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Posted 5/2/2014 3:14pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

The weather is still up and down - hey, we are in Ohio right? Lawns are greening up, flowers are popping their heads up out of the dirt daily and big fluffy clouds with blue skies are upon us. We won't talk about the cool, gloomy drizzle - we need a little of that to make the gorgeous stuff come along! 

It has been a busy spring at the farm. Mike, our head gardener, has been prepping the garden beds, lugging logs, compost, top soil and mulch to create new hugel kulture beds. (More on those later) The soil is still too cold for many of the seeds to go in. We thank our lucky stars we chose to start in July again this year. Spring is so up and down that it just does not serve us to have a June start day. We get cranky and frustrated. So later season it is! Not that we aren't doing anything - mind you! 

Hugel kulture garden -first step is logs. We have had a ton of people stop in and ask, "What are you DOING?" - we just chuckle.

The garden beds are coming along, we just got some HOPS - yes, you read that correctly - HOPS. I will be adding them in for our herbals and dyes. So we will have non GMO all natural hops available this summer for you beer makers. 

Don and I have been at many venues doing workshops, presentations and volunteering. I just finished my year long herbal apprenticeship and had a wonderful presentation for DAR on Medicinal Herbs on the Civil War Battlefront - fascinating stuff! Thusly, I have been plotting out our medicine wheel garden - which may not be finished till next season.

This summer I am doing a series of enrichment classes with First Step in Fostoria. On May 5th I am doing a favorite program of mine on the history of aprons. Here is more info from First Step - there is a $10 charge.

 

 

APRONS PROGRAM - MAY 5TH - FIRST STEP IN FOSTORIA

First Step as part of its Women's Enrichment Series is proud to present the program Every Apron Has a Story. A perfect way for mother’s daughters, and grandmothers to learn the history of this humble piece of fabric, stitching together the significance of this time honored garment. While enjoying tea, cranberry scones, tea sandwiches and blueberry bread.

This program will be presented by Becky White-Schooner of Schooner Farms and Inspired by Nature from Weston Ohio. Becky is a gypsy of sorts. She loves art, organic farming, cooking, history, reading and her community. With degrees in Art and History and a practical sense of how that can give our lives context. Becky is the perfect candidate for this presentation. 

“This class will take you on a nostalgic journey that portrays a time period and lifestyle where the apron was an absolute necessity and the matriarch of the house wouldn't be clothed without one to the present. Someone once said, “Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.” The apron memory is one of those heirlooms.” Terri Mercer, First Step executive director, said. Call First Step at 419-435-7300 to make reservations.

We are in the final stages of finishing our business plan and are just about ready to present our dream of a new facility for classes and workshops with a commercial kitchen. Keep your fingers crossed! 

Our CSA is sold out for the season - there are several wonderful farms that have CSA programs as well - check out localharvest.org for a listing and contact info. 

 

 

Posted 2/5/2014 12:57pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

 

 

I love snow, I truly do. Wintertime at the farm is a quest for quiet time to reflect on last season, prepare for the next and savor the moment. This winter I find myself restless and snowbound. So, to offset the winter woes I have been busy experimenting, plotting and planning classes/workshops for the 2014 season. We are most definitely doing a sourdough bread baking class. Schooner gifted me a lovely new NutriMill and a better dehydrator to make fresh sprouted flours. I really wanted this so I could sprout grains then mill them and teach you how to do it too. Who doesn't like bread? There are so many options and also ways for our gluten intolerant friends to enjoy breads again. I have been making bread, lots of it.

 

 

Doesn't a fresh loaf with some Schooner Farms Raw Honey or berry jam sound delightful? It does and this season we will be making some fresh baked goodness! 

 

 

Posted 12/30/2013 2:05pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Our winter session of Beekeeping class is about to begin! Jan. 11 is our Beginners Class. 

 
Learn about the basic equipment, tools, costs, legal issues, what to expect when harvesting your honey, resources and references.This class is the basis for our series. To become a beekeeper you need to know what you are getting into, while beekeeping is enjoyable it is also very complex and many folks jump in without regard to some of the realities involved. This class is a MUST for people considering beekeeping. Students receive a beekeeping book along with handouts. Jan. 11 at 10am. Schooner Farms, Weston. Participants must register at 419-261-0908

Posted 10/14/2013 12:03pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

This time of year is bittersweet for us here on the farm. We are always grateful for a bountiful season and the opportunity to connect with amazing people. Now, as we wind down and get ready for winter we are sad we won't be seeing our CSA members every week, we will miss the interactions with new customers and sharing the farm with them. 

People often tell us they marvel at the things we do and how we go about doing them. For us, this is our passion and we are grateful to be able to do what we love and love what we do. 

