WHO TAUGHT THE BIRDS?
Who taught the bird to build her nest,
Of wool and hay and moss?
Who taught her how to weave it best,
And lay the twigs across?
Who taught the busy bee to fly,
Among the sweetest flowers,
And lay her store of honey by,
To last in Winter's hours?
Who taught the little ant the way,
Its narrow nest to weave,
And through the pleasant summer day
To gather up its leaves?
'Twas God taught them all the way,
And gave them little skill.
He teaches children when they pray,
To do His holy will.
The Ideal Catholic Reader- Third, 1922
By A Sister of St, Joseph
The other day, it was a particularly warm day, we were inspired by one of our customers to make a cold version of our Peppermint Patty Tea. Until now it was most popular as a hot winter time tea because of the peppermint bringing thoughts of Christmas trees and candy canes. When our customer mentioned they drink it iced it put this winter tea into a new perspective. We decided to give it a try and the results were delicious! We hope you will agree.
BLENDED PEPEERMINT PATTY LATTE
1/4 cup Loose Leaf Peppermint Patty Tea
2 cups filtered water
2 cups ice
1/2 cup of milk (we used kefir for a probiotic kick!)
4-5 TBL raw honey (We love our local raw honey from Bee Line Honey Co.)
Add your 2 cups of filtered water to your tea kettle or pot and bring to a boil. Place your Loose Leaf Peppermint Patty Tea in a French Press (or use other steeping device) and add boiling water. Let steep for about 5-7 minutes. Once your tea has steeped strain into a blender (Vitamix or Blendtec works best). Add remaining ingredients starting with ice (it will help cool the tea down for blending) and blend until ice is chipped to your liking. Serve in a pretty glass, top with some cocoa nibs and fresh mint. Sip and enjoy!
A blessed Friday yet again! Today we have a little poem about bee's. We hope you enjoy and that you have a wonderful weekend!!!
THE BUSY BEE
HOW doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower.
How skilfully she builds her cell,
How neat she spreads the wax
And labors hard to store it well
With the sweet food she makes.
In works of labor or of skill,
I would be busy too;
For Satan finds some mischief still
For idle hands to do.
In books, or work, or harmless play,
Let my first years be passed,
That I may give, for every day,
Some good account at last.
From the Metropolitan Second Reader 1883
Its been a busy busy April and May is just busier! Our apologies for the mid month, rather than the beginning of the month farm update. Without further ado.... here is what we have been up to....
In the Greenhouse ...
The greenhouse at the beginning of April, spring is just getting a start here.
Here come our sugar snap pea blooms, so beautiful!
The radishes are coming out nice and plump with only a few critters taking some bites. These were a lovely addition to our nightly green salad! Maybe we should call it garden salad instead....
Goodies from the farm from this particular day, beet leaves, a few baby beets and some fresh eggs. Thank you chickens!
Our cabbage getting a little too much warmth in the hot hoop house, doesn't look like it will probably give us a cabbage head but we shall see.
Our cabbage patch.... not dolls, but food :D
The rainbow chard is looking beautiful!
Kale Brocoli? The kale is trying to flower in all the heat we had but it goes great in salads any way!
The end of April in the hoop house has quite the growth going on, spring is here for sure!
Around the Farm...
I spy with my little eye a HASKAP! Exciting to see our first fruits of the season. These lovely blueberrish treats are similar to blueberries but they are from Japan/Russia and are a more tart elongated version of the blueberry. We were blessed with many of these plants and hope they continue to grow!
A few more berry sitings.....
These lovelies went into a batch of kombucha!
Our wild grown comphrey patch. They are beautiful to booth and great for muscle soreness.
In the Barnyard ...
Fat fat Mama Cat.... getting ready to have her babies!
Rocco you crazy goat! I don't have any treats for you!!!
Speaking of babies, turns out she was really ready to have them. Three tiny kittens, sadly one of them was malformed and didn't make it more than a week. We are glad that he didn't have to suffer longer poor little guy.
The Fermentation Station ...
Kimchee fermenting on the counter, a staple in our house for scrambled eggs and anything else!
Purple Kraut, for those who don't like spicy kimchee.
The haskaps from above fermenting away in their kombucha brew.
