books are my friends
So here's the thing - more than just about anything, I love to learn (It's my favorite!). With that in mind, I thought perhaps the farm could play host to a monthly (or so) series of workshops - for the curious of mind, the lovers of learning. The first one will be in late February/early March. Maybe. You see, the actual date will depend on the weather. We need a series of days that go above 40 degrees with nights dropping below freezing. Have you guessed what it will be about yet? Drumroll, please...
The first workshop is:
When: Sunday, March 6 (give or take a week or two), 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Where: Tulip Tree Hill, 208 Penny Road, Holtwood, PA 17532
Learn to tap a maple tree and what to do with the sap once you have it. We'll be sampling the raw sap, making fir needle tea with it, and boiling it down for syrup. Afterwards, we'll share a snack of pancakes topped with freshly churned butter and maple syrup. If the weather is fine, we'll eat outdoors near a warming bonfire. You'll go home with a small bottle of the sticky elixir as well as your own tap and the knowledge of how to use it.
Attendance will be limited to no more than 15 people.
Cost is $36 per person.
As I've said, the actual date is likely to change, since the sap run depends on the weather, but it will definitely be on a Sunday morning.
If interested in attending (and who wouldn't be?) please send your name and contact info so I can get in touch with you once the sap starts running and we have a firm date. But if you are absolutely certain you want to attend, don't want to risk missing out, and are willing to move heaven and earth to get here, then you can pay ahead of time to reserve your spot, either by going to the farm's event calendar page or by stopping to see me at Lancaster Central Market.
Sounds like fun, doesn't it? I think so too.
There are other ideas flying around, such as: making hypertufa planters, building native bee houses, growing your own mushrooms, creating hand-built ceramics, making herbal wreaths, fermented foods, broom making, cider pressing, making Christmas wreaths, rug hooking, soap making, and spinning wool.
And you know what? If there's something you are interested in learning and think that Tulip Tree Hill might be able to help you out with that, post it in the comments below and we'll give it some serious thought.