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Garden Update: Cherries! Peonies! Currants!

A strange season this year, indeed. Cherries are ripening way early — two weeks, by some accounts — and yet, peonies, for some reason, stayed blooming later than ever. Here’s an update of what’s ripening and blooming in the fields. […]

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Hydrangea Watch!

To borrow a phrase from the farm’s longtime friend Diane (aka DC Fruit Bat), we are on a hydrangea watch. And it looks like we might be getting some blue flowers this year. This is the hydrangea was planted in 2014. […]

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Beautiful Food Photos and Flowers

I returned to work after the Minnesota trip to find that Carrie had curated my office art! I chose the cocktail photo at the top left, and she played with colors, shapes and textures. It came out great! The next […]

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The Porch is Open!

The first somewhat warm day of the year, and we worked outside to clean up and plant garden. We’re not outside celebrating yet, but someday soon! Related posts: The Porch is Open! Open Days Garden Tour: Pretty Penny Choosing Flowers […]

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The Garlic Is Up!

Well would you look at that! The garlic that Hunna planted in October has been keeping nice and warm under a big blanket of snow. Today, the snow is melting. The sun is warming the garden bed. The garlic is […]

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Big Snow

More snow. A few photos. Related posts: A Snow Day Monday First Snow Day Oh. Look. More Snow More Snow

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Snow Day at Sour Cherry Farm

First big snowstorm of the season, and we have pancakes, make snow angels and build a snowman. Pretty successful run, I’d say! Snow on tree: Yummy winter breakfast: Can we go out now, mommy? With Claire and Jane: Snow angels: […]

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The Sun Sets on 2014

The last light of 2014, inspired by this Instagram by Nicole Franzen. (Yes of course hers is way better, but I was inspired by the idea, and the caption!) PS: She’s great to follow on Insta if you are looking […]

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A Pinecone Project

Step 1: Gather pinecones while on a walk. Step 2: Tie ribbons around the top of them. Step 4: Ask your neighbor Tasha if she has any birdseed you can borrow. Step 5: Rub the pinecones in peanut butter, then […]

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A Beautiful Fall Morning

Just after waking, out my bedroom window. I just liked the light. And the orange. Looks pretty, doesn’t it? Related posts: The First Real Sign of Fall Sunday Morning Play Fall Foliage in Upstate New York: High Falls, Rosendale & […]

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First Fire of the Season at SCF

Usually we have one before October, but this year, no! Let the fall begin. Related posts: The Farm’s First Fire of the Season Lamb, Kale, Squash and the First Fire of the Season The Farm’s First Fire of the Season […]

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Fall in the SCF Garden: Montauk Daisies

A nice bright flash of white near the patio. The nights are getting cooler, though, so weren’t not enjoying them as much as we should! Related posts: Garden Update: Blueberries, Apricots, Daisies Candlelit Limelight Hydrangea Update on the Garden: Phlox, […]

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Goodbye, Sweet Quince

OK so Shakespeare I’m not (line 345 here in Hamlet), but I am a little sad to see these two quinces go. We bought them as young whips only a stick thin (see their arrival at the farm in this post […]

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Garden Update: Cosmos, Hydrangea

In early September, a few beautiful flowers (and a few we’re saying a little prayer for, too). Cosmos: Our variagated hydrangea is now 2 years old. I htink next spring we’ll leave the annuals out of the way and let it […]

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How to Transplant a 10-Year-Old Hydrangea

When it comes to transplanting a 10-year-old hydrangea, I will tell you this: It’s a bitch. The roots are not deep, but they’re in tight. And after the winter we had, the hydrangea was already in bad shape. Still, I’ll […]

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Garden Problems and Solutions: A Guide

After focusing so long on the patio and the gardens surrounding it, it’s time to turn our attention to other areas of the farm. We’ve been experimenting here and there, but in spring 2015, we will take what we’ve learned from […]

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Stargazing at the Farm

Thanks to our new Adironadack chair, we’ve been stargazing on these clear, cool nights. This year, I’ve learned a new constellation: Boötes. He’s also know as the Herdsman, because he’s right back of Ursa Major, shepherding it and and the […]

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Morning in the Garden

About to pull out of the driveway on the way to work one morning, and I was struck at how beautiful the Black Eyed Susans were. Finally, this little corner of the farm, neglected so long, is getting its due. […]

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The Farm’s Signature Adirondack Chair

A handmade original for the patio at Sour Cherry Farm: the SCF Adirondack Chair. Hunna built it out of cedar. Handsome devil, isnt’ it! And oh-so-comfortable, too. Congrats to Hunna!   Related posts: Trees in Bloom at the Farm Blue […]

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Harvest Report: Red Currants

Just a little over 2 pounds this year. Not nearly as good a year as 2013, when we got 6 pounds, but we’ll take it. Planning on making the same Red Currant Jelly as last year. I don’t see the […]

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The Sour Cherry Harvest

What a sad, sad year. After last year’s nearly 20 quarts of sour cherries, we were lucky to get one small quart of cherries this year. (See Greg describing last year’s harverst in this post here.) Here is the lame, […]

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Pitting Cherries with Samantha

Sam is “helping.” Related posts: Samantha in Minnesota Sour Cherries, Ready for Harvest! Harvesting More Cherries at Sour Cherry Farm Garden Update: Sour Cherries, Blackberries, Currants, Asparagus, Alliums, Peonies, Irises, Columbine and More

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The Blueberry Harvest

Everything’s coming in at once now! Currants, blueberries, cherries! Blueberries ripening: The first round of blueberry harvest! Yum.    Related posts: Greg Describes the Blueberry Harvest The First Blueberry Harvest of 2011 at Sour Cherry Farm Cocktail Recipe: Blueberry Caipirinhas […]

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Black Currants Harvest

The farm enjoyed its best harvest of black currants ever this year, with about 2 quarts. Our plan for the harvest: cassis! We will update as we make it. Previous black currant coverage here. And here on our archives. Related posts: […]