Please read about our farm's patron, St. Fiacre HERE. Enjoy some garden bounty today in his honor and ask him to watch over your garden and abundance! Today we also share our August happenings around the farm in hopes we can establish at least a monthly farm update as we did last year. The farm store should also re-open soon with a few new items and updates. Thank you for your patience as our family has been recovering from illnesses and business of life!
In the Hoop house…
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!
In the kitchen …
In the garden …
farm animals …
We are a small family farm specializing in herbal creations and sharing our little 'want to be' homestead with you all. Our site was named after the Patron of Gardener's who turned up his land with his staff and was famous for curing many ailments by way of miracles. We thought he was a fitting patron for our herbal creations where we use many of God's wonderful plants to promote healing and good health.
The story of St. Fiacre …..
Fiacre, Saint, Abbot, b. in Ireland about the end of the sixth entry; d. 18 August, 670. Having been ordained priest, he retired to a hermitage on the banks of the Nore of which the town land Kilfiachra, or Kilciples flocked to him, but, desirous of greater solitude, he left his native land and arrived, in 628, at Meaux, where St. Faro then held episcopal sway. He was generously received by Faro, whose kindly feelings were engaged to the Irish monkn for blessings which he and his father's house had received from the Irish missionary Columbanus. Faro granted him out of his own patrimony a site at Brogillum (Breuil) surrounded by forests. Here Fiacre built an oratory in hour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a hospice in which he received strangers, and a cell in which he himself lived apart. He lived a life of great mortification, in prayer, fast, vigil, and the maul labour of the garden. Disciples gathered around him and soon formed a monastery. There is a legend that St. Faro allowed him as much land as he might surround in one day with a furrow; that Fiacre turned up the earth with the point of his crosier, and that an officious woman hastened to tell Faro that he was being beguiled; that Faro coming to the wood recognized that the wonder work was a man of God and ought his blessing, and that Fiacre henceforth excluded women, on pain of sever bodily infirmity, from the precincts of his monastery. In reality, the exclusion of women was a common rule in the Irish foundations. His fame for miracles was widespread. He cured all manner of diseases by laying his hands; blindness, polypus, fevers are mentioned, and especially a tumor or fistula called 'le vic de S. Fiacre".
His remains were interred in his church at Breuil, where his sanctity was soon attested by the numerous cures wroth at his tomb. Many churches and oratories have den dedicated to him throughout France. His shrine at Breuil is still a resort for pilgrims with bodily ailments. In 1234 his remains were placed in a shrine by Pierre, Bishop of Meaux, his arm being encased in a separate reliquary. In 1479 the relics of Sts. Fiacre and Kilian were placed in a silver shrine, which was removed in 1568 to the cathedral church at Meaux for safety from the destructive fanaticism of the Calvinists. In 1617 the Bishop of Meaux gave part of the saint's body to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and in 1637 the shrine was again opened and part of the vertebrae given to Cardinal Richelieu. A mystery play of the fifteenth entry celebrates St. Fiacre's life and miracles. St. John of Matha, Lous XIII, and Anne of Austria were among his most famous clients. He is the patron of gardeners. The French cab derives its name from him. The Hotel de St-Fiacre, in Rue St-Martin, Paris, in the middle of the seventeenth century first let these coaches on hire. The sign of the inn was an image of the saint, and the coaches in time came to be called by his name. His feast is kept on the 30th of August. Taken from The Catholic Encyclopedia ; Robert Appleton Company + Imprimatur 1909
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