House in the Woods Plant Sale

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Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale

tomato plants

The House in the Woods Seedling Sale is approaching! Organic heirloom tomato plants for your garden. We feature beautiful heirloom tomato plants. Other plants for sale as well–jalapeno peppers, eggplant, basil, herbs and some spring greens. Variety details here

Sale Hours —At House in the Woods Farm

Friday May 2, 2014 10am-7pm
Saturday May 3, 2014 10am-5pm

***USE OUR FARM LANE ON SALE DAY, on PARK MILLS ROAD***

House in the Woods Farm: 2225 Park Mills Rd, Adamstown, MD. (For GPS purposes, but there is no mailbox there. Watch for the House in the Woods Farm sign)

Contact: ilene@houseinthewoods.com or 301-461-6575.

Our tomato plants are also available at The Common Market (www.commonmarket.com). You can get a lot of other great plants there too!

CSA shares are still available for the 2014 season. Pickups at the farm, or at The Common Market or downtown Frederick. Support our farm directly and receive our fresh organic produce weekly for twenty weeks. Its a great way to connect with your farmer and your food source, and get involved. Eat this well all season! Split a share with a friend. Supplement your garden’s bounty with our variety of crops. More information at houseinthewoods.com

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See http://blog.houseinthewoods.com for photos of our plants and heirloom tomatoes. You can get the same links on Facebook at House in the Woods Farm.

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Heirloom Tomato Varieties

Here are variety descriptions of many of the plants we will have available at our Plant Sale. We may have some other tomato varieties as well, and other vegetable and herb plants. We have CSA shares left too, check in with me if you are interested.

Heirloom Tomato Varieties 

House in the Woods Farm Plant Sale

Learn more about heirloom tomatoes

See photos of each tomato variety

            REDS AND PINKS————————————

Brandywine–Pinkish red, most popular heirloom originated in 1889.

Black Krim–Dark red beefsteak with rich sweet taste from Black Sea of Russia

Prudens Purple–deep pink-red juicy slicer like Brandywine.

Cherokee Purple—–A favorite, from Tennessee cultivated by the Cherokee Tribe. Plants loaded with beefsteak tomatoes. Deep red interior flesh, rich, complex flavor.

Rutgers– From 1934 “the Jersey tomato”, red tomatoes great taste for fresh slicing or cooking.

Black Prince– From Siberia, one of the most popular black tomatoes. Rich taste for cooking or fresh. Smaller fruit.

Amish Paste–reliable traditional red roma with thick skin and less juice, ideal for cooking and canning, but sweet enough to eat fresh.

UNIQUE COLORS————————————-

Old German/Pineapple— a mild sweet fruity tomato, with red-yellow streaks to skin and flesh. Low acid, as are most yellow, orange and green tomatoes.

 

Green Zebra–A magic tomato, green with dark green stripes, skin blushes yellow when ripe. Green salsa or even green sauce! A hit for contrast on a potluck platter. Also have some Cherokee Green.

Persimmon–rose-orange, like a persimmon, fruity sweet and mild.

 

CHERRY TOMATOES————————————————

Sungold Cherry–Orange, super sweet mini tomato. A rare exception to our heirloom rule in our tomato collection, this hybrid is worth it. Our CSA members eat them all up on the car-ride home. (I’ve got plenty of these popular plants!)

Matt’s Wild Cherry–little red cherry tomatoes that grow like crazy in cute little six-pack stems. (limited availability)

 

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A Hoophouse Spring

Spring is in the hoophouse! It may have snowed today but we are moving full speed ahead with spring here at House in the Woods Farm. The hoophouse is chock full of seedling trays–heirloom tomatoes, chard, cabbage, kohlrabi, onions, scallions, lettuce, peppers, eggplants, chives, oregano, lemongrass, chinese cabbage, spinach, peas, sweet white turnips, beets, kale, and more…

We’re busy preparing for a full season of produce and first CSA harvests in May. We will continue to seed trays weekly through April. We will plant seedlings from the trays into the garden all of April and May, beginning this week with the turnip seedlings. Our turnips, eaten raw like a sweet mild radish, will surprise you in May!

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Spice beauty

 

Spice beauty…freshly ground mint from the jar of dried garden mint. The kids had fun grinding it and grinding it, but that killed the coffee-herb grinder…our ancient coffee-herb grinder is retired now.

Also ground mint, nutmeg and cinnamon together with bentonite clay and baking soda. Making tooth powder.

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Garlic as Medicine

As the weather transitions from winter to spring, you might find yourself needing an immune booster to keep your body strong. As we shed our winter coats a little too soon, and spring allergies begin to lower our immunity, we need an immune booster to keep the common cold at bay.

What’s your natural wellness aid? At the first sign of a cold, a sore throat, fatigue that hints of fighting illness, a pain in my ear … I take some raw garlic.

To read the rest of this blog, click here to go to my Mother Earth News blog:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/garlic-as-medicine-zbcz1403.aspx

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A midwinter homesteaders holiday

 

In early February (February 2, to be exact), there is an ancient holiday called Candlemas. It is celebrated between the winter solstice (December 21) and the spring equinox (March 20). On Candlemas, people would gather wax and all the half-used candles around the house and make more candles from old wax or dip fresh beeswax candles to get them through the second half of winter. February means you’re half way to spring (guess this depends where you live!). It’s a half-way-through-winter and let’s make sure we’ll stay cozy and well-fed kind of celebration.

To read the rest of the blog, go to my blog at Mother Earth News: http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/candlemas-midwinter-holiday-zbcz1402.aspx

–Ilene

 

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Benefits of getting dirty

 

 

 

 

http://www.foxhavenlearningcenter.org/content/benefits-getting-dirty

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Sheep come to the homestead-warming party

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Back in July, I went blueberry picking right near my friends Shannon and BJ’s new property where they are renovating a dilapidated house on some nice land. It’s the kind of house that people in their right mind would tear down and build something new. It was valued accordingly in the purchase. A new house would take less time and less money than BJ’s plan. But BJ often does the unthinkable, building high quality timber-frame structures that are made to last with beauty, strength and artfulness. And he’s done crazy renovation projects before.  BJ couldn’t resist this one after he found a log cabin with a stone kitchen underneath layers of drywall and plaster.

Go to my blog at Mother Earth News to keep reading:  http://www.motherearthnews.com/Editorial/Blogs/Homesteading%20and%20Livestock/Sheep%20come%20to%20the%20homesteadwarming%20party.aspx

 

 

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Farm visit

One of our Virginia CSA families came to visit the farm this week. Here are some of Rachel’s pictures. Thanks for helping on the field and coming to learn where your food comes from, Rachel and family!

 

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Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes!

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