It is officially Spring!

Spring is a highly anticipated season! After months of dreary skies, cold days and nights and unpredictable weather, Spring is the beginning of something new.  Although our winter was relatively mild, it's nice to know that warmer days are ahead of us.

Stella was our late reminder that winter can be rough.

For farmers a storm like Stella after a period of nice, warm, Spring-like weather can be worrisome.  We all had our eyes on an early Spring and warm weather--so did area fruit trees!  Each blossom of a fruit tree represents a future apple, peach or apricot etc this coming summer and fall.  When trees get tricked into the tempting warm weather, their blossoms come out too soon and then get frosted (and can die) the next time the temperature drops.  Many will rebound, but some will not. That represents a loss of crop and income for the farmer tending the trees.

At the Country Barn Farm we were thankful to be able to get into the fields a little earlier this year.  Farmer Jim began planting before Stella and was able to get some of our potato, onion and snap pea crop into the ground.  Knowing it could get cold again, he planted everything under rows of plastic to keep the growing plants nice and warm.  He updated us that the crops are doing well so far!

We are looking forward to warmer days, to get more crops in the ground, and to put our winter jackets away.  As we get closer to Spring-like weather, the Market & Greenhouse will be there to help you add color to your beds and get your own veggies in the ground.

In the Market now we have seed potatoes and pansies--more to come, stay tuned!

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Fall fun on the farm starts now--What's growing on at Country Barn?

Pumpkins, Corn Mazes, Mums, Corn Shocks, Apples--your fall fun is being grown now.

There is no better way to celebrate the Autumn season than on a real-working farm and we are proud to be able to share that with you and your families. 

So what does it take to turn a few seeds into the Fall fun we all know and love?  The students who visit our farm learn that growing crops take good, healthy soil, rain (enough, but not too much), sun (enough, but not too much) and a lot of patience.  They know that when they ride out to the field to pick their very own pumpkin that it started as a few tiny seeds and a lot of nurturing.

This week on the farm we are transplanting the pumpkin seeds we started in our greenhouse out into the fields.  Every year, Country Barn’s farmers plant around 10 acres of pumpkins—that’s about 10 football fields worth!  The perfect pumpkin you pick this fall is already well-on its way to being big (or small), orange (or yellow and green), and smooth (or bumpy)!  Where it goes from there is up to you—jack-o-lanterns, pies, or decorations are all great choices, but for now we will get it started.

This week we are also cutting out our corn maze design.  Planted a few weeks ago, the corn is now about 7 inches tall--not a very challenging maze, but it will get there.  This year the maze's design is in honor of the famous yellow “Country Barn” on our property that is celebrating 150 years this year!  We are excited for you to walk the newly formed paths this summer and fall!

It may only be June, but our minds are on October and we are excited for you to visit us on the farm again soon!

Celebrate a Spudtacular Month!

Food holidays aren’t hard to love because they give you a shameless excuse to eat that food in large amounts in their honor.  This month is Potato Lovers’ Month and we are here to celebrate Farmer Jim’s favorite crop—the delicious and versatile potato.  Whether you mash, smash or fry them they are a yummy addition to any meal. This month in our Farm Market we featured our own potato candy, potato pies, chocolate dipped chips and potato rolls to show you that there are many ways to enjoy this spudtacular vegetable.  They are even delicious enough that they were chosen as the first vegetable to be grown in space!  The world…and the universe…need these a-peel-ing veggies.  Plus, they are a great source of Potassium and Vitamin C, so it’s not surprising that Americans eat an average of 137.9 lbs of spuds every year making them the second most consumed food in the U.S.

Potatoes come in all shapes and sizes and never disappoint.    Here on the Country Barn Farm, we don't just grow potatoes, we grow flavor.  Our own potatoes are available in the Farm Market year round.  Stop by for some spectacular spuds from our farm to your fork today!

 


Country Barn was Voted Top 20!

Eating from Farm to Fork has come a long way!  It's wonderful to see greater awareness and demand for food produced locally and a desire to get to know the person growing our food.  We are a real 82 acre farm and are proud to offer fresh produce, all-natural beef and cage-free eggs to our customers.  Country Barn's Farm to Fork Catering team was recently honored by being voted in Wedding Wire's Top 20 Venues for Foodies category for 2015!

Check out the article and remember...you can eat from Farm to Fork too, just stop by our Farm Market!
Now Harvesting:  Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Cabbage and Brussels Sprouts, just in time for Thanksgiving!

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I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Homemade Ice Cream!

Are you trying to beat the heat? Do you have a sweet tooth? Well we have just the thing for you! Stop by our Market for some of Country Barn's homemade ice cream. Just $5.00 for a 40 oz. container! Farmer Jim makes his famous ice cream right at Country Barn with the help of his antique tractor ice cream maker!

Did you know?:
-Ice cream as we know it seems to have emerged in 17th-century France.
-Today the average American eats about 20 quarts of ice cream a year!
-Top-selling flavors (surprise!): vanilla, which is what we serve in our Market!

Make sure to stop by the Market today to pick up some of the best homemade ice cream in Lancaster County!