Mud Season: How One Woman’s Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens and Sheep, and Running the Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity After Another

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Countryman Press #ad - Living the dream of the endless vacation In self-deprecating and hilarious fashion, Mud Season chronicles Stimson’s transition from city living to rickety Vermont farmhouse. She dreams of patrons streaming in for fresh-made sandwiches and an old-timey candy counter, but she learns they’re boycotting the store.

Why? “the bread, ” they tell her, “you moved the bread from where it used to be. Can the citified newcomer turn the tide of mistrust before she ruins the business altogether? Follow the author to her wit’s end and back, local tradition, through her full immersion into rural life―swapping high heels for muck boots; raising chickens and sheep; fighting off skunks, foxes, and bears; and making a few friends and allies in a tiny town steeped in history, and that dyed-in-the-wool Vermont “character.

Mud Season: How One Woman's Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens and Sheep, and Running the Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity After Another #ad - ”. When she decides she wants to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, pop. 2, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the country, 036, she learns the hard way that “improvements” are not always welcomed warmly by folks who like things just fine the way they’d always been.

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Good Grief: Life in a Tiny Vermont Village

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Countryman Press #ad - On. Good grief tells the tales of the hopes and dreams of parents just trying to do their best―and not always succeeding. Now, having settled the family in vermont’s rich, they are faced with new challenges of raising kids in the paradise of this very small, muddy soil, very rural town. Imagine being the mom of the kid who peed on his teacher’s chair.

Purpose. Forever?” so began the series of adventures and misadventures of Ellen Stimson’s hilarious first book, Mud Season. This is life in a state where everyone knows everything, and everything is everybody’s else's business. Now imagine the governor asking you about it! good grief is all about the inevitable moment right after somebody says, her two husbands, and various much-loved pets face down real life, “What next?” Ellen Stimson’s irrepressible optimism and good humor prevail as she, and even death and grieving, their three kids, with good humor intact.

Good Grief: Life in a Tiny Vermont Village #ad - . What if we stayed here. An endless new england vacation becomes a way of life for one woman and her family Ellen Stimson and her husband had such a wonderful time in Vermont that they wondered what living there would really be like.

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The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love

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Scribner #ad - Every friday evening, maple syrup, grains, fruits, chicken, herbs, flours, dried beans, milk, pork, over a hundred people travel to Essex Farm to pick up their weekly share of the “whole diet”—beef, all year round, eggs, and forty different vegetables—produced by the farm. On an impulse, she shed her city self and started a new farm with him on five hundred acres near Lake Champlain.

It worked. Kristin and mark’s plan to grow everything needed to feed a community was an ambitious idea, and a bit romantic. From a “graceful, luminous writer with an eye for detail” Minneapolis Star Tribune, this riveting memoir explores a year on a sustainable farm. When kristin kimball left New York City to interview a dynamic young farmer named Mark, her world changed.

The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love #ad - Scribner. In the dirty life, a small town, falls deeply in love, learns that good food is at the center of a good life, Kristin discovers the wrenching pleasures of physical work, and finally finds the engagement and commitment she craved in the form of a man, and a beautiful piece of land. The dirty life is the captivating chronicle of the couple’s first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through their harvest-season wedding in the loft of the barn.

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Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor

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HarperOne #ad - Coping with formidable challenges, being snowed in with no heat, milking stubborn cows, and making her own butter, including raising a trio of teenagers, McMinn realizes that she’s living a forty-something’s coming-of-age story. As she dares to become self-reliant and embrace her independence, she reminds us that life is a bold adventure—if we’re willing to live it.

Chickens in the road includes more than 20 recipes, craft projects, and McMinn’s photography, and features a special two-color design. Scribner. Suzanne mcminn, a former romance writer and founder of the popular blog chickensintheroad. Com, shares the story of her search to lead a life of ordinary splendor in Chickens in the Road, her inspiring and funny memoir.

Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor #ad - Craving a life that would connect her to the earth and her family roots, left her husband and her sterile suburban existence behind, McMinn packed up her three kids, and moved to rural West Virginia. Amid the rough landscape and beauty of this rural mountain country, she pursues a natural lifestyle filled with chickens, goats, sheep—and no pizza delivery.

With her new life comes an unexpected new love—"52, " a man as beguiling and enigmatic as his nickname—a turbulent romance that reminds her that peace and fulfillment can be found in the wake of heartbreak.

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Good Grief: Life in a Tiny Vermont Village

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Countryman Press #ad - Now, having settled the family in vermont’s rich muddy soil, they are faced with new challenges of raising kids in the paradise of this very small, very rural town. Imagine being the mom of the kid who peed on his teacher’s chair. Ellen stimson and her husband had such a wonderful time in Vermont that they wondered what living there would really be like.

What if we stayed here. Forever?” so began the series of adventures and misadventures of Ellen Stimson’s hilarious first book, Mud Season. Purpose. Scribner. This is life in a state where everyone knows everything, and everything is everybody’s else's business. Good grief tells the tales of the hopes and dreams of parents just trying to do their best―and not always succeeding.

Good Grief: Life in a Tiny Vermont Village #ad - Now imagine the governor asking you about it! good grief is all about the inevitable moment right after somebody says, their three kids, and even death and grieving, her two husbands, and various much-loved pets face down real life, “What next?” Ellen Stimson’s irrepressible optimism and good humor prevail as she, with good humor intact.

An endless vacation Becomes a Way of Life! One vacation changed everything. On.

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An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home

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Countryman Press #ad - Here she shares recipes that have been in her family for generations, mixes up a cocktail or two, and invites readers to make their own traditions. Celebrate the beauty and charm of the holidays with recipes for traditional food and drink, and heartwarming stories With its trademark snow, decorating ideas, sleigh rides and woodsmoke curling out of village chimneys, piney forests, New England was practically invented for the Christmas postcard.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home #ad - . It's most of the reason author Ellen Stimson made Vermont her home. It's got your christmas goose and the maple syrup you are gonna use to glaze it. 75 color photographs Scribner.

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Good Husbandry: A Memoir

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Scribner #ad - Meanwhile, they had two small children to care for. So with grit and grace and a good sense of humor, she chose to dig in deeper. Farming has many ups and downs, and the middle years were hard for the Kimballs. In good husbandry, she reveals what happened over the next five years at Essex Farm. Mark got injured, the weather turned against them, and the farm faced financial pressures.

Featuring some of the same local characters and cherished animals first introduced in the dirty life, farmers and food, Delia the dairy cow, and those hardworking draft horses, Good Husbandry is about animals and plants, friends and neighbors, Jet the farm dog, love and marriage, births and deaths, plus a colorful cast of aspiring first-generation farmers who work at Essex Farm to acquire the skills they need to start sustainable farms of their own, growth and abundance.

She knew she had traded the possibility of a steady paycheck, of wide open weekends and spontaneous vacations, for a life and work that was challenging but beautiful and fulfilling. Scribner. How does one traverse the terrain of a maturing marriage and the transition from being a couple to being a family? How will the farm survive? What does a family need in order to be happy? Kristin had chosen Mark and farm life after having a good look around the world, with a fair understanding of what her choices meant.

Good Husbandry: A Memoir #ad - From the celebrated author of the beloved bestseller the dirty life, a “beguiling memoir about the simple life” Elle, Kristin Kimball describes the delicious highs and sometimes excruciating lows of life on Essex Farm—a 500-acre farm that produces a full diet for a community of 250 people. The dirty life chronicled kimball’s move from New York City to 500 acres near Lake Champlain where she started a new farm with her partner, Mark.

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The Feast Nearby: How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally all on $40 a week

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Ten Speed Press #ad - Mather’s poignant, reflective narrative shares encouraging advice for aspiring locavores everywhere, and combines the virtues of kitchen thrift with the pleasures of cooking--and eating--well. Within a single week in 2009, food journalist Robin Mather found herself on the threshold of a divorce and laid off from her job at the Chicago Tribune.

