Farmstead Share 2018

Over the past 3 weeks you have received

First Share

Butternut Squash, Red onions, 5 lbs. Red Maria Potatoes, Collard Greens, Arugala, Rosemary, Parsley, Flowers, Carrots, Tatsoi, Eggs, Milkhouse Yogurt, Spring Day Creamery Evangeline, Elderberry Syrup

Second Share

5lbs Kennebec Potatoes, 10 lbs Onions, Acorn Squash, Kale, French breakfast Radish, Arugula with Nasturtiums, Beets, Farmstead Granola, Eggs, Milkhouse Yogurt, Winter Hill Feta, Thyme tincture

Third Share

1.5lbs Peter Wilcox (Bluegold) Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Romaine Lettuce, Arugala, Radish and Hakurei turnip bunch, Carrot Bunch, Rosemary, Parsley,  Kale, Butternut Squash, Strawberry/Sacred Basil Preserves, Milkweed Seed Packs, Milkhouse Yogurt, Eggs, Spring Day Creamery Deja Blue

And this weeks’ Share

Acorn Squash, 5lbs Ama Rosa Potatoes, Baby Salad Mix, Collard Greens, Thyme bunches,   Cabbage, Carrots, Romaine Lettuce, Eggs, Farmstead Granola, Milkhouse Yogurt, Winter Hill Cheese, 4 Pasture Raised Meat Birds

This week we took 150 meat birds to Commonwealth Poultry in Gardiner, to be processed and packed for your freezers. Commonwealth is a USDA certified slaughterhouse. It is run by a young couple who started the business on their own small farm. Their business grew so quickly that they moved off farm to a larger facility.

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We raised the birds with care, making sure they were on fresh grass each day. We believe this is important for the health of the birds, and ultimately, the nourishment and health of the food they provide us.  I believe that our food holds the energy of the intention and care with which it is raised. I believe you can taste the difference in food raised on small farms.   I like knowing that the animals we raise eat fresh grass, weeds and bugs. That they enjoy fresh air and sunshine every day.

Medicinal Herbs

Elderberry Syrup is one of my families most loved medicinals.  It tastes delicious and is full of Vitamins, A, B, C, minerals such as Calcium, Potassium and Phosphorus, plus antioxidants.   It has been used for centuries to prevent colds and flu.   You can take it every day.  I love to take it straight on a teaspoon or in hot tea as a sweetener.  We also make “Elderberry Soda” by putting it in Seltzer.

Thyme Tincture    This is my go to tincture for Sore Throats, colds and Upper Respiratory Infections.   It is best used at the first sign of cold or sore throat, before the virus can go deep.  I take it and give it to my children in very small doses, 1-2 drops at a time, but I use it often in the acute stages.  Thyme has antiviral and antibacterial properties.   I love to use Thyme fresh and dried in soups and stews all fall and winter.  I do the same with Rosemary.

Farm Seeds  Last week you received 4 packs of Seeds we collected here on the farm.  Poppy, Chamomile, Calendula and Sacred Basil.   I love to give these herbs out because they are easy to grow and they are beautiful!   You can scatter them on the soil now in a place you would like them to grow next year.  You don’t need to cover them or bury them.   They do well when they go through a cold winter.   Then next year you can enjoy their beauty or use them in teas, honeys, salves, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

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3 responses to “Farmstead Share 2018

  1. Kelly Barham

    Hey Lucretia,

    I just realized that if all those things you said were in last weeks share were supposed to be in ours, we did not get them in our mix up box. The box we got, the Goddards, did not have a bag of potatoes or any blue cheese, or any cheese at all. Argh, i know its our fault, but now what? Boo hoo. I love cheese.

    Kelly Smith Barham 3 Cliff Avenue, Freeport, Maine 04032 207-433-0124 lapuertazul@comcast.net boundforglorytextiles.com

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  2. CAROL DEAN

    Hi Lucretia,

    1. I can drive to the farm Friday afternoon to pick up the share and the birds.

    2. Last week my box did not contain any preserves, rosemary, or seed packets.

    3. Do the seeds like a very sunny spot? Or part shade.

    4. Will there be sacred basil honey this fall? It was amazing last year.

    Thank you!

    Carol

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  3. CAROL DEAN

    Hi Lucretia, I did see this in my Sent box as sent on Wednesday. Go figure! Anyway I missed your email you sent this afternoon as I was outside and phone died in the cold. But all’s well; got the share and left the box

    Please let me know about conditions for the seeds: all sun, part shade etc

    Tanks so much. Sorry for the mix up today. It must be crazy to have many people messaging you about details of the share.

    I hope you have a good weekend.

    Carol

    1. I can drive to the farm Friday afternoon to pick up the share and the birds.

    2. Last week my box did not contain any preserves, rosemary, or seed packets.

    3. Do the seeds like a very sunny spot? Or part shade.

    4. Will there be sacred basil honey this fall? It was amazing last year.

    Thank you!

    Carol

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