Friday, October 26, 2012

New Farm Series - Places That Draw Me

Quick reminder - Saturday's French Cafe (with breakfast breads and organic coffee) and our French (Vintage-Style) Market at the farm opens at 8:30 and we'll close at Noon. Goat cheese, goat milk, breads (to die for), fresh harvested greens and some roots, herbs, goat milk caramel, local honey, sweet potatoes, yukon gold, eggplant and more.

So, I thought I'd share with you some of the places I've been to - the places that draw me - the places where I'd love to have a small goat dairy and sip French press coffee and watch my seven grandchildren grow.

 So, here's a random new farm series - Places That Draw Me.

This place draws me. It's a little spot in the world called St. Jean de Luz, located along the northern sea coast of France, just the other side of San Sebastian in Basque Country.

St. Jean de Luz is a small fishing village where Louis XIV built a 'fashionable resort' in the village Square. It's been said that the Square (below) was known as a "Little Paris."

beach house photo
Typical colors of Basque homes. This blue is my absolute favorite color to surround myself with.

photo taken on my trip to this spot

Charming. Absolutely charming.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ultra Sound - Goat Mamas at The Farm

Last Saturday, our new friend Alena came to the farm with her portable ultrasound machine.

We always take a blood test to confirm each does pregnancy, but when this opportunity came to not only know if they're pregnant but to find out how many - we said a big YES.

We brought each girl into the milking room and one by one, Alena waved the magic wand over each goat belly. This first video is of Lavender.

And below is Miss Storms ultra sound.

Guess How Many Watermelons - A Farm FLOG

I'm dubbing this as official Watermelon Week at our farm. One of the gardens - The French Garden is loaded with melons that need families to come take them home this Thursday and this Saturday.

Guess how many watermelons are in this watermelon patch?  All the happy melons will be for sale this week - at our Thursday and Saturday morning markets.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

French Essence - Lemon Verbena Infusion

Lemon verbena is one of the loveliest herbs ever. Not only does this sweetly fragranced herb make wonderful jelly that I sell at our farm, but it's most soothing for tea.

I was so excited to read Vicki Archer's blog post entitled Lemon Verbena Infusion this morning and her love of this beautiful herb.

The Simple Farm Dried Herbs - Lemon Verbena

Vicki says you can buy "bags of the dried leaves in the local Provencal markets . . ."

. . . but if you can't quite travel that farm  . . . I've regularly dried lemon verbena and it's available - sitting in a glass jar on a shelf on the Herb and Honey Buffett in the market at our farm.