Saturday, July 12, 2014

Eggplant Urban Farm Supply

Eggplant Urban Farm Supply: A Review.

The Store!

Hi guys, I am back with another article, this time about a really cool business that I found in North St. Paul, Minnesota. Have any of you heard of Eggplant Urban Farm Supply? They cater to urban homesteaders! Looking for books on gardening, cheese making, food preserving, beekeeping, wine brewing or raising chickens? Or…. Need to order baby chicks in several different breeds? They have it! Need to buy tools and supplies for all of those projects? They have that too! They even have classes on cheese making, chicken raising, and basically all things homesteading packed into this tiny store! The store itself has a really nice country vibe even though it is very much in the city. I mean check out the interior:

Love the country feel of this place!

I actually found out about this place while I was looking to make my own Kefir. Through my search I found this little place where I could buy it locally. (I prefer local instead of over the net.) Well, this place has both the milk and water kefir grains. 

I have gone back several times since and here is a list of what I got:

Filthy Cowgirl Handmade Soap. Really nice rose and lavender soap!

Country Wisdom and Know How. A book that has tons of homesteading advice and food recipes.

Gardening for Geeks: A good book on how to make a garden for optimal food production for the home.

Two different type of lettuce seed packets: I now have nice leaf lettuce growing for my suppers

A Purple tomillo plant: No fruit yet, but big, green and leafy with lots of little yellow flowers!

Garlic chives: they are growing nicely!

And of course the Kefir. (I have not tried that yet. I will post an article about it later.)

The place has been open barely four years, so they are a fairly new business. Every time I have have stopped by there, the staff has been very friendly and knowledgeable. The prices are pretty fair and because of that, it is so tempting to start so many projects! Oh and they also have a little garden center in the back if you are looking for plants. If you can, stop by check them out!

Eggplant Urban Farm Supply
1771 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 645 0818

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Laundry Update again!

Hi guys, I know it has a VERY LONG time since I have made another post. (I am very bad about these things, though My old laptop fried!) I am just putting up a little post today to show you that I have updated my laundry setup! I have had this for several years now and it works great and I am willing to share what I have done with you guys. As you may or may not remember from a previous article, I wash most of my clothes by hand. It saves me money. But, I did spend a little money to upgrade. I stopped using the plunger and dishpan and went to two buckets and a product called "The Breathing Mobile Washer" The orange bucket I bought at Home Depot for $3, the white bucket I got from a bakery for $1 and the Washer I bought at Emergency Essentials for $14.99 ($17 or so with shipping!) Let me tell you. The money I spent on the Washer was WORTH IT! Literally the first day It nearly paid for itself. My apartment laundry room costs about $1.75 to wash and $1.75 to dry. If you do three loads, it would cost you $10.50! Within a week it has paid for itself.

The Breathing Mobile Washer acts like a plunger, but has a grate underneath and a smaller cone on top to add extra pushing and sucking power, forcing water and soap through the cloth material. That is how the manufacturer claims this works. I know it does work on my clothes. Here is an action shot!

There is one little downside to this product though. Sometimes the head of it tends to come off, if you do not twist it back on. To prevent this, you can either get an "O" ring gasket from lowes. Or you can do like I do and when you plunge it up and down doing your laundry, twist the handle in a clockwise motion not only keeping the head on, but also adding a slight spin motion in the bucket. That is the only downside.

You can get this product from Emergency Essentials, very cheap and it pays for itself.

Washer Specs for you Techie people from Emergency Essentials website:

Weight: 1.36 lbs

Dimensions: approx. 29” long x approx. 8” base diameter I just thought I would share this with you! -- Ravenwolf

Friday, April 11, 2014

Expos and New Things.

Hi guys, I am back on doing my blog again. Sorry I have not been posting the past few months. I just have had a lot going on, most of it pretty good. I will soon have some products to review on here again. Right now they are a going to be a bit of a secret, but I did pick them up at Survival Preppers Expo last weekend. That was a hell of a weakend too. If you have not heard of the event, go here! This is just a little taste of things to come! -RavenWolf