NEW PRODUCTS AND MANY NEW OPPORTUNITIES

5 10 2014

GREETINGS

Fall is back with cooler, sunny weather.  It was a rainy day here all day yesterday and I was able to keep the water out of the barn. Showers were needed .I am still working on the tomatoes, 50 pounds is a lot!  My Cousin arrived safely on Thursday night and is enjoying his stay.

we visited the local swimming hole with its glacier pot holes and fall scenery

we visited the local swimming hole with its glacier pot holes and fall scenery

 Maybe by the end of the year the old tracks that needed to be repaired will be finished and the train will return to the old route going through my old hometown Holyoke.  Time will be saved and I will be able to pick Gary up right in Greenfield which is closer than Brattleboro.

NEW PRODUCT

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Yesterday I made up some packets of Simmering Potpourri.  This particular one is a fall/holiday mix with a definite cinnamon and spice smell.  I really enjoyed making these up, the whole house smells of it.  I use mixes like these all winter long on my wood stove.   I even have one to clear the sinuses in the wintertime.  

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

I have been asked to give a short talk on fiber and rug hooking at ALL THINGS LOCAL, a new shop in Amherst  .  I am looking forward to it.  Small farmers like myself often live on the edge, time and money wise, but we love what we do.  We are stewards of the animals and land. Talking with people makes it real to them, they see how we care about the land and animals and the products which we make.  An example of this was my sheep Wilber.  He was quite shy and had beautiful wool.  I packaged up his yarn  with his picture and some info about him on it and it was called Wilbur yarn.  Each year it sold out and people were delighted to know where it came from and some history about him.  Often they would visit him on the pasture he was summered on.  Wilbur is no longer with us but when I teach a spinning class we use his roving and he is still ever so popular.  People are now making choices to buy local products and its such a wonderful thing.  In my small town we have people who make wooden bowls, chairs made of local wood, wool and yarn from many small flock farmers, goat cheese, handmade clothes and so much more.  We have The Crafts Of Colrain Tour each fall which shows the talents of many people.   I plan to rejoin them next year.

I have also been asked by Liz at the Sheep and Shaw SHop to give a talk on raising a small flock of sheep.  LOts of people want to raise a few sheep.  Doing it right saves a lot of time and money.  I have learned lots along the way and would be so pleased to share what I have learned.

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I got a call yesterday which I have been wanting to get for some years now.  Sandy of Woolen Memories called to say she has a vendor opening for me at the hook in.  My products will fit in nicely with all the other vendors.  I am so happy.  

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Hope you have a wonderful day today and many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole & Owen


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12 responses

5 10 2014
tasteofbelvoir

will this simmering potpourri be available to buy from your website?

6 10 2014
wspines

It should be on the site in a few days. Thanks for the interest. I love making it.

6 10 2014
tasteofbelvoir

I have not heard of a simmering potpourri before…do you put it in water on top of the log burner?

7 10 2014
wspines

I have been doing this for years. You can get a small assortment of essential oils and use them on your log burner in a pot of water If I feel like I am getting a cold I have oils for that, I sometimes just use lavender. Your whole house will take on the aroma. Its like an aromatherapy session Peppermint is uplifting. The bags I sell are made up of essential oils with a fixitive and herbs and spices. I plan to make up small batches of the essential oils only to sell soon. Hope you survived the rains. Carole

5 10 2014
Mary Jane

Oh, wow! It will be fun to see you at your first time vending at Woolen Memories! See you there…

6 10 2014
wspines

Mary Jane,
For the past five or so years I have asked her when I sent my money in for a space. This year she called. I am so excited. I will miss the ride there with you and Deb but will get a chance to see you. Can’t wait to hear about your trips.

5 10 2014
Anne Wilson

It is interesting that you have so many craft workers in your town and general area, what age group do these people fall into?
In our area there is so little enterprise, people in this area just seem to have given up, it’s not quite so bad further south and up in Donegal, but here in ‘the midlands’ craft worker or alternative enterprises are viewed with suspicion. They cant even be bothered to grow veg or even flowers, just lawn everything over.

5 10 2014
wspines

Yes we have lots of small businesses in town, many talented people. Its encouraged. Our little town has only about 1500 people in it but we have the most working farms in the state. We are a right to farm town.
It is too bad that your area gave up. I always liked the little shops in Ireland way out in the middle of no where. You would find the loveliest things in those special shops. I till have a Johnson Brothers rose pattern tea cup and saucer that my daughter bought me in the tiniest shop in Donegal. Everytime I use it I think of that wonderful place and how thoughtful my daughter is. As more people want to move to your lovely area they will bring their crafts with them and things will come back.
Lawn was quite popular here too but now with permaculture gaining momentum people are planting more fruits and veggies.
Heard you got some needed rain. So glad.

6 10 2014
Eliza Waters

Glad to hear you are going to be on the Colrain tour this year. I’m going to try to make it as I missed last year.
Wasn’t today just glorious? Good day to sit by the river. 🙂

6 10 2014
wspines

I won’t be doing the crafts this year but will be in 2015 We had a bit of chill in the air but no frost I have to pick the rest of the cukes soon. Working on the roosters new home.

6 10 2014
Eliza Waters

Thanks for the clarification. We narrowly missed frost as well, but the chill is enough to diminish the annuals – the end is near!

7 10 2014
wspines

Still have a few morning glories but they are getting smaller and smaller, the chestnuts are falling everywhere from my son’s tree. Yes the end is near.

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