Welcome To Bella Vista Farm!

Over the next few days, this blog will go through some changes. Please bear with me and I complete the new web site. Beautiful new changes take time! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day – Anne-Marie

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

In lieu of all that is around us now, I thought I would chat about this highly divided topic. You know the old saying, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”. It has been used in songs, speeches, articles but where did it come from? My thoughts, it came from biblical times, possibly this verse from … Continue Reading

Medicinal & Edible Benefits of Hibiscus

The colors of Fall are beautiful with the trees changing into an array of yellow, red, gold, orange and brown.ย You don’t expect to see many plants producing as you do in the Summer. There are some exceptions of course. The beautiful Hibiscus Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa), with its ruby red calyces and deep burgandy stems. After … Continue Reading

Day 16: How Wild Foraging Can Lower The Cost Of Groceries

I love foraging! This post was from 2014 but I thought I would share it again since there were so many good points to foraging – hope you enjoy it!!!

The Benefits of Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) otherwise known as Wild Carrot is part of the Apiaceae family of plants or commonly called the Parsley Family. Until recently, I never touched Queen Anne’s Lace for fear that it may be a poisonous relative – hemlock to be exact! One is edible while the other, well you know … Continue Reading

Medicinal Benefits of Mimosa

The following post was from a couple years ago but after collecting my mimosa blooms yesterday, I thought you would enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚ AM

My Favorite Green – Stinging Nettles!

I love when the Stinging Nettles are coming in!! My favorite green of all time. I am probably the only one that gets excited to see the nettles spreading all over the garden in places that they weren’t before. ๐Ÿ˜€ If you didn’t know, I hide nettles in EVERYTHING I can think of: ranch dressing, … Continue Reading

Expanding Gardens for More Herbs!

Spring, lovely Spring! We wait all winter long for this time of year, well at least I do. I was just itching to get out and dig,ย plant and harvest and just enjoy the sights and sounds of Springtime! This year, we are growing more, hopefully ๐Ÿ™‚ My neighbor came over with his tractor and tilled … Continue Reading

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I used to love St. Patrick’s Day! I still LIKE it but we do not celebrate it as crazy as we used to back in New York, years and years ago!! Yeah it was a drinking, eating all day celebration and my Uncle Charlie was always in charge of the corned beef and cabbage meal. … Continue Reading

Rose Petal & Cocoa Infused Red Wine

Because another Chocolate Workshop is coming up and I am making this right now so it can be ready for sampling in class. ๐Ÿ˜‰