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Entertaining into the New Year

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The holiday season is winding down but the Big Kahuna of holiday parties lays ahead. Whether you’re planning on a quiet evening getting hygge with a few friends or throwing a bash for everyone on your contact list, it’s good to have a few new recipes up your sleeve. Our staff chose some favorites for Prelude feasting from our library of cookbooks that still have us all abuzz. Our fearless leader, Tony, gravitates towards all things poultry and found a fabulous recipe for duck tacos with tomatillo salsa, which could be the start of a fabulous New Year’s Eve fiesta. The cookbook that features that and other fine options is available in the shop: Culinary BIRDS by Chef John Ash.

A fan favorite among our Prelude guests was prepared by Nichole, who is a busy mom as well as a gardenista and killer cook. Time was of the essence so she found an amazingly tasty recipe out of a new book to our shelves designed to save time called Halfway Homemade by Parrish Ritchie. We were all grateful for her choice in preparing the delectable “Speedy Firecracker Chicken”.

For the tastiest nibbles, we can count on Whitney, day in and day out for crunchy and healthy bits with her classic stