Chickens, Farming, For Sale, Maple Syrup, Meat Animals

Changes

This has been a year changes for our family and it is only April 1st! We have decided that we need to change our focus on the farm.  Since I am still recovering from my surgery, I tire easily, we decided that we needed to shift our priorities to spend more time with our children right now and less time farming. We will still be growing meat for ourselves on the homestead, but we have decided not to grow meat to sell anymore.

Instead we are going to focus on growing our maple syrup production! This is a wonderful venture that we are undertaking with a lot of excitement and joy as it is our favorite part of the farm; from checking the sap lines and installing new ones in the forest, identifying animal prints in the snow, sitting in the sugar house while sap is boiling away, smelling the sweet steam, watching the water vapors rise to the cupola and drift out of the sugar house on rays of sunshine, seeing the beautiful colors of the maple syrup as it is bottled and cleaning up after each run, getting to taste the drips and the extra bits of each batch of syrup, to our big Maine Maple Sunday party! We just love this part of farming so focusing on this seems like the right direction for us to go.

We still have meat in the freezer from 2018 that we would love to have you put in your freezer instead of ours. We will have the freezer in the sugar house open for the rest of this week then we will be moving the meat to our freezer inside and it will only be available if you call ahead or stop by when we are home.

The seedlings are started for tomatoes and peppers and some flowers that A wanted to plant. Greens have been planted in the greenhouse (I found one tiny kale plant that had seeded itself, growing in the greenhouse when I was planting this years springs greens!). I may have tomato seedlings for sale in a couple months – I planted way too many tomatoes and peppers!

Spring is for new beginnings and we are beginning with a new plan for the future, we look forward to seeing you all soon!

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Wow! Thank you!

Maine Maple Sunday was amazing! We all had so much fun – as River said – “We get to throw one big party every year – let’s make it great!” The pulled pork was delicious, the maple goodies from Wildflours were sweet and tasty, the music from Matt Loosigian was fantastic and the weather was beautiful!

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Photo Credit: Blueberry Beeton

We had over 350 people join us yesterday – it was more people then we had been expecting and we were thrilled to have you all join us. We even ran out of spoons and had to have a friend make an emergency trip to the store for us (thank you Blueberry for coming through in a hurry!) Our neighbors helped us out serving pork and selling syrup and goodies and cleaning up after the party. Thank you to Matt, Eli, Jess and Erik for your amazing help – we would not have had the same success at this event if it wasn’t for your help!

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Photo Credit: Blueberry Beeton

Our friend Tim helped out all weekend – he was in charge of smoking the pig on Saturday and helping River in the sugar house on Sunday – he is always around to help when we need him – such a blessing – thank you Tim!

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Photo Credit: Blueberry Beeton

We had a few younger helpers this year too – Thank you to Trace and his buddy Rainier for serving up the ice cream with maple syrup and to Lily, Olive and Lilly for helping people sign in so we would know about how many people came so we can plan for next year. Such a great help to have these young people around that are responsible enough to help out in a big way – thank you all!

We are also grateful for all of you – those of you that were able to come and enjoy the day with us and those of you that support us from afar, family and friends – thank you so much!

We hope to see you all again next year!

I was exhausted by the end of the day and I had a sunburn on my face! Since I have been inside so much since my surgery, my face was very pale, not anymore, now I am not quite as red as a cooked lobster, but close – oops – note for next year – wear sunscreen!

 

Check out Matt’s music and find out where he will be playing next on his web site:

Earth Jams

Our ice cream was from Roundtop Ice Cream, we love to support other local businesses:

Round Top Ice Cream

Our maple goodies were from Wildflours Gluten Free Bakery, you can purchase your own gluten free goodies from them in Brunswick, I highly recommend the savory rolls:

Wildflours

For Sale, Maple Syrup

Maine Maple Sunday, March 24th

Hello everyone, it has been a while, we have been busy with life, sap and birthdays!