Everyone has a fermenting shelf right? Ok so maybe its time to eat some of that and make space.... Fermented beets, fermented jalapeños from last summer, a bunch of cherry tomatoes from last summer (red and green), kraut of a couple kinds and some mixed veggies and our sour dough starter. At least I'll know that they make it a year.. hehe.
Meet our scoby... this is what makes our kombucha tea ferment. Looks kinda crazy like a mushroom but its a colony of bacteria and yeast that help brew our brew. I accidentally made one of these when putting orange peels in vinegar... though that was a vinegar scoby. Makes for a great science experiment!
Straining some finished kombucha brew from its second ferment, looks like some yummy Bloom'n Hibiscus!
Our Daily Sourdough, a Class of Its Own...
Two loaves a day keeps hungry tummies away....
Love this crusty loaf great with a bowl of soup on a cloudy day. There are still a few of those left but not many.
In the Farm Kitchen ...
Curried Chicken a la pressure cooker
Weekly quiche provided by our barnyard chickens.
The garden is my paint palate... a couple of our nightly salads from April. All out of the garden accept for the broccoli and strawberries..
Blending up a green kefir smoothie for an afternoon snack with some frozen blueberries from our u-pick adventure last year.
What's New in the Farm Store ...
In April our tea was featured by world renowned florist, Katie Davis, from Ponderosa and Thyme. Our beautiful Floral Repose Tea here traveled from Salem Oregon to England as a gift to her workshop participants. I'd say a florists touch did our tea pretty good. Thank you Katie again!
It started with the Arnica...... we have been busy rebranding our labels. This was the first one to get its make over. That also means some fresh inventory in stock!
We added some dog salve to our shop for our doggy friends! Great for snouts, skin and paws. Where ever doggy skin needs attention due to dryness, itching, or wound healing. Click photo for more information.
Our first Salem Saturday Market was a blast and Salem was very welcoming. The weather perhaps not cheerful and sunny but we didn't get rained on!
Our products are made by hand from the bottom up.... from design, to printing, to packaging and everything in the package... sealed with love and prayer. Here is a look at our new Belly Balm Labels. Click photo for more info.
Our Beard Balm is sporting a new label and a fancy photo shoot, check it out by clicking on the photo.
Our popular Joint and Back Salve has lovely cayenne pepper in it to help bring heat and circulation to your painful muscles. Read more about this salve by clicking the photo.
The end of April took us to the Salem Armory in Oregon joining fellow artisans from the Salem Etsy Team showing off our goods.
Inspired by Ponderosa and Thyme's lovely photo of our tea we decided not only to give our salves a new photo shoot but update our tea photos as well. Pictured above is our Farmer's Wife Tea Blend, a light green and raspberry tea that is especially good for women health. Pictured below is our Floral Repose Tea, wonderful not just for looks but as a relaxing night time tea. It also works great for teething toddlers!
A close up of our Floral Repose.... we nick name it the Pretty Tea
The warmer days are coming so its time to break out the Bloom'n Hibiscus Tea! Our favorite summer sun tea sweated with some local raw honey. Click the photos to order yours today!
That wraps up April down on the farm! We will see you in a couple of short weeks with our whirlwind May updates. Harvesting season is upon us and planting season for Summer as well!! May God bless you and keep you and thanks for visiting down on the farm!
My apologies for yet another late Young Farmer Friday! This week we thought we would share this little poem that embraces so many of God's wonderful creations and even helps to regulate our time during the day. Down at the Farm the angelus bell rings three times a day reminding us of the Incarnation of God.
The Angelus Bell
FIRST CHILD MORNING
HAIL, Mary! now the sun is up
All things around look glad and bright,
And heather-bell and butter-cup
Shake off the dew-drops of the night.
The lambs are frisking in the fields,
The lark is singing in the sky;
And man his waking tribute yields
To thee and thy sweet Son on high.
SECOND CHILD NOON
Hail, Mary! midway in the sky
The noontide sun its lustre sheds,
The field-flowers almost seem to die,
So low they hang their drooping heads.
The lambs have sought the woodland shade.
The lark has ceased her note of glee;
And pausing in the furrowed glade,
The ploughman lifts his heart to thee.