Posted 9/23/2013 2:14pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Overwhelmed, shocked, amazed and delighted are just a few words I can think of to descibe the amount of people interested in our CSA program. Our current members have first dibs then if we have openings we will offer them to our waiting list. Please be patient with us and thank your interest! Just sign up on our mailing list and "2014 CSA " is an option listed. Just sign up and we will be in touch with availability. 

Posted 8/5/2013 3:34pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

 

 

Beekeeping is an exciting, educational, fun and enthralling - it is easy to catch the "buzz"! Mike and Don offer a wonderful series of classes from Basic to an actual hands of apprenticeship.

Our classes are rotational, so if you can't make a session on month, perhaps you can make a repeat class later in the season. Classes are held at Schooner Farms near Weston, Oh.

Click here to go to our Beekeeping Class Page

Click here to sign up 

Posted 7/15/2013 3:31pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

It was a MAGICAL evening

 

Incredible food - Ben and his crew did an OUTSTANDING JOB! What a menu! 

 

 

Our Guests were wonderful and we appreciate their support

 

We enjoyed a gorgeous day weatherwise - it was truly an amazing evening

Our Strawberry Jam

 

Distillation Process - Basil Hydrosol

 

 

 

photos by Chandra Vaughn

Posted 7/1/2013 12:27pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Can you say - YEAH! Next week we welcome a few new members and we welcome back our many returning members! I can't wait to see you! It has been a long time and I miss my peeps! Lots of new things this year to share! Look for your newsletter on Monday the 8th for the lowdown on the farm. 

This next week is going to be crazy - on Monday we have a photo shoot with "Ohio Magazine" on Becky and some scarecrows, Tuesday is our first pick up, Wed and Thursday will be spent doing normal stuff plus getting the farm spiffed up for Friday. Friday is the Farm to Fork supper and Sat. is our first pick up for Saturday members. I think Sunday we are going to relax a bit. 

See you soon!!

 

Posted 6/13/2013 5:57pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Our friends at The Happy Badger in BG will be hosting a dinner on the farm! We are super excited and know it will delish! If you have never been to The Happy Badger - please take the time to pop in for a meal - Ben and Sarah are wonderful, the food delish and the atmosphere relaxed. 


Hello Everyone, I am extremely excited to announce our first RSVP dinner of the Summer. 
Perhaps you have heard of Farm to Table Dinners? Well, we are taking it one step further by hosting 
our very first Farm to Table on the Farm Dinner. 
On Friday July 12th at 6pm we will be holding a party under the stars at Schooner Farms in Weston. 
Expect six courses of extremely fresh food sourced right from the Farm, a Bonfire, Berry Picking, Live Music, 
Farm Tours and of course whatever delicious Wines you choose to bring……
The price is 50 dollars per person… Limited Availability. 
Call, Email or Sign up in Person at the Badger…. Payment required upon reservation. 
Thank you and see you on the farm!
Ben

Here is the menu - 

Posted 6/10/2013 2:40pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Whew! The past several weeks have whizzed by in no time! The pond portion of our business has been insanely busy along with keeping up to snuff on the garden. Tilapia have been going out of here in record numbers. The farm looks incredible! It has been a wonderful spring and with all our volunteers and staff, it is the best spring we have ever had. We'd like to thank everyone for all their hard work and dedication this spring! It is amazing!

The garden is doing beautifully. Strawberries are ready for picking - but call first to check on availability. We get picked out quickly. 

This past week Schooner and several of his friends have been working on the labryinth. It is looking awesome! The obelisk that David make is going to be in the center. Soon all 1200 little lavender plants will be planted and we will welcome visitors to walk the labyrinth.

The start of the labryrinth


A few weeks ago we had a hypertufa class that was just a blast! We had about 7 of us being all arty and stuff. It was kind of funny because one of the ladies that came to the class had met me back in March. We both came across each other at a bookstore looking at magazines to cure the winter blahs. She was a super neat lady and we chatted for sometime on that wintery day. She called and signed up for the class and told me she thought she knew who I was and then asked if I remembered talking to a lady in the bookstore. How fun is that? Here she is with her daughter getting arty!

Getting Dirty but having fun!

 

We co-hosted a Cooking with Honey Class with our friends at The Summer Kitchen in Helena. I think everyone went home with a full and happy belly! We made a Honey Glazed Chicken with rosemary, my favorite pan roasted Carrots & Onions and Honey Caramel. I made Goat Cheese Ice Cream to go along with our Honey Caramel. It was a fun evening with lots of great questions and very interested participants.

Our Honey Caramel Coming to a boil


This past weekend we hosted, "Tea with Emily Dickinson". We had a gorgeous day! The guests had a splendid time noshing on tea goodies and listening to Sarah White share some insight into Emily Dickinson. All in all it was a perfect day with lovely friends.

Tea under the new arbor


Are you keeping up with all the stuff going on? Geesh! We are not done - Kim was out and caught some Rainbow Trout with her husband and friends. 

She doesn't look happy about this at all...

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