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In Praise Of The Lowly Boston Mountain Bean

Today I sing praises for the lowly Boston Mountain bean. A myriad of  different varieties does she offer. Behold her strength. Behold her beauty. How ever increasingly our strength builds with our intake of her many bountiful benefits. Long considered … Continue reading

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“tiggers and chicks”

Memorial Day weekend, while “welcoming” the Summer season, we mountain folks “unwelcome” the arrival of the worst pests of the year. Chiggers and ticks! “Tick checks” are “business as usual” down here in Lizard Holler. When Maggie and I return … Continue reading

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Please Pass The Biscuits

Bread is commonly referred to as the “staff of life.” People around the world have prepared bread for 30,000 years. Here in the Boston Mountains, folks have always loved their “homemade butter on the bread.” The most common form of … Continue reading

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Boston Mountain Pear Butter

Pear butter, apple butter, plum butter, and peach butter have long been Fall staples up here in the Boston Mountains. Pear butter smeared on a toasted English muffin…is my idea of what scrumptious truly means! My neighbor at the top … Continue reading

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Shine On Harvest Moon

Last Sunday’s full moon was this year’s Harvest moon. Our garden harvest is in, our canning done, we have tinkered with our tinctures, so now comes the time to ready ourselves for Winter and plant a Fall garden. Our first northern … Continue reading

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Tinker, Tincture

“Dark of the moon” was Sunday. I like to tinker, so I set about to “tinker with a tincture.” Mountain folk created their own tinctures for medicinal and spiritual purposes. Preparing your tincture during the dark of the moon phase supposedly uses … Continue reading

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There Is A “Lemon” Balm In Gilead

Like the words from the hymn,”There is a Balm in Gilead,” there is a lemon balm down here in Lizard Holler. As a matter of fact, lemon balm is rampant! My wife Maggie planted this healing herb about 4 or 5 … Continue reading

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Chamomile Tea Anybody?

Chamomile grows well in the Boston Mountains. Early settlers dried the flowers to make a tea administered for sleeplessness and to cure cold sores and acute melancholy. They nicknamed it “earth apple” and many attest that it has a taste reminiscent … Continue reading

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Kanuchi

I took this photo at Cedar Lodge in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. This looks like a giant “mortar and pestle,” but is actually a tool for crushing hickory nuts. The Cherokee Native Americans would harvest nuts in the fall, season or ripen them for a month, then … Continue reading

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“Hootch”

Most mountain folks make “hootch” and never realize it. Sourdough bread is another mountain tradition. Nothing is more endemic than a loaf of native sourdough bread. Nobody really knows when people began the making of a sourdough starter, or levain … Continue reading

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