Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tomatoes and Herbs

I could be wrong but I think Andy told me that he planted 650 tomato plants...could that be right?

The green house is filled to the brim and the plants look very strong and healthy.

Andy has even slipped in some zucchini on the side.  I can hardly wait to have grilled vegetables.

Next time I visit I wonder if there will be a little green tomato here.

Lizzie has started her herbs and they are growing in the green house.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Busy Time

Rain or shine, there is always work to do at Cedarmore. The fields are starting to fill up with crops...rows and rows of them.
There is still a little concern about all the wet weather that we are having in Ohio.  Andy says that he is doing the best that he can possibly do.
The onions are loving all this wet cold stuff.

The garlic seems to be thriving.

All those other cold crops like broccoli and cabbage are under hoop houses (that is what I call them...I wonder what the real farming term for them is?  I'll have to ask Andy and then write it down so I won't forget it.)

I can already taste the green peppers.  They are ready to go to the field.

Seedlings just warming up  and growing in the green house.

Cedarmore Farm CSA isvery excited to begin the 2011 CSA.  
The first pick up at the Cedarmore Farm Location will be on Tuesday May 3rd from 5:00 until8:00pm.  They have been getting an unusual amount of rain this last month, and very little sun.  This will make things grow slower for the first week or two but all the moisture should really stimulate growth once we get some sunshine.  Your boxes will not be quite as full as normal for the first few weeks, but they do expect things to improve soon.  If you have any questions, please let them know.

I got to spend a little time with Lizzie and the kids while Andy was visiting with a neighbor.  I wish you could meet these sweet children.  I ended up on the floor with them sitting beside me or on my lap...I was in heaven.  Anna was singing songs and we worked in one of her 'school books'.  Lizzie was sewing Dennis some suspenders for his pants.  She makes all of their clothes.  Dennis was being a typical boy and into everything.  They are such an excepting family.  Lizzie answers all of my questions.  She even shared her lye soap recipe with me.  That is my next adventure.  She has even promised to teach me how to hand stitch a quilt.  They are a very amazing, interesting, and very friendly family.  Can't wait for my next trip.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Cats and The Dog

We need to catch up with the rest of the animals on the farm.

"The Cats"
The farm is home to many cats.. Tigger is the prettiest, Tiger is a close second, Yeller is the best mouser, Fraido, his name describes him well, Midnight is obviously black.  The usefullness of the cats is their tactful way of keeping the mouse population in check.  Besides eating mice, they also make very good pets.  The children, Anna (3) and Dennis (1) love playing with them.

"The Dog"
They have one more animal that loves to play with the kids, or perhaps I should say chase them.  He goes by the name of  "Duke".  He is a big German Shepherd and Labrador cross (100% dog).  Duke is a big friendly dog that everyone loves around the farm.  He is a very good pet that the children like playing with.  He also does a nice job protecting the chickens from wild predators.  The Farm used to have a lot of problems with coons and foxes getting into the chickens, but since Duke is getting older and out and about more they have a lot less problems.  He's also doing a good job of keeping the deer and coons out of the produce.  In short he is very well worth his keep.

I can honestly say that the first time I pulled up in front of Cedarmore Farm, I was just a little intimidated by Duke.  He is one big dog.  But the minute I stepped out of the van he came running to greet me.  Not a mean bone in his body.  And he does like to play with Anna and Dennis and any other children that happen to be around. Duke doesn't like being in front of the camera.  I think it kinda scared him.  Every time I got down to get eye level with him I think he thought I wanted to play and he would come and give me a nudge.  So we not a not so flattering pic of him for the blog.   As for the cats...I have only seen one and that was from a distance.  They all must have been of doing those cat jobs Andy mentioned.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spring Plantings

The greenhouse is stating to fill up. By the time you are reading this blog entry most of these vegetables will have been planted in the rows in the fields.  It is amazing what a few weeks of TLC can do for the plants.

Broccoli and Cabbage

I see lots of good green leafy vegetables that will be on our dinner table really soon.


This lettuce is under a row cover already in the ground

If you have any questions or would like some information on how to join Cedarmore Farm CSA just email and someone will get back with you.  Andy and Lizzie already have about 100 shares and hope to max out with 50 more.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Oh My, Lizzie's Cinnamon Rolls

From Lizzie's  warm and inviting kitchen to our table...warm cinnamon rolls.
We visited the farm to take some shots of the animals for this blog.  But I had a little 'want' for some cinnamon rolls.  Thru email ( I was able to order some to be picked up on the day we would be there.  When I walked into the house...the wonderful aroma coming from the oven made my mouth water.  Not only cinnamon rolls but bread was baking also..

Lizzie is trying to come up with a new combination of flours for her cinnamon rolls...a little healthier version.

This is the icing.  While she stirs the color becomes lighter and lighter.  I think she might have used some of the maple syrup that was made a few weeks ago.

Don't take my word for it...order some of your'll be glad that you did.  There are other baked goods that can and need to be ordered ahead of time.  Click here to see the product and pricing list.