We headed north last weekend and spent some time on the farm…..
We cleared brush and hauled brush. It was damp and chilly, and we hiked the old logging trail to explore and warm ourselves up. Everything was a lush green and full of blossoms. Lots of little creatures on our many walks, so many blackberries and carpets of oregano. It's really something to watch the whole piece of land wake up after winter. Slowly, slowly we're getting to know her a little more….
We brought Maggie along for the first time, which was the perfect thing for the kids. Somehow she manages to keep the peace between them when they start squabbling, and if one is reading a book in the camper (needing alone time) and the other wants to wander, they can always take Maggie. She's truly the best "kid" dog I have ever had. It makes up for her hound tendencies, because as we were packing up to head home she wandered a bit too far, giving us all a good scare thinking we had lost her. Hound dogs and their noses, I tell you…..
So many creatures joined us for our walks it felt like the forest had arranged a spring welcoming committee. Every other step one of us was saying "oooh, what's this". If anyone overheard us they'd have gotten a good laugh at our over excitement.
Each time we head up – amongst the work – there is a moment where Joe or I stand in the middle of the field and say to each other…. can you believe this? We both keep saying no.
I'm head of over heels in gratitude for the warm reception our CSH received. If you didn't snag a share, there are a few left as of this morning. If you missed out, there will be partial shares again in September and December. I'll let you know when sign-ups open for those.
Today I wanted to share an adaptogen powder recipe I recently crafted up for the Herbal Academy blog. Adaptogens are a category of herbs that help your body adapt to stress. Head on over to read the herbal infused snacks article I wrote for them where you can find two really yummy recipes with this adaptogen blend : Chia Pudding and Protein Power Bites. (think tiny balls of energy, yum!)
Chai Spiced Adaptogen Powder
1 tablespoon ashwagandha powder
1 tablespoon astragalus powder
1 tablespoon triphala powder
1 tablespoon marshmallow powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
Stir these together & keep in an air-tight jar. I like to add this to smoothies, oatmeal, granola bars, baked goods, chia pudding and energy bites. It's a great way to add more herbs to your diet.
And speaking of herbs, I just got home last night from a weekend at Herbstalk. What a great little herbal event! I attended a few classes and bumped into some of my favorite makers at the market. Best of all, I got to see several of my herbal sisters – so good to see their smiling faces.
I'm off to tuck baby motherwort into the garden……
Sign-ups are open for the 2016 CSH Season!
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Shares are extremely limited and we expect the Full Shares to sell out by the end of the week. We have 10 full shares and 8 partial shares available for the 2016 season.
Full shares include the entire 2016 season, three shipments, and a $15 discount. They are only available until mid-June.
Partial shares are one shipment and will be available each season.
You can read all the details about our Community Supported Herbalism project here.
Thank you for supporting small locally made goods. We look forward to sharing our plant magic with you!