It's spring time down on the farm and that means the spring garden is in full swing. Learn how to trellis peas (or green beans) in a poly tunnel in this weeks video. What is tea time without a good spring salad that includes peas?!
It is getting cooler here down on the farm and the out door garden is done, the greenhouse is slowing down and our projects have slowly been moving inside the house as we finish up preserving food for the winter. Thanks for stopping by the farm, we hope that you enjoy your visit!
Around the Farm...
Our squash harvest curing on our front porch. We have probably consumed 1/3 of it all ready so it probably won't get us through the winter as a family of 6 but its a start to some food sustainability!
A few rose beauties bloomed this fall so we snatched them up to dry for our Rose City Repose Tea and Willamette Berry Pie Tea. Nothing like fresh herbs/tea from the farm!
Our chickens started molting at the start of the month and as a result we had very few eggs. It appears that they are back at it and making up for lost time. This poor chicken must have though she was a goose because her egg sure looked more like a goose egg than a chicken egg!
It wouldn't even fit in the egg crate. And to our disappointment there were not two yokes just one huge one!
In the Barnyard....
Sock's Jr. getting some snuggle time away. Kittens are just so adorable aren't they?!
There is much joy in farm life but it certainly comes with its sorrows. This month we lost our lamb Tiny, he is the one standing with his back turned. This was the last photo we have of him. He came to us very sick and wounded which we though we had fixed but he was always a little off. It seems it got the best of him as he slowly wasted away regardless of the helps we applied. Now we are just down to Little Bitty and Big Boy. Hopefully they will provide us with a nice herd.
I spy, a kitten in our sage plant. As I knelt down to take product photos with our wooden planter as a back drop I became eye level with this cute little fluff ball. Quite the surprise but it made me smile.
In the Greenhouse...
Fall had not quite come yet the beginning of October, leaves were just starting to change but not drop yet. The greenhouse was still going strong. Over the month though the leaves have all fallen off the grapevine leaving our greenhouse a little bare. Mold has started to hit some of the decaying bean and tomato plants. We are busily cleaning up and translating winter crops to hunker down for a few months.
Green beans the start of October, getting a decent harvest for the start of fall!
Its still harvest time!
In the Farm Kitchen...
Italian sausage, with fresh basil and garden fresh tomato sauce over spaghetti squash. Grown from our farm and what wasn't was purchased from a local farm. Topped with a bit of raw cheese!
Enjoying the last of our fresh apples with some local cranberries, maple syrup and cinnamon, yum!
A special event in our family called for some off the farm treats. Chocolate covered pretzels are always a request.
A tea party for a little pumpkin coming our way, tomato and cheddar cheese filled croissants.
Enjoying a Pinot Noir Sourdough from Cascade Baking Co. in Salem, OR topped with free range chicken salad and local cranberries. Delish !
Pumpkin Cheesecake dip with probiotic cream cheese and farm grown buttercup squash.
Farm made pumpkin bread with our buttercup squash topped with probiotic cranberry cream cheese.
That says it all, no need to mess with God's creations here!
Venturing away from OUR farm...
This full size sheep makes our lambs actually look like lambs, this one was very friendly!
Pumpkin pick'n for our Little Pumpkin Baby Shower, complete with a field of solar panels.
Cute little root'n piggies!
I wanted to take this sweet calf home, he was so friendly!
Tea Studio Progress ...
Construction on our tea studio continues with pouring the final pad on the foundation, next are walls... yay walls!
There is quite a bit under that cement pad many wouldn't know was there! Building a solid foundation....
Smoothing it out to perfection...
In the Farm Store...
Sharing our goods at the Fall Oregon Poultry and Homesteading Faire, we are excited to be back to their winter Faire in Feb.! Eugene here we come :)
Lip balm and salve display, decking out in our fall colors with flowers from the farm.
Introducing a new box to our farm store, the Men's Tea and Salve gift set, check it out here!
Another set with three of our most popular salves/balms for new mothers: Nursing Salve, Baby Bum and Body Balm and Belly Balm. Grab the details here in our farm store!
Last but not least our most purchased item from our farm store sans tea, our Expectant Mother Gift box. We have customers who love to gift this to friends and family who are expecting babies and need a little extra TLC or cheer up during the trials of the first trimester. The gift recipients have enjoyed this box so much that they send one of their own when their friend is expecting and so it continues to go. Get the skinny on this lovely box over at our farm store.
Thank you for stopping by the farm!
Looking back I think we could name June spring harvest month! We have been busy down on the farm harvesting our spring crops and putting in our summer crops. It sure has made for a busy month out in the garden but one full of many blessings. Welcome to our farm!
In the Farm Kitchen
First up on the harvesting list is our nubby carrots. These were intended to be short, a mere 6 inch carrot, but they decided to go wide as well. We would have liked to leave them in the ground longer but needed the space for other crops so out they came!
This was probably our biggest strawberry harvest in one picking from our small strawberry patch. Much too small of a patch for our liking, we will be finding a place to expand it for next year. There is nothing better than home grown, fresh from the vine strawberries!
