Mother Nature was kind enough to give us warmer temperatures and abundant sunshine this week. The garden responded by ripening a bounty of heirloom tomatoes, squash, eggplant, and herbs. We’re in the midst of making the most of the harvest: eating something fresh and delicious every day and preserving the surplus for the long New England winter ahead.
I have my fingers crossed that we’ll see more sunshine and more of our beloved heirloom tomatoes this coming week. I’ll hope that you see the same!
Here’s a glimpse at what’s been going on here at 1840 Farm during the last week.
The last week has marked the start of heirloom tomato season which is news worth celebrating! We’ve also been busy baking and cooking in the farmhouse kitchen. Here’s a glimpse at what’s been going on here at 1840 Farm during the last week.
It’s common for me to be sharing photos of 1840 Farm. It’s far less common for HGTV Gardens to contact me and ask if they can use one of those photos to show their readers the best of Fabulous Fall Foliage. I didn’t hesitate to give them my permission to display a photo of colorful fall leaves that had fallen from our beloved maple tree.
I have been sharing photos of the fall season over the past month on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Winter will be here before we know it and I’ll be sharing photos of the farm nestled under its blanket of freshly fallen snow. You won’t want to miss any of it, so be sure to follow us through your favorite social media channel to catch the first snowflake.
Until then, visit HGTVGardens to see my photo displayed as number 8 in the collection. The photos are all amazing, so take a moment and enjoy them all. I can’t wait to hear which photo is your favorite. While I love photos of our farm, we simply can’t hold a candle to number 17!
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I had intended to share a photo of the chicks in their garden coop today. It seemed fitting given that they turn three months old this week. That is, until I spotted this…
Once I saw the first nearly ripe heirloom tomato, all bets were off. All I could think about was tasting this Peacevine Cherry. Every year, the Peacevine seems to be the first of our heirloom tomato varieties to ripen. It’s a beautiful sign of the delicious things to come.
Sorry chicks. You’ll have to wait your turn. Maybe I’ll share a photo of you next week. That is, unless the first slicing tomato is ready for its closeup.
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There’s a season for everything here at 1840 Farm. Soon, it will be my favorite season of all: tomato season. I’ll walk out to the garden every morning to survey the ripe fruit and return to the farmhouse with pounds of delicious heirloom tomatoes to share with my family. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.
I am happy to report that there are tomatoes on the vine out in the heirloom garden. Unfortunately, there are weeks of waiting ahead before they will be ready to enjoy. Until then, we’re harvesting lettuce by the pound, along with turnips, peas, and raspberries.
No, it’s not quite tomato season yet, but right now I’m enjoying lily season. Every morning, I seem to be greeted by a new, glorious bloom in the perennial beds. The blooms are strikingly beautiful and come in a paintbox full of colors.
The lilies are such a welcome sight in the perennial gardens here at 1840 Farm. Alas, the blooms do not last very long, so I try to capture them with my camera when they are in bloom. During lily season, I wade carefully through the blooming perennials to capture each color of lily. While looking at them through my camera lens, I am always amazed at their beauty.
I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do. Lily season is in midstream here and should continue for a few more weeks. I’ll be capturing each variety as they come into bloom and sharing them here and on Facebook. Then I’ll be counting the days until my beloved heirloom tomato season arrives and I can share photos of my favorite heirloom varieties.
Since our day old baby chicks arrived three weeks ago, I’ve kept our Wingscapes BirdCam busy capturing photos and videos of them in their brooding pen. Today as I was looking through the hundreds of images captured earlier this week, I was taken with two photos of one of our Mottled Cochin Bantam chicks.
In them, she has the stage to herself and seems to be taking full advantage of the moment to pose for the camera. Then she turns and looks at the BirdCam rather inquisitively. It was as if she was investigating the camera as much as it was investigating her. So, judge for yourself. Who’s watching who?
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This morning, a welcome sight made its first appearance in the flower gardens at 1840 Farm. The first daffodils have emerged and brought some much appreciated spring color to the flower beds. It won’t be long and they’ll be joined by colorful blooming tulips.
The mere sight of them made me daydream about planting the vegetable garden and spending entire days tending to our gardens in the summer sunshine. Aah, to dream!
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Yesterday we were visited by friends bearing the most delicious gifts. When they left to start their journey home, we had a new supply of homemade apple jelly, beautiful maple syrup, and maple lollipops.
They also brought along homemade fresh maple cotton candy. While I’m not usually a big fan of the standard rainbow-colored cotton candy, the maple version was otherworldly. It was light and sweet with a lovely maple flavor. It was a real treat. I may need a cotton candy machine after all.
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What can you do when your youngest child outgrows his pair of Wellingtons? Easy. Use one as a container for a wildflower bouquet. Or would that be a bootquet? I’m not sure. You’ll have to decide for yourself.
Wildflower Bootquet at 1840 Farm
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Two words: heirloom tomatoes. I will freely admit to being giddy this morning. Why? I have spotted the first ripening heirloom tomatoes in our greenhouse. I know that it will only be a few days and there will be Peacevine Cherry tomatoes to enjoy fresh from the vine. That first taste will be the moment I take a deep breath and remember just why I work so hard in the garden each year.
Why do you garden?
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