Cider Hill Farm is just over the hill from us in Amesbury, Massachusetts. It is, in fact, a "local attraction." And with good reason. If there is fresh produce and minimal mud and snow, there is something going on there. In September it was pumpkins a-plenty and most any sort of vegetable you could think of. And apples. And apple cider donuts.
Pumpkins were IN and in demand.
Funny thing. In New England, and in the middle of the local food, fresh food movement, nothing should have pumpkin in it before its time. Pumpkins are for Autumn. Apples are for late summer and possibly later, but only because they store so well.
I think they might make an exception for raspberries. And that's a good thing.
teapigs. Turns out it is a brand name. HQ's in Great Britain AND the USA. Peppermint sounds good for sore throats as well as "tummy tonic." Their Peppermint Licorice combo just won a big prize at the Fancy Food Show in NYC.
Spiced pumpkin seeds (SuperSeedz) sound good. I wonder if you can spice them at home. Cumin anyone? I'd never seen these anywhere... but apparently they've been advertised on Good Morning America... AND you can get them from Amazon.
While the chickens are not for sale, they are for feeding! (The eggs are for sale). Hint. One of these is not like the others.
I couldn't figure out if the chickens were the sort of creatures that clump, prefer their independence, or just ran wherever they thought the pickings were best.
They certainly new that corn (or whatever it was in the dispensers) would soon be available if a big person showed up accompanied by a little person. Especially if either one of them hunched over.
I particularly liked the photo of the chicken below... because of her shapely shadow.
And there are (currently) a couple of goats, mere kids, I think. Each has a definite personality. The tan and white is sort of an eager beaver type. Nosing into everything. The sable colored one is much more lackadaisical. He was happy napping in their food/water tub.
Pigs in hog heaven, right?
I thought those stories about pigs in mud was just a folk tale. But now I've seen it for myself. City "girls" can learn lots of things down on the farm.
This is the view from the chicken's roost back toward the parking lot. Cider Hills' hanging baskets are as spectacular as any I have seen at the local nurseries.
They had decorative pigs and a cow inside. They looked right at home here.
I would probably prefer these JOVIAL crushed tomatoes, though. Who knew? HAPPY, even JOVIAL tomatoes.!! Jovial Foods , based in Connecticut, was founded by a New England girl and her Italian husband, whom she met while studying in Bologna. Not only do they produce tomato products and olive oils, but they make pastas and pastries using a grain called Einkorn... which they claim has NEVER been genetically modified or hybridized, and hence can be tolerated even by those who are gluten sensitive. Jovial indeed!
DD, the martini girl might enjoy these Sable and Rosenfeld Cocktail Stirrers. Another way to get a serving of vegetables in your day! The company is woman owned, Canadian, and some of their products are KOSHER! (Shaken, not stirred?)
If you like your Herring Fillets WILD, then check these out. Bar Harbor Foods has more than just the cracked peppered ones. I actually like herring in sour cream.... might have to tried the "dietetic" ones with just spice!
You can even get sardines in maple syrup.
Do you recognize these? Cherry tomatoes... but not JUST red. My friend said they were all ripe and all tasty. These would certainly look more interesting on a plate.
The onions and leeks were so shiny and perfect, they almost looked polished compared to what I see in the average produce department. I loved that these carrots were all washed and beautiful, too.
Hatchland Dairy if I want it... not to mention maple or coffee flavored from Kimball Brook.
I wonder if Califia's almond milk is something I would like?
That commercial Nutty Redhead is based in Rockport, Mass, knows about pralines and everything nuts!
I'll be back.
This mom was trying SO hard to get a good picture of her kiddo with the pumpkins. I don't know if she actually asked him to pose or not. But he didn't seem to be having any of it. I thought that if she hadn't hovered quite so close she might have gotten some better pictures. His quick turns away from the camera were definitely a big tease. Poor mom.
Looks like he/she finally found something and needed a napkin!