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Me and My Turnips

This site functioned as the official farm blog of Flying Tomato Farms (located in sunny Vermillion, South Dakota) during the time I was farming there.  I still post here occasionally on items of importance to South Dakota’s small producers and farmers markets.

And then sometimes I post here simply because I’m too horrified at SD’s latest legislative malfeasance to keep my mouth shut.

However, the bulk of posts have moved over to my new site, Big Stone Bounty, wherein I chronicle life as a local food organizer living in a tiny prairie town in Western Minnesota.  I hope you’ll come visit!

12 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Rebecca, We’re having a mushroom recipe contest and would love to have you submit one of your recipes. The winner will be mailed 2 lbs. of fresh morels (although it sounds like you’ve been doing pretty well hunting them on your own!). If you’d like to submit a recipe (incorporating any kind of mushroom) please do so at http://marxfood.com

  2. Hi Rebecca,
    I’m an intern at Prairie Coteau Farm (located north of Astoria, SD) as well as an intern for Dakota Rural Action. I love your blog and wanted to let you know about our farm blog, located at http://www.prairiecoteaufarm.wordpress.com.
    Keep up the good work!

  3. Posted by flyingtomato on July 20, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Heidi!

    I just linked to your blog from mine. I met Kristianna at a NPSAS conference a couple years ago in Aberdeen.

    Good to see you blogging!


  4. Hi!

    We’ve loaded up the truck and moved the family… to Big Stone County MN from St,. Paul. We’re doing market garden and farmers market at Ortonville and fomenting a local foods movement in our county.

    My husband just finished the Farm Beginnigs program with Kristianna! Looks like a small, but growing world of food farmers (although we have plenty of acres of conventional corn and soybeans….).

    Kathy (can find my website by googling “Resettling Big Stone County.”

  5. Posted by Anieta McCracken on November 6, 2008 at 7:48 am

    I am working on a series of articles, Rebecca, about the “family farm” — particularly the “greying farmer” getting ready to retire and needing to pass on the farm. Do you have ideas? How have you handled the possibiity that after years and years of hard work, your land might go to subdivisions, factories or shopping plazas? Or have you put measures into place to prevent that from happening?

    Are you willing to share some thoughts with me?

    blog: http://vignettesfromvirginia.blogspot.com

  6. Posted by Terry Robertson on January 7, 2009 at 4:22 pm


    I just started my own blog concerning the 100 mile diet and linked your site to it.

    Hope you don’t mind.

    Trails End Homestead at



  7. Posted by flyingtomato on January 7, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Good to see you blogging, Terry. I missed you guys at the market this fall–Sandy’s baking especially!


  8. Rebecca. I enjoy your writing and ideas. be well

  9. Posted by Elizabeth on June 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Rebecca,

    My partner and I are moving to the area (he’s new faculty at an area college) and I’d like to pick your brain about the area and communities, but think it’d probably be best to do via email. What is a good email address at which to do that?

    I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

  10. Posted by kelli on June 30, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    HI i was wondering if you happen to buy a bee painting a couple of years ago at the OHAI?

  11. Posted by flyingtomato on July 2, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Yes, I am looking at it now! It hangs behind my desk in the living room. Do you need an image of it, or? Let me know: organicpeas(AT)hotmail(DOT)com.

  12. Rebecca,

    I wish you the best with your job interview! When you get settled, I wanted to invite you to join our new garden online community at YouGardenShow.com. I think you have a lot you could contribute there! I’ll send you an e-mail with more information.

    Be well,

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