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Hi everyone! This Saturday I’ll be doing a demo from 1-3pm
at the new All Things Local store in Amherst, (where Souper Bowl used to be, next to CVS)

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Visitors will get to pour their own lip balms and decorate labels (I’ll have blank ones and colored pencils, that’s half the fun) and learn all about the process of making lip balm, which is a VERY easy thing to do, by the way… I’m sure I’ll also be explaining about salves and herb oils, because the process is similar. (Once you learn about herb oils you can make herbally infused culinary oils as well…) 

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I have a few Make-your-own lip balm kits left for sale, a couple at the store, and hope to have more put together by Saturday for people that want them. They are selling like hotcakes! (What is a hotcake, anyway? I picture a molton chocolate cake, warm gooey pudding center…Oh right, I don’t eat sugar anymore…) But seriously, there are at least 40 kids in the Valley learning to make lip balm right now, from my kits, maybe more if you include siblings and friends, and I LOVE that kids are learning to be more self-sufficient. It’s very empowering, which is what most kids really need these days…

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you can find my lip balms, salves, spritzers and creams as well as body powders and kits at the store!

SO, come on by the store 1-3 Saturday, or just go there when you’re in town, because it’s really a great store. The idea behind it is that producers manage their own inventory, and 20% of sales goes to the store, the other 80% we get back (as opposed to 50 or 60% in most stores).  It’s a proven model, started by Local Roots in Wooster, Ohio. This is what All Things Local says on their site:

“We seek to improve food security, enhance local employment, advance community and regional economic well-being, and promote sustainable living by offering a marketplace for locally produced goods in the Pioneer Valley.

You may think of us as a year-round, indoor farmers market and crafts market, where the producers receives up to 80% of the price they set on the products they choose to sell.

Over 475 members have already joined the cooperative.  Please contribute to our vision by joining today!”

That’s my sales pitch : ) I don’t get any kickbacks if you join, by the way, but it’s wonderful to support. It’s a great store, for everyone. I notice Sharon at Simple Shoemaking (from whom I learned to make shoes) has just about sold out of her adorable baby shoes. And if I don’t make it to the Amherst Winter Market on Saturdays I can get my local grass-fed beef, whole pasture chicken (frozen, not live), organic spinach and veggies almost any day of the week (not Monday, they’re closed.) The cafe is now open, as well.

Olea Estates organic extra virginOlive Oil

We still have my family’s organic olive oil for sale. I may bring some with me on Saturday for people who need it, don’t want to drive to Shutesbury, and have read thru this entire post!

Hope to see you there! Either way have a wonderful holiday season, remember to slow down and breathe, and “put your own mask on first” as we say here – it means,
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.  Blessings, sarah

ps. – the tins now have the USDA organic circle on them, in case you were wondering, this is an old picture!!
And also, these make GREAT gifts…

Also, if you’re looking for my products elsewhere, Green Fields Market in Greenfield and Acadia Herbals in Northampton also carry them locally, as well as the North Quabbin Community Coop in Orange, MA, and Jean’s Greens in Castleton, NY!  thanks!

Hi all – I’ll be stopping the official farm “hours”  Wed & Saturdays, and will instead be available by appt – call or email me if you need organic, delicious olive oil and I’ll be here! I’m home most days and evenings before 6.

Our winter squash and pumpkin crop didn’t make it, so besides olive oil we have garlic and onions, kale and cabbage, swiss chard, parsley. Those can be picked up any day, just call (or email) first! 413-259-1183

Thanks for a great season, sarah

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Hi all! We’ve got corn, peaches, kale, parsley, red cabbage, onions, garlic, carrots, olive oil, notecards, herbal salves, lip balms… open 4-6!  See you then!  sarah

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Hi everyone, we’ll be CLOSED this weekend because I’ll be at the annual Women’s Herb Conference! See you next Wednesday 4-6.

butterfly echinacea

sarah

BASICALLY, take last week’s post and re-read! Open tomorrow, Wednesday, 4-6pm, come by for amazing Shutesbury-grown food!SONY DSC

We have:  PEACHES, SWEET CORN, red and savoy cabbage, carrots, beets, kale, rainbow chard, sweet and red onions, broccoli, painted notecards, lip balms, and organic Olea XV olive oil.

We also have salve-making kits (FUN),
Rosa rugosa rosehips, fresh elderberries and echinacea flowers.
I will gladly teach you how to make your own rosehip elderberry syrup as well, free of charge!
Also my son is still selling a large box of mixed legos (including many special pieces like animals and people) for $25, trying to save up for a scooter.
If you are new to our farm and don’t know us, we are not certified but WAY organic and add lots of minerals to the soil, resulting in deeply SATISFYING food, food that has all (most anyway) of the minerals you need! Hope you can come by!
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From Birch Moon Farm, Shutesbury Center:
 
Hi all, in addition to SWEET CORN, red and savoy cabbage, carrots, beets, kale, rainbow chard, sweet and red onions, broccoli, painted notecards, lip balms, and olive oil (all non-certified organic besides the notecards)
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we also have salve-making kits (FUN), our own fresh picked PEACHES (limited supply),
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rosa rugosa rosehips, fresh elderberries and echinacea flowers. I will gladly teach you how to make your own rosehip elderberry syrup as well, free of charge!SONY DSC
 
Also my son is selling quite a large box of mixed legos (including many special pieces like animals and people) for $25, trying to save up for a scooter : )
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Our sign post rotted and fell down yesterday so I hung an open sing on the telephone poll – but we ARE open 10-3 today!
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Hope to see you, thanks, sarah

2013-07-14 008Hi all,

carrots, walla-walla sweet onions, and yes, even a little sweet corn (!) will all be on the farmstand tomorrow, Saturday, 10-3. We’ll also have red cabbage, kale, fresh garlic, even a few beets, and maybe some broccoli. And delicious olive oil! Corn will sell out quick, it’s just starting to ripen, so come early!

Plants have been started for this year’s Winter greenhouse – kale, collards, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, arugula… (and we may have a few extra plants so I’ll be sure and post if we do). Carrots and beets will be direct-seeded.

Have a great weekend and enjoy these cool nights!

Remember we are a cash-only farm, plan ahead!  thanks!  

blessings, sarah

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