Our blog is a rich resource of farm experiences and food information written by Brockman family members. You can browse, or search for a specific vegetable, recipe, or author using the search box or tabs. Happy reading and eating!
Our recipe collection features quick and easy, pure and simple recipes, that utilize the fruits, vegetables, and herbs we grow. This collection of our favorites has grown to nearly 300 recipes, easily searchable by ingredient.
Our plant profiles provide you with inside information about the fruits, vegetables, and herbs we grow, including historical, botanical, and nutritional notes, plus other lore from seed to table.
Our farm posts reflect not only intimate details of what’s happening on our farms at a particular time, but are of enduring interest, conveying the realities of farming with nature and producing good food while sustaining the soil for future generations.
Terra has always been an avid reader and writer. After getting degrees in English Literature, working at The Daily Yomiuri newspaper in Japan, and working for publishers in New York City, she moved back to central Illinois. Soon she started writing the weekly Food & Farm Notes, and then published her James Beard nominated book, The Seasons on Henry’s Farm. She continues to write about food, farm, and related issues — click on over for a sampling.
Henry and Hiroko's daughter has been writing for most of her life. She began contributing to the weekly Food & Farm Notes when she was in junior high, and collected some of her farm writings from the summer before she went to college in a chapbook, “The Happiness of Dirt” (2011). Her second chapbook, “Memory of a Girl” (2016), was part of her B.A. in creative writing from Northwestern University. She completed her MFA at the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program, and is currently engaged in various writing and farming projects.
As a contributor to the weekly Food & Farm Notes, Teresa has written about everything from the dastardly spotted wing drosophila, to capturing a swarm of honey bees, to all the different ways you can enjoy aronia berries, and the 70-some other fruits she grows. When she's not farming or writing, you will find her making beautiful quilts.
Henry writes on topics dear to him such as how and why organic farming works, why stressed plants taste better and are more nutritious than coddled ones, and how our changed climate makes it imperative that consumers support biodiverse farmers practicing resilient, restorative agriculture.
Our father, a retired professor of genetics, writes about many topics, usually incorporating science, natural history, and agriculture. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the building of his family’s barn, he published “A Celebration of Family Farming,” which features some of his essays about the Brockman Centennial Farm, and the past, present and future of family farming. Herman recently completed his semi-autobiographical series of essays, “Trees I Have Known.”
In 2015, filmmaker Ines Sommer began documenting Henry and his family as they faced personal, professional, and global changes impacting their ability to farm and feed people. The documentary is now playing at film festivals, and will be in general release in 2022.
Jill (Henry, Teresa and Terra's sister) is the Mill Manager and Head Miller at Janie’s Mill, owned and operated by the Wilken family who transitioned Red Barn Farm to organic production. She stonemills many local organic grains into flour for home and professional use.