Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, we seem to be bombarded with special sales from retailers with impressive sounding names. Black Friday turns to Cyber Monday which has now become Cyber Week here in our local newspaper.
Here at 1840 Farm, we wanted to offer our customers something special this season without coupons, coupon codes, or limited quantity offers. Instead, we wanted to send a little something extra when we ship out the orders placed this week through The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy.
Every order that is placed from December 2, 2013 through December 9, 2013 will have a six inch handmade fabric trivet added to its shipment at no charge. We’ll select the colors from the fabrics and thread that we have on hand and ready to ship to you. We have a rainbow trivets ready to share with you.
We want to give you a little something extra to thank you for supporting 1840 Farm. We hope that you can use these trivets during your holiday celebration this year.
Earlier this year, Ruth from Little Hawk Farm in Baldwin City, Kansas contacted me about ordering a custom egg basket in her favorite colors. We worked together to select the colors for the fabric and thread. The basket arrived before her hens had begun to lay, so I waited in eager anticipation to hear that happy news that her little basket was being put to use.
That happy pronouncement arrived a week ago. Doesn’t it look as if her hens created eggs just to match her basket?
LOVE my basket that you made for me. My hens are finally laying! The cute little pullet eggs match the basket, too.
You can order your own custom basket in The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy. We always have a rainbow of fabrics and thread on hand and we’d love to work with you to create a truly one of a kind basket in your favorite colors!
Biting into a perfectly ripe ear of sweet corn is a summer rite of passage. There’s just something about the sweet, juicy flavor of sweet corn that instantly transports me back to my childhood. When I watch my children enjoying an ear of corn grown in our garden, I know that they are building a memory that will stay with them for years to come.
Stowell’s Evergreen is an heirloom variety that dates back to the mid 1800s. Nathaniel Stowell lovingly crafted this sweet corn by crossing Menomony Soft Corn and Northern Sugar Corn. The resulting corn combined the best traits from both.
In 1855, Nathaniel agreed to sell two ears of seed corn to a friend with the understanding that they would only be used in his family garden. They settled on a price of $4.00. Unfortunately for Mr. Stowell, his friend promptly sold those two ears to an established seed company for an incredible $20,000! In 1856, Thoburn and Company Seed offered Stowell’s seed for sale to their customers.
More than 150 years have passed since Nathaniel watched as his beloved sweet corn’s future slipped between his fingers. Somehow, I feel like I’m helping to right a wrong when I plant these heirloom seeds in our family garden. I can only imagine that Mr. Stowell hoped that generations of family farmers and gardeners would lovingly grow his corn for their family. I hope that you will join me in growing Stowell’s Evergreen Heirloom Sweet Corn for your family’ table.
We hope that you will enjoy growing these heirlooms for your family’s table as much as we do. We invite you to share updates and photos from your garden, your animals, and your harvest with other members of The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook and Flickr.
I started making my own vanilla extract several years ago. I didn’t do it to save money or make a better product. I did it because it’s just what you do when someone in your family suddenly has food allergies.
One of the baking staples that I had a terrible time finding ingredient information and allergy warnings on was vanilla extract. It wasn’t for a lack of trying. In my searching online, I discovered that making vanilla extract required exactly two ingredients and a little cupboard space.
I was skeptical. My family looked at me with the same look they used the first time I proudly told them that I had perfected a brioche recipe using tofu instead of eggs. I’m sure you can close your eyes and picture exactly what I’m talking about. Then they smelled my first vanilla extract and tasted it for the first time in frosting that was filled with vanilla bean specks. They were sold. This food experiment was a keeper.
Now you can use one of our 1840 Farm Vanilla Extract Kits to make your own vanilla extract and amaze your family. Once you do, you may never purchase vanilla extract at the store again. The homemade version of vanilla extract is superior in flavor and aroma to the extract available at the grocery store.
Making your own vanilla extract is also a real money saver. With each individual kit, you can brew enough vanilla extract to make over 48 batches of homemade chocolate chip cookies. Of course, you don’t have to make chocolate chip cookies. You could try one of my family’s favorite recipes featuring homemade vanilla extract:
Common wisdom dictates that the number 7 is lucky and the number 13 is exactly the opposite. But what about the number 14? Well, I’m going to speak for myself and tell you that lately, the number 14 makes me very happy.
It’s February, and the 14th day of the month is all about Valentine’s Day. For me, the celebration wouldn’t be complete without taking the time to remind the people who bring joy to my life just how important they are. In fact, Valentine’s Day would be more than enough to make number 14 happy for me this month.
By entering the coupon code “HAPPY14” during the checkout process, you can save 14% on your entire order from our shop. Think of it as 1840 Farm’s way of taking time to remind you, our readers, how important you are. I hope that you will take full advantage of the savings and invite a little of 1840 Farm into your life
Thank you again for being a member of The 1840 Farm Community by subscribing to 1840 Farm by Email and following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I hope that you will continue to participate in this ongoing conversation with me and the other members of the community. I love hearing about your experiences as much as I enjoy sharing mine.
If you haven’t visited Pillows A-La-Mode, take a moment and browse their collection of creative tutorials entitled “What Can You Make With A…“ You can also view their “Shop Love” section which includes a great group of online shops where you can find handmade goods just like ours. Look closely and you’ll see that 1840 Farm is proudly listed there!
The Small Egg Basket is perfectly sized for carrying 6-8 large eggs. Its smaller size makes this our most affordable egg basket. It features the same handmade construction as our larger baskets, just on a smaller scale.
I hope that you will love the spring colors that I’ll be using to make the first batch of small baskets. I will be adding more in the coming days and sharing them on 1840 Farm’s Facebook page.
In case you were wondering, they make a perfect little Easter basket!
As soon as the calendar turns to the New Year, I start counting the days until the arrival of spring. Once the holiday decorations have been safely put away inside the farmhouse, I’m ready for Mother Nature to do the same outside.
Of course, we live in New England, so there is plenty of winter left to endure before we’ll see the first signs of spring. I can’t do anything about that, so I’ll accept that it will be months before we can begin preparing the gardens and planting our first seeds.
Yet I’m still dreaming of spring and days spent outside working the farm. Until then, I’ll be hard at work inside the farmhouse. I’ll pass the time writing, sewing, and daydreaming of that first day when we’ll happily return to working outside in the sunshine .
While I’m dreaming of that day, I’ll be busy making an 1840 Farm Spring Collection of items for The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy. There will be aprons in pink, green, purple, and blues. Of course, there will be plenty of handcoiled fabric baskets in colors perfect for Easter.
A few items from the spring collection have already been added. Visit our shop and take a look!
Not long after I posted the photo, several members asked why I thought it was important to store fresh bread in a cloth bag. Minutes later, I was typing away on my laptop, eager to share what I knew about storing bread.
Two months have passed, and I have used this beautiful bag dozens of times since then. Now you can do the same or give one as a gift to the bread baker on your gift list. The Fresh Eggs Daily shop on Etsy is full of fantastic, handmade items. They’re sure to put a smile on the face of someone you love this holiday season.
To celebrate, we’re offering 10% off your purchase at The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy. Simply enter the coupon code “TrickorTreat” during the checkout process and save 10% off your order. Hurry, the coupon code expires on Friday, November 2, 2012 at midnight!