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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...

Posted 5/30/2013 7:03pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.
 
Spend a literary afternoon on the farm 
 
Sarah White, who just happens to be my favorite cousin and a professor at Purdue, will be portraying Emily Dickinson for the afternoon. Enjoy listening to Emily's haunting poetry and gain a little more insight to this fascinating woman.
 
June 8th at 2:00. Program is $20
 
Seating is limited. Please call Becky to rsvp - 419-261-0908
 
After spending almost 20 years being involved with teas at the museum, I want to bring some of that fun fussiness to the farm! Our teas are small, the programs - MIGHTY and the refreshments - refreshing. 
Posted 5/28/2013 10:18am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Honey Class.....are you in for a treat! Join The Summer Kitchen Girls & special guest Rebecca White-Schooner of Schooner Farms for a sweet evening! She will be discussing the benefits of raw honey and will talk about the differences in honey and she’ll have her portable observation hive with her. Learn all about the types of honey making, and how to make honey butter and herbal honey. She’ll even explain how to use honey in place of sugar while cooking up some food samples like chicken with honey rosemary marinade, roasted carrots with honey, and finishing with homemade ice cream and honey caramel!

Cost for the class is $15 and RSVPs are needed. Please call 419-638-4205 or email us at summerkitchen@sbcglobal.net to reserve your space!

 

Posted 5/14/2013 12:52pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.
Roll up your sleeves and connect with your inner creativity with Shelly Sabo & Becky!

 

In our hands-on hypertufa class, anyone can make a beautiful container for the home or garden. Hypertufa, a mixture of peat moss, perlite and portland cement, makes for a lightweight, non-porous container - perfect for nurturing plants. During the class, you'll be able to choose molds from a variety of shapes and sizes to create your container. We'll also provide all-natural materials such as leaves and herbs that will add interest and texture to the finished product. You're encouraged to bring a leaf from your favorite tree, stones, glass beads - anything that can add meaning and beauty!

 Since hypertufa is a concrete composite, your planter should be allowed to cure so we ask that you leave it with us for one week. As your container cures it will strengthen, ensuring that it will stand the test of time in your garden. If we have some intertest we will have a hypertufa planting workshop. 

 

The Details  

 

* The class fee is $35.00 (includes all materials)
* June 1st at 1:00 pm - Class lasts about two hours 
* Things can get a little messy, so be sure to dress accordingly!

 

Class size is limited - please RSVP 419-261-0908

Posted 5/8/2013 9:53am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

 

Tasty, juicy, deliciousness is almost here!

Our strawberries will be ready soon! U-Pick! Please call for availability. Hours vary. Sign up on our mailing list to be notified when berries are ready!

Posted 4/18/2013 9:43am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

So You Want to Be A Beekeeper?

Introduction To Beekeeping Class (2.5 hours)

Saturday, May 4th  6:00pm

Schooner Farms - 14890 Otsego Pike (Corner of US 6 & ST RT 235)

Weston, Ohio

$35.00/person or $50.00/couple

 

 

Schooner Farms is opening our doors to people considering backyard beekeeping as a hobby.  At this class you will learn about what it takes keep bees successfully in your own yard.  During this multi-media presentation you will learn about; the basic equipment you will need to get started and how to use each piece, types of hives, all the various components of the hive, types of foundation and proper hive placement.  You will also be able to view live bees in our indoor observation hive.  Participants will receive a substantial amount of informational handouts, a discount for additional advanced beekeeping classes to follow and a jar of our own raw honey from our hives.  Seating is limited so sign up soon so you do not miss out on this fascinating educational opportunity!

To register: please call 419-261-0908 or email us at info@schoonerberries.com

Posted 4/17/2013 12:51pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

I love windy days. I do. I most certainly do. The kind of wind that blows your hair about, puts a flush to your cheeks and makes it seem that Mother Nature is blowing you a kiss. Northwest Ohio is blessed with windiness. If “windiness” is not a word it needs to added to the regional lexicon. In fact, Northwest Ohio has “windiness” in spades. 

