Some times loose leaf tea is not that convenient. Its loose after all, making it hard to take it with you any where. It requires a container to put it in in order to steep it. Its not something you walk out to the swing set with and start sipping unless its already brewed.
Its not something that is easy to have around toddlers, or a drink known for taking on the go. Loose Leaf tea is known as the slow down drink, the sit and relax by the fireside drink.
In an effort to make loose leaf tea easier and fit better into our farm schedule I set out on a search to find an on the go option that would work. For about a year I tried the Bodum travel tea/coffee press. I wasn't very happy with the results and so I purchased an Espro Travel Tea press and I'm super excited about it! Finally a way to have my loose leaf as I dart out the door to the farmer's market, early in the morning or to take around the farm with me when I don't have time to slow down.
Check out our review in the video below and share with us how you drink your loose leaf tea on the go! The second half of our video is a little farm update if you would like to see what we have been up to!
Want to check out these Tea Presses online? The Links are here below, and yes, we receive a little bit of a commission (no extra charge to you) if you decide to purchase. We never share products we wouldn't use ourselves! And every little bit helps us provide our family the farm life style we live. We thank you for your patronage!
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Did you see it? Did you see it? We were blessed to be in the line of totality for the Solar Eclipse. Despite the scare of how many people would come into Oregon it wasn't really all that bad.... actually it was so quite prior that it was strange. It seems like it all worked itself out though.
We went LIVE on Instagram down on the farm and thought we would share with you our eclipse experience. A once in a life time event....
It's harvest time on the farm! This is really the busy time of year for gardeners, farmers and homesteaders. There is so much to do between harvesting the first fruits of our labors yet continuing to plant for fall and winter crops.
There is not just the harvesting but the preserving of the harvest along with all the other things that life throughs our way. Oh June and July where did you go? As we rush on in to August we are sharing a few of the photos that we took around the farm in July. With our Youtube channel it seems like we have less photos and more video these days so there are a few gaps this month. If you would like to see more of what we have been up to on the farm make sure you check out our video section if you haven't already.
Harvest on the farm
A few of our volunteer onions decided to bloom, we decided they would make better decor than onions!
Our lavender harvest, very small this year but pretty and smells wonderful! We love lavender and we are anxious to get some more planted this fall!
A rainbow came out of our dehydrator! There is nothing we love more than seeing, and smelling the beauty of the plants we use in our tea.
A salad all from the farm: kale, chard, onion flowers, bachelor buttons, and radishes.
Tea harvest for the day, always such a pretty site! Rose petals, calendula, chamomile and bachelor buttons.
Calendula flowers, the flower that started our farm and herbal journey, they are so beautiful!
Chamomile is doing fantastic, can't wait to try local fresh chamomile tea.
Dehydrating calendula flowers, they do best when placed face down and it makes for an interesting photo!
The Tea Studio
We are making some great progress on our tea studio this month. The trusts were delivered and placed on top of the studio.
With some help the sheeting was placed on the trusses... one more step closer to finishing the roof.
Almost done, filling in the whole with the ridge vent. A little preview of the interior of the tea studio.
Front vide of the tea studio addition, so nice to see the roof on!
Roofing getting delivered and placed on top of the building.
ARound the farm
3/4 of the garden got planted and mulching commenced.
The tomatoes look so small compared to a month later! So fun to see how they grow. Check out our videos for updates on the tomatoes!
Kitten #1 of 3, this sweet girl will need a home if any one is interested. She is very calm and gentle!
The oregano plants are blooming! Always such a pretty site!
A calendula getting ready to bloom, the bees love these flowers!
Our first cucumber harvest for fermenting pickles! So exciting to see the fruits of our labor coming out of the garden!
The grapes are doing fantastic this year, so many of them and they are so big!
The basil is looking great and is plentiful. Its time to bring it in to the dehydrator to fill up our spice rack.
The purple basil is also doing great, what is your favorite basil recipe?
In the greenhouse
The bachelor buttons are coming on strong and filling up our herbal tea cupboard, we use these in our Oregon Harvest Berry Tea.
