These days are so busy and hectic and full of work and scheming and fun. All that we plan for in the winter culminates in these few short months we call a growing season. This week marks one of our milestones for the season, our first CSA harvest. Our to-do list grows longer each week even as we continually cross things off each day. It is these days when I can never imagine how it all gets done but every year, we seem to make it happen. More and more I think it is about the breaths we take and definitely, the stove top espresso maker.
The farm is hopping with projects. Every direction I look I see another bit of unfinished. Luckily, someone stops by occasionally and reminds me how much progress we have made here in the last 5 seasons. This is enough to keep me sane and continuing to plug along.
Meeting with brides and mother's of the bride and potential brides has my brain spinning with ideas and inspiration....mostly at 3AM as I wake up with some vision. I am a big fan of repurposing the old and found and treasured. Always, I am trying to sell an idea to a bride that allows me an opportunity to collect and salvage and explore my favorite places.....flea markets, antique stores, yard sales and yes....the transfer station (otherwise known as the town dump's swap shop).
I am so excited to show you all the photos of this season's weddings as we move forward.
In addition, thinking about the aesthetics of our soon-to-open dooryard farmstore, Flora*Bliss, has sent me into the land of flea markets.
A holiday of the best kind for a lover of the old, a trip to Brimfield, had me arriving home with a trailer full of fun stuff to use for displays. I also scored the most beautiful Benjamin lamp shades for the exterior of our barns at Brimfield.
Our fantastic electrician, Cory, from Energize ME and his crew of able dudes have re-wired my lights and I can hardly wait to flip the switch!
There is a little bit of loveliness happening to our English Barn. This barn is unusual as it has two large doors on the side ends rather than the gable ends, where most New England barn doors are located. We have, with the help of Scott and Trevor from Eider Construction, revamped the space, inside and out, to accommodate both our summer camp and some beautiful barn weddings to be.
We needed to make improvements to meet the requirements of the State Fire Marshall's office and the Town of Scarborough. The inspection will be within the next week. Keep your fingers crossed! The only thing left to do is find the perfect globe string lights to illuminate the space in the evenings.
To top it off, the peonies have found their peace and are sharing it with us. A little slice of heaven for this week's inaugural CSA bouquets.
In addition to peonies in the flower bouquets, the produce CSA harvest looks like this:
The following is from an email sent to CSA members earlier today....in case you didn't receive it.