• In the Herb Garden

    Garden in the Sky

    A piece of our big puzzle has finally fallen into place…. When Hawkeye and I decided we wanted to move from serious hobbyists to dedicated farmers, the first challenge we faced was space. Our house in Northampton sits on just 1/5 acre- not nearly enough land for us to produce enough veg and herbs to share. Luck was with us though! Just as we were hitting a wall trying to find land to rent, an aquaintance mentioned she had an unused, 3/4 acre property that she would love to have someone farming. Our Hadley garden was born! The only drawback is the 18 minute drive to get there (on a good day- the time…

  • In the Herb Garden

    Jenny Lind Melon

    Here’s one of our faves, the ‘Jenny Lind’ melon. This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago before they were ripe (the skin now is more netted and tan-colored) but it shows the “button” (top right) that’s considered one of the determining features of this variety. Inside, these muskmelons have a beautiful light lime-green flesh that’s juicy and sweet. We’re especially fond of them not only because they grow well in the cooler weather here in the north but because of Northampton’s connection to Jenny Lind. As the story goes, Jenny Lind- a Swedish opera singer popular in the mid-nineteenth century- dubbed Northampton “The Paradise of America” when performing at the Academy of…