Friday, May 28, 2010

FirstWatch Farms Open House

Saturday, May 22nd was our farm's open house.
Thank to every one of you who was able to come! It was wonderful meeting you and being able to show you where your produce is being grown, and some of the work that is behind it.
Jonathan has been busy these last couple days trying to get the irrigation system up and running-unfortunately, it is being rather resistant to his efforts. . . hopefully he'll be able to get that going soon!

Jonathan - in his element - loves farming and teaching other about it.

We had approximately 40 people attend our open house.

Really, is that the way you do it?

The next generation of farmers?

Sadie teaches us how to properly plant dirt clods :-)

Giving hoeing a "whack"

All men have an amazing fascination with tools!

The stirrup or scuffle hoe is run just beneath the surface of the dirt to kill the weeds, by severing the roots from the plants. It is a pretty effective, energy-efficient way to kill the weeds. You really aught to buy one for yourself!

Back under the tent, we had some food samples prepared.
- Salad, made with greens, radishes, and scallions picked from the garden that morning.
- Delicious roast beef, which Philip masterfully prepared form one of our own cattle.
- Zucchini muffins and cookies.

In the foreground are some fantastic homemade, goat milk soaps, crafted by Jonathan's sisters.This is their first year to be making and selling soaps, and we'll be making them available to our CSA members.
Monique is trying her hand at making milk baths, salt scrubs, sugar scrubs and the like.
Entrepreneurialism is contagious in our family!

Hay Ride!
This tractor was probably made shortly after World War II, and is still used today.

A scenic ride through prime Lancaster County farm land.

"That was one of the longest and best hay rides I've ever been on." ~ Sherri

Tractor driving is fun!

So, as you leave, we hope you've had as a wonderful and educational experience on our farm as we've enjoyed having you!

Until next time, 
Jonathan and Monique Einwechter

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