What’s for dinner tonight? Asparagus!

The moment we have been waiting for has arrived!

asparagus

That’s the big news. Now I will finish up with some reminiscences about the life of asparagus. I’m just SO HAPPY to see my old friends!

We started cutting asparagus today, so naturally Jane and I headed out to the field with our cameras.

Asparagus is a little like a family – tall ones, shorts ones, fat ones, and skinny ones – all growing together in harmony. See the short ones up in the front of this photo? They will grow up so we can cut them tomorrow. See that tall one? It will be eaten today.

By me!

This one reminds me of a basket of snakes that dance out slowly when the recorder plays. You’ve see them on TV right? See how this whole family is looking out to the right? That’s because it was windy yesterday, and as the wind blew, the right side of the stalk was hit with sand, so it stopped growing. The left side, not noticing there was a problem, just kept on reaching for the sky. (P.S. Jane took this one. That means I have to pay royalties for it, so I hope you like it. She even has a photography blog: https://janegodfreyphotography.wordpress.com)

Here’s a shot of the whole field. Can you see the asparagus?

Here’s the field with the crew… very important!

Here’s another picture from Jane’s blog. Not asparagus. Can you tell what it is?

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The new website is up! The asparagus is not…

First the good news! We have worked all winter on a new website, and it is now live. Please take a look at it – www.godfreysfarm.com There are a lot of pictures! If you have been in the newsletter, you may be on the website too.

 

More good news – we open tomorrow. It’s the first day of the 2016 season. I hope you will be able to stop and say hello! We will have ice cream, slushies, and tasty produce. Lapp’s baked goods should arrive around 2pm, and the coffee pot will be on all day.

 

Now for the bad news: The asparagus isn’t up yet.
waiting for asparagus

 

I know better. I have been around long enough to know that spring weather is fickle, and the asparagus usually doesn’t come up before the 20th of April. But, at the end of March the sun was shining, the birds were singing, the spring flowers were blooming, and I REALLY wanted asparagus.

 

Then April changed everything. It turned cold, rained, snowed, and in general acted like April does.

 

So we wait. Hopefully not long. Any day now.

 

The new plan –

 

First, pay your taxes…
Second, come to Godfrey’s!!!

 

And get some ice cream!
I’ll let you know as soon as the asparagus is ready!
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Coming soon… ASPARAGUS!

I hope you had a great Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. (Did I forget anything?) Yes, it’s been a while since we have spoken.

At least it wasn’t as cold as last winter. But those days are over now. Spring has sprung!

It looks like, if the weather cooperates, the asparagus will be ready soon. The official plan is to open Friday, April 15th. The odds are pretty good the asparagus will be ready by then.

So your assignment is to…

First, pay your taxes…

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Second, come to Godfrey’s!!!

Get some asparagus for dinner…

Asparagus

and ice cream!

Market cover

It’s just a couple of weeks. Can’t wait to see you!

Hope to see you soon,

Lisa

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Strawberry Pie

Pastry for 2-crust 9” pie ¼ C cornstarch 1 T butter or margarine
1 C sugar 2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled Sugar

Divide pastry almost in half. Roll out larger half on floured surface to 13” circle. Line 9” pie plate with pastry. Trim edge to ½” beyond rim of pie plate.

Combine 1 C sugar and cornstarch in bowl. Cut strawberries in half. Add to sugar-cornstarch mixture, tossing with a fork to coat.

Arrange strawberry mixture in pastry-lined pie plate. Dot with butter. Roll out remaining pastry to 11” circle. Cut slits. Place top crust over filling and trim edge to 1” beyond rim of pie plate.

Fold top crust under lower crust and form a ridge. Flute edge. Sprinkle crust with sugar.

Bake at 425 for 40 minutes, or until curst is golden brown. Cool on rack. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

We have plenty of asparagus and lots of beautiful hanging baskets! So stop by on your way to Mom’s house and pick up a gift basket for her. Or, better yet, bring her over this morning, get her a cup of coffee, and she can sit on the porch while she picks out her favorite flowers. Warning – it might take a while because there are some really pretty ones.
The strawberries should be ready any day now.

Here is my Mother’s Day flashback. This picture was taken, I believe, in 2007.

This one was taken last week. Pretty much the same thing, just everything is a little taller – taller building, taller castle and taller kids. Actually, there was one more difference… they cleaned the buckets up after they were finished this time. Well, I told them they couldn’t have ice cream unless they picked up… We didn’t have ice cream in 2007.

Hope to see you soon. Be sure to sit down and rest a spell when you get here.

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Homechool Day at the Farm May 28

homeschool u-pick

The Homeschool Strawberry Tour is Thursday, May 28th and starts at 11 AM.

Come out and pick some strawberries on Home School Day.

There are free wagon rides around the farm 11 AM – 12 PM which you don’t want to miss.

The University of Maryland Extension office will be here during the tour to answer any questions you have about canning and freezing fresh produce. Come out so you don’t miss a great opportunity to learn more about feeding your family with delicious, healthy fruits and vegetables.

Pre-K thru 4th grade – If you have children in Pre-K through 4th grade, sign them up for the full tour – Cost is $6 and includes an educational program, your child also gets to pick their own container of strawberries and receives a goody bag with a coloring book to take home, and don’t forget the free wagon rides. Please call or email if you plan to join us for the tour. The tour and wagon rides start at 11:00, so don’t be late. You might miss something!

Older children – Are your children past the age of enjoying the educational program? Then come on out anytime during the day to pick berries. And don’t forget, older children and parents are welcome to take a wagon ride between 11 am and noon.

homeschool u-pick

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Asparagus is ready!

The asparagus is ready!
  asparagus

The strawberry plants are tucked in and toasty warm waiting for the freezing nights to end.
I assume the freezing nights will end.
They always do.
Don’t they?

Look what I found in the photo archives. My snaggletooth kids covering up strawberry plants!Exhausted

Well, they were supposed to be covering strawberry plants – they aren’t exactly following the standard protocol.

Back to today’s world: The cherry trees are blooming.

We have some pretty plants, so you should start looking for the one (or 5, 6, 7) that you want for Mother’s Day. (Mother’s Day is coming soon you know.)

Lapp’s delivery arrives this afternoon around 2pm.
lapps bakery

Jane says, “It’s NEVER too cold to eat ice cream!” That’s what parkas are for…

Hope to see you soon!

Lisa

P.S. I just made a fresh batch of salsa – it’s good and spicy.

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