WOW! I can hardly believe it has been one full year since we acquired this piece of land! The past 365 days have been filled with a lot of hard work and even more joy. Each day it grows harder and harder to keep our children away from the farm. In January, I confidently stated,... Continue Reading →
Peanut, Peanut Butter and Jelly
Nothing is more American than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! But why? What makes it so American? Within the very large pile of glass jars that I have collected from sheds and garages, a few of them were peanut butter jars, and many of them were jelly/jam jars! The peanut butter... Continue Reading →
Big Red Barn –Episode 1
A lot of folks want to know about the Big Red Barn. We will share some tidbits over the next few posts. First, episode one, when and why was it built? As a typical Pennsylvania Dutch bank barn, we are to believe this barn was completed around 1906, five years after the main farm... Continue Reading →
Lately we have worked so hard at the farm that a day ran into a week and a week led to a month. The autumn temperatures have helped in our productivity and I have fallen very far behind in keeping you updated on the progress. A time out is much needed to share with you... Continue Reading →
I've only read about the stomping of grapes; however, in the near future I really want to experience the feeling of juicy grapes between my toes and the stomping of fruit into wine. What an amazing experience it must be to toss off your socks and shoes and leap into a vat of grapes. Dancing around and... Continue Reading →
What’s On the Docket?
Initially, the number of tasks and amount of work that needed to be done at the farm overwhelmed most of Evergreen Bend Farm's guests. It was not uncommon to hear, "Burn the whole thing down -- start over!" or "I wouldn't waste my time on this." Check out what our neighbor, who rents our pasture, had... Continue Reading →
All Work & No Play
is bad for the soul! At Evergreen Bend Farm, we have been working very hard, but we've been playing even harder. I didn't want you to think that all we do is work, work, work. We also play. We discovered that loading the dump truck with metal piles and bed springs creates quite a springy... Continue Reading →
Doors and Paths
Openings and closings, the beginning and the end. Doors are opportunities and unfortunately they mark finality. Each door or gate is an entrance, and it is also a barrier. When you see a door, you anticipate a passage. Your mind prepares to go through a portal, moving from one area to another you look around... Continue Reading →
Up in the attic we found a TON of boxes! Piles and piles of white gift boxes, the kind the department stores hand out at the holidays, were covering the floor. Not wanting to throw out forgotten gifts or hand written letters, we opened and looked in each one. It was close to hoarding. Some... Continue Reading →
What is a Bank Barn?
The large red barn on our property is a bank barn. A bank barn isn't a barn that holds your entire bank; it has nothing to do with money or your earnings. The history of barns in the United States is directly related to the time period and the needs of the farmers. The early English... Continue Reading →