The chamomile is loving the greenhouse as well, its so sweet and fragrant!
In the Farm STore...
This month we packed and delivered tea to the High Desert Museum and the Blue Heron French Cheese Company,
Market time has hit the peak of the season and the veggies and fruits in abundance! We have broke out the iced tea for these hot summer days.
Were excited to have our tea be a part of Sea Star Gelato from Seaside, Oregon. A picture here their London Fog with our Cascade Earl Grey and they also have a fabulous Peach Hibiscus with our High Desert Hibiscus blend.
Tea tasting and tea by the cup at the Salem Saturday Market, a great healthy way to cool off on a hot day and to check out all the other great local market vendors.
A visit to the Blue Heron French Cheese Co. to deliver tea and check out what Tillamook Oregon has to offer. A little fun trip off the farm for the farm children.
Thanks for stopping by the farm to see what was happening in July! We are looking forward to an equally productive August. What do you have growing in your garden?
Our farm is about to move up, we spent the week preparing for the arrival of these things above! Trusses for our tea studio have arrived! Our daily rotation of the sheep and goat continue as they clean up the brush in future gardening areas. We also found some other treasures in our brush. Check out this weeks video for all of the above!
After a long long wet spring we finally have some sunshine down on the farm and we are loving every minute of it. Flowers have started to bloom, the greenhouse veggies are taking off and the berries have started forming. May surely brought the sunshine down to the farm!
In the BarnYard....
Its always fun having babies on the farm and equally as fun to see the farm children enjoy them so much. They get to experience so much daily on the farm, run all over on different surfaces and see so many different things. They don't miss out on real life down on the farm.
The chicken's finished their till job in this years garden and are temporarily moved into the pasture area to clean up after the sheep and the goat. Were battling with some parasite issues so between rotation, the chicken clean up crew and an herbal dewormer we are hoping we are good to go!
This is our summer/fall garden area, the chickens have rotated 2-3 times cleaning up all the grass and weeds, fertilizing the ground and scratching it up. Its time to get it tilled, tarped and then planted!
Dodge Ram is growing well but he still has a bum leg in the front. We aren't sure he is going to make it but that doesn't stop him from enjoying the lush green grass. He is such a sweet little guy!
Hey Ewe is getting her share of the green pasture for sure! Look at those sides stick out!
We have kittens on the farm again! They are always so much fun, and quite the distraction. Two of the farm children have the cats named after airplane models and pieces of building construction. They get crazy like that sometimes ;) I call this cat Moo, doesn't he look like a cow?
It was almost impossible to get all five kittens looking at a camera, the sweet fluffy bunch of kittens was too much. And all so different looking!
Sorry for the blurry photo, my photographer was a little excited and couldn't hold still! A handful of fluff!
In the Greenhouse ...
Spring crops are in the ground almost ready to harvest which means its time to plant summer starts! Tomatoes, peppers, summer and winter squash, basil, you name it! If you haven't seen our soil blocking tray video check it out here!
The grass is mowed and the greenhouse is looking good! Life is good down on the farm :)
Inside the poly tunnel, greenhouse, hoop house indoor plant growing thing a ma jig :)
Pea flowers are so beautiful!
The peas are reaching higher and getting close to the top of the greenhouse!
Radish crop number 3 coming up and looking ready to thin out.
Baby peas are growing up fast!
Tomatoes are coming up and so are a lot of other seeds, not long now until we are in full gardening mode.
Oh basil how I love thee, I could eat pesto three time a day! I might get to with the three kinds of basil we planted and our new garden space. Hopefully I'm able to dry some for #ProjectFillTheSpiceCupboard
More seed starting trays! Were going big this year adding lots of herbs for tea and getting ready to store our new larder under the tea studio.
It isn't broccoli..... its kale going to seed and flowering. So pretty and it seeds so well!
The Lemon Balm is slow but its coming up and will be great to have for our High Desert Hibiscus tea, we are so excited to be adding more herbs to the farm so we can keep it fresh and local!