Forced into a radical life change, she returned to her native rural Michigan. Mather also draws on her rich culinary knowledge to present nearly one hundred seasonal recipes that are inspiring, and economical--cooking goals that don’t always overlap--such as Pickled Asparagus with Lemon, enticing, Tarragon, and Garlic; Cider-Braised Pork Loin with Apples and Onions; and Cardamom-Coffee Toffee Bars.

She becomes more closely attuned to the nuances of each season, inhabiting her little corner of the world more fully, and building a life richer than she imagined it could be. Scribner. In the feast nearby, mather chronicles her year-long project: preparing and consuming three home-cooked, totally seasonal, and local meals a day--all on forty dollars a week.

The Feast Nearby: How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally all on $40 a week #ad - There she learned to live on a limited budget while remaining true to her culinary principles of eating well and as locally as possible. Through local eating, vendors, Mather forges connections with the farmers, and growers who provide her with sustenance. She examines why local often trumps organic, powdered milk, and wonders why the USDA recommends white bread, and instant orange drinks as part of its “low-cost” food budget program.

With insight and humor, Mather explores the confusion and needful compromises in eating locally.

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Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor

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HarperOne #ad - Suzanne mcminn, a former romance writer and founder of the popular blog chickensintheroad. Com, shares the story of her search to lead a life of ordinary splendor in Chickens in the Road, her inspiring and funny memoir. Craving a life that would connect her to the earth and her family roots, McMinn packed up her three kids, left her husband and her sterile suburban existence behind, and moved to rural West Virginia.

Amid the rough landscape and beauty of this rural mountain country, she pursues a natural lifestyle filled with chickens, goats, sheep—and no pizza delivery. With her new life comes an unexpected new love—"52, " a man as beguiling and enigmatic as his nickname—a turbulent romance that reminds her that peace and fulfillment can be found in the wake of heartbreak.

Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor #ad - Coping with formidable challenges, and making her own butter, including raising a trio of teenagers, milking stubborn cows, being snowed in with no heat, McMinn realizes that she’s living a forty-something’s coming-of-age story. As she dares to become self-reliant and embrace her independence, she reminds us that life is a bold adventure—if we’re willing to live it.

Chickens in the road includes more than 20 recipes, and McMinn’s photography, craft projects, and features a special two-color design. Used book in Good Condition. Scribner.

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Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm

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Bantam #ad - And it’s where she knows her future begins. But buying a postcard — fifty acres of scenery — and living on it are two entirely different matters. With wit and wisdom, laskas chronicles the heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of the colorful two- and four-legged creatures she encounters on Sweetwater Farm.

Against a backdrop of brambles, and hilarious tale about life, love, a satellite dish, she tells a tender, touching, and sheep, and the unexpected complications of having your dream come true. Scribner. But she never expected her fantasy to come true — until a summer afternoon’s drive in the country.

Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm #ad - That’s when she and her boyfriend, Alex — owner of Marley the poodle — stumble upon the place she thought existed only in her dreams. This pretty-as-a-picture-postcard farm with an Amish barn, a chestnut grove, and breathtaking vistas is real. Jeanne marie laskas had a dream of fleeing her otherwise happy urban life for fresh air and open space — a dream she would discover was about something more than that.

And for sale. Used book in Good Condition.

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Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One's Own

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Storey Publishing, LLC #ad - Scribner. Poignant offbeat observations on learning to farm by trial and error punctuate the story of her quest to find a permanent home for herself and her livestock: chickens, rabbits, sheep, a goat, geese, ducks, and a turkey. With humor and poise, Jenna Woginrich describes her adventurous self-education in homesteading.

Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One's Own #ad - . Used book in Good Condition. Alone and on a shoestring budget, Woginrich takes on cranky neighbors and small-town politics without ever losing her trademark humility or comedic style.

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