A nightly harvest from the greenhouse garden: a few beets which don't grow so well in our greenhouse, a lovely green cabbage, carrots and lots of salad greens.
Cabbage cabbage! After figuring none of it would actually make a cabbage head it turns out that patience is fruitful.
Nope not green beans but kale pods! When kale flowers it shoots out these pods and the seed is inside. We picked some early and fermented them in a salt brine for a few days on the counter then let them rest in the fridge. They came out like a garlicky green bean. We used them similar to capers cut up on some salmon with lots of butter and salt. It was fantastic!
One big radish! Kidding, a turnip snuck in with our radish harvest. We made sure to put it to good use.
Dinner all from the garden, now to replicate that 364 more days and we will have met our goal of being self sustaining with our food! Roasted beets, turnip and radishes with a balsamic honey glaze and garden fresh salad.
The purple cabbage was ready and my was it dense, which is great! A little on the spicy side so I'm thinking it didn't get as much water as it needed. It has been adding color to our salad for weeks now.
Lunch down on the farm made and grown on the farm. Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread from our fresh ground flour and made with local honey, eggs from the chickens soon to be egg salad, peas and carrots as our veggies.
Home made mayo in less than 5 minutes, grab the tutorial here. This was a shot intended to go with our first video DIY but the iPad died just before the end so it go set on the back burner for now.
Fresh and local Sunday breakfast tradition down on the farm! When we can't grow our own there is no better sub than locally grown from other farms in the area! This is truly a Farmer's Market Breakfast from the Salem Saturday Market. Eggs provided by our own chickens, nitrate free bacon, fresh fruit from the market, marion berries from family, Cinnamon Raisin toast from The Bread Board of Falls City and wonderful Haskap Fruit Spread from Mt. Hope Farms. Delicious tea from our farm store with a bit of local raw honey from Beeline Honey Co. in Salem, OR.
One of the things we love most about Oregon is all the wonderful seasonal fruit, it is a real treat for our family every year! Oregon strawberries are some of the best around and while the season is short we make sure to enjoy God's wonderful strawberries! Salem, Oregon is also known as the Cherry City and so cherries are in order for sure along with some marionberries grown by our family members. Such a treat!
Eggs are still abundant down on the farm though it seems we have one chicken having a ruff time. Chicken egg colors are based on their breed and the two breeds we have are suppose to lay brown eggs which they usually do. It seems this chicky isn't getting enough nutrition but my guess is that she is low on the pecking order since all the other eggs look well and fine.
The Farm Animals...
Oh how we miss this little kitty, we are not sure what happened to her as she just disappeared one day but she rather enjoyed my gardening shoes when she was with us. Farm life is always teaching us about life, loss, love and sometimes death. God's cycle is always a lesson.
Our lambs are getting rather big! July proved our last month for bottle feeding Little Bitty who isn't so little bitty any more. The lambs are enjoying their free range and pasture grass with a nice rub under the chin here and there.
Mama cat is still parked in front of our door with her furry babies. She is having a ruff time with the loss of 2 of her 3 kittens especially when the one left took a ride to town under our truck. St. Francis must have been looking out for her because she survived two trips under the truck and came back home. We call her spunky because she is always looking for a fun time and hitching a ride.
Around the Farm...
The outdoor garden went in this month. Lots of digging, tilling and then mulching and cleaning up the area. Talk about motivation for a different way of preparing the land. We hope to use our chickens as our tillers this fall and work on a deep mulch system that will save us the work and hopefully build better soil while feeding our chickens. Thank you to Justin Rhodes of Abundant Permaculture for inspiring such an idea.
In go the plant starts and the straw mulch. Nothing like crawling around in your garden ;)
Ahhh! Done, what a happy moment and thankful the garden was smaller rather than larger at least in this regard.
When plants bloom it sure is easier to identify them! We discovered after being here two summers that we have St. Johns Wort growing along the front of our property. Oh happy day to know that we have such a wonderful herbal medicine right in our yard!
Lavender harvest has begun! I always hate having to cut the flowers off the plant because they make the yard look so beautiful and we really enjoy having these plants around but they are so beneficial that flower cutting must commence.
Hand tying lavender wands for drying. We use lavender in three of our teas in our farm shop; Floral Repose (Soon to be renamed Rose City Repose), Raspberry Repose (soon to be renamed Riverfront Repose) and our Lavender Earl Grey.
Evening Lavender Harvest, the best way to relax down on the farm!
Harvesting chamomile from down on the farm which may be found in many of our teas including Orange Jasmine Green Tea, and Floral Repose (Rose City Repose).
Our grapes are coming along well and we are so excited to see fruit on the vines for the first time!
Sometimes there weeds, sometimes their food. Blackberries in Oregon can be so bitter sweet (pun intended). They take over any yard and are near impossible to kill off unless you want to use chemicals or let pigs free range on the farm. Our pigmy goats are helpful in keeping them down some what by eating the leaves which kill off the canes. But when this time of year comes around we are thankful for their fruits!
In the Greenhouse...
