Hibiscus Lavender Iced Tea

After a long day of working in the garden, an icy cold beverage is always a welcome sight.  Iced coffee, lemonade, and iced tea are in a regular rotation on the front porch and back patio here at the farm during the warm months.  This summer, we’ve been featuring lavenderRead More →

Lavender Simple Syrup Collage

I first met lavender simple syrup in a cocktail at Moxy many years ago. It was such a delicious addition to my martini. It added a subtle flavor and aroma that was surprising and delightful. Long before I finished my drink I had decided that figuring out how to makeRead More →


Memorial Day is the official kickoff to Summer and we feel like celebrating!  We’ll be enjoying a few of our favorite warm weather recipes with family and friends this weekend.  The temperatures are predicted to hit 90 degrees tomorrow, so we’ll be ready for a cold refreshing Franklin Cooler madeRead More →


The temperatures are warming up and gardening season is giving us reason to spend hours outside in the hot sun.  When the work is done for the day, I’m ready for a cold, tall, glass of refreshment.  If that cold drink can include two components harvested from our garden, thenRead More →


Here in New England, we’re still counting the days until it is safe to plant our tender perennials in the gardens.  Heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, and the like are all being held in the farmhouse under lights until our overnight temperatures are warm enough to not cause damage to thoseRead More →

Ripe Strawberry at 1840 Farm

The flavor of a ripe strawberry. is always welcome at our farmhouse table.  During strawberry season, we enjoy our strawberries eaten freshly picked from the berry patch, added to a few of our favorite baking recipes, and preserve many more as jam to last us through the long New EnglandRead More →

Golden Milk with Turmeric Ginger and Ghee at 1840 Farm

As a student in the Intermediate Herbal Course offered by The Herbal Academy of New England, I have spent a lot of time reading about the use of herbs to boost natural immunity and support good health.  One of the preparations that continued to appear in my search results wasRead More →

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When I was offered the opportunity to review a beautiful new book about seasonal, handcrafted cocktails, I didn’t need to be asked twice.  Instead, I jumped at the chance to take a look at Shake:  A New Perspective on Cocktails by Eric Prum and Josh Williams.  I was already aRead More →

It’s been painfully hot and humid here this week.  I have lived in New England for over a decade now, but I grew up in the Midwest.  In fact, I lived there for 30 years.  So believe me, I know all about hot and humid summer days.  The weather hereRead More →

This recipe is a staple in the 1840 Farm kitchen.  I always have it on hand in the refrigerator, waiting to be called into action.  With a small amount, I can add sweetness and incredible vanilla flavor to summer berries or cold drinks. Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup is also myRead More →

The Summer Solstice Cocktail at 1840 Farm

When I am trying to develop a new recipe, I happily take inspiration wherever I can find it.  In the case of this cocktail, I happened to find it in two places.  Lucky for you, I’ve combined them into one delicious, refreshing cocktail recipe just in time for your FourthRead More →

I have fond memories of my mother treating me to an Orange Julius as a child. During the hot summer months in the Midwest where I spent my childhood, they were a refreshing way to beat the heat. The fact that I was sharing the experience with my mom madeRead More →