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Well say  hello to summer! 🙂 Yeehaw!


This farmers market season is off to a great start! Despite a very dry spring and some rogue frosts, we farmers are attending our markets with diverse green products, and other cottage industry producers, like artisan bakers and cheese makers and specialty jams–like me! 🙂  are rounding out the spring farmers’ markets in our neck of the woods.

As a market manager, overseeing 25 wonderful vendors… so far I’m seeing strong shopper turnout this spring, which is fantastic news! Rain or shine or even sometimes an early snow…. for the past sixteen years, are open from early May through mid October. It’s always been a pleasure for me when market season rolls around again each year… after a long hibernating winter here, to see old friends and meet new ones each season.

The hours are indeed long, the pay.. nominal. But the growing passion and their rewards are ten-fold in my mind. As a one woman small cottage business owner/farm gal, I can honestly still say I absolutely love my job! 🙂 And yes, some days I moan and grown.. but hey, none of us are getting any younger, and there surely are days when you can hear me yelling at myself, “I’m never going to get this all harvested”… but then somehow I do! Somebody up there must be watching over me, for certain. Since moving to Maine ten years ago my farming routine has clearly changed from having a working farm in N.H. for the prior 23 years… but it keeps me hopping. These are some of what I grow, or bake, or process.





Yesterday was a great market day for me! They cleaned me out of 35 quarts of strawberries and shortcake biscuits in one hour! ( many asking if I had real whipped cream for sale too! ) Oy vey! LOL! Funny how passionate folks can be about the first strawberries of season… myself, included.

Once established here in Maine,  I acquired my Maine state inspected licensure to produce canned and baked goods. So these days, in addition to my line of “wonderful herbal soaps” and skin care specialties plus organic veggies and fresh herbs, I’ve added a line of wine and herbal jams and jellies. It keeps me incredibly busy keeping up with my local shop orders, as well as various canned veggies –depending on what I’m pulling out of the gardens, and my infamous Wicked Good Pickles, along some cut flowers bouquets, that all goes to market.  As you can probably imagine.. my days are pretty full in season, so blogging has to take a back seat and it does, until Autumn for me. So thanks to you readers for continually returning here, and for all your support and encouraging words. It’s much appreciated. You know who you are. 🙂


And thank you to everyone who takes the time to purchase what they can — straight from the grower/producer. That effort makes a huge difference, and helps we farmers and farmers markets make the leap into a robust summer season ahead. We surely appreciate your support! If you’re ever in our neck of the woods, stop by the Wells Farmers’ Market (shameless plug 🙂 LOL–we’ll be there!

Happy Summer Solstice! I can’t believe 4th of July is only two weeks away! 



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…. Spinach seedlings, that is.


And though I got them off to a late start this year and thankfully May showered us with some fine weather they seem to be thriving well. It looks like we have some good sowing weather ahead too, so who can complain? Believe it or not, I’m praying for a few days of nice steady rain. We need it badly.  I’ve been so busy getting my seed in the ground and still cleaning out the beds and adding even more raised beds. I needed to make some room for warm weather crops like peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. The onions, leeks, and shallots are in and I’m thrilled the spinach and chard and kale are looking good! I can’t wait to make a spinach frittata 🙂 It’s just about ready to start harvesting.


A few weeks back, I made an executive decision this season, and though it tore my heart apart, 😦 (literally) but for health reasons, it was necessary to close the farm down after ten years of working the land there. I will miss it dearly, but made a deal with my doc to cut back.

So I did. To just a quarter acre from now on. I still get to play in the dirt, the land is closer to home.. I can now walk to it… primo land and no rock nor weed! The property is lined with old fashioned lilac bushes with a few miscellaneous perennial beds and even a garden bench to rest upon when I become weary.


I’ve been busy getting it all prepped, amended, new beds made and sowing for weeks now. Even managed to build a new cold frame for my new nursery.  Digging, digging and more digging up and transplanting from the old farm and moving to the new took a lot longer than I’d anticipated, but that task is behind me now. It’ll be a new adventure, but I’m as happy as a gull with a french fry to continue on.  And all of Papa’s 109 year old rhubarb patch made it through the move beautifully! There was no way in hell, I’d be leaving that behind after all the years’ it’s been with me.


But alas, I had to say good-bye to my grapevines 😦 Just too big an undertaking for me to move all of them. But a farming friend has moved them all to her vineyards, instead, so I’ll still have my fair share of all the grapes I’ll need for my jams and wine.

I didn’t get my peas planted as early as they should go in the ground either, into the new garden and they’ve just popped out of the ground, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed we’ll have a few more cool nights, and they will be just fine. The transplanted garlic are looking just great in their new home!  I won’t be 100% settled until I find my first scape emerge… then I’ll know they are good to go. Today I’m going to take a gamble and set the scarlet runner beans around the teepee poles, and set the remaining beets, carrots, plus an additional 100 more onion sets. Lastly for today, I’ll be picking the new flowering chive heads to go into my chive vinegar for farmers market that will be opening in just two weeks! Gads, what a busy time of the year it is… but wouldn’t want it any other way.


Plus, this little guy seems to follow me wherever I go… so I’m pretty certain everything’s gonna be just fine.



The garden is finally beginning to look like a garden. I had no idea what an undertaking I had taken on with this project. Ugh 😦 But all in all, it’s finally taking shape. One thing’s for certain.. I’ll never be without fresh salads, organic veggies and herbs for the next few months. Happy gardening!


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The official tree lighting — kicking off all of the annual holiday festivities


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…. and on my counter!! LOL


But ya know what? They are going to stay there, cause I’m off to do some serious lunching and then paddling around this beautiful afternoon at my fave haunt, Cape Porpoise!




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SO worth the wear and tear on this back for months on end, for one luscious bite into one of these babies 🙂 LOL! Betcha thought I was going to say steamed clams! 🙂 Caprese Salad on the menu tonite! Yum!


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