ARound the Farm...
The Lady's love the Oregano plants! Is it true that you can tell their age by how many spots they have? If so this one looks to be 6 years old or so.
He is faking! Our new morning habit is to rush out after prayers and cut blackberry leaf for the dehydrator! It is growing faster than we can cut and our Oregon Harvest Berry Tea that it goes in is selling almost faster than we can dry it!
With the sun out that means its time to make SUN TEA!!!! I love this summer time tradition, its one I grew up with and plan to keep though we have shaped the Lipton out for some High Desert Hibiscus.
The lavender plants are starting to bloom, this is my favorite time of year, so many beautiful flowers and I love harvesting these. The smell is so peaceful and relaxing! We feature this in our Rose City Repose and Cascade Earl Grey teas.
Purple belled flowers hanging from our wild comfrey plants! We weed around this letting it grow big and strong. It makes great chicken and lamb food, its roots go deep into the soil helping to bring nutrients up and its a great medicinal plant to have around.
More lavender beauty!
The rhododendrons are blooming, they are one... maybe the only plant we have that isn't edible or medicinal.
Our tiny blueberry plants are loaded with berries this year! If the birds don't take them all we may get our first small harvest!
The haskaps are starting to ripen up! They are determined to make their normal May fruiting season. They just squeaked by this year though with the cold wet spring we have had!
Not only are the haskaps turning color but they are huge this year, all the extra rain we had made the plants grow like crazy!
A "weed" but beautiful non the less!
Pardon the deck mess as we are under construction but our grapes and hops are doing wonderful this year. It should be an excellent year for both!
Its time to harvest spearmint for our High Desert Hibiscus! There is quite the abundance of it this year!
The Tea Studio...
The tea studio has walls! What is a tea studio you say? Its a spin off of an art studio.. where one creates art. This will be where we create our artisan loose leaf teas! Currently all of our teas are hand blended in the farm kitchen between nap time, at night time ect. This space will allow us to blend any time and help keep us organized as well as able to produce more tea.
The interior walls being jacked up, quite a scary process to watch but better than carrying board up ladder to build the walls.
The last wall is going up!
The front view looks kind of silly at the moment without the windows cut out or roof on but that will be taken care of shortly!
In the Farm Kitchen...
My farm kitchen pictures seem to be limited this month. With the sun out we spend more and more of our day outside and less in the kitchen. This lovely meal is a weekly favorite, moroccan chicken with baked carrots and onions!
A salad from our yard! Beet greens, kale, spinach, chard, french radish, peas, hard boiled eggs, chives with beautiful flowers and cilantro. Its always a celebration when the first salad comes entirely from the garden!
In the Farm Store...
Sporting my orange as we join the Salem Etsy team at a local craft event!
All of those blackberries above? They were for this! A shipment going to Tea Box Express for their June tea box!
We are in full market swing and enjoying every bit. We do a taste testing of three different teas every week so if you are in or around Salem, OR on a Saturday stop by between 9 am and 3 pm! Check out our market specials including discounts on full size bags and tea by the cup!
We were so excited to barter tea with a tea farm in Maine that grows local wild maine blueberries and chaga. These teas are fantastic and we are enjoying them very much! Thanks for stopping by the farm this month and we will see you next time!
Do you know that person who lives in a tiny duplex in town and grows their own food in their tiny back yard? No? Don't have one of those huh? Well we use to be that family until we were blessed with almost 2 acres of our own. Now not only do we hand blend tea on our farm using the best that Oregon has to offer but we make an effort to grow as much of our own food as possible.
From eggs, to lamb to produce and beyond. This week we are taking you around our farm to show you what has been 'springing' up! Thanks for stopping by and checking out our virtual tour. Maybe some day you will be growing your own food too! We would love to have you join our journey!
Do you already garden or raise animals for food? Share with us in the comments, we would love to chat about it!
