May is an exciting time at the farm because so much is growing and many plants are blooming. However, I must comment again at the very bizarre weather we've been experiencing. Just over a week ago, temperatures dropped to near freezing after several days of very hot weather. That hot weather has returned and this week has been an especially rainy one. The heavy deluges that have passed through the area have taken their toll on many of the lovely spring blossoms. Here are some images before those pelting rains arrived.
To help kick-off Macy's American Icon campaign, I hosted a cooking demo for the perfect picnic and a book signing at the iconic Macy's at Herald Square in New York City on Friday, May 17th. Macy's American Icon campaign is a nationwide celebration of America; a salute to the people, places, and things we all love - from hot dogs and Hollywood to denim jeans and legendary designers and brands - all that inspire our dreams, fuel our passions, and make us proud to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
My cooking demo included recipes from Martha's American Food, a book that focuses on farm-to-table/regionally inspired recipes. Sarah Carey - VP, Editor in Chief, Every Day Food - joined me in hosting the event. By the way, Sarah has a great daily recipe video that serves up easy weeknight meal ideas. You can sign up for her videos to come straight to your email by clicking here. We demonstrated how to make Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Classic Potato Salad, Creamy Coleslaw, Sour Cherry Lemonade, and Strawberry Shortcake. Two hundred guests joined us to help kick off this great Macy's initiative. After the demonstration, I signed American Food books for guests who purchased $50 worth of Martha Stewart Collection product at Macy's. You can check out all of my products at Macy's.
As I stated on yesterday’s blog, I once again attended the annual Trade Secrets in Sharon, Connecticut. This sale of rare plants, garden antiques, textiles, and more was the brainchild of interior designer, Bunny Williams. Thirteen years ago, she found that she had too many plants in her greenhouse and hosted a plant sale on her property. Other nurseries and garden antiques dealers were invited and the sale was a big success. It has since been moved to LionRock Farm, its current location, and proceeds benefit Women’s Support Services, an organization devoted to creating a community free of domestic violence. I love Trade Secrets and look forward to going every year.