Aaaaahh~ November, the depths of Autumn. Most of the leaves are on the ground, and the rains are here. Several inches of it and water in the basement. I have live trapped my stray barn cat, had him snipped and he has taken being inside with a warm embrace. HE won't even go out in this weather! He is a darling, ole Oscar.
So it is official. I am not going tree planting at all this year. It may mean a more stressful time of it financially but I am truly enjoying being home. Friends, food, playing with and taking in all that I work hard for is a fabulous thing and I have never been happier. I love my farm and home. I love Maine winter and am thrilled to fully enjoy it this year. Having time to do the things I have always wanted is amazing also. I was invited to join my friend on her annual family wine making weekend. Third generation wine making family. What a riot!! Pressing grapes, bottling wine from oak barrels, the real deal, and what fantastic wine!! The best I have ever tasted from the United States.
Now that I am staying home, I am planting the greenhouse with hardy greens and going to begin my learning curve of baking in my wood fired clay oven. Time to whip up new goodies for all the loyal customers that continue to shop thru the winter at the Farmer's Markets. Fire Fly Farm's Enchanted Kitchen will be doing several winter farmer's markets: Fridays in Belfast at Aubuchon Hardware on Rt. 1 from 9am~1pm (until the week before christmas), Saturdays in Orono's municipal parking lot. Every Saturday this month 8am~1pm, then the second and fourth Saturday starting in December, hours being 9am~Noon until the end of April (then the summer schedule will start up again). Bar Harbor is starting a winter market also the first and third Saturdays 10am~1pm at the Bar Harbor Cellar Winery on Rt 3. I attended the opening Saturday and it was a blast. Inside a lovely renovated Barn at Sweet Pea Farm.
So just because there is snow on the ground, you can still get your farm fresh goodness thru the winter months of Maine at your year round farmer's market and winter CSA share farms!
May you keep warm and eat wonderfully~