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Spotted at farmers market this summer. This little bandit swiped an ear of corn from one of our vendors and then ducked out of site with it.. so he thought šŸ™‚ LOL



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Scatter seeds of love for the monarchs.

Let them fly in November’s winds

Pick some pods for butterfly lovers

….. to create the monarch gardens of next Spring.


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Well, the weatherman goofed on yesterday mornings’ forecast, luckily for me, so I pounced on the chance to go walking through the woods before the rains moved in on us.Ā Without my four legged companions by my side, not a typical route for me this time of year, but it was refreshing with still enough colorful foliage left to make it another memorable day.


I was reminded of days gone by, and as I cut down the path to take in the river color, and was pleased to spot some Autumn kayakers taking in the color too!


IMG_0158Walking in our fields each afternoon in Fall was a favorite pasttime of Jackson, Molly & Duffy.Ā Leaves would drop in whispers. Behind us, there snaps a twig which is not timed to our own footstepsā€¦ and acorns fall with a bounce to the ground as the wind stirred through the leavesā€¦. freezing my guys in their tracks. Are the woods haunted???? I think not… Ā though I did bump into an alarmed grey fox that I think startled the both of us!


But yes, Ā I do believe theĀ woods to be haunted in October by the same ā€˜little peopleā€™ who inhabit them every other month of the year. Thoughts of witches & goblins & elves and fairies in October have filled the world with fright longer than anyone can record with certainty and the season wouldnā€™t be complete without them.


There areĀ fairies at the bottom of all woods and gardens, and we all have often found their traces there.. If you do not believe in fairies in the garden you cannot a true gardener. They touch a box with a wand & make a palace for a homeless bird. In mischievous play, they pull up seeded flower heads Ā & plant them in more surprising places. They weave silken webs from flower to flower & paint the wings of butterflies. In October they blow on the bittersweet & make berries pop open into gay necklaces of red & orange and gold.

At the bottom of an old-fashioned garden the fairies arrange their mushroom conference stools in a fairy ring, and name all the flowers! Who else could have thought up such delightful names: Sweet William, foxglove, cowslip, Sweet Annie, snow-in-the-summer, larkspur, bee balmā€¦. morning glory, johnny-jump-ups & bleeding heart. These fairies name them all!! But of course...there are fairies in the bottom of the garden. šŸ˜‰

What is more cheerful, now, in the fall of the year, than an open wood-fire? Do you hearĀ those little chirps and twitters coming out of that piece of applewood? Those are the ghosts of the robins and bluebirds that sang upon the bough when it was in blossom this past Spring. Happy Autumn!


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We’re so lucky to be able to get fresh, locally grown cranberries at Old Gray Beaver Bog…. Christmas Jam, Cranberry Merlot Jam, Cranberry JalapeƱo Jam and fresh Cranberry Sauce..done. And even better, now labeled! Thank you early Ā Santa for my new printer, šŸ™‚ Yeehaw!



You can’t get much more local than this! Maine Port Wine, Maine (Kennebunk) cranberries, our own organic berries and holiday spices.

Made a triple batch of Vintage Garden Berry Christmas Jam this morning. Now that farmers market is done for the season, I’m gearing up for the holiday shows!

Come by and join us for the festive Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude or the wonderful Ogunquit’s Christmas By the Sea.

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I cannot decide what I like best…making these fabulous jams and jellies, or seeing the look on my customers faces as they dip into my many sample offerings! I had one fellow dancing around in my booth last week after he sampled my Margarita Jelly, asking me ‘why did you omit the worms?’!! LOL So far, last month, these three have been neck and neck in the favorite department…but the Raspberry Chambord Truffle is inching up quickly!


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Yumma! ā¤ Pumpkin Cannoli’s





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