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4th of July

July 4, 2021

We wish you all a happy, rainy, 4th of July – and we send a BIG thank you to all of our customers who came out to make this year a terrific strawberry season. We loved seeing all of you; many of you for the first time in a long time! Our berry season is officially over – until next year!

Until then: tomatoes are now available at the farm, and will be for the rest of the growing season.

In other news: We still do have one lamb available for reservation for fall 2021; please reach out if you’re interested or would like to learn more.

Celebrating the red, white and blue…

Strawberries In Full Swing

June 17, 2021

As of June 17, we’re nearly a week into the season, and our organic berries are gorgeous, abundant, and sweet! Also, the weather is perfect. We hope you’ll come on by to fill your freezers, or to just get a few for some ice cream, shortcake, jam, or for eating just plain straight up.

Give a call at 269-6203 for up-to-date picking conditions or with any questions. We are loving seeing folks we haven’t seen for a while and meeting many new folks, and we hope to see you soon!

Berry time!!

June 10, 2021

After a long wait, the first berries from our new field are red, ripe and delicious! We’re open for picking daily, 9am-6pm.

Please give a call at 603-269-6203 anytime for updated picking conditions – and we look forward to seeing you!

ALMOST strawberry time!

June 6, 2021

Good morning! It’s Sunday, June 6, 2021 – and the berries are just starting to ripen up. The field looks good, and there should be excellent berry picking once we open. We’re hoping to open next weekend, June 12, but please give a call at 603-269-6203 to get the updated scoop. We’ll also post here, and on facebook.

(The tomatoes are close, too – we see some reddening fruit out there!). We’re looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Ready for fall…

October 24, 2020

Happy October! I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe this fall. Here, we still have some beautiful foliage (the asparagus foliage is a particularly beautiful bright golden this year – who knew?!), and we’ve finally started receiving some rain – a real bright spot. Today, we’re pasturing the sheep on the lawn right next to the house again, which is one of my favorite places to have them. Nice and convenient to admire.

Thank you to all of our tomato customers this year – it was an excellent year – and we hope you enjoyed them. While we still have a few fruit hanging on, we’ve taken down the tomato sign and are officially calling it the end of the season.

Some exciting news: While the annual Christmas in Strafford fair won’t be happening in person this year, we ARE participating in the virtual version of the fair. As a result, we have taken the leap and we finally set up an online store! The online store features our wool, and several hand-dyed, hand-spun and hand-knit creations from our wool. It has been so much fun creating these items!! There are several other items, too – take a couple of minutes and browse the selection. How does it work? You can order anytime you like until December 4, and can pick up at the farm on December 5, 2020. If December 5 doesn’t work for you, or if you’d rather we mail your order, reach out directly via phone (603-269-62030 or email (eastwindfarm2009@gmail.com) and we’ll make another plan.

Tomatoes are here!

June 24, 2020

We hung the tomato sign last week – and had our first BLT of the year! A true sign that summer has begun. Our certified organic tomatoes are now available here at the farm, self-serve as usual. For larger orders, or any special inquiries, please feel free to call ahead: 269-6203, or email: eastwindfarm2009@gmail.com.

We hope to see you soon!

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Strawberry and Tomato Update

May 25, 2020

We’re starting to get calls about strawberries, so it seems like a good time to provide an update. As many of you know, we follow an unusual schedule here because we have limited field space. We plant strawberries, then harvest the next two years, and then cover crop to build the soil. This is a planting year – we have just tucked our brand new plants into the field (see below!). This means that we’ll have our next PYO harvest in June 2021. While you’re waiting, make sure to head out to other berry farms in the area to stock up on fruit!

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The new field, just planted.

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They may not look like much yet, but check out those new little leaves coming!

While we won’t have strawberries in 2020, we will have tomatoes. They are coming along nicely, and we expect to have the first ripe ones in mid-June. Stay tuned for info about how sales at the farm will work this year – but rest assured that we’ll have all the delicious tomatoes you need!

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May 23 – these beauties are sizing up nicely. 

May

May 6, 2020

These first few days of May have been chilly ones, and promise to continue that way. Shockingly, there is snow in the forecast for next weekend (yipes). But, the grass is greening. And when the grass turns green, the sheep get antsy. So, today was one of my favorite spring rituals: fence training day! The lambs need to learn about the electronet fence – so that I can bring them all over the property and give them succulent grass all summer long. And today was the day.

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Redbone is a little concerned about the fence, but nearly everyone else is paying no attenting – and is instead focusing on the beautiful, delicious, green grass.

With this over with, tomorrow afternoon they can graze in the orchard… I think they will enjoy it.

Spring!

April 12, 2020

In this odd time where almost everyone is home, it’s comforting to take part in the spring rituals. We just planted the tomatoes in the high tunnel and had their first flowers today – so, of course we are dreaming of the first ripe tomatoes in June.

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Such a bright spring green. Can you smell the tomato leaves?

Also, I’ve been playing around with a little project that will use yarn in two gradients of colors from lime-green to lavender and from forest green to deep purple. It’s been a fun project that I’ve been documenting along the way, so I will share here. (I realize as I type this that there were lots of steps I didn’t document: shearing, skirting the fleece, washing, carding, and dyeing. But picking up from there:

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1. First, the batts. Carded up on my drum carder, which helps me blend colors easily and smoothly.

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2. I spun the singles, and then I plied them to created two-ply yarns of each color.

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3. Each individual skein, washed and hung out to dry in the April sunshine!

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4. Lastly, each skein was separated into two – and all of the little balls of yarn are ready for the next step.

And the final projects – two sets of thrummed mittens, each in a fun color scheme:

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There wasn’t **quite** enough to make the second pair, but I think some gray thumbs and cuffs look cute. 

 

Lambies!

February 16, 2020

It has been a while since our last post. But the past couple of weeks have brought some news that’s worth posting about! The 2020 lambs have started arriving. Two adorable sets of twins so far, and more to come throughout the month of February!

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ZsaZsa’s babies: Cokie (L) and Redbone (R).

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Davy’s girls: Agnes (bottom) and Ginger (top).