Oh March you were so wet, so cloudy and so windy!!! Despite the wet and windy weather St. Ignatius Vineyard was still so beautiful that I had to stop and take pictures. The clouds just made the bright green grass even brighter and the blues bluer! We took a little trip off the farm to pick up some of these beautiful dried Royal Ann cherries from Cherry Country to add to our chai tea blending turning an already fantastic blend into Cherry City Chai, a chocolate cherry chai!
Aren't these cherries beautiful! They add such a wonderful aroma to our chai tea and knowing that they were grown right here in Salem, Oregon and that they are an heirloom to the area makes us feel like we are drinking history in a cup. Check out our Cherry City Chai here.
Around the Barnyard ...
Chicken's and tea? Who knew? We are loving our Great American Farm Tour cup, great for drinking tea hand blended down on the farm.
We have two new additions down on the farm! Meet Hey Ewe and Dodge Ram! They are sure sweet little ones and babies are always welcome down on the farm!
In the Farm Kitchen...
Kefir grains, they make the fastest yogurt with the biggest probiotic punch! We have been loving them in our morning smoothies with bananas, Bliss Nut Butter and local raw honey from Flying Bee Ranch!
Mixing up some purple dilly kraut! Fermented foods make the gut healthy and happy and this one is beautiful to boot!
Local granola with some of our kefir yogurt, a tasty breakfast and treat!
Crepes? Yes please! Filled with Bliss Hazelnut Butter, cocoa powder and local raw honey to make a fantastic "nutella" like spread! Complete with a bright yellow tint from our farm fresh egg yokes.
Building the tea studio...
March brought us the completion of the bottom level framing! Getting a little bit closer to that tea studio being complete. Estimated competition date is Summer of 2017
In the Farm Store...
Ahhh... Cherry City Chai, beautiful and delicious. Sporting our new Mexican hot chocolate mixer which we used to help froth our Cherry City Chai milk for latte time!
So in love with these flowers from Floating Petal Confetti! They are the beauty in our Oregon Harvest Berry Tea!
Rain or Shine its Market time! We are back at the Salem Saturday Market doing tea tastings! Come down and have a try. Salem Oregon Capital area from 9 am to 3 pm.
We welcomed a new piece to our tea business. Our new dehydrator will allow us to dry even more local goodness from black berry leaf to cranberries, aronia berries, haskap berries and more! We are super excited to be able to provide local goodness without any additives or chemicals!
These beautiful cranberries from the Bandon area just make us want to drink tea! Coastal Cranberry Spice tea that is! We hand sliced 40 some pounds of berries in order to bring this wonderful tea to Made in Oregon. We are now located from Portland to Eugene and to Newport!
Thanks for joining us down on the farm!
We are excited to be providing a hand-crafted, artisan loose leaf tea featuring Oregon grown ingredients. Local farmers. Local Families. Small Business. Just plain good tea! No nonsense! Visit our store and make sure you get free shipping through April 21st using coupon code HEisRISEN17 on orders $25+.
February brought some crazy weather down on the farm! From ice to snow, to hail, to sunshine and LOTS and LOTS of rain! All that crazy weather kept us inside the farm house, inside the barn and working on the farm store more than usual.
These cows thought they would tell us about the snow on our way up to the dairy farm, I think that they are also looking forward to some warm sunshine!
In the Farm Kitchen...
Down on the farm we love supporting other local farms and other local small businesses! We had the pleasure of meeting the owner of Epiphany's Caramelized Balsamic Vinegar and had to bring some home with us. We created this griddle cake recipe that it goes great with!
The end of January marked our first on farm experience with having an animal that we raised, butchered for the freezer. It was a new experience for the children and a little hard on them at first but they seemed to get over it ok. These are some of the lamb chops from the first lamb that we had processed. Aside from him eating too much of the chicken feed it turned out ok. We will be trying again but separating the lambs from the chicken food! Grass-fed lamb is best! Grain just makes them fat, and fatty meat.
Breakfast down on the farm: homemade whole what sourdough toast with plenty of butter, scrambled eggs with spinach and homemade kimchi. Oh yes, don't forget the tea!!!
