May 5, 2015

Spring Is Here

It’s wonderful to see the gardens transform this time of year. Every day, something new comes to life or blooms with vibrant spring color. The temperatures in the Northeast have been rising, and recent days have been beautiful and sun filled.
I often walk around the farm early in the day to see the progress and changes that have occurred. This past weekend I took a few photos to share with you - enjoy them.

May 4, 2015

Foraging for Ramps

Here in the Northeast, it’s ramps season.

Ramps, also known as wild leeks or by its botanical name, Allium tricoccum, is a North American species of wild onion. If you’re unfamiliar with this edible, its taste is a combination of pungent onions and garlic. Although first treasured by early settlers as a spring tonic, ramps have become even more popular in recent years among chefs and home cooks.

My niece, Sophie, recently foraged for ramps - the bright green leaves with purple to burgundy tinted stems that grow wild in moist forest areas near streams and under trees.

Here are some photos and some interesting tips on these delectable greens.

May 2, 2015

The Friesians Get A Check-Up

It’s the first Saturday of May, and that means it’s time for the Kentucky Derby! Today is the 141st running of the Grade 1 Stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s often referred to as the “most exciting two minutes in sports” because of the suspense during the approximate duration of the race, and also “the run for the roses” because of the blanket of roses draped over the winner at the finish line.

Horses are amazing animals. I have always appreciated them for their beauty and their companionship. I now have 10 residents in my stable - five Friesians, a Fell pony, a Shetland pony and three Sicilian donkeys. Caring for equids is a huge responsibility, but it brings me great joy to see that they are happy and in the best possible health.

This week, my large equine veterinarian, Dr. Elizabeth Kilgallon, made a stable visit to my farm to check on my beautiful Friesians, and I’m pleased to say, all of them are doing very well.

Here are some photos of their visit with the doctor…