Bean Blossom Dreams: A City Family's Search for a Simple Country Life [NOOK Book]

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It started with 200 pounds of tomatoes harvested from a tiny plot of polluted Chicago dirt. It ended with a new a new life on a broken down farm in Brown County Indiana, where the Murphey family settled, trading the urban fast track for a simpler existence. This book chronicles the Murpheys' first 2 years ...
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Bean Blossom Dreams: A City Family's Search for a Simple Country Life

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Overview

It started with 200 pounds of tomatoes harvested from a tiny plot of polluted Chicago dirt. It ended with a new a new life on a broken down farm in Brown County Indiana, where the Murphey family settled, trading the urban fast track for a simpler existence. This book chronicles the Murpheys' first 2 years at Bean Blossom Farm - a luminous portrait of how one family made their American Dream come true.

"With an incredible eye for detail, Murphey offers insight into the differences in country vs. city living."
- Rocky Mountain News

"Delighful."
- New York Newsday

"For those who dream of living in the country or those who already do, this is a delightful book, full of good humor, wisdom, and personal honesty."
- The New Garden Journal

Chosen as Lebanon Public Library 2008-2009 "Community Book to Read"

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To escape their hectic life in Chicago, former BBC producer Murphey and her husband, Greg, a commercial photographer, moved with their small daughter to a tumbledown 42-acre farm in Brown County, Ind., in 1990. It was on-the-job training for them as they acquired a horse (oversexed), poultry they planned to eat (they couldn't bring themselves to do it) and a dog (feral). They coped with bad weather, a health crises and the depredations of a fox while renovating the farm buildings. Throughout it all they had help from their neighbors. The author, who writes a newspaper column called ``Murphey's Lore'' for the Brown County Democrat , has produced an engaging account of her family's first year on the farm that will appeal strongly to animal- and nature lovers. The book includes sumptuous, high-fat recipes and instructions for making sachets and potpourri. The Murpheys hope to make Bean Blossom Farm productive eventually. (May)
Library Journal
Television producer Murphey and her husband, Greg, did what many frazzled urbanites dream about-they got a small place in the country so that they could enjoy the simple life. With their daughter, Charlotte, they moved from Chicago to a small farm in Brown County, Indiana. This book is a warm, humorous, and realistic account of their first year on the farm. The adjustments they must make, including a diminished income, lack of health insurance, and Greg's health problems, do not deter them from enjoying a simpler, more self-sufficient lifestyle. From the heart come the special times like entering their produce in the county fair; from the head come the problems such as coping with predators in the henhouse and the vagaries of the weather. An added bonus is an appendix of recipes from the Murphey family. Recommended for public libraries, especially where ``country life'' books and those by Sue Hubbell are popular.-David Schau, Kanawha Cty. P.L., Charleston, W.Va.
The New Garden Journal

"For those who dream of living in the country or those who already do, this is a delightful book, full of good humor, wisdom, and personal honesty." —The New Garden Journal

From the Publisher
"For those who dream of living in the country or those who already do, this is a delightful book, full of good humor, wisdom, and personal honesty." —The New Garden Journal

"Infused with considerable charm... lyrical, humorous writing... a colorful cast of characters, both human and animal, inhabits this book." —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786754489
  • Publisher: Argo-Navis
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,155,509
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Sallyann J. Murphey began her career as a producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. She has worked as an investigative journalist for a number of publications, including IPC Magazines, the Daily Mail, the London Observer, The Chicago Times Magazine, and The Utne Reader. Murphey is now the high school history, government, and media studies teacher at Harmony School in Bloomington, Indiana, where she is also the high school coordinator. She lives in Brown County, Indiana.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface: Bean Blossom Farm-2007     7
The Wings of Change     11
And Weeds as Tall as Trees     15
Snakes, Ticks, and Tornadoes     31
Brown County Blues     52
Tools of the Trade     69
Our Furred and Feathered Friends     86
The Glittering Prizes     103
Lady and the Tramp     123
Just Another Day     144
Footprints in the Snow     163
"God Bless Us Every One!"     184
Simple Gifts     203
Appendices
The Appendices: An Explanation     224
Food from the Farm Kitchen     225
Herbal Recipes and Garden Plans     282
Afterwords
Afterword (to original edition)     317
Afterword: Bean Blossom Farm-2007     319
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