Despite all the snow and the huge amounts of rain, spring must be near because the chickens are finally laying eggs again! Farm Boy #2 calculated that if all of our chickens start laying eggs (half the flock are newbies and haven't lain any eggs yet) we will have 120 eggs a week! If you are local this is good news because this means we will have farm fresh eggs awaiting for you! Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page for announcements.
Bread and water can be so easily made into toast and tea! Mt. Hope Farm's Strawberry Lavender fruit spread is WAY too yummy. I had to share so that I didn't eat the whole jar. Paired with our Lavender Earl Grey tea in a Silverton Food Co-Op mug. This was the perfect afternoon snack!
Around the Barnyard...
Betsy the bunny getting a break from her cage and a good pet, complete with a snack. She was playing dead until the carrot came near her nose. Rabbits! They fall for the carrot every time!
The cats have officially become barn cats! We decided to move where we feed them so they don't hang out at the front door so much. I guess they decided that being fed in the barn wasn't so bad, they find quite the cozy spot.
The pasture is about spent so the chickens have been allowed to free range around the farm. They are doing much better health wise, their feet are a bright yellow, their combs more red and we have more eggs to show for it. The only down side is the poo that is all over the farm! Hopefully that will be remedied soon with our new garden plans. Check out our Youtube channel to see more on that.
In the Greenhouse ...
We started planting in the greenhouse in February and a few things are SLOWLY sprouting up. Its been pretty cold so things are really slow in the growing department. These are beets working their way up from seed that we saved in the fall.
A little behind the scenes shot from our Youtube video titled "How do you say Fiacre? Farm Tour" This Joby tripod is pretty fun to use, it just likes to hang out.
The peas and spinach are coming up and we are getting super excited to have a greenhouse full of produce again! We have missed our winter garden sorely.
Radishes are getting a good start and will be moving to the above ground garden boxes very soon.
Around the Farm ...
The tea studio project is coming along nicely. This was an earlier shot before all the walls were totally finished. The ground level is done and next we go up!
Cutting and dehydrating blackberry leaves for a few of our tea blends. Blackberries grow almost year around here in Oregon and they actually make a great tea. The longer it is brewed the sweeter the leaves get!
Traveling off the farm ...
We had a little break from the farm as we visited the Winter Ag Fest but on the way we picked up some manure for the garden and had a tea party in the barn. Check out our day in our Youtube video "Making Tea in the Barn"
We had fun showing off our hand crank grain mill and teas at the Winter Poultry and Homesteading Faire in Eugene, OR. Farm Boy #2 spent a good portion of the day demoing the mill and oqccaiosnally letting others try it out. It works out the farms for sure! If you want to see how bad the 'burn' is check out our video "The Fermented Bread Winner"
Grinding up the wheat, can't have a proper tea time without some baked goods!
In the Farmstore ...
We are excited to announce that we will have these great cards at the Salem Saturday Market starting in April! Buy 12 bags of tea and get one free!!!
A new bath of Lavender Lemongrass Garden Salve is in stock! Ready in time for gardening season. It moistens the hands after gardening in dry soil and assists with sore muscles. Find this great hand salve here.
We have been enjoying our new bag stamp from Authentic Heirlooms! Its really made our packaging look wonderful.
Our new label line up! All bags are now switched over to their new labels and packaging and even new sizes! Check it out in the farm store.
A gift that we had fun packing up for a customer, its always a treat to get to use creativity in wrapping up orders. Every order feels like a special gift from our farm to your home!
From blackberry leaf to black berry tea, its fun to see it grow on our farm and get turned into a yummy tea. Blackberry leaf gets sweeter as you brew it and is quite a bit more pleasant that one might expect. Our blackberry leaf is in our High Desert Hibiscus as well as our Oregon Harvest Berry teas.
Oregon Harvest Berry showing off her new labels, we are glad to not be printing and cutting these by hand any more. It has allowed us to enter the wholesale arena and be able to up our processing. Plus they look fabulous!
