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
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.
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 anthriscusOur own Adriana is licensed to marry you and conducted the ceremonyKarolynne making the bouquets, corsages and boutonierresOur lavish flower arrangements at the red Upper BarnThe couple's cocktails of the eveningThe front room at the Upper Barn is a staff favorite for partiesWe tucked these two girls into the tiny stable at the barn - the baby on the right is peeping into the party roomLuxury amid the gloriousness of our valleyLindsay'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 rideAll three so photogenicThat's a Lindsay's Blue MoonAt the back of the barn you can just see the wedding cake which Karolynne made even prettierMay the rest of your days be as wildly romantic as this evening
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.
The May Day procession leaves the farm and crosses the fields to the secret gardenThe May Pole is carried by the creatures of the old yearTheir leader is a horse, the "obby orse"
The dancers are here to welcome summer and bid farewell to winter's creaturesThe pole arrives in our meadow, heralded by our jumpy goat girlThe pole is upstanding and the creatures of the old year must go. It is time to welcome in the May - the new year's SummerThe band abandons their mournful marching melody and strikes up a joyful accompaniment to the May DanceWe would like to thank the Lighthouse String Band for their superb accompaniment. We couldn't have gathered in the May in style without themOur 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!