THIRD CHILD EVENING
Hail, Mary! now the sun is far
Adorn his western path of light,
The flowers, beneath the evening star.
Drink up the dew-drops of the night.
The lambs are by their mothers laid,
The lark is brooding o'er her nest,
And when the evening prayer is made,
Then weary man shall sink to rest.
From the Metropolitan Second Reader 1883
If you are just joining us for Young Farmer Friday, last week we shared the first part of The Little Lamb, you may find that post here. Apologies for no printable this week, life has been busy down on the farm!
The Little Lamb ... continued...
WHEN Christina drew near the farmer's house, she saw his wife standing at the door, with the youngest child in her arms, while the elder ones stood around her. They were looking at the beautiful rainbow, which now after the storm appeared among the dark gray clouds in all the splendor of its seven colors.
" Look at the rainbow,'' said the mother, as she pointed with uplifted arm, "and glorify Him that made it. In the fiery lightning and fearful thunder, God shows us his great pow-er and majesty; but in the beautiful colors of the rainbow, He displays his goodness and His mercy."
Christina was charmed, now in looking at the beautiful colors of the rainbow, now at the smiling faces of the children; and she was silent until the rainbow disappeared. Then she took the lamb out of her apron, and setting it on its feet, told how she had found it.
"It was very good and honest of you," said the farmer's wife, kindly, "to come out so late in the evening, and even while it was raining! You are a good, honest little girl."
"That she is, indeed," said the farmer, who now came out. ''I trust that you, my chil-dren, will ever be as honest and as upright as this poor little girl. It is better never to have a single sheep, and to be honest and virtuous, than to be the dishonorable and dishonest possessor of a hundred.
"The honesty which impelled this poor child to bring back the lamb, is a treasure of the heart more precious than a whole flock of sheep,—a treasure of which the wolf or the enemy can never deprive her." Frank, the farmer's little boy, now ran to the. fold and brought out the old sheep.
How the little thing jumped and sprang about her for joy! "Oh!" cried Christina, when she saw this; "if it were only for this delight that the poor little thing feels, I do not re-gret bringing it back—though I wished so much to keep it!"
"Well," said the farmer, “since you are so honest, and so fond of the little creature, I will make you a present of it. But it would do you no good at present. It cannot live without milk, and would perish miserably. But in about a fortnight it will be strong enough to feed on grass and herbs, and then Frank will bring it to you."
"But be sure to take good care of it," said his wife. " It will neither be troublesome nor expensive to bring it up. While you are gathering strawberries or sewing, you can easily herd it, and, without ever trespassing on any one's meadow, you can gather as much grass to dry for hay, as will feed it during the winter.
"When it once grows up, the milk will be very useful for your own and your mother's humble housekeeping, and the wool will supply a few pairs of stockings every year," "And if you have luck," said the farmer's little boy, " perhaps you will have a whole flock in time!"
Christina was forced to stay for supper, and heartily enjoyed the milk and bread and butter. The good woman then gave her a fine large slice of fresh, rich butter, wrapped in vine-leaves, and a dozen of eggs, to carry home. "Take these to your moth-er," said she, while she carefully put the eggs in her apron; "greet her kindly from me, and may God soon restore her to health!"
Christina hastened joyfully home through the flowery little valley. Meanwhile the sky had cleared, and the evening star and the slender moon, which now appeared for the first time, beamed gently into the valley. All the flowers and shrubs still dropped with rain, and had a fragrant perfume. Christina's heart felt indescribably happy.
"The heaven and earth," thought she, “are always more beautiful after a storm; but I never before saw them look so sweet and lovely as they do this evening." When she reached home, she told all this to her mother.
"You see," said her mother, "it is just as I told you. That is the pleasure of a good conscience. When we do what is right, our heart is filled with sweet peace; for God teaches us through our conscience that he is pleased with us. Christina! always hearken to the voice of conscience, and never do any thing that is not right and just before God.
" You know well we are poor, and have very little in this world; but let us keep a good conscience, and we are rich enough; and we will never want happiness—yes, the noblest and sweetest happiness in the world will be ours."
From the Metropolitan Second Reader 1883
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