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!
In the Barnyard ...
Lots of lovin' on animals in the barnyard by littles.
Oh Tiny you are such a sweet lamb.
Daisy Dog a little too anxious to meet the animals in the barn yard.
We added 18 more layer chicks to the barn yard in hopes of replacing our current laying flock. We are adding three new breeds to the barn yard and we are looking forward to some deep dark chocolate eggs in the spring :)
Hi Roscoe, our barnyard mascot, still not the same without his Lucy Girl.
Big Boy is fattening up well and probably headed to the freezer soon. Its a blessing to be able to give them such a good life and to know where our food comes from and know it wasn't a feed lot.
Around the Farm ...
Bloom'n going on in the garden down on the farm!
God makes wonderfully beautiful plants, this is our tea harvest going into the dehydrator for our new Oregon Harvest Berry Tea, and Rose City Repose.
Beautiful roses from our single rose bush which hopefully will be graced with many more roses bushes this fall.
Harvesting our hop plants, such a wonderful blessing of a harvest this year!
The hops are big, bold and beautiful this year! Such an abundance!!!
September can be called harvest month for sure as we started hauling in the abundance from our crop garden. We missed a few zucchini but the chickens really didn't mind ;)
So many wonderful spaghetti squash will be entering our fall dishes so very soon.
We harvested giant red and yellow potatoes from our crop garden some of them weighing over 1 lb each!!
So much money saved by growing food in our yard... growing money in our yard ;)
About 55 lbs of potatoes from one small row of potatoes in our crop garden. Not enough to get us through the winter but a wonderful start and proof that they may be grown here in not even the best soil. We will be sure to add many more rows in our next planting of spring potatoes.
Building the Tea Studio...
If you have been following our farm you are already aware that we are adding on a tea studio to our farmhouse. It will give us a dedicated area to create the items in our farmstore. Currently every item is carefully handcrafted in our farm kitchen. We are very excited to be expanding our space!
Lots of dirt and lots of digging to get the foundation ready for the tea studio.
Building forms, this will be one sturdy foundation!
Helloooo cement truck! Time to pour! And this time it isn't tea ;)
Every good building starts with a solid foundation, how about this puppy?
The Farmer standing on our big wall... its starting to look like something now!
In the Greenhouse ...
Learning to work the new soil blocker and getting some winter plants started.
So happy to see our peppers start to fruit! Thank you St. Fiacre and Christ our Lord for answered prayers.
Working out in the greenhouse picking tomatoes with the toddler. She set them up just perfect for a little photo shoot. Time to put these puppies into the dehydrator for future sauce.
In the Farm Kitchen ...
Peaches from our local peach farm into the dehydrator and freezer for future treats.
Dehydrating aronia berries from Mt. Hope Farms for our Oregon Harvest Berry Tea. So yummy and unique!
Dinner from the garden including potato and zucchini fritters with farm fresh eggs, mini cantaloupe from the crop garden and cucumbers, tomatoes and basil from the garden.
Lunch time for our hard working construction grew! Hydrating Bloom'n Hibiscus tea and nourishing Sourdough Whole Wheat Bread... just the main ingredients for our lunch ;)
A busy day in the farm kitchen! Canning sugar free apple butter with apples we were blessed with, kombucha on its second ferment (elderberry, ginger, cardamom) and kefir fermenting.
Our tomatoes dehydrated, in their jar until its sauce making time! God's bounty is beautiful!
And the finished product, homemade tomato sauce with garden fresh dehydrated tomatoes served over a locally hand crafted pasta and on the side, a garden fresh salad!
In the Farm Store ...
Welcoming fall with our newest tea, Oregon Harvest Berry! Featuring four local Oregon farms: Blackberry leaves from our little farm, apples from Queener Farms, Aronia Berries from Mt. Hope Farms and blue Cornflowers from Floating Petals Confetti.
Its a beautiful applish berry tea, so Oregon and so harvest season! Check out more photos and the details of the tea over in our farm store. Welcome Oregon Harvest Berry!
Another Oregon blend on our list for the fall/winter season! Say hello to Coastal Cranberry Spice! Featuring Oregon grown cranberries along with hibiscus, cinnamon, lemongrass, ginger and more. Very reminiscent of a mulled wine with all the benefits of tea and alcohol free! Check Coastal Cranberry Spice out here in our farm store here.
Today's cool Oregon rainy day is making me wish for this lovely vibrant tea!
Three new gift sets have made their appearance in our farm store as well! Two new sets for men: one features 2 oz tins of our Cypress Deodorant and Beard Balm. The other features our tea and salve with smaller tins of salve. The third is a salve only set for new mothers/expectant mothers. Featuring three of our 2 oz salves: Farmer's Wife Nursing Salve, Baby Bum and Body Balm, and Belly Balm for growing and changing bellies. Check them all out in our farm store under the gift set section! And for being a devoted reader please make sure to take 10% off your order with coupon code THANKYOU2016!
Thanks for stopping by the farm!
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.