This Week ‘Round The Farm
Please tell me I’m not the only one who rigs up contraptions like this in the name of home improvement
On her way to official chicken lady status.
This is not Rosie’s best angle .
More wallpaper (room #3). What is wrong with me?!?!?
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Here we are. 87 years (or so it feels) into the Covid pandemic and our homes have become the place where all things happen. They are now offices, gyms, schools, restaurants and dance studios. In this time where home has become the central hub of everyone’s lives, I thought I’d tell you a bit about ours.
We came to own the fam in the fall of 2016. It was a whirlwind of an exchange and almost fell through a half dozen times. But after all the negotiations, conditions, inspections, a nearly successful email scam and a whole lot of divine intervention, she was ours.
Without a doubt the best part of the house is her previous owner.
At 84 he is a man of action, busying himself with chopping wood, delivering apples or hitting the local antique markets. He is a retired military man with a lifetime of farming know-how and a whole lot of sensibility. He was born and raised in this house. His mother and father rest in the family plot on the knoll overlooking the river and he lives just across the street. He knows every hill and valley of the land and when the county records came up short, he filled in the gaps. His family took possession of the property in the mid 1800s. It’s not clear exactly how old the house is, but they lived in the original two-over-two home and had a smokehouse in the side yard. The advent of indoor plumbing led to the addition of a bathroom directly off the backdoor and several porches that eventually turned into a kitchen, a family room and an additional bedroom and bath. Unfortunately these structures were less than sound and were literally falling off the main house when we purchased it (I still have no idea how we got financing!). A 1.5 year renovation effort commenced 2017 and wrapped up just in time for the arrival of our third daughter. While the original owner would never presume to interfere with our updates, we were always cognizant of the fact that this was and is his family home. We made every effort to remain true to it’s farmhouse roots, while making it functional for a family of five and a production farm.
Quarantine has made me come to appreciate this home (and peel and stick wallpaper) more than ever.
I’ve always enjoyed a good makeover, but sprucing up the ol’ gal has become a form of therapy in the passing months.
I highly recommend carving out a bit of time for whatever kind of creative expression that tickles your fancy. Whether it be home improvement, writing, crafting or dressing up your pets for insta-stories, do it! It is so easy to get lost in the chaos of the pandemic, but believe me, the laundry will still be there and the emails can wait. Give yourself a few minutes for creativity and a whole lot of grace and things might just seem a bit less daunting.
Farm Updates – Whats New?
Well, 2021 is here and good-bye 2020. While 2020 was an … unforgetful year, we forge ahead excited and hopeful for what this year has in store. The pandemic continues, politics are politics, and life is very different from this time last year, but we’ve set our focus on what we have control over. That is our family, our farm, and making the best of what life throws at us.
Farm Pick-up: With COVID ramping up, we’re doing our best to keep everyone safe. The photo above is our pick-up location at the entrance to the farm. Just place your order online, let us know a date and time in the comments, and your order will be waiting!
Charlottesville Key’s Corner To-Go: We’re particpating in their winter market that runs through March 27th. Shop online from multiple vendors, show up Saturday at your scheduled time, and they bring / load your entire order in your car. Just park, load, and go. That’s it!
Local Delivery: We are offering local delivery on Wednesdays for the Scottsville / Charlottesville area. $6 fee for orders over $50. Over $99, delivery is FREE! Just place your order, leave a cooler out Wednesday morning, and we’ll bring it to your between 9am – 1pm. No leaving the house or social contact required.
Inventory: Grassfed Beef if is in stock and should be for the foreseeable future. Pastured Pork remains in stock but will likely be thin this spring. Hand-Gathered Eggs are always in stock. Longbottom Farm Coffee is available in ground or whole bean to get ya going. Pastured Poultry should be available early summer! Stay tuned for more!
Charlottesville City Market To-Go
Want to pick some Longbottom Farm beef, pork and eggs, as well as other locally produced goodies. How about not having to leave your car? This is the place to to it. Charlottesville City Market To-Go is a drive up farmers market where you preorder online, arrive & park at your scheduled Saturday time slot, they’ll load you up, and you’re on your way. Here’s how it works.
1. Go to the online site Charlottesville City Market To-Go.
2. Set up an account and choose a time slot.
3. Shop for some hand-gathered eggs, pork, and beef among other veggies, meats, pastries, and more (Search feature allows you to look for products or your favorite vendor).
4. Show up Saturday morning at your chosen time and park in your designated spot. City Market staff will bring your order to your car and load it in your trunk / back seat. No more driving around to each vendor. Just park, they’ll load you up, and you’re on your way.
That’s it. A great way to stock up on some local food and treats while enjoying some fresh air in a safe way. Take your favorite beverage, put on your favorite tunes, and enjoy a Saturday morning drive. Thanks to all those that have come out to support local farms and artisans in our area. Hope to see you there!
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Your home is beautiful! And you and Jason are an inspiration to me as I embark on this adventure. But even if it doesn’t pan out, I am excited to attempt to do something so brave and creative. I appreciate your encouragement. Happy, healthy 2021 to you all
Thanks for the kind words Janice! We’ve had so many ideas not pan out on our farm, but that’s how we learn and improve. You’ve got this! Go for it and keep us posted. We’re an open door so just shout if we can assist. Stay healthy and safe!