Friday, October 22, 2010

A Dream Home.....

So I get a telephone call from a friendly lady from my small town, who just happens to be in her 90th year. She's in need of some organic peppers & onions.  She's been to our farm, bought produce before.  A very spry, happy lady whom I really enjoy speaking with.  She's definitely an organic advocate! I decided to deliver - and for a small fee:  a tour of her home! 



From the moment I walked in the door I had goosebumps!  She was canning peppers, so immediately it smelled and felt homey. So rich with history, the house is alive! Built in the 1800's by a doctor, it is simply a masterpiece.  They do not build homes like this anymore. The ceiling height of each room, the size and scale of the windows, the woodwork, oh my, the woodwork! From the sils, baseboards to window panes it is absolutely gorgeous!  The kitchen was a bit too small but her stove is from the 60's and looks awesome!  The pantry in this house is a entire room with original cabinets that boasts tin lined drawers for your sugar & flour.  You know, when women used to cook.  Parlors, a Library, 2 staircases, gorgeous fireplace, and her collectibles - good lord, the house is a museum! She has the first doll she ever was given as a child.  It freakishly has 'real hair'.  She's got her 90 year old baby buggy in the old nursery upstairs!  Tons of pieces of furniture decades old!  To me, it is the quintessential country home.  This is my dream house.  Using old field stone, hiring a stone mason (do they even exist anymore?) finding an old abandoned house to refurbish old wood work to use in the new build etc,etc would be my way to build a 'new' home! I'll be insisting on solar & wind power though and a brick/stone massive indoor/outdoor wood fire stove!  Ahh, just dreams for now.  It's funny, as when I tour my friends new homes, I've never been jealous. To me they are all just cookie cutter and cheaply built compared to these old stone relics.  I felt sad when I left this home and truly wished I could pluck it up and move it to our farm!!!  And whoops, I left my stainless steel 'Evergreen' coffee container there....guess I'll have to plan another trip to claim it!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving - it's the official kick off of 'Organic Week' running from October 9th to October 16th! Head to www.organicweek.ca for lots of information! Our farm will celebrate by partnering with The Big Carrot on Saturday, October 16th from 2pm - 4pm at the 'Carrot for a meet and greet where Ben and I will be serving our seasonal coleslaw on our edible cabbage plates. So come on out to The Big Carrot and meet the farmers that grow your food! ;) For more information about The Big Carrot grocery store and so much more head to: www.thebigcarrot.ca



Around the farm is busy and bountiful. Cute pie pumpkins, squash & sweet potatoes are seasonal favourites and our first harvest of brussel sprouts starts this week. As we pull our carrots and golden beets from the soil, pick some sweet red peppers & eggplants to roast up for our family Thanksgiving feast, we humbly give thanks to our customers who support us week after week and make what we do possible.
For a great story to read on your holiday Monday about our farm and Schibli's visit this blog: http://topsintoronto.blogspot.com/2010/09/norfolk-county.html. Staffers and volunteers from Evergreen were on farm at the end of September and a staffer by the name of Melissa wrote a great blog about her experience.
A huge 'Happy Thanksgiving!!!' to Smashy who we think about everyday. Gobble, gobble, we miss you!!! ;)

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