Around The Farm - September





Fall is officially around the corner although based on the temps you would never know it around here.  It's hot.  I am not a fan of the heat and humidity and that's what we're in the midst of currently.  It's been an absolutely beautiful summer (my opinion), mostly because of the lack of the typical warmth.  And now that I long for fall, Mother Nature says "um....not quite yet".

Tomatillos

The garden is about done for the season.  We got hit (again) by critters.  Mostly woodchucks and bunnies.  We do need to fence it off, it's just finding time and making it a priority.  I've planted a few cold-weather crops, although I did plant them a bit late so we'll see how they do.  More herbs, lettuce, broccoli and kale.  I guess if the temps stay up this will give them a good start for fall.

Peppers did pretty well this year.  We've put up quite a few gallon size bags

Simplify


I've been reading about simplifying your life and came across this quote that I really like:
"When we really delve into the reasons for why we can't let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past, or a fear for the future".

So very true!!

And then this one: "Attachment to the past and fears concerning the future not only govern the way you select the things you own but also represent the criteria by which you make choices in every aspect of your life, including your relationships with people and your job."

Does this resonate with you as well?

Where Is The Summer Going?


I feel as though the summer is passing by in a big old blur.  Do you feel the same?

It's blueberry season!  And tomato season!  And corn season has just arrived!  This means we've got a LOT of work to do, prepping fruit and veggies for storage.  Over the next couple of weeks we'll be picking the elderberries and dehydrating them for making elderberry syrup when it's needed.  Have you used elderberry syrup when you aren't feeling good?  It's an amazing little immune booster.  I've had really good success with it.

We'll be freezing blueberries.  I've decided against making blueberry jam.  Let me explain.....

Visiting Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT


the Farm Barn
J and I had the opportunity to spend time in the Burlington and Shelburne areas of Vermont a couple of weeks ago.  I had already fallen in love with this area and now I've fallen in love with this property.  We stayed at the farm and spent an entire day (plus the evening before) walking and exploring the beautiful land.  I wanted to share this with you as a recommended place to visit if you're ever in the area.

A BEAUTIFUL 1,400 acre working farm located in Shelburne, Vermont, Shelburne Farms is simply amazing.  The previous home of Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb, this massive property is now a non-profit focused on sustainability.  Seward and Webb began purchasing the properties on the shore of Lake Champlain, and building their home and farm in 1886 based on an idea they shared of having one large amazing farm as opposed to the many farms originally spread among the properties.

They later added brown swiss cows which are the breed still raised today.  Over 100 cows are in the certified humane dairy in addition to a few chickens, pigs, goats and a large flock of sheep sprinkled throughout the farmland.

the Farm Barn

Weekend


Happy Tuesday!

Today is the third day I've been attempting to complete this post.  I am bound and determined to do it this time.  There's just no time in the day - isn't it crazy how it flies right on by?  In fact, I'm amazed that it's June already.  I'm thrilled that at my "day job" I've added a fifth position to my department which I'm currently recruiting for in hopes this gives me a bit of my life back.  I can't wait! 

At our Apothecary business, we've delved right into our busy season although (thankfully) we didn't have much of a slow season this year.


We were able to get quite a bit accomplished this weekend.  There's always an ongoing to-do list! We worked outside around the house and garden all day Saturday, and then had the market on Sunday.

The boys have been helping out a LOT.  You know they are the best darned supervisors I could ever have!  We had some photography to get done on Saturday so they not only supervised but did a little investigating too.  They were bummed to discover we were not photographing our meal.  Soap just doesn't taste as good.....

Our business continues to evolve and this year is no exception.  We are amazed, excited, overwhelmed, and a little fearful at times about where we've been and where we're headed.  This year we're trying to get our feet back underneath us after an explosive 2016, and next year we'll implement even more growth.  We are super excited!

And, of course, the dogs will continue to play an integral role.....



Book Review: Welcome To The Farm by Shaye Elliott


I have a new book that I've been reading - Welcome To The Farm by Shaye Elliott of The Elliott Homestead.  I own her previous 2 books as well, both of those are cookbooks, and I've been following her blog for a few years.

A funny thing happened about a month and a half ago.  I was catching up on reading posts on Shaye's blog and saw that you could pre-order her book on Amazon.  I threw it in my cart and didn't yet check out, I was waiting to see what else I needed wanted.  A few days later I received an email asking if I

{healthier} Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls


I, for the most part, have given up white/processed sugar.  The reason I say "for the most part" is because I do eat a few things that have a bit of sugar in it from time-to-time.  But when I want something sweet, I try to turn to fruit or homemade treats such as this which uses dates, honey and/or maple syrup instead of sugar.

These. are. yummy.

Even J, who hasn't changed his eating habits, loves these little balls of goodness.  Initially he passed on trying them.  After I convinced him they were worth a try, however, he declared them "really good".  And then he ate 4. Perhaps to prove his point?

Anyway, I recommend you make 1 batch to "test" them, but give yourself time to then whip up another batch.  Or two.  You can always freeze the leftovers.  If there are any......  just sayin'.