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Food for a June wedding 06/30/2015

 

It's an exquisite late June afternoon

Karolynne is just finishing the wedding altar in the farm secret garden

Cream, dusky purple and faded apricot - elegant, antique colors

The kitchen team are waiting to begin service

The hayloft is decorated - these are the sweepings

and the table is set

Jess is the Cook's assistant tonight

These are Cornish game hens for the omnivorous guests - the cauliflower below is a vegan dish

Hot in the kitchen but serene in the garden

After their champagne toast, guests return to the hayloft garden for hot soup and cheese

apple sausage crostini

roasted pepper crostini

stuffed mini peppers

It's a gentle evening, perfect for this chilled carrot flan served with a mustard tarragon drizzle

This is the sage and brown butter sauce for goat cheese ravioli

The game hens roasted with lemon and rosemary, served with smashed new potatoes and seasonal greens
 

The apple dumplings will be baked and served with goat milk caramel

Mango pecan crumble is the vegan option

 


Lucky turtle 06/29/2015

Adriana was on her way to the farm, and just south of Half Moon Bay, when she spotted a turtle in the opposing lane of the highway. There was no way that turtle would make it across the road unharmed. Adriana made a quick u-turn and pulled over. She stepped out into the road and stopped the traffic. A trucker saw what was happening and took over the traffic. Another guy stepped out and said he was from the Ag Board and could take care of the turtle. Adriana said she was from Harley Farms and could take care of the turtle. They high-fived and then Adriana tucked the slider into her car and came on into work.

The turtle is a red eared slider, which are non-native and displace earlier species in the wild. After making it comfortable with some water and lettuce, we had to find it a safe habitat. We couldn't release it in the marsh, so we asked our Facebook readers for a foster home. There were several generous offers, and it went home with our Pescadero neighbor Nancy Raulston. Thank you Nancy!

Pescadero's Root Down Farm brought us twenty Delaware hens, in a nice surprise for the rooster. They are the white with a touch of black chickens: a calm and friendly breed that lays plenty of eggs.

Also last week, we welcomed Joyce Bittner, visiting from her goat dairy farm in Arizona, Fossil Creek Creamery. General manager Lesa and I have been working with the Bittners on expanding and strengthening their products and events for almost two years. Joyce spent a morning in the dairy with Salud making ricotta, and an evening with Eilís making goat milk soap. It was a pleasure to host Joyce and I am looking forward to hearing back from her and her husband John.

Joyce views the feeding routine and the milking parlor. They raise Nubians, the breed with the highly attractive pendulous ears. Nubians are comfortable in Arizona summers - Joyce found the weather here on the coast chilly, though it was an extremely warm day.


A Rolls-Royce in the fields 06/08/2015

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It's June. Wedding season is open. And it's also the season for driving Rolls-Royces through farm fields.

An elaborate altar of flowers for your wedding is optional - but irresistible. Lindsay and Garrett chose a classically romantic yet wild combination of colors and shapes - we have a handful of mature gardens and generous gardeners here in Pescadero with wonderful texture and bloom

Floral designer Karolynne Meyer pinned succulents one by one to anchor this wispily romantic collection of love in a mist, hydrangea, eucalyptus, amaranthus and anthriscus

 

  

Our own Adriana is licensed to marry you and conducted the ceremony

Karolynne making the bouquets, corsages and boutonierres

Our lavish flower arrangements at the red Upper Barn

The couple's cocktails of the evening

The front room at the Upper Barn is a staff favorite for parties

We tucked these two girls into the tiny stable at the barn - the baby on the right is peeping into the party room

Luxury amid the gloriousness of our valley

Lindsay's mother walked her down the aisle

After the ceremony, guests walked over the fields to the Upper Barn - some, enchantingly, barefoot

but this time the groom got a ride

All three so photogenic

 

That's a Lindsay's Blue Moon

At the back of the barn you can just see the wedding cake

which Karolynne made even prettier

May the rest of your days be as wildly romantic as this evening

 

 

 


Flowers for an opulent May wedding 05/26/2015

Last year, Trisha and Rob stood on the hayloft balcony overlooking the farm and said I want it. They booked their wedding on the spot. We had taken them into the secret garden with the huge tea tree in full rich blossom, and I think it was the color for Trisha, who loves the opulence of rich wines, orange and purples.

We try to book Bay Area stylist Karolynne Meyer for weddings on the farm. She thinks big, and we like it. Karolynne arrived at 8am on the day of the wedding with a truckload of flowers. We always use local and seasonal bloom from the farm gardens and hedgerows, together with Karolynne's own flowers, and additional loveliness as requested by the bride. If you would like out of season blossoms, you will have them - it's your day.

Trisha's bouquet was a luscious combination of deeply fragrant sweet peas and dramatically orange protea and kangaroo paws.

 

Flowers for the wedding feast upstairs in the hayloft were next. Our overflowing dramatic arrangements are English-style -  wildly romantic and atmospheric.

 

Karolynne decorated the hayloft balcony with more vibrant oranges and purples to add even more romance to wedding photographs.

 Choose simply drinks with cheese or both cheese and hot tasty nibbles for your guests outside.

Wedding style for farm weddings is tricky but we think these young people look absolutely adorable.

 Our home is yours for the evening. We hope you have wildly romantic memories of your evening with us.

 

 

 


Gathering the May 05/01/2015

The May Day procession leaves the farm and crosses the fields to the secret garden

The May Pole is carried by the creatures of the old year

Their leader is a horse, the "obby orse

The dancers are here to welcome summer and bid farewell to winter's creatures

The pole arrives in our meadow, heralded by our jumpy goat girl

The pole is upstanding and the creatures of the old year must go. It is time to welcome in the May - the new year's Summer

The band abandons their mournful marching melody and strikes up a joyful accompaniment to the May Dance

We would like to thank the Lighthouse String Band for their superb accompaniment. We couldn't have gathered in the May in style without them

 

 

Our dancing May Day luncheon guests were in need of some lavender lemonade at this point!

 Lunch in the garden followed the Gathering of the May. We hope our guests enjoyed the occasion as much as we did - thank you for coming!


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