It has been awhile since I have had time to update the happenings around the farm. Summer seemed to sneak up on us and then BAM...it's over! We had a busy summer traveling, gardening and spending time with family. We also stayed busy with events. In June we had our first summer farm to table dinner, which was such a fun and memorable evening. Pit roasting a hog for the first time was definitely a learning experience and not one that we will be repeating anytime soon. We also hosted jam and pickling classes with canning extraordinaire Jolene, who just started her own business, Preserve. There was a great turn out for the annual lavender wreath making event...so many beautiful wreaths were created! Guests were also able to let their creativity flow with our first pottery class. I was inspired to work more on my pottery as well....a few new products might be on the way.
Also, many of our Black Acre Farm products hit the shelves of some local businesses. The SAGE center in Boardman now carries our soaps, Sheepdog Mercantile in Heppner also has a selection of soaps, Rendezvous Vintage in Echo has a collection of both soaps and lotions too. During August the Sage Store in Heppner featured a plethora of our skincare products. We are looking forward to Junk Barn Girls in October, where we will have soaps, lotions, bath bombs and some sweet vintage finds.
Looking forward into Fall we are gearing up for a few fun events and classes before Christmas. Check out our events and classes page to sign up and keep up to date on our latest happenings!
Like most folks our spring has been flying by at break neck speed. Between preparing the garden, working in the yard, farm events, baby animals and podcasting we have had barely a moments rest. Check out what we have been up to!
The first episode of The Root Cellar podcast is now available! After a month of planning, scheming and recording we have finally done it...and boy was it a learning curve! So please go gentle on us for the first couple of episodes, I promise that I am getting better at editing and now that we have got better equipment it should be smooth talking. You can find our episodes directly on our website: rootcellarpodcast.com and also how you can download, stream and subscribe. I will also post the first week's worth of episodes here on my website and through facebook. Be sure to listen Tuesday-Friday this kick off week! And please give us feedback on what we should talk about, questions you may have and how we can make The Root Cellar even better.
You can find the newest episodes in the sidebar to your right! -------------------------------->
A big thank you to everyone who participated in the survey over this last week! It has been awesome to read your comments and to get a feel for what people would like see more of on the farm. It sounds like people would like more gardening workshops and definitely more pottery! We will be releasing a tentative schedule for the next six months next weekend, so please check back to see how we have taken your feedback and created an exciting line up.
The survey taking winner has been drawn and the winner is....
Janelle will be receiving a basket full of Black Acre Farm goodies this week.
On another exciting note, I have taken on a new project that my close friend and I have been kicking around for a while. We are putting together a podcast that focuses on homesteading skills, self sufficiency, and managing it all in a modern world. The Root Cellar podcast will be airing next week, starting February 5th. If you are unfamiliar with podcasts, they are similar to a radio program, but more focused on specific topics. I like to listen to them to and from work, or while out in the garden. More information on how to find our podcast will be coming very soon!
If you have any great podcast subject ideas that line up with the things we do here on the farm, please leave a comment below.
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