Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer Farm Mail

Dear Friends ~

It is with a happy heart that I am able to finally send you an email with our new 'helper', Mail Chimp! Some of you are loooong overdue for a note from me (and maybe you thought I fell off the Earth!).  But here we are, things are great at the shop, the gardens are amazing, and we are already harvesting a wonderful crop of flowers. Hopefully, your garden is happy with the rain and heat too.

And I hope you are able to come see us during the lazy hazy days of Summer.  The Farm is a perfect place to bring out-of-town friends and family (along with lunch at Morningstar of course!).  Make a day of it - when's the last time you strolled through New Salem?

Ok - where's my clippers?  Ta-ta!  I hope to see you soon!

From the garden -
gail
217.306.0803
www.visit-thefarm.com
Facebook:  Visit The Farm


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Setting the Table

Hello friends!  Here's a peek at a few table settings here in the shop these days.



What's on your table?  We'd love to see!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Farm Mail

Hello Dear Friends !

Well, Spring is in Full Swing out here!  The shop is ready, the greenhouse
is virtually bursting, and the Big Garden Baby is waking from it's long
winter nap.

There are new things to check out inside and outside:  new soaps, candles,
purses, quilts, hug-mugs, chalk paint furniture, the 'Clearance Closet',
perennials (clematis being our special favorite lately!), cute planters, and
areas in the garden that have had a face-lift.  So, come see!

Of course, Spring Open House is coming up:
Saturday May 2, 10-5 and Sunday May 3, 1-4
(you know how this works – sales, goodies, plants, etc)
So, bring yourself on out...we need to see you!

The Farm gals ~
Gail, Cheryl, Jean, Kate, & Kynda



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy Spring to All!

I know it doesn't feel like it, but it's right around the corner - Daylight
Savings starts next Sunday, for goodness sake!

Now, you might think things have been all sleepy here at The Farm – but
you'd be mistaken – we've been busy as bees, transforming the shop into
something completely new for you.  I know you're gonna love it!  Opening day
is Tuesday, March 3.  But since many of you work, (and there's this Big Snow
coming), we decided that we should do something special on Saturday, March
6.  So, we have a gift for the first 15 of 2015 on that day.  Come on out –
we can't wait to see you!

The Farm gals ~
Gail, Cheryl, Jean, Kate, & Kynda





Friday, January 9, 2015

A Year-End Message From Gail

I must share with you how grateful my heart is for such a wonderful year.  I was blown away by how many people came out to not only shop, but express love and loyalty to The Farm on the last day of the season!   I thank God for this place and each one of you! May your Christmas be blessed and your New Year happy! 
Cheryl, Gail, Barb, Kate, Jean

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Clove Cookies

Several visitors commented on the clove cookies, so let's take a look at the recipe!  Gail says it's an easy one . . .
 
1 stick melted butter
1 cup sugar
Mix together well and add
1 tsp vanilla
Mix & beat in 1 egg

In separate bowl, mix
1 cup flour
1 tsp ground cloves

Combine two bowls.  Drop by level teaspoon onto lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake 350 about 8 minutes or until edges start turning golden.  Cool on pan only 30 sec, then remove.
Makes about 4 dozen.

This week is our last week of the 2014 season and Saturday is Closing House, our biggest sale of the year and lots of so-long-til-spring hugs!  Be sure to pick up cloves from The Farm pantry :) 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Farm Calendar

Oh what a beautiful winter morning, right here in the middle of November!  Bundle up darlings!  I believe the holidays are nearly upon us – so I thought I should send you The Farm’s schedule of events through the end of the year.

Closed Thanksgiving Day:  Let’s enjoy our families!

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday:  Open early both days: 9-5.
This will be our “Total Christmas Reveal”!

Christmas Open House:  Sat Dec 6, 10-5 & Sun Dec 7, 1-4.
Fresh green arrangements, sales, refreshments.

2014 Closing House:  Sat Dec 20, 10-5.
Our biggest sale of the year.  And goodbye hugs til March 1!


The Farm gals ~
Gail, Cheryl, Jean, Kate, & Kynda 



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Open House Fall 2014

 Thanks to everyone who visited for our Fall Open House this year.  It was a beautiful day!
 The food table featured our Halladay mixes.  The meatballs were a hit, as was the spicy bite of the stuffed celery.  If you haven't tried Halladay, they are our favorites for dips, spreads, soups, & deserts.  We think you'll like them too.
Another of our favorites--the pumpkin. . . lots and lots of pumpkins :)
Frost expected tonight!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Open House

Happy Fall to you all!

Oh my – how many times have I declared my love for this season?!  And a lot of you feel the same way.  Fall is truly number one in so many hearts.  Just give me some sweater weather please!
 
And along with sweater weather comes pumpkins (in tons of colors!), lots of freshly-dried flowers, sweet annie & bittersweet, wreaths, and adorable fall decorations.  So, come on out, stroll the garden, and see what’s new!

FALL OPEN HOUSE:  Saturday Oct 4, 10-5 & Sunday Oct 5, 1-4

Enjoy this beautiful weather!

The Farm gals ~
Gail, Cheryl, Jean, Kate, & Kynda 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

August

This little birdie looks so happy among the garden tomatoes this morning!  These are jet stars, along with some unnamed cherry tomato type.  We asked the question over on facebook,"What's your favorite tomato?" and the consensus was any kind of tomato fresh from the garden ;) 

These pictures are from a tomato tasting last summer at Meijer Gardens in Michigan.   Gold Medal won the favorite-tasting category.  It should have had the best-fitting name too, shouldn't it?

Grace Lahman's took second place.  Not heard of that one, maybe we should include it on next year's seed list . . .
In this tasting, the  little yellow pear was the least favorite, with one more "least liked" vote than Vintage Wine.  It might have a tough time beating out the heirlooms in taste,  but it sure is cute in a salad.

Most unusual category was "Chocolate Stripes" which also had a good number of votes for favorite tasting too.  Another one for the list of ones to try next year. . .

So what's your favorite tomato from the garden?  Any and all fresh picked?  Or is there an old--or new--favorite?

Here we are end of August.  Did you hear there's a big sale going on in the shop?  And because the calendar says September, we'll be seeing pumpkins and bittersweet pretty soon!

Hope we're seeing you soon too :)