Harvest basket hanging out in the greenhouse collecting kale pods and the like.
Chickory bloomed this month, the flowers were so pretty!
Radish pods ready for harvesting for seed. We didn't manage to pickle any of these but perhaps next radish season.
View looking out from the greenhouse on a wet day. A dash out to grab salad greens for dinner while the sun peeks through the clouds.
Mid-spring harvest pulling up radish seed and chickory root making way for summer plants.
Farm girl #2 packing Spunky around the garden. Spring peas falling over and summer green bean starts in the ground.
Tomato starts in the ground with beet going to seed in the background.
Down come the peas to make way fro green beans.
Baby bean starts hoping they hold off the pill bugs ... we shall see....
Kale, lots of kale. Kale in the winter, kale in the fall, kale in the spring and kale in the summer a green for all seasons. I must confess we started sautéing it as we are rather tired of kale salads.
Trips off the Farm to other Farms...
Blueberry season is here and we could not be happier... so happy we picked 91 lbs of these lovely things for the freezer. Check out how huge they are! If you ever get a chance to pick at Satterwhites Farm off Hwy 22 make sure you take it!
Earlier in the month we picked haskap berries for our Willamette Berry Pie Tea blend from the local test farm in the Eugene area.
In the Farm Store...
The Salem Saturday Market is always bringing us surprises with the weather! This particular day was so hot we made sure we had plenty of iced tea to share!
Bloom'n Hibiscus and Bullet and Bean tea were in order for sampling this market day served with a bit of local raw honey from Beeline Honey Co.
We introduced a couple of new teas this month made especially for mothers. The one pictured above is a lactation tea called Our Lady of the Milk in honor of the devotion to Nuestra Señora de la Leche y Buen Parto a Spanish devotion to our Lady of the Milk and Happy Delivery.
Our other new addition to our tea selection is a monthly tea for women called Our Lady's Mantle in devotion also to Our Lady but also because the main ingredient is called lady's mantle that has great properties for assisting women during their monthly menstrual cycle.
A few of our organic hand blended loose leaf teas ready to go in their new home at Bear Branch Farms in Stayton.
We were so excited to welcome this St. Fiacre statue to our Salem Saturday Market display. Its quite a treasure to find such a rare saint statue in our area and one of good quality. We are happy to have our patron with us now where ever we go. May St. Fiacre bless all of your gardens and thank you for stopping to see what is new down on the farm!!
March will be finishing up here soon and April is headed on in. We have also had some beautiful sun breaks but a whole lot of that liquid sunshine has been coming our way. That along with a thunderstorm or two and all the plants are looking vividly green and the leaves on the trees are coming on out. Many of the trees and plants are blooming, Spring is here for sure!
In the hoop house...
Not too much change in the hoop house through the month. We had some good planting weather in February with plenty of sunshine. Since then its been wet, very wet with not much sun and most of our seedlings and plants are fairy stagnant for now. The cool weather crops don't seem to mind too much and there are still plenty of bugs after our tiny plants.
Whats growing outside...
The farm animals ...
The Fermentation Station ...
This week we start a new adventure in our kombucha brewing. Sadly our homemade starter from GT's Kombucha turned into a vinegar scoby and we have been drinking vinegar for a few weeks :( Thankfully we received a Tibetan Scoby that is working out wonderfully. Much better tasting! We are second fermenting the tea here with some Pinot Noir grapes from Thistle Hill Vineyards.
In the farm kitchen...
Eggs, Eggs, Eggs, and more Eggs! Go chickens go! We had quite the amount of meals with eggs in them last week I might say. Its time to get our little egg stand down at the end of the farm driveway.
What's New in the Farm Store and
On Saturday we had our 'grand opening' and also celebrated the Feast of St. Fiacre the patron of Gardener's and our little farm's namesake. We had fruit filled cornucopias, garden salad (with fresh garden tomatoes) and 'garden' pizza from from our favorite local pizzeria, Panzenellies!
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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.
6 Weeks To Ditching The Grocery Store
7 Reasons For Eating Seasonably
About Our Family
Brewing Sun Tea
Cherry City Chai Tea
Children And Farming
Coastal Cranberry Spice
Cooking From Storage
Cooking With Tea
Corporations And Food
Ditch The Grocery Store
Down On The Farm
Dr. Philip Norman
Dr. Winston Price
Eating In Season: Fall
Eating In Season: Winter
Eat In Season
Eat In Season: Spring
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Farm Kitchen Tour
Grand Opening Week
Growing From Seed
Growing In Winter
Growing Your Own Food
Herbal Baby Care
Herbal Infant Care
Herbs And Plants
Holiday Gift Giving
Hospitals And Health
How To Brew Tea
How To Say Our Name
How To Videos
Know Your Tea
Know Your Tea Farmer
New Tea Blends
No Grocery Store
Nutritional Health Prevention
Our Daily Bread
St. Nicholas Day
Sunday Is God's Day
Tea Of The Month
Tea Press Review
Tisane Tea Tuesday
Week In Pictures
Willamette Berry Pie Tea
Young Farmer Friday