June: Lavender, Cherries, and Summertime

Lavender and Larkspur Bridal Bouquet, June 2018

Lavender and Larkspur Bridal Bouquet, June 2018

Hello, June! Thank you to everyone who came out to the farm to purchase peonies last month. I appreciate all of you! We had a ton of rain in May and it was a chilly spring in general which put a lot of spring blooms behind schedule but the peonies were perfectly timed this year for Mother's Day. The farm received a lovely mention in this month's issue of Winston Salem Monthly magazine. You can read the article here.

Peonies at Hauser Creek Farm, May 2018

Peonies at Hauser Creek Farm, May 2018

Cherries are in! I have not been lucky enough to have my own tree full of cherries (yet!) so I made a trip to Levering Orchard this week and discovered a bumper crop. If you've never been there it's definitely a pleasant adventure - located in Cana, Virginia. The following recipe for Bourbon Infused Sweet Cherry Galette is one of my favorites, and once you get the cherries pitted it's quite easy to throw together. Its especially wonderful served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Make the pastry: Stir together 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Add 1 stick butter (cut into cubes) and work together with your fingers until mostly combined. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons cold water, stirring with a fork or rubber spatula, until the dough comes together. Form into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, make the cherry filling: In a saucepan combine 2 cups pitted fresh cherries, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons bourbon, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Place over medium-high heat and bring just to a simmer, stirring constantly until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tablespoon butter.

To assemble: Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Roll out dough on top of parchment paper into a circle about 1/8 inch thick. Spoon cherry filling in the center of dough leaving about 1 inch around edges. Gently fold the edges of dough up. At this point, I like to brush the edges of the pastry with an egg wash but this step is optional. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 and bake until the crust is golden, about 45 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

Bourbon-Infused Sweet Cherry Galette

Bourbon-Infused Sweet Cherry Galette

Spring Soiree at Hauser Creek Farm Coming in May

Yarrow at Hauser Creek Farm

Yarrow at Hauser Creek Farm

Spring officially arrives in 7 days although it sure doesn't feel like it this week! I wanted to let you know about an event at the farm coming in May. Please save the date for Thursday, May 10, 5 o'clock pm until. It will be prime peony time so make plans to come and get a bunch just in time for Mother's Day weekend. Peonies are priced $3.00 per stem. Open to all! Munchies and beverages available. Please feel free to bring a dish to share if you want to stay awhile and eat a potluck meal. Come on down!  

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