 

The farm has been popping back into a familiar routine the past few weeks. I miss that over the winter - our comfortable farm routine. Every day brings something new, yet there is solace in the routine. Seems like in the winter we are on a holding pattern - planning, prepping and holding - just waiting for the farm season to unfold again. Not that we get to sit around all winter but there is a gap in our days that only the farm fills.

 

The trout are alive and beautiful. Schooner has been feeding them and my, they are a wonder to behold. I get goose pimples. Toss some pellets in and the water surface comes to life with tens of heads popping out of the water. It almost looks like the surface is boiling. 


Eric has been busy working in the blackberries. We are getting elderberries this year. Oh, and currents.. and rhubarb.. and more asparagus. Ooohh... gooseberries, too! What do you think? I am thrilled! I have been after Schooner to try elderberries for a while and now since it is “his” idea we are planting some. It’s ok, I have learned how men and marriage work. Back to the new plants - elderberries - yes! How exciting! Currents! Can you see the jam? I can! Now, if we could have fig trees in our region, my life would be complete. 

Posted 2/4/2013 2:42pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Schooner Farms

2013 Winter News

 

It’s been a busy winter so far. No frolicking around for us. I once heard that there is no rest for the wicked - must mean us. Just kidding - we're pretty boring and normal. 

 What's Shaking at The Farm

The ponds were stocked last fall with Rainbow Trout - fishing opportunities shall avail this spring! 




Schooner has been busy burning away in the BioChar Kiln.

 

The arbor is just about finished. A nicely stained concrete floor is in it’s future.


 


 

2000 more Strawberry Plants are ordered and will be nestled in the berry beds once Spring arrives.


CSA News

The CSA is close to full - so if you are interested PLEASE let me know asap! If you mentioned to me you were going to be part of the garden for the 2013 season and have not sent in a form please do so soon! You do not have to pay in full - you are welcome to make payments - just send me a deposit to hold your spot. Please send me your form asap - just click here for 2013 CSA Membership Form If you already sent in your form - Thanks A Bunch! Seeds are here and we are all itching to get back out in the garden! We were just at the greenhouse- oh, I love the smell of a greenhouse. 

Schooner is getting ready to speak at the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association Conference in a few weeks - he will be talking about BioChar.

I will be doing a few presentations at The Summer Kitchen in Helena this spring. If you have not been to the Summer Kitchen - go. now. seriously. It is a lovely little gift shop for the ladies. Karla and Karrie are just fabulous gals and their store is a delight. 

Schooner and Company have been busy working on the new porch in betwixt warm spells. We will move the CSA pick up there along with having a nice spot for workshops and classes. 

I have been busy making wood butter, experimenting with soap recipes, researching new veggies, enjoying my friends, painting, drawing, reading, drinking way too much tea and coffee, trying new recipes for the CSA newsletters, and planning, prepping and plotting workshops and such at the farm this summer. ( I know I used the word "and" a whole lot - but I do do this and that and that and .. you get the idea)

Our spring/summer workshop schedule will be on the website soon. I am having a difficult time trying to get Schooner to commit to a calendar. He seems to think I am a willy nilly planner - far from the truth. I tend to be a bit anal retentive. I have my calendar planned and will share very soon! He is planning on doing several workshops/classes. Some of his ideas are - BioChar, Composting, Beekeeping, Organic Gardening and Pond Management. I will be having several workshops on Baking Bread and Pizza in the Wood Fire Oven, Jam, Soap. Cooking with Herbs and Honey just to name a few ideas.

This summer I do have a few fun days planned. As many of you know, I am very involved at the Wood County Historical Museum and have been helping with the tea program for more years than I am willing to admit in writing. I will be hosting three teas this summer. Here’s the schedule - 

 

An Afternoon with Emily Dickinson

June 8th at 2:00

 

Victorian Manners

July 13 at 2:00

 

Berries and Blooms

September 21 at 2:00

 

I had to share - this is a photo of our new Mason Jar Chandelier that Schooner and Justin made. I approached him a few years back with the idea and this winter Schooner became pretty darn handy! It looks awesome!



 

If you are on Facebook - like us at Schooner Farms - Schooner is on a mission to have 500 likes. I think it is a guy thing. 

Stay Warm and Think Spring!


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