The Ladder

I climbed the ladder. I’m so proud of myself. I’ve been climbing up and down the ladder in the sugarhouse to check on the sap, all by myself. My husband, Jim is an ex-volunteer fireman and to this day, completely comfortable on a ladder. Me? …not so much. I am usually footing the ladder for…

Spring Has(NOT!)Arrived

It’s the second day of Spring but Mother Nature obviously hasn’t noticed. The weather forecast looked great for sugaring. The days were supposed to above freezing and the nights just below. The sap had been running, but has stopped for hefty snowstorm. We spent days in the woods running new  lines and tapping the maples….

Dilly-Dally

The garden is full of dill this year,… and I didn’t plant it! So much fun getting a gift from mother nature! I always plant a variety called “Bouquet” which produces large leafy ferns and then fairly quickly pops into seed heads for making pickles. Last year, apparently I didn’t keep up with it and…

A Floral Note

So call me crazy, but I plan on adding flowers to our farm product offerings this year. This certainly requires a leap of faith and some real flora fortitude. I mean, this is my plan, but you never know what Mother Nature will do. I am thinking edibles, fragrant blooms and pretty herbs to intermingle….

The Year of the Ram

Two more ram lambs born yesterday! First thing in the morning, a large single from one of last year’s Katahdin ewe lambs. Then, late yesterday afternoon, another large ram lamb single from our Icelandic ewe, Pebbles! So far,  7 lambs- 6 rams and only one ewe! Thank God for the barn-The weather has been just…

Baa Baa Black Sheep…

Two adorable black ram lambs to our girl Stella and sire Elvis. Frodo has the white flash and Finnur is solid black. So it begins.  Stay tuned!

Oh, Sweet Lord…

It is almost Easter, and we are at the the end of sugaring season, and at the beginning of a beautiful time of transition on the farm. Easter is a time of renewal and rebirth, as is Spring on the farm.  This Easter marks the first date that we can expect to see new, fluffy,…

Muddy Boots?

     So the calendar reads February, but it looks like mud season and beyond, here on the hill. Most of the snow has melted off the fields. The driveway past the barn and up to the house is soft mud with a still frozen layer underneath. The sap is running and it is all…

Soup’s On

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog on one of my favorite soups, the Vietnamese Pho. Yesterday, I came across a recipe for another delicious, belly warming and fun to eat soup-“shabu- shabu”(roughly translated from Japanese as “swish-swish”). One of my favorite old movies is Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” starring Jane…

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

I love my chickens and roos –  Adeleida, Henrietta, Harriet, Trudy the Easter Egger, Constance, Minerva, Goldilocks and our two handsome roosters, Cornelius and Cocky-Locky. This time of year the hens gives us eggs a bit sporadically. It’s just too cold and dark, although I have put in a heat lamp on the coldest sub-zero…