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“When the world wearies and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden.”

For those of you who can’t make it to see our Backyard in all its glory, here is the next best thing……….

 

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Strawberry Thyme is here!

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 If you love strawberries now is the Thyme to join us for breakfast.

We are serving Strawberry jam for your toast, Strawberry smoothies for breakfast, bowls of fresh strawberries in the fridge to snack on, strawberries on your pancakes, Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble for breakfast and Strawberry Shortcake to top it all off.  All picked fresh from our farm, no chemicals, no sprays, ever used.  (We have eggs and bacon too)

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Our lovely Spring Calf

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Many of you know that we were on pins and needles this spring waiting for Mama’s calf to be born.  She had a miscarriage last spring along with Pepe and Pixie, and Dixi could not get pregnant  so our herd was dwindling.  We spent the whole year keeping an eye on their selenium levels and hoping for better outcomes this spring.  And low and behold on the beautiful spring afternoon of May 13th, Mama had a good sized healthy GIRL calf!  So healthy that 2 hours after her birth she walked from the far side of the pond all the way up to the cow shed with Mama’s nudgings.  She is growing quickly on all the good milk that she loves to drink and she is alert, perky and beautiful.  We are so grateful to have her and hopefully our luck on the farm will turn around.  By the way, we have a tradition of letting our WOOFER (Willing Worker on Organic Farms) name the new calves.  She chose Carla and it seems to fit her very well.

 

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last glimpse of winter on our pond at sunset

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Love makes every season turn

Love makes every season turn

As chilly and bleak as the end of winter may seem, there is much anticipation as signs of spring turn up everywhere. Late winter is special too. Take a moment, bundle up and head our way to experience the last cozy month of winter and take a walk in one of our many wonderful conservation areas.

SPRING SONG
Don’t hurry spring
the wind still trembles
in the empty trees
and dead geraniums stand still
in Spanish Harlem window boxes.
Another week perhaps
when skaters leave the pond.  Now for awhile longer
we can have the park to ourselves.
I need a while more with you just now,
there are some things
I don’t yet know.  Do you like the color blue
do I worry you when I frown
where were you
when I was growing up and needed somebody?

Rod McKuen
-from “Stanyan Street & Other Sorrows,” 1966

Columbia County Conservation Areas
www.clctrust.org
Borden’s Pond Conservation Area
1628 Rt 203, Chatham
518-392-5252
Drowned Land Swamp Conservation Area
653 County Route 3, Ancram
518-392-5252
Greenport Conservation Area
54 Daisy Hill Rd, off Joslen Blvd, Greenport
518-392-5252
Hand Hollow Conservation Area
387 Gale Hill Rd or 4079 County Route 9, New Lebanon
518-392-5252
High Falls Conservation Area
540 Roxbury Road, Philmont
518-392-5252
Ooms Conservations Area at Sutherland Pond
480 Rock City Road, Chatham
518-392-5252
Round Ball Mountain Conservation Area
503 Carson Road, Ancram
518-392-5252
Schor Conservation Area
58 Cemetery Rd, Canaan
518-392-5252
Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area
1452 County Rt 21, Ghent
518-392-5252

Cold Days, Hot Tea

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We serve this delicious hot tea in the afternoons during the wintery months and guests are always asking for the recipe.  For anyone needing perking up mid day this drink will do it.  Use a lot of ginger, honey and lemon juice.  We call it the Elixer of Life as it can cure just about anything that ails you, at least for a little while.

Hot Ginger Tea

About 1/3 cup of chopped or grated ginger

Juice of 2 lemons

4 Tablespoons of honey

2 quarts of boiling hot water.

 

Place all ingredients in a large jar or teapot, covered,  to steep about 15 minutes.  Stir well and strain each cup thru a sieve when serving.  Leave the remaining pulp in the teapot and add more water for another batch as the ginger will still have enough flavoring power and your tea friends will probably want another cup.

“Come in from the cold” package

purple chair blanket and apple core“There’s no bad weather only the wrong clothing!” Dress warmly and come to Thyme in the Country for some winter fun. We make it special for you by providing a Beautiful, Local, Organic, Hard Cider, Pickled Veggie and Cheese plate, free tickets to tour Olana Historic Site, a free drink at our local gastro pub, discounts to skii at Catamount and lots of warmth when you come in from the cold. Mention “Winter Special”  when you book your reservation to receive this discount.  Room rate and extras for $165.00/night plus tax

My Favorite Winter Activity is Going Back Inside

chick in a snowy treeLike it or not, when you live on a farm and have animals, much of your day is spent outdoors, in all kinds of weather.

A cow eats 2 bales of hay each day and half a bale of straw for their bedding.  The chickens need grain and  you make more trips to the chicken coop to collect the eggs before they freeze. There is manure to haul and frequent checks to make sure the animals’ water supplies are not frozen.  Gathering firewood to keep the home fires burning warmly and pipes from freezing.

This daily workout in nature is a good thing if all goes well and you’re dressed for the weather.  It is a most wonderful feeling to come indoors as the evening lights are coming on to the smell the baking bread and mulled wine and to enjoy the evening at home.  Hope you will be able to visit us this winter and enjoy a little Thyme in the Country. Check out our Calendar for ideas on things to do this weekend.chix going to bed

 

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Who would have guessed it would be so Fantastic!

Last Weekend Hudson’s Basilica, a Huge Achitectural Relic near the waterfront in Hudson, put on a wonderful shopping venue. It was called “Farm and Flea”. Vendors with the most unique displays of their artisanal wares shared the space with food vendors and live music. It was perfect and hopefully they will do it again and again in the future. If you missed it and would like a glimpse of what it was like, click on the link below.

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