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    Summer Balms On Sale

    Time to clear out the Summertime Balms to make way for the coming Wintertime blends. Elderflower, Chickweed, and Red Clover skin balms are on sale now. These all natural herbal balms are handmade at the farm and contain certified organic Mango Butter, certified organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Watermelon Seed Oil, and Candellila Wax. They’re concentrated, super moisturizing, and perfect for soothing little nicks and scrapes. Packaged in a non-breakable, recyclable tin that was manufactured in the U.S. Normally $26.00 each, available now for $20.00 (1.75 oz (50 g) net wt.) Sale ends September 30, 2018. Check them out in the shop.

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    Summer Goodness Skin Balm

    Announcing a new skin balm, made with all the goodness of Summer! I’m calling it “Flower & Root”. Roses and Carrots, plus Calendula, Elderflower, and Marshmallow in a blend of Watermelon seed oil, Virgin Coconut oil, and Mango butter. Scented with Geranium, Frankincense, Lime, Lavender, and Amyris essential oils. Been working on this blend for awhile, and it came out really nice. I’m excited!   Deeply moisturizes dry skin. Gentle, creamy, and soothing. Also useful for everyday nicks and scrapes. { On sale now in our online store }

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    It’s getting embarrassing…

    Several people have asked me recently, “Are you still making your herbal products?”. It’s kindof getting embarrassing because I am making things all the time but no one seems to know… My fault, of course! I’m not good with keeping up my newsletter and blog posts. It’s a busy time for us on the farm right now as well, getting all the seeds started and plants into the ground. But I do have skin balms available here in the online shop. Made with Watermelon Seed oil, Mango Butter, and Virgin Coconut oil, they are a richly moisturizing, dry skin treat. Perfect for the rough skin of gardening hands 🙂 Salves and soaps…

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    Shameless Self-Promotion (take 3)

    Trying to get in a bit of movie practice so I can take you into the garden with me this year… This was not the best take, but you can hear me swallow the sip of coffee and it’s making me laugh! (Dammit Jim, I’m a gardener not a filmmaker!)    

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    It’s Winter Solstice- Celebrate with Sage

    Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year and the beginning of Winter. We toast days past and make plans for the year to come… One herb I associate with Winter is Sage. It’s in lots of recipes for cold weather foods, and drinking and gargling with the tea is an old remedy for cold weather coughs and sore throats. Probably another reason I think of Sage as a Winter herb- Sage is practically evergreen in my garden. The leaves get small and curl in the frigid temperatures but they and their stalks keep standing, even in the snow. It reminds me the garden is still there, though out of…

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    Sage, Winter’s green

    December = Nothing to do in the garden, devouring each seed catalog as it arrives in the mail. No snow yet so I can still see some green out there including Chives, Lemon Balm, and Sage. Garden or Common Sage (Salvia officinalis) has become one of my favorite herbs since I’ve been gardening. Partly because it’s so easy to care for, I admit (Low maintenance perennials are gold, Jerry! Gold!). Sage is also really beautiful, and it’s a medicinal as well as culinary herb. If you think next I’m going to say I also adore it because bees love the flowers, you’re right! Sage makes a tea that’s especially nice this time of…

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    Ready for Winter Downtime

    It is sad when garden time comes to a close. But we’re a bit tired after a long season and are looking forward to a little downtime. The Hadley garden has already had frost. All that’s left are some greens growing under fleece, as well as a few Scotch Bonnet and Habanero plants still ripening their peppers under plastic cover. It’s getting cold now, though. We’re almost done. The Northampton garden hasn’t had a frost yet. There are Calendula, Alyssum, and amazingly Nasturtium and Holy Basil flowering. Thank goodness! I’m still seeing honey bees. That’s Calendula pictured above. Her orange-yellow color is so bright, it shines in my November garden like…

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    Dominica, We Love You

    Hawkeye and I love the Caribbean. There’s no place we’d rather be outside of the garden. We were shocked, stunned, watching as Hurricane Irma destroyed everything in her path. And now, with Hurricane Maria coming so soon after, so viciously, we are distraught and depressed. It’s hard to take it all in even though we are so far away. The photo above was our first glimpse of the island that’s become first in our hearts: Dominica, the Nature Island; land of three hundred and sixty-five rivers, mountainous rainforest, a cerulean sea full of whale and fish, unique, unspoilt beaches, and lovely, lovely people. We planned to go back this Winter…

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    First Herb Harvest

    I might deny I said this come the rose blossom days of sun-filled June, but I love Spring the best. (Wait, I already have to take it back. The rushing in of summertime in the weeks around Summer Solstice is what I really love. Spring is just thrilling in a different way.) The garden is jumping up fast and we we were able to start cutting some herbs today. Chives are always the first to fully grow out, but our well-loved Sorrel isn’t far behind. We hope to be cutting Sorrel and Garlic Chives next week, so wish us some rain 🙂

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    Happy Spring!

    We’re celebrating the first day of Spring by starting our planting today. (Indoors only! There’s still snow on the ground.) Kale is first on the list, and in a first a for us, Lemongrass. Every year I swear off tender plants that have to be overwintered in the house, but I’m making another exception for Lemongrass. We fell in love with Lemongrass when we saw it growing wild on the island of Dominica. It was everywhere! Blew our minds to see it growing like, you know, grass on the side of the road, instead of the hothouse plant we know it as. And if you know Hawkeye, you know Dominica has become…