I haven’t written a blog post in a few months. Like all juggling parents, we’ve been working hard. Last summer I started working on bonnie, the Sacramento, California area women’s magazine as their editor. It’s been a rewarding past year. Check out all the media I’ve been doing . I was able to go on several news stations and newspapers. Here’s a clip with Tina Macuha of CW 31′s Good Day Sacramento.
An old high school friend told me it looked like I was famous now. Hahahaha. Not really. I still edit a lot of my stories from home, I change dirty diapers, and drive a practical swagger wagon. I sometimes garden in flip flops and my old clothes from my city life that never get worn any longer: J.Crew cashmere sweaters that are too dressy for anywhere but gardening-I think they’re funny to wear outside planting seeds, too large designer jeans, tailored work shirts that I refuse to wear since I edit from home now. My birthday present to myself this year was a pair of impractical designer rain boots I wear in the garden. City dwellers would appreciate the brand and quality, but no one out here really cares. Mommy just got a pair of new yellow work boots for her birthday is the sentiment, and that’s about all the fanfare they got.
Two months ago we got the garden ready so we could get our chard, onions, asian greens, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, beans (all kinds), peas, corn, melons, herbs, and more tomatoes in the ground and ready come summer. This was a much easier way to make rows than making them by hand last year (with my awesome hand forged hoe). However, we’ve got a few things to learn still. With a garden this large, weeding is a pain. I’ll have to show you photos later of what happens when you decide to take a break from weeding for two weeks. Aaaack. Also our soaker hose watering system we used last year is not efficient and creates a lot more work than it’s worth for something this large (think of clogged tubes and a lot of unhealthy plants from not getting enough water). We’re trying rain bird impulse sprinklers in the evening and early mornings, something that farmers still use out here. With working full time and two small children, two businesses (wine and a women’s magazine, wwww.readbonnie.com), and working on the second children’s book, gardening sometimes takes a back seat. But we try and every year we always tell each other we’re going to make it better. Last year we were able to give a box of produce to those of you who bought the wine locally. This year we’ll be doing that again, hopefully with even more to give. So for those of you who love Zinfandel and organic, heirloom veggies, let us know. If you’re in the area, we’ll give you a box.
Lukas following Francis on the tractor
Francis first rototilled then made rows with a different tractor attachment.
Our favorite writer and editor is featured in this weekends Lodi News Sentinal’s Living Section. The Lodi News Sentinel featured Gayle from NoveRoma, the wine, and how we live. It was a great write up about her and her writing. We’re proud to say she got front page of the Lodi Living section!
Here is a link to my August Lodi Monthly Article on Weibel Winery here in Lodi. Weibel has its roots in San Francisco with founder Rudolph Weibel and his son Fred Weibel making sparkling wine in the basement of the William Tell Hotel on Clay St. Pretty cool beginnings! Click on the PDF link below to read the rest of their story.
I have begun to write a monthly article for the Lodi Monthly about the local wine industry in Lodi. This first article is on Kidder Family Winery. I first met Aaron Kidder when I joined the Lodi Amateur Vintners Association (LAVA). He was one of the many people who helped me break into winemaking and shape my personal winemaking style. He recently opened his winery along with his wife Linda and it has been tremendously successful, selling out of his first vintages in 6 months! Here is a PDF link to the article which is on pg. 18.