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The full story

About ten years ago, we heard about a opportunity to become part of the farming community in the Loncomilla Valley, Chile. Friends of ours informed us that their neighbours, the owners of a small farm tucked away in the coastal hills near San Javier, were moving away. Our family had fallen in love with Chile […]

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late bloomers

We wanted to record a unique* Chilean lifecycle. The healthy green growth so full of life now, in Winter, suddenly dies back in late Spring and looks completely brown withered and dead but then in March the stems rise once again to yield these amazing pink flowers. Always a wonderful surprise.   *(as far as we know this only occurs with […]

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almonds

This year the almond tree treated us to a whole bucket of almonds – we picked them in early February because most of the outer green pods had split open and the inner shell was dried out – just ready to eat. We found lots of tiny baby ladybirds nestled under the outershell, a perfect little home […]

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humitas

There are many traditional Chilean dishes that use corn in innovative ways. Humitas are a perfect little package of corn cleverly contained in the corn husks. We used the corn we harvested from the garden, washed the millions of ants off of it, put the husks to one side, cut the corn off the cob, and then […]

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refreshing simple courgette salad

Courgettes (or zucchinis) aren’t particularly popular with many of the locals here in Chile. However we made this super simple salad using thinly shaved courgettes and they loved it! The recipe is below: feeds 4 4 small/medium-sized courgettes 6 tablespoons delicious olive oil 2 tablespoons agraz salt/pepper grate on lemon zest for added flavour Take a whole courgette, […]

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beet burgers

Every Summer we are overwhelmed with beets, so we have started to try different ways of preparing them. Nothing beats these beet burgers cooked in the outdoor oven. Plus they are pretty easy to make! You can find the recipe here.  

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cantaloupes

Hundreds of cantaloupes are flowing from under the large leafy greens in our vegetable garden. They are a glowing orange inside and taste much sweeter than we have had when bought in a supermarket.

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promise

The vegetable garden once again shows the promise of delicious foods to come. The maize is sprouting tall, the squash plants have built their shaded nest with their large leaves and the fruits are bulging green on the trees.

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fields of barley

This is the first time we have cultivated our own fields of barley and we can’t wait to taste our first crop!

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butternut

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