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March 13, 2009

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Welcome to the Official Feminine Ways Farmgirl Chapter of MaryJanesFarm. I’ve been a farmgirl all my life. From the age of four I’ve lived on the same farm. I’m 50 years old, and still live here! Come join me as I blog, share recipes, gardening ideas, and all the fun stuff I do in feminine farmgirl style!

A farmgirl believes in the strong arms of friendship, community, and the just plain fun of being together. A farmgirl takes joy in the quiet satisfaction of making things with her own hands. A farmgirl doesn’t have to live on a farm. There’s a farmgirl at heart in all of us!
MaryJane has created a vibrant community of women who share insights and tips through her magazine, website, and Farmgirl Chapters nationwide, in Canada and New Zealand. She is inviting everyone to join in…
Join my chapter and share ideas, talents, and conversation…Here is what you’ll get: membership certificate, card, and a bumper sticker!
 
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blueawardribbonsmall Receive a virtual blue ribbon by simply posting comments and pictures of Easter or Spring craft or sewing projects you are working on or have finished (or other things you have made recently). Members only…You can be a member by commenting and saying you would like to join. I will post the comment and pictures, and place a blue ribbon on it as a token of appreciation for your participation. This will be an ongoing project.

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Join the FWFarmgirl chapter and contribute articles. You can send them to me and I’ll post them, or if you are a WordPress blogger I can add you as a user/author. 

I received my scrumptious package from MaryJanes Farm, ladies…If I don’t already have your address, then please email it to me privately so I can send your goodies!

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A farmgirl believes in the strong arms of friendship, community, and the just plain fun of being together.

Right now I’m off to serve lunch to my husband, go check on the progress of the garden, check and admire the biddies, gather eggs, do a little ironing, and then start supper…See y’all  later!

From Kelly in WI…

May 7, 2009

blueawardribbonsmallI am in Darien WI. Hoping to start my vegetable garden this weekend if the weather cooperates.

Newest member…

May 7, 2009

We have another new member, ladies!!! Kelly! Welcome!

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setbacks…

April 28, 2009

Another hen is gone…We found the feathers yesterday. We now have only two. I also woke up not feeling very well this morning, and have been out of sorts. Meaning, weak, not up to doing any housework or outside chores. I think I may have overdone it yesterday! Please say a prayer for me!

Mayhaw jelly…A Southern Tradition

April 28, 2009

A friend and I were just talking today about the Mayhaw. It is becoming harder and harder for us to find in the wild, although from my research I found out it is being revived in orchards, and is available in nurseries now. I’m not sure if it is/was actually on the verge of being extinct, but according to this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayhaw – the long-living tradition of going out and picking them in the spring, of which I have been familiar with all of my life, is becoming a thing of the past for several reasons – one being the destruction of the mayhaw’s native habitat. It’s about that time of the year again to go out and forage for these berries for making scrumptious Mayhaw jelly. I wonder if we will find them! They are very similar to a crabapple I’d say – the closest description I can come up with for anyone unfamiliar with these… Also a pic is found here: http://www.southeasternoutdoors.com/flora/trees/articles/mayhaws-fruit-landscaping-wildlife.html

busy bees….

April 27, 2009
Just a little sampling of dewberries

Just a little sampling of dewberries

I don’t know why I keep dreaming up new things, because everything I already have and do keeps me busier than bees in the springtime! But you know me!!

Dewberries! We’ve picked about 4 gallons so far, and many more are out there….Now to get all that we can before it rains or they ruin…So we’ll have plenty for cobblers, jams, jellies, syrup, juice, and eating in ice cream. I’ve even sold 2 gallons, so that should tell you how MANY we have this year! I usually don’t sell them unless we have plenty. I’ve made two cobblers today and one Saturday…So good!
Taking time to smell the roses...

Taking time to smell the roses...

Dear son brought these to me the other day from the flower garden…I was so touched that my grown 28 year old son would take the time to think of his mother amidst the chores, taking care of the horses, gardening, and all the other things he does that keeps him hopping. Aren’t they so pretty…I would have probably missed seeing them had he not picked them.
 So, my little bit of rest is over, and I need to get back to work!

NO longer solo….

April 27, 2009

blackberryWe have three new local members!!!

Martha – New Augusta, MS

Mary – New Augusta, MS

Carolyn – Huntsville, AL

LOCALLY, we have our first “meeting” planned for June 3…We will be making dewberry, and blackberry jam and jelly! Maybe more types, depending on what we have available between the four of us.

kitchenlady2Our next tentative meeting, (no date set yet) for the next meeting, we will be picking tomatoes (and whatever else is ready such as peppers, onions, etc., that we need to make chow-chow, salsa, and canned tomatoes) at a local U-pick farm.

Not only will it be productive, getting more done in less time, but as my friend said, “It will be fun!” I can’t wait!!!