FIELD TRIP TO CHATHAM FLOWER FARM:

We visited Kate and John’s flower farm on a warm, mid-June Sunday.  The couple are lovingly bringing the historic property’s fields and buildings back to working order…a task that will take years.  After witnessing their enthusiasm and work ethic, we have no doubt they will succeed!  We saw many projects in the works; from a circa 1820 barn soon to house an art studio, to an earlier tobacco drying shed repurposed to dry herbs, to rows and rows of germinating flowers and herbs (many from rare and antique seeds).  We are excited to welcome Chatham Flower Farm as our newest vendor and will watch with interest as Kate and John bring this budding enterprise into full flower!  SEE PHOTOS

 

FIELD TRIP TO ARTISANS, DAWN & JOEL SIMPSON:

Down a winding lane, in a sylvan setting, rests Dawn and Joel’s welcoming home/workshop.  Joel is sitting at the kitchen table carving a large wooden serving spoon.  A lovely, partially finished, crocheted throw rests in a nearby recliner awaiting Dawn’s return to the project.  Members of the Artisans Guild of the Eastern Shore of VA, this couple has worked and taught their crafts, which also includes basket-making, for years.  They live surrounded by the products of their labors.  This is even manifested in a “Tiny House” that Joel is constructing on a trailer to be transported upon completion to a vacation lot near their adult son.  Much of the wood for that project has been harvested from their property.  We always await with interest the new creations Dawn and Joel bring to their regular first-of-the-month visit to the market!  SEE PHOTOS