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March, 2012 @ Ann's Raspberry Farm
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Here in Fredericktown's Amish Country, at Ann's Raspberry Farm & Specialty Crops, in beautiful Knox County, we are enjoying 70 degree weather which is highly unusual for spring in Ohio! The earthy smells of heat, plants and moist soil already fill our high tunnel and our hardy raspberry plants are sending up their perky shoots. All of this excites us and sends us scurrying around in preparation for another season of delightful harvests...all of us here at Ann's Raspberry Farm are gearing up to bring the finest quality to you again in 2012.
An Ann's Raspberry Farm Seasonal Offer:
Recycle With Us!
We want to remind you that we are committed to recycling our Hex jars, however we are unable to reuse the lids due to the preserving process. Please bring your clean, Ann's Raspberry Farm & Specialty Crops, empty jars of our Savory Brussels Sprout Artisan Relish, Hungarian Hot Pepper Artisan Mustard, Hot Pepper Artisan Jelly, Chocolate Raspberry Artisan Jam, Red Raspberry Artisan Jam or Jalapeno Raspberry Artisan Jam. We will credit 25 cents per jar on your next purchase. Please save your jars. We are committed to this recycling effort.
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It's like spring in Ohio this first few weeks of February with bulbs beginning to appear and buds popping out on the trees. Unless we get some surprises, we will be looking forward to a long growing season this year. This is good news for those who are already dreaming of having fresh, locally grown fruits and vegatables on their plates again. Farmer's Markets should be overflowing with these delights early this year if this weather continues.
What are we doing around our farm this time of year?
We just purchased another high tunnel (unheated greenhouse) today. As we invest in our farm, we have you in mind. It is our desire to offer you more chemical-free, fresh berries at your local farmer's market this season as well as to have a greater supply of our delicious jams though next winter.
We will soon be ordering additional plants for our U-pick field to replant and add rows to enlarge this area. Plan to come harvest with us this coming fall and enjoy the beauty of central Ohio's Amish Country. We are one of the very few who offer chemical free U-pick red raspberries. Appointments are necessary in order for us to ensure your visit exceeds your expectations.
We will be ordering our Brussels Sprout plant starts this week from our Amish neighbor and we are planning to double our production of them as well. We have also been searching for more delicious Brussels sprout recipes for you to try as they continue to grow in popularity and use. We have even seen them used fresh in delicious salads as of late. You will surely want to delight your palate with a few of these recipes. Get excited the fresh, local green fare is just around the corner.
As a result of the Good Food Awards 2012, the secret is out about our fine quality product line which has us evaluating offers to carry it on the West Coast, Florida, Texas and Wisconsin from a variety of retailers of fine gourmet foods as well as here in Ohio. If you are looking for our products at your favoirite specialty food store, ask the store manager to contact us.
We are looking forward to seeing you at your local farmer's market in May!
Ann's Raspberry Farm & Specialty Crops wins two Good Food Awards!
Pickles: Savory Brussels Sprout Gourmet Relish (also won in 2011)
Preserves: Red Raspberry Gourmet Jam
Ann's Raspberry Farm & Specialty Crops also had a Finalist in the 2012 Good Food Awards
Preserves: Jalapeno Raspberry Gourmet Jam
This is our last night in San Francisco for the 2012 Good Food Awards Celebration Weekend! We enjoyed a few hours with our group of winning "Picklers". What a talented, thoughtful group. Then, walked back to China Town to try to find Red Curry Noodles for Dan to no avail. But, he enjoyed the leftover Cowgirl Creamery Cheese from yesterday's lunch and Rustic Bread from the Ferry Building Marketplace! Now he's asleep in the chair...lol ( It's 1:10 am our Ohio time:))
Last year, we enjoyed this as a family event and with life long friends this being our second year to receive two Good Food Awards! This year we enjoyed it as a couple. Both equally fun and exciting! The Good Food Awards celebrate authentic, tasty, sustainable artisan foods and their producers. Being an artisan food producer is fueled by a passion for creating incredible tasting and beautiful food. We sold out of both of our winning products this year about an hour and a half before the end of the Good Food Awards Marketplace, but continued to sample with our remaining sample supply until we just plain didn't have a drop to share...
We love the response of the marketplace here in San Francisco. Obviously, this is a city filled with people that appreciate the result of our passion! We loved meeting them and enjoyed their enthusiastic response to all of the winning foods! We are even more committed to our Artisan way of creating our products for you to enjoy... Thank you San Francisco. What a great host city to the Good Food Awards!
My thoughts on creating our website lead me to examine the forward/backward movement of generations. Dan and I were born at the beginning of the "free thought" movement in the sixties. Traditional values and thought were just beginning to dissolve before our little eyes. A confusing time, leaving my early turn of the century parents dismayed and us with an interesting teeter totter of traditional values and new ideas. It makes me laugh to think of how much parent/child relationships have changed. Where my parents thought children were to be seen and not heard, ours speak out. It is a challenge, but not unlike theirs in trying to keep us quiet.
I remember thinking, "Don't tell me that I can't do something!" But, I didn't say it out loud or I would have regretted it. Thankfully it was mostly acheivement oriented! I felt the heavy handed thumb on what acheivements were acceptable- college, a good job with benefits, and marriage. Farming was not on the list, but it is now on mine with a committment to excellence in naturally grown, local, gourmet food products. The benefits are different than they had in mind. Security now flows with the seasons and blows with the winds. You inhale it and exhale it. It just is. Like God.
Now, we learn from our children especially about this new world of technology. Frankly, I am glad that they talk, think and share their ideas, because I learn a lot from them. It is interesting to look back at my great-grandmother's life and the life of my daughter. It gives me a sense of continuity and an understanding of how we are all distictly, important. Our spot in the generations is uniquely our own. We pass on pain and joy and we share trials and tribulations. The ebb and flow of generations, like security and the seasons flow, challenge me to be grow and leave something lasting to the next generation which includes this website. Walk with us on our farming journey...