Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.
There hasn't been much criticism of the garden during the 2013 growing season. Sure, there have been a few disappointments (which I will cover in the annual report) but on balance everything has been stunningly successful.
Check-out the potato harvest. This does my Irish roots proud!
From left to right - Yukon Gold, Superior and in a nod to my Teutonic roots - German Butterball spuds. The butterballs were an experiment and they have already made the A-List for next year. Very buttery tasty. Pay no attention to all of those weeds. This late in the harvest season the weeds rule. They'll be tilled-under before I shutter the shop.
The peninsula remains immune from the frosts that are beginning to descend upon the northern regions of Wisconsin and thus the tomato patch continues to pump-out a deluge of vine-ripened fruits.
A tomato avalanche that I picked a couple of days ago...
And processed into an additional ten quarts of canned tomatoes that are destined for juicing or sauce after winter has descended-upon the landscape...
For the first time this season I've found deer tracks in the garden. Seems everyone is putting-in extra hours to prepare for the lean times of winter.
In closing I just want to say that the broccoli is hitting it's autumn stride and there will be Brussels sprouts in abundance before too long.
Vive le jardin magnifique!