We will be open on Sunday, March 24th for Maine Maple Sunday. We had initially planned to be open Saturday and Sunday this year, but the sap runs have been disappointing so far. Last year at this time we had made 3/4 of our syrup for the year. This year we have only made about a third of last years total and that is with doubling our taps. We doubled our taps this year so we had hopes for an amazing season with twice as much syrup for this weekend. Sadly that is not to be, but the sap has been running fast and furious this week and we will have about 20 gallons to sell on Sunday. River has been boiling, finishing, bottling, and keeping busy with other maple related projects this week in preparation for the big event.

River collected about 385 gallons of sap last night and he will be collecting more on Saturday morning since it is supposed to be pouring rain all day today and into the evening. He will boil all day tomorrow while our friend Tim smokes the pig for Sunday’s sandwiches – so yummy!

On Sunday we will have complimentary maple bbq pulled pork sandwiches and round top ice cream with maple syrup as well as some Wildflours goodies made with our maple syrup and maple sugar candy for sale. Because of low syrup production we did not make maple nuts or maple cream this year. Hopefully next year we will have an amazing syrup year and be able to offer these tasty treats as well!

To celebrate the sap finally running I made stacked waffles for breakfast. If you have ever read Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder, you know that Almanzo’s favorite breakfast is stacked pancakes. His mother would make pancakes, put them on the plate keeping warm on the back of the stove, slather them with fresh butter and maple sugar which would melt together into the pancake for a bite of yummy deliciousness then stack another pancake on top and submit that pancake to the same delicious treatment. I used scraps from making maple candy all ground up as the sugar. Making maple sugar is not difficult and I have made it before, but we haven’t had enough maple syrup to make it this year so candy scraps it was! I prefer to make waffles as a matter of time (our waffle maker makes four square waffles at once), so we had stacked waffles for breakfast. Thank you Laura Ingalls Wilder for your inspiration. If you read Farmer Boy you will be amazed at the food Almanzo’s mother made, my mouth waters just thinking about it!

We look forward to seeing those of you that are close enough to attend, you can see our schedule on our facebook event page.

The boys love to have me read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, you can buy the entire set or just Farmer Boy, which by far has the best food in it!

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I have had a Black & Decker waffle maker for 10 to 12 years now and it is still going strong and we make waffles at least once a week, sometimes more! When I was looking for a waffle maker I wanted one that made regular waffles, but four at a time like my Grandmother had and I found this one, I was so pleased!

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Chickens, For Sale, Maple Syrup

Woolwich Day’s

We are planning to be at Woolwich Day’s on August 4th from 9 to 2. We will be selling Smoked, Pulled Chicken BBQ sandwiches, frozen chicken, fresh garlic and the last of our maple syrup.

Join everyone for crafts, fun and food at the Woolwich Day’s event, we hope to see you there!

If you come to the farm this Sunday, July 29th to Saturday, August 4th to buy chickens we will give you 5% off, buy ’em fresh by calling me before tomorrow to reserve a fresh one or buy them frozen starting Sunday. Our flag holder for the open sign by the road broke, but our self serve store is still open!

Chickens, For Sale, Meat Animals

Roasting Chickens

Folks, we have about two hundred chickens growing right now. Our first batch will be available for roasting on July 7th!

Come join us on the 7th to pick up a fresh chicken, or starting the next day a frozen chicken. We do the processing right here on our farm, feel free to check it out!

Farming, For Sale, Maple Syrup, Rhubarb

Food For Sale!

We have some items for sale! Our little store is not ready yet, and we have a limited quantity of some items available, which I will pick fresh as requested. Call ahead if you would like them ready for pick up. 207-400-9898

I will be home all day today to fill orders.

Rhubarb $4 a pound

Red Winecap Mushrooms $5 a pound

These are a meaty mushroom when used fresh, that takes on the flavors of whatever it is cooked with

Kale $3 a bag

This is kale that grew back from some of last years stems. The kale is so tender, we use it for salads, delish!

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Chaga $2.50 an ounce, bulk pricing available

Locally sourced within 20 miles of Firehouse Farm, available for shipping, call or text me with questions 207-400-9898

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Dried Mushrooms $4.50 a Bag

Available for shipping, quantity pricing available

 

Maple Syrup $23 a quart, Amber or Dark available, get it well it lasts!

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Amber on the left, Dark on the right