to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Musings on Hay


I'm off to the Tuesday Northampton Farmers Market to sell our lamb meat this afternoon in the sweltering heat. The Farmer is in haying mode doing his first cutting of the fields he mows. It is a massive job and very time consuming. Because it is me there at the market and not him, everyone is curious where he is. I tell them he is "haying" and almost every single person looks at me with a quizzical expression. I ask them if they know what that is and of course, most don't. I explain that if you raise grass fed animals, what do you think they eat in the winter? Grass. I get the funniest responses from people. Farmers market shoppers have many of the buzz words down - grass fed, local, sustainably grown..... but most of them don't know what anyone of them mean. They are clueless as to what really goes into a grass fed animal product. 


I don't fault any of them for it. If they are interested, I will explain more. In actuality, most of them don't care. Like my sister says, "I just want to buy it, know I can cook it tonight, and then hope it is good." Because I am so darn involved in all this farming biz I find it all somewhat amusing.

Anyway, the other morning on the way to move sheep, I stopped at a field before the rain came and snapped these photos of some wildflowers. The flowers will all be mown in a week or so and be bundled up into haybales. I suppose that is a marketing opportunity - oh yes, our sheep eat wildflowers. Must think about that one! 

Enjoy the photos and the day!


Auntie Shan said...

hey! The Flowers just give it some Flavour! :-D

However, for the CONSUMER-CLUELESS you could always tell Them that the various Flowers are what make the Wool come in "Different" COLOURS!

RMK said...

Yep - just like chocolate milk from the brown cows! Can't tell you how many times I've had people tell their children to feel the cotton from my sheep! ;)

Anonymous said...

How poignant. Isn't it wild how out-of-touch people are with respect to nature/food? I'm an urban gardener, and every time I tell someone I grew my garden from seed, they have this bewildered, borderline shocked look on their face. SEED? You can grow things from SEED? But that's not the sad part - the sad part is what you said - most of them don't care. Just gotta shrug and carry on. :)

Anonymous said...

Are we (as a nation) really that far removed from the land that 'haying' doesn't make sense? Color me surprised. Helen

Karen at Struan Farm said...

Need to tell your customers that the wildflowers make the meat taste AMAZING! We were joking this weekend that we should plant rosemary in our paddocks so the consumers can have lamb with rosemary.....