Crazy Grain Lady

I am the #CrazyGrainLady   I am an obsessed horticulture professional who loves to grow food; all food, even carbs!  Follow me and the #SuburbanGrainExperiment on Instagram: BrieThePlantLady

The 2016 #AncientGrainTrial is planted and growing.  This year I am testing 12 different varieties in my 1 acre suburban #Foodscape.  Landscape appeal, durability, cold and wet tolerance, ease of harvest and thresh and quality of flour are all important characteristics to judge.

#EdibleMeadow is a landscape design practice that increases bio-diversity and utilizes organic maintenance strategies while elevating awareness and appreciation of how staple crops such as Corn, Rice, Sorghum, Soy and Wheat are grown.

The #AncientGrainTrial includes the following varieties from 4 different sources:

SEEDMAN:  German Spelt, Black Tip Wheat, Ornamental Oat

BACKYARD SEED SAVERS:  Black Winter Emmer, Ghirka Wheat, Huron Wheat, Hungarian

White, Spring Wheat awned bulk

BAKER CREEK HEIRLOOM SEED:  Emmer Wheat, White Sonora Wheat, False Flax

SEED SAVERS EXCHANGE:  Red Turkey Hard Winter Wheat


An early winner, Black Winter Emmer Wheat looks the best following a cold snap and ice storm in Mid January.  14F is predicted for this weekend, we shall see if it remains evergreen!

Brie's Top Heirloom Tomatoes

Every season I grow more than 100 heirloom cultivars of Tomatoes to test their ability to withstand the heat and humidity of central NC.  Over the past decade I have trialed hundreds, and have come up with my top list which includes varieties of the three main types: Cherry, Slicers and Paste.  Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is my trusty seed source each season and their endless varieties will keep you intrigued for years to come! Try them out and enjoy the ultimate taste of summer!

Preserving the Taste of Summer

Brie's Tomato Juice

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Process Time: 1 minute
Serve it fresh over ice
Can or Freeze for future parties

Slice garden fresh tomatoes in quarters and add to food processor
Add 1tbs fine salt and 1tbs brown sugar, honey or sorghum syrup
Pulse for 10-15 seconds
Pour through a strainer, collecting juice in bowl, squeeze dry

*use tomato paste for Brie’s Garden Fresh Salsa or roast paste into Brie’s Tomato Soup and Sauce

Brie’s Homegrown Bloody

1/2 quart homegrown tomato juice  
2 tbs dill pickle juice
1 tbs grated fresh horseradish
1 tbs Worcester Sauce
1 tbs Hot Sauce
1 tbs aged Balsamic Vinegar
Dash of freshly ground pepper
Add Vodka or Gin for a kick!

Serve in a ball jar filled with ice, garnish with an olive and a lid for regular shaking!