Where did January go to?! It was a busy month for this family down on the farm and the weather was interesting too! We have had snow here and there where as last year we hardly saw one snow flake. We had sunshine and blue sky, we had freezing rain and then just plain rain. Much of our time was spent working on indoor projects and cleaning/organizing our spaces. Thanks for stopping by the farm to see what is new!
Around the Barnyard ...
The chicken's seem to be happy with the abundance of water, it makes for some yummy slimy snacks. Since there isn't much for grass left out in the pasture this time of year those worms are quite the treat!
Bob basking in the sunlight and hoping that I will keep my distance, he isn't a very cuddly cat but we love him any how.
The spearmint is making a comeback even through the cold snow, its good to see some signs that spring is not that far off!
A wonderful blue sky day with a little snow on the ground!
From blue sky to ice, every day brings us different weather down on the farm.
The fog floats down on the river as the sun rises in the trees.
In the Greenhouse...
The chickens were suppose to be on bug duty in the greenhouse but I guess they needed a bath! Its quite entertaining to watch them take a dust bath!
Hey if weeds can grow in the greenhouse then so can lettuce and kale! Its time to start the spring planting and get our greenhouse flowing with abundance again! These are seeds that we saved from last year... aka free food!
Planting spinach, oh how we have missed our greens!
Tea Studio Construction ...
We started January out with just the foundation to our tea studio addition....
And slowly but surely....
We have some WALLS!!!! The framing is coming along quite nicely and giving us something to be super excited about!
In the Farm Kitchen ...
Dehydrating some haskaps for our Willamette Berry Pie Tea, a few more months and we will be picking these beauties!
Making a little skin care product in our farm kitchen this month, this lovely French Green Clay and Violet Leaf Lotion Bar has its very own DIY vide on our YouTube Channel. Have you seen it yet? Check it out here!
Farm Girl #1 had a birthday this month so for our Tisane Tuesday that week we made her a special birthday cake! Check out the recipe here!
Happy Birthday Farm Girl! Your a blessing to our family <3
We are adding away to our new YouTube Channel with this exciting DIY Cheese Making video featuring our local dairy farm and Portland, Oregon's Urban CheeseCraft. Check out our v-log style make your own cheese video here.
New in the Farm Store...
We are increasing our spring inventory in anticipation of several events and our February promotion (get a free lip balm with every order)! We thought we would update some photos too and these two lip balms got a new little photo shoot. Check out the vanilla Chai Lip Balm Here.
Ginger Snap Lip Balm, almost like a cookie! But if you are wanting to taste the flavor we recommend our Gingerbread Spice Tea instead... this one is for lip licking only!
We are SO excited to be partaking in the Salem Saturday Market again this year and have expanded our attendance to every weekend rather than every other. We will have these beautiful Market Cards for our loyal customers this year so they can earn a free bag of tea! Make sure to stop by and get your card with your favorite blend.
We are slowly introducing our new packing to our farm store and local events! We are super excited to show these off as we are happy with how they represent our farm, the other farm's that we use and the quality of our teas.
Along with new packaging also comes new sizes! We have our trial size and our full size now. Perfect for either testing out a new flavor or for that flavor you already love!
Thanks for stopping by the farm!
We are glad that you stopped by the farm and hope that you enjoyed your stay! If you need to fill up your tea stash or herbal care cupboard please do so this month and make sure you take advantage of our February promo- A FREE lip balm with every order! We will see you again soon!
December the last month of the year and a time for playing catch up on the farm as we continue to recover from such a long lasting cold. It was a time to deck the halls in prepration for the coming of Our Infant Lord on Christmas day. A time to plan gifts for loved one's and tidy up around the farm. Thanks for stopping by on such a special month! Welcome to our farm!
In the Barnyard...
In our little reading on lambs and experience with them before getting them no one mtioned how dirty they are! Our one goat seems to be nice and tidy yet these lambs seem to find every gross thing to get on them. The exciting adventure of a new farmer! This is Big Boy, who will soon be leaving us to go to the freezer. He is getting a wee bit pushy when it is time to put the food out.
Roscoe our only goat peeking over Little Bitty our Ewe. He is still busy trying to be king of the barn yard but these sheep are getting much bigger than him.
Our excitment for the month has been this vistor. He likes to hang out on the porch rather than his home across the street. Thankfully he isn't very agressive but he likes to make a mess near all the door ways and make sure his presence is known by doing what roosters do best.
This turkey, I mean turken is one of the most interesting chickens I"ve seen with his bright red bare neck. He is still a messy rooster.
Sorry no treats for you Big Boy and Little Bitty!
The pasture is still green, but its cooold and the grass isn't growing much. The chickens are quite happy though with all the wet and rain, it makes for some good worm feed.
A close up of one of our hens, she is watching you!
In the Greenhouse ...
Last month we caught bad colds and were not able to water the starts or get them in the ground for the winter garden. Sadly the greenhouse is resting. It is probably really good for the soil to rest but its been ruff not having fresh greens when ever we want them. We are making the best of this season to clean up and debug and get ready for planting in February.
Thanks to Justin Rhodes at Abundant Permaculture, we decided to put the chickens in the greehouse while it is 'resting' and let them clean up all the bugs and hopefully come spring, we won't have the pill bug infestation that we had last year. They certainly have plenty to eat out there!
And then..... there was snow! In Oregon some times we don't see one snow flake all year. This year seems to be making up for the drought that we had last year. Not wanting to see how much snow the greenhouse could hold we went and knocked it off the top.
And then it snowed again....
Around the Farm ...
Despite the cold weather the mint is still growing like crazy and doesn't seem to mind the cold freezes. Like they say, you can't kill a mint plant. No kidding!
Every once in awhile the sun peeks out and these 'mountians sing'.
Some see weeds.... All this farmer's wife sees is a whole lot of blackberry tea! These blackberries are still hanging on in the cold. Fresh blackberry and mint tea must be in order.
We thought we had a never ending wood pile, but with a drought last year that thought is bound to creep in. This year our wood pile is dwendling quicker and quicker. It has been pretty cold outside!
And then.... snow... here though it doesn't stay around too long.
In the Farm Kitchen...
The greenhouse might be resting but our fall crop garden is still giving with an abundance of winter squash in storage.
Dehydrating mini oranges to decorate the Christmas tree with.
Pulling out strawberries from the freezer that were put up from the Spring Farmer's Market, time to make Strawberry Bread for Christmas breakfast!
Christmas Eve Dinner at our house is the most special part about our Christmas traditions. A three course vegetarian meal served after the reading of the Birth of our Infant God from the Bible. Afterwards we decorate our tree and stay up until Midnight when Christ was born.
In the Farm House...
December 6th brings St Nicholas to our house. In keeping with European traditions the feast of St. Nicholas is when he brings gifts and puts them in the children's wooden clogs. Complete with oranges, nuts and treats.
Wrapping hand towels for a family tradition... brown paper packages all tied up with string. And tea! A few of my favorite things...
Christmas morning, Christ our Saviour is born! Always a favorite tradition to put Baby Jesus in the crib that has been empty and waiting all the month of December.
Up in the mountians picking out a Christmas Tree... think we found just the one!
Christmas inside the farm house, white and golden..... Merry Christmas from our farm to your home!
In the Farm Store...
Packing orders for the Christmas shopping season, some lovely things going out in the mail. We are so excited to a part of our customer's Christmas celebration knowing these healthful items are going to others.
Packing up a special order with a special gift wrapping request.
No these are not Christmas treats but a way to melt down the local bees wax that we use in our herbal salves and lip balms so that it is easier to weigh and measure. But they are beautiful and smell heavenly!
Thank you for stopping by the farm! We wish you and your family a blessed New Year in 2017 from our farm to your home!
Welcome to our Family Tea Farm!
Howdy from our farm to your home! It is said that the, "farm is the nursery of the family," and that "the family is the nursery of the nation." We hope you enjoy your visit to our blog as we share with you the happenings on our little "nursery". Thank you for following us on our journey and watching us GROW! Read more about our farm HERE.
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