"They are not dead, they are just dormant!" is what I used to tell my children when all the perennials appeared to die in the Fall.
This is a perfect description of Tin Shed Farm since the shop closed in December. And like a perennial in Spring, Tin Shed Farm is ready to grow again!
Seven baby goats were born this month. I have nineteen pullets in the brooder, and countless seedlings under the grow lights. Although the jam and produce are a couple of months off, I have some new products added in addition to the old favorites.
The shop season will open with a Farm Open House on May 6, from 12:00-4:00. I will have transplants for purchase, vintage items, baked goods, teas, new lip balm, goats milk soap and more. Come visit us and check out the shop. Get a look at the hardworking hens that produce those amazing eggs. And weather permitting, you can meet a baby goat!
As much as possible, products at Tin Shed Farm are made by hand, grown naturally, or vintage. I am intentional in my efforts to run the farm and the business with as much thoughtful care and attention as possible. Many times this approach is neither the cheap way nor the fast way, but I believe I am making the correct choice. So when you purchase a hand crafted herbal tea, the herbs come from my garden that is grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicide. If you choose one of my vintage tea cups along with tea, you are keeping the tea cup out of a landfill and extending its life. Rather than thinking of vintage objects as "used", I prefer to think of them as "useful". The upcoming market day will feature many of the same products I had in March, some new items, and the beginning of spring produce including fresh rhubarb, a limited selection of fresh herbs, and hopefully the first ramps of the season. I hope to see you at the farm on Sunday, April 23, 12-4:00 for Market Day!
The Rough Draft Open House was a great way to kick things off and fill my head with even more plans for the future. The next Market Day will be Sunday, April 23, 12-4. The time between now and then will be filled with the arrival of baby chickens, the growth of seedlings, the birth of baby goats (!), and new bees to populate the hives lost this winter.
This is one of my favorite photos of the day we brought home our first goats. Cookie is looking out the window of the back of my car after an hour and a half voyage (with her daughter Yagi on my daughter's lap and her mother Luna in the back with her) from her old home to her new home. Sadly I do not have any similar photos of myself the first time I saw this place. I know I was enthralled from the moment I pulled into the driveway. I have said often since then that I feel more at home here than I have anywhere else I have ever lived. I consider myself so lucky to be here. Tin Shed Farm is a great place, now I want to share it!