January is just flying by! Dan and I took advantage of the winter slowdown by actually taking a vacation! We visited both his parents and my mother. It was fun to spend time with them and take some time to relax. (any morning when you don't have to get up and do chores is relaxing!) We were gone for nearly two weeks, and I honestly can't remember the last time we were away that long. Dan's brother did a great job of taking care of the place for us, and other than the sheep deciding that they wanted to live in the front yard rather than the pasture, all went well. But even on vacation, we still saw livestock! Our visit to my mom's also concided with the PA Farm Show, just minutes from her home, so the three of us spend a fun day checking out the exhibits.
Now it's back to business here. I'm working on finishing up our garden seed orders, keeping the website updated and getting another email newsletter put together. I'm also busy canning. It's a great time to have the stove going all day, so I'm finally getting around to some things I stored in the freezer. Next on my list is defrosting a bucket of cherries to make a batch of Black Forest Preserves. And besides freeing up freezer space, I need to get some inventory together because I just found out that I'll be taking the farm on the road again soon! We're excited to announce that we'll once again be at the Farm to Table conference. This year's event is March 23-24 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. We will have a table in the exhibit hall with lots of your favorite farm goodies, like Carrot Cake Jam, Blueberry-Basil Vinegar, Oktoberfest beer mustard, and more! We'll also be bringing some feathered jewelry creations. Also, I will once again be a featured presenter! this year's topic is seeds, and I'll be giving a presentation titled "Treasures from our Grandparents' Garden: Heirloom Seeds". I'm excited to be coming back again this year, but I know that the end of March is not that far away, so I'll be doing a lot of work to get prepared by then!