November 17, 2018

The Season's First Snowstorm

Here in the Northeast, today’s temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid 40s following the first real snowstorm of the season.

This week, we got what meteorologists call a classic front end "thump" of snow, when the area is hit with three to five hours of solid snowfall and then a sudden flip to sleet and rain. This storm system brought several inches of wet, heavy snow, which downed trees and caused havoc for thousands of travelers and commuters. At my farm, we're still in the process of preparing for the winter season ahead. Yet, even if you’re not a fan of cold weather, it's hard not to love a gorgeous snow-covered landscape. I always love touring the farm and taking photos the morning after a snowfall - enjoy.

And, if you're in the Chicago area today, I hope to see you at Soldier Field for the USA Wine & Food Experience. You still have time to buy tickets - just click anywhere on this highlighted link.

November 16, 2018

Planting Spring Blooming Bulbs Around the Greenhouse

If you live in the New York City area and feel you’ve run out of time to plant all those spring-blooming bulbs after yesterday’s snow storm, don’t worry - temperatures are expected to be in the 40s this weekend. You can still get them in the ground.

As many of you know, every autumn we plant thousands and thousands of bulbs at my farm. It’s so exciting to see the swaths of color in the garden beds after a cold, dreary winter. Over the last couple of weeks, the outdoor grounds crew carefully planted bulbs around my main greenhouse. Different planting methods were used depending on the area and the amount of bulbs selected for the space. This year, some of our sources include Van Engelen Inc., and Colorblends Wholesale Flower Bulbs - two great bulb companies in Connecticut. They will all look so marvelous come spring.

Here are some photos... and happy planting!

November 15, 2018

Visiting Phillips Mushroom Farms

I love mushrooms. Whenever I go hiking at Skylands, my home in Maine, or in the woodlands of my Bedford, New York farm, I always enjoy discovering and identifying the different wild mushrooms I see along the way.

A mushroom is the fleshy spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus. Not long ago, during one of my trips to QVC, I had some time to visit Phillips Mushroom Farms in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania - a multi-generation family owned business that has been cultivating mushrooms since 1927. The process of growing mushrooms is very interesting and very different from growing other crops. It was a great visit - if you're ever in the area, I encourage you to make a stop.

Here are some of my photos - enjoy.