Spring has Sprung at Hauser Creek Farm

Crimson clover cover crop at Hauser Creek Farm April 22, 2017

Crimson clover cover crop at Hauser Creek Farm April 22, 2017

Hello, everyone! Happy spring! The transformation of seasons from winter to spring has been remarkable around here and I am grateful to be keenly aware of it. I missed spring last year, due to the mental fog associated with grief. Happy to be more tuned in now and Mother nature has definitely smiled on the farm this month. You see the crimson clover in the photo? It was planted, oh, maybe 4 autumns ago. It has never looked so good! In my mind, it's not a coincidence but a gift from heaven.    

           

 

 

Peonies at Hauser Creek Farm

Peonies at Hauser Creek Farm

It's peony time! Plus Sweet William and various wildflowers dotting the meadow. Something new for 2017: I'm hoping to host several quickie "pop-up" events on the farm since I will not be doing farmers markets. The first is this Friday, April 28, 4 o'clock to 6 pm. Apologies for the short notice but the reality now more than ever is that no 2 days are ever alike and the nature of "pop-up" events is impromptu. Short and sweet. So if you're out and about this Friday and have time, come on by anytime between 4 and 6 pm and check out the farm, linger awhile, or make your own bouquet (bring clippers, please). Starter lavender plants are available for sale along with lavender goats milk soap and lovely mixed floral bunches for $10.        

Fresh-cut peonies at Hauser Creek Farm

Fresh-cut peonies at Hauser Creek Farm

Snowy January at Hauser Creek Farm

Snow day at Hauser Creek Farm

Snow day at Hauser Creek Farm

Happy New Year! Barely a week into 2017 and we received about 8 inches of snow overnight. Mornings like these are breath taking! A fresh blanket of powdery snow all over the farm never gets old here in North Carolina. By noon today the sun was out and tonight bitter cold temperatures are moving in. I am grateful for the beautiful snowy scenes and don't mind the slow-down one bit. I took Margaret the chocolate lab for a long walk and did a ton of indoor work including trying out a yummy new lavender dessert. Enjoy the snow if you can and enjoy the tart (recipe below). I hope things are pretty and well wherever you are. Spring is coming.

Chocolate Lavender Tart: Combine 1 1/4 cups half-and-half, 2 tablespoons dried culinary lavender buds, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan; heat just until mixture comes to a simmer making sure butter is melted. Remove from heat and let stand for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare crust. Place 8 graham crackers and 1/2 cup walnuts in food processor; top with cover and process until crumbly. Transfer crumbs to a bowl and add 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 cup melted butter, stirring until well mixed. Press crumb mixture evenly in bottom of a 8 x 11-inch rectangular or 9-inch round tart pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes; remove from oven and set aside. Place 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips in a large microwave-safe bowl; microwave on high for 2 minutes or until melted, rotating after one minute. Place a thin-mesh strainer over bowl; pour lavender mixture through strainer, pressing lavender buds to extract all the liquid. (Reserve lavender buds for garnish.) Vigorously whisk or beat the chocolate mixture until completely smooth; pour into prepared crust. If desired, garnish with reserved lavender buds. Chill completely before serving.     

    

 

Chocolate Lavender Tart at Hauser Creek Farm

Chocolate Lavender Tart at Hauser Creek Farm

Holiday Greetings from Hauser Creek Farm

Thanksgiving spread at Hauser Creek Farm

Thanksgiving spread at Hauser Creek Farm

Hello, Friends! I don't know about you but it seems unreal that we are quickly approaching the end of 2016. Due to personal and family matters, as many of you know the farm remained closed and relatively quiet throughout the year. That all changed briefly last month when my extended family came together for Thanksgiving. It was a fitting nod to the late Bob Segal who traditionally cooked the turkeys and ham for our Thanksgiving and who always joked that one of these years we should have Thanksgiving at the farm. And eat outside like the early Pilgrims and Indians!  But...there was always a concern about the weather in November. Not this year! It was as if Bob Segal himself had a hand in the day- temps pushing 70 degrees, abundant sunshine, and clear blue sky. We spread tables outside on the lawn and porch and the children ran loose. It was good to be surrounded by loving family.

I wish all of you much happiness and love this Christmas season. Hope to see you in 2017! 

 

 

      

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Pilgrim-style Thanksgiving at Hauser Creek Farm