May has brought us green trees, green grass, blackberry weeds, and so much more growth in the greenhouse, the barnyard and the whole farm. We hope you enjoy your May visit down on the farm.
Around the Barnyard ...
The very beginning of May brought some new friends to our little farm. Two ram bummer lambs took over the inside of our barn. These little guys will be raised for the freezer as part of making our little micro farm sustainable and to help in raising our own food.
Please meet Tiny and Big Boy...
Socks got a little surprised and woken from his nap... ahhhh stretch! Nothing like a nap in the dirt.
Tiny and Big Boy get a break from their barn life to taste the green grass...
Big Boy enjoying his outdoor time...
Time for a bottle.... Pepsi the breakfast of champions ;) We started them out on lamb replacer and gradually changed them to half cows milk kefir, half formula and some raw scrambled chicken eggs with molasses.
Meet our little ewe lamb, Little Bitty... she was the last bummer lamb from the local lamb farm and left all along so of course we welcomed her to our farm. The future mother of our future freezer lambs.
Lambs out for a walk.... they follow where ever I go...
Spotted by the chickens who think they are going to get treats....
Getting bigger! Lambs introduction to the pasture, they thought follow the leader sounded like fun.
Farm Girl #1 visiting with our every growing lambs and Lucy the goat.
One of our two little farm kittens, not a fan of getting her picture taking. Our mama cat had two kittens last month.
In the Greenhouse and Around the Farm...
Our busy greenhouse at the beginning of the month, packed with peas, cabbage, carrots, chicory, kale, beets, fennel, radishes and lettuce.
So excited to see cabbage heads forming!
After burning our summer crops in the greenhouse last year we broke down and put a shade cover on the hoop house. Its amazing how well it works and it keeps the temps down 10-20 degrees.
Seed shelf built by the Farmer to keep the pill bugs away from our seedlings. Its working great!
Baby seedlings growing big for our summer garden...
Little Lady in the greenhouse enjoying some sunshine!
Our two grape vines are looking like they will fruit on this, their second year.
Foraging for black berry leaves for our Bloom'n Hibiscus Loose Leaf Tea.
Blooms showing up in our Mary Garden...
Roses, lavender and chamomile from our Mary Garden.
Our Floral Repose Tea bouquet, one of the few teas that we grow many of the tea ingredients in our yard. A great caffeine free night time tea drunk to assist with restful sleep.
In the Farm Kitchen ...
Haskap Berry Whole Wheat Sourdough Muffins for Sunday breakfast.
A small but beautiful haskap berry harvest from our few plants.
Our first spring salad all from our garden and farm. Kale, haskap berries, steamed eggs, and peas.
Abundance of eggs brings us weekly frittatas, quick and easy dinner- just add green salad!
First radishes and carrots from the greenhouse.... love those Easter Egg Radishes!
Another all garden/farm produced salad.... snap peas, carrots, radishes, steamed eggs and kale.
Sourdough Whole Wheat Scones with haskap berriers grown on our farm and some dairy free whipped cream. With tea of course!
Whole Wheat Sourdough Pizza, a little treat not out of our garden but made for special company.
Fermenting green haskap berries, they turned out great! They taste like something between green olives and capers.
Curry Chicken Pasta, kale and strawberry salad and local sourdough bread... dinner down on the farm.
Local spray-free strawberries brought us a morning of making freezer jam. A great and easy project for our Farm Girls, a home ec. lesson.
The Feast of Corpus Christi brings us cross cut bread, red wine, grapes and roast lamb as we celebrate and remember the Last Supper and Holy Eucharist.
In the Farm Store and at the Market ...
The start of May found us packing up a whole sale order for a new cafe opening in McMinnville, Oregon called, Mommies Minis. You will find some of our teas served there, some for purchase and our mother's and children's line of herbal care along with some great fun for the children. Make sure to check it out when they open.
Our 'how to brew loose leaf tea' station at the Salem Saturday Market.
Introducing Dog Salve for your doggie friends available in our shop and at the Salem Saturday Market.
This month we spent time repacking tea into our new bags, blending new batches and taking photo shoots. Here is our Peppermint Patty Loose Leaf Tea which makes an excellent iced drink.
Check out our post on how to make a Blended Peppermint Patty Latte,
Our Marsala Chai Tea was next on the photo shoot list. This is one of our two caffeinated teas and very lovely for a cold rainy day. We spruced it up a bit and turned it into a latte using our French Press to make some frothy milk. Yum!
Noggin Tea for when you need some ginkgo to assist with brain function be it studying or planning your crop rotation, its a 'smart' choice for tea drinking time.
Our first Salem Saturday Market at the start of May went so well we turned our six dates into 12! A little cold, no rain but a good day for loose leaf tea!
Introducing our newest loose leaf tea to enter the farm store! Our Haskap Berry Pie Tea Blend is made with locally grown haskap berries courtesy of Dr. Maxine Thompson of OSU. These blueberry like berries pack a higher antioxidant punch and make this cup of tea taste like blueberry pie in a glass. Grab your bag online or at the Salem Saturday Market. This one will only hang around as long as the berries last!
Coming soon! Our Herbal First Aid Kit which will included a 1 oz tin each of Arnica, Calendula, Plantain and Joint/Back Salve complete with a card on what to use and when! We will also have these lovely lavender sachets available at the Salem Saturday Market, filled with home grown lavender for keeping clear moths from closets and dressers or freshening up a bathroom. Make sure to check out our Farm Store to see what is new!
Thanks for visiting us Down on 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.