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The Farm Festival Haedalia ~ Hooray! A Success!

What a wonderful day! The weather was pleasantly cool, a true fall day, the farm was resplendent, and the festival was a success!

Blazing yellow chrysanthemums graced the barn entrance where people were greeted by our cheerful crew and had a chance to take a chance on the exotic, elegant, beautiful, tasty, and homey goods being offered in our silent auction and raffle.

Before our very eyes, with paint and brush, Kristina captured the essence of the pasture in her plein air painting demonstration while Molly spun skeins of wool into soft warm woolen thread and Tyler tatted a delicate lace.

The Hetherstons fascinated everyone with their demonstration beehive and vast knowledge of all things apiary.   And the honey they sold from their own bees – how delectable!

Mike with his bike powered wood lathe and metals forge was a wonder to behold.

At the face painting table the children became pirates and princesses and walking works of art.

They grew quiet, mesmerized by the round and round of the potter’s wheel as Sam took a simple lump of clay and, in an instant, drew it up and out into an elegant bowl or vase.  And who could have imagined that a few longish sticks and a hoop or two could provide such hilarity at the children’s game area.

Trip, trip, trip, trot, trot, trot, clomp, clomp, clomp went the three billy goats gruff across the bridge while, “Who’s that tripping, trotting, clomping across my bridge?!” exclaimed the troll. The children gasped as he raised his horn bedecked head and woolly    shoulders up from beneath the bridge. The playlet thrilled and amused everyone, no matter their age.

There were delicious treats to eat, charming shopping bags with the farm’s logo for sale,

and all kinds of information posted everywhere: all about the chickens and what goats eat, the new fruit trees, the tools of our trade, and our many future projects.

Best of all, people stayed to chat, tell stories of their childhoods, breath the fresh air. Parents let their children wander about the meadow and traipse down the secret path.

Young people read books by the paddock, or lay lounging in the grass, or gazed across the peaceful fields, completely at ease in such a welcoming place. Just as it should be, just as we had hoped.

As one little 9 year old observed with a sigh,  “This is the best festival I’ve ever been to.”

You’re welcome, and thank you.


The harvests begin May 15th

The first distributions of the Kranz Hill Farm, CSA  2012 season will be May 15th (Tuesday) and May 18th (Friday).  On both days the distribution will be open between 4 and 6:30 in the afternoon, and will take place in the barn rain or shine. 
Shareholders can expect to receive fresh and clean lettuce, mesclun, and radishes, all picked that morning.  In the following weeks the variety and quantity will increase and the shares will likely include beets, turnips, broccoli raab, and more. 
Shares are still available.  If you have any questions or if you would like to visit our farm please call, 302-540-0912.

June Volunteer Day

Dear friends of the Kranz Hill Farm,

Our Volunteer Day in May was productive and the weather was beautiful. We transplanted several hundred feet of tomatoes and weeded the tall grass that had come up around the potatoes. Thank you to all who came out to help.

This month, the Volunteer Day will be held on Saturday, 25 June. Because of the summer heat we are changing the work times for the day. There will be times for work from 7 until 10 in the morning, and 4 until 7 in the afternoon, with a picnic in between from 10 until 12. This way we can enjoy the most pleasant times of the day and everyone can scurry inside (or at least into the shade) when the sun is high in the sky. Even so it is important to be prepared for the heat. Please bring plenty of water (at least 1-2 quarts for each working shift) and a hat with a wide brim. I also recommend dressing in layers, with a light weight, long sleeved over shirt (to keep the sun off your arms). Please come out, lend a hand, enjoy the scenery, and meet other people involved with the Kranz Hill Farm.

(The work on Saturday will likely include weeding thistles out of a large section of the field, so long pants may be a good idea.)

If you will stay for the picnic consider bringing balls, Frisbees, footballs, or other simple toys. We will offer lemonade and small snacks for the picnic; please plan on bringing your own lunch.

If you have any questions, please call (540-0912). (Now that the season has fully begun, we’re rarely on the Internet.) I hope you will join us.

Thera Detwiler

Kranz Hill Farm

(302) 540 0912