Garden Tour: Kelsey Johnston of My Simply Simple

Garden Tour in Indiana - Kelsey Johnston of My Simply Simple

We continue today in our garden series to talk to other gardeners all over about what they are doing and growing. The challenges they face and how their garden connects them to the natural world in a far deeper way. Today, we have Kelsey Johnston of My Simply Simple who is located in Rural Indiana […]

What is Seasonal Eating?

What is Seasonal Eating? - The Fresh Exchange

Seasonal Eating is currently a trending conversation and I wanted to sit down and really share why these two words aren’t and shouldn’t be a trend and what it actually is. I have believed for quite some time that the way we shift our climate, our communities, and solve so many issues we are facing […]

Garden Tour with Megan Stubbs in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Garden Tour: Megan Stubbs of Grands Rapids, Michigan

As we begin 2021 and start our gardens one of the things I have wanted to do as we dive into providing a deeper connection into the community here at Fresh Exchange is beginning to share other people’s gardens. I know things about gardening and have my own ways of doing and playing in my […]

How to Thrive in Winter

You can listen to the recording of this podcast below or on Apple for the full episode as well. How are we friends? Just a quick check-in here. Let’s begin by just pausing for a self-scan. Like how are you REALLY doing? I love that moment at the end of a yoga class where you […]

The Garden Recap for 2020 + My 2021 Garden Plan

I recapped the entire 2020 garden and discussed seed shortages as well as how I am planning for 2021 on our podcast this week. You can listen to the full episode on Apple or through the play box below. If you want to hear about my suggestions for handling shortages and more please head to […]

Intentionally Approaching an Unpredictable Year + First Podcast Episode!

You read that right! If you haven’t been following along on Instagram I launched our first episode of the podcast this last week. If you haven’t checked it out yet you can hit the image below to head to Apple Podcasts or you can head to this page to find other ways to subscribe and […]

The Falling of the Leaves. The Revealing of Who We Are.

Be in this Season | Quote | Fresh Exchange.

Every year in the fall I hold my breath to wait to see the colors revealed on our hills. If you didn’t know trees do not show the same color every year. Their color is determined by that growing year. The cold days where they rested to the final moments before their colors turned are […]

A Year is a Day

Fresh Exchange - Quote - Year is a Day

October came with rainbows. Day after day of brilliant colors to the sky. A landscape shifted to includes golds, oranges, reds, and deep greens. The landscape itself has turned to a rainbow right in front of our eyes these last few weeks. The cold has descended and our first frost kissed the ground after the […]

The Language of Nature

Out for an afternoon walk the other day, the trees were turning red. Bright orange and red tones kissing the tips of their green. Hayes ran ahead of me and he looked for acorns under the oak tree. He then said, “Mama, how do the trees know when to turn their leaves?” I said, they […]

Loosening My Grip

These  posts are more or less streams on consciousness. They are not reread. They are not polished. They are intended to act like journal entries. The 40 minutes I have is what I have to let these things out and I hope this way of sharing isn’t just helpful to me right now, but great […]

Being Here Now.

Hints of fall have been showing up all around us. August felt hot and drying. We had to spend nearly every evening water the garden. The ferns on our hill turned brown later than normal but the trees on the hills became red sooner than normal. A weird combo that felt deeply like Autumn far […]

How to Freeze Tomatoes

How to Freeze Tomatoes without Blanching

Freezing tomatoes is one of the easiest ways to get into saving your garden harvest in late summer. With the abundance of tomatoes it is great to take advantage of them and put them away in your freezer for the winter ahead. I am sharing how to freeze your tomatoes without blanching or cooking in […]

Simple Panzanella Salad

Simple and Easy Panzanella Recipe. | Fresh Exchange

At summer’s peak I love to make a simple Panzanella salad recipe. It is hands down a favorite in our home. We eat it at any given moment for lunch or dinner. I am obsessed with it but it is one of those things only great in the heat of summer when the produce is […]

Our Summer Shop Collection

I haven’t written about the shop in a long while. When I dreamt about our store years ago I had one goal…I wanted to create and bring together items that had longevity and purpose but also beauty. Most of all I wanted to bring together natural and local goods that had a style I wanted […]

How to Freeze Zucchini

How to Freeze Zucchini with No Waste | Fresh Exchange

At some point we get tired of all the zucchini so today I am going to walk you through how to freeze zucchini in the simplest way with little to no waste on the other side. It is so simple. I also brought my mom in who taught me how to freeze zucchini to help […]

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Easy Roasted Tomato Salsa to make from your Cherry Tomatoes. | The Fresh Exchange

As the tomatoes pour in from the garden it is best to enjoy these beauties in all their goodness and making this roasted tomato salsa recipe to either enjoy fresh or place in the freezer for a cold winter night. We love making salsa all summer and though fresh salsa recipes are awesome I LOVE […]

Blistered Shishito Peppers Recipe

Blistered Shishito Pepper Recipe - Fresh Exchange

My favorite way to cook and eat Shishito peppers is to blister them. This simple blistered shishito peppers recipe will be your go to for these little peppers from your garden. We love to grow them in our garden in abundance because they are straight forward, really tasty, and most are mild in flavor. With […]

Beginner’s Fall Vegetable Garden Planting Guide

You all are thinking about Fall! I know. It is an awesome time to be dreaming about your fall vegetable garden plantings because if you are wanting to do any succession planting this is the time to do it! So, I have gathered up my top tips for planting your Fall vegetable garden and things […]

Garden Fresh Vegetarian Pizza

Garden Fresh Vegetarian Pizza Recipe that is simple and easy weeknight dinner in the summer.

Summer is a time full of produce! Using it all is a lot of work, but that’s why I love making a garden fresh vegetarian pizza to bring some of the best of the garden all together in one place. This simple throw together recipe will get the whole family eating the whole garden without […]

How to Harvest and Store Garlic

How to Harvest and Braid Garlic on Fresh Exchange

As Garlic season is coming to a close and harvesting it is happening I wanted to share a quick how to on harvest and how to store it for the months ahead. You all have had a lot of questions and so I thought I would share what I have learned over the last year […]

Essential Garden Tools

Essential tools for gardening a home garden.

When gardening daily in the summer these are the essential tools for your garden that you need to do things well and minimally. I love gardening and having the right tools is the most important thing to making garden simple and easy. When you have the essential tools for gardening it makes it easy and […]

Cucumber Dill Salad

Simple Dill Cucumber Salad Recipe on The Fresh Exchange

When summer comes on so do the cucumbers and if you need a simple recipe, this cucumber dill salad recipe is a great way to go. It is like a milder version of pickles but full of bright and fresh flavors that pairs well with any backyard cookout that involves no cooking and just a […]

DIY Garden Fence

How to Build a DIY Garden Fence affordably that will keep deer out of your garden.

Keeping pests out of the garden isn’t easy but having a great simple DIY garden fence is ideal to keep pests like rabbits and deer out of the garden so you can ensure you will have a successful harvest for all the hard work you have put in. So when we opened up a new […]

Simple Tomato Salad

Simple Tomato Salad for Summer on The Fresh Exchange

With the abundance of tomatoes coming in this summer we need a simple tomato salad recipe that will be our go to for this season. Sure we will slice and can and more, but this simple tomato salad, which is best with cherry tomatoes feels like a TOP notch experience from a fancy restaurant but […]