no fewer than 190 species of rhododendrons. The highway then descends rather abruptly into a lush sub-tropical zone dense with ferns, bamboo, and an evergreen canopy. It skirts rushing boulder-strewn rivers with unending, raging class-five rapids, spanned with occasional prayer-flag-bedecked, flimsy wire-and-plank bridges. The road then ribbons over 18,000-foot passes festooned with prayer flags after crossing through wet meadows full of impossibly blue gentians. It is also boulder-strewn, dusty, and occasionally commandeered by languidly browsing yaks, heavily laden buses and trucks, and groups or solitary pilgrims prostrating their way to Lhasa. Read on… »

  • Posted by Jacquie Bellon on May 26th, 2008, 11:34 AM

    There’s a farmer’s dilemma here at Mountain Bounty Farm —how to move swiftly in order to avert disaster. Today, in late April, the temperature dips as an Arctic air mass moves over Northern California; 22 degrees is predicted overnight. The rows of tender broccoli shoots, lettuces, and newly planted greens need to be protected. Read on… »

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