We are starting to get a lot more tomatoes and a lot of basil. Caprese salad anyone? We still have raspberries for picking. Blueberries are still slow to come but surely are coming. We’ll be digging up more potatoes, garlic and onions. We got the Chesnok Garlic dug up. They are smaller than the Music garlic you’ve seen, but they are delicious. Walla walla onions will be available and huge! Zucchini and cucumbers everywhere! A lot of flowers blooming! This will be the last week we’ll have lettuce until weather cools down a bit. See you Saturday!
Available this week of July 22, 2017
Cucumbers (pickling & slicer)
Lettuce (last week until Septemer)
Onions (sweet red, walla walla)
Summer is here! Both raspberries and blueberries are ready for picking. Raspberries are at their peak while blueberries are just starting. Tomatoes are also ready as well. We have cherry tomatoes, paste tomatoes and slicers. Basils are going strong! Dahlia, cosmo and zinnia are also blooming. Ask us about cutting your own flower bouquet. The mulberries are loaded as well. They are tedious to pick but oh so delicious!!!
Last year was our first year running Sweet Briar Farm. We ran into many challenges, made a lot of friends, learned many valuable lessons, and had a ton of fun. We understand a lot of things much better and we start to feel the rhythms of the farm a lot clearer. We also acknowledge our limitation and find ways to serve our farm patrons better. With much consideration and consultation, we are excited to share an exciting change with you.
For this year, we would like to open the entire farm up for u-picking. That means you can pick anything you see growing at Sweet Briar Farm from blueberries, raspberries, to heirloom tomatoes, peppers, other vegetables, herbs, and even cut flowers. We certainly will have some vegetables harvested and available in our farm stand during open farm days; however, it will be limited compare to what’s available for picking. You could also let us know what you need and we can harvest for you on availability basis. We will continually post produce availability on our Facebook page.
For the 2017 season, Sweet Briar Farm will be open on Saturdays from 10am to 6pm. Our first farm open day will be June 17. During the week, it will be open by appointment.
We hope you will enjoy this opportunity to gather your own fresh ingredients to turn into delicious meals. Come and see how things are grown on the farm and stay in touch with where your food come from.
Along with this exciting change, we create a Facebook group called “Friends of Sweet Briar Farm“. It will be a place where members can share seasonal recipes. We mostly eat what’s available on the farm and we’d love to share that journey with the group as well. And occasionally, we will post u-picking opportunities for limited produce and discounts for surplus we have available exclusively to group members. We invite all current and future Sweet Briar Farm patrons to join.
We are excited for this new adventure and we hope you are too! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear from you!
It is that time of the year when the chives are blossoming profusely. They are beautiful!
We harvest the blossoms to infuse white vinegar. The vinegar takes on the subtle chive flavor and its beautiful blossom color.
Harvest the blossoms when they are just open, before they set seeds. Put the blossoms in a glass jar and pour white vinegar over it. Keep the jar in a cool dark place for two weeks. After two weeks, strain the vinegar through a fine sieve or using cheesecloth. Store the strained vinegar in a glass bottle to add to your dishes.
On cold and extremely windy days like this, I’m happy that we took the extra time to move our hens to the greenhouse couple months back. The girls absolutely do not want to go outside today. They have plenty of dry warm space to hang out inside while still enjoying the sunlight. And they have vegetables and squashes brought in to them! Talking about spoiled hens!!! I built the structure on the right from sunflower stalks for them. They fight over it every night, and the losers get to sleep on the official roost.
And no, we are not getting many eggs from them this time of year. We are ok with them focusing their energy on keeping themselves warm and healthy. And we are focusing more on keeping them warm and healthy. The time will come when they return the favor!