(us, circa 2007 – Ella was three months old when we opened this space!)
That’s right friends, this month marks three years on Main St in Amherst! We have the most amazing customers, and we’re so proud to be part of this thriving, beautiful community. To celebrate, we’ve had free birthday cake in past years, but this time we’re doing something even better (in our humble opinion)! To celebrate our birthday and harvest time, for this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, all of our breads will be the regular price and flavors, but they’ll be made with 100 % locally grown grains! Ben’s become quite the milling master, and we’re both excited to share this incredibly delicious, nourishing, alive grain with you!
Seriously now, it’s crazy good. I’m just telling you because I love you, and I don’t want you to miss it.
At home, we’re trying to soak up the abundance and not go crazy trying to capture it all. Here we are in our Three Sisters Field – last year the crows ate our corn planting twice, but this year, it’s thriving. The Bloody Butcher corn is now a foot taller than me, and the squash is like a jungle! (Three Sisters are a traditional Native American planting of beans, squash, and corn. The beans fix nitrogen into the soil for the corn, which is a heavy feeder, and the squash makes a great ground cover, keeping down the weeds. Apparently the raccoons don’t like to walk on the prickly squash leaves, either, protecting your harvest! Pretty incredible.) Our other garden is, um, weedier than I’d like to admit, but this field is heaven.
Oh, and while you’re at it, hop over and read Broadturn Farm’s post “Put Your Big Girl Panties On, Get Out There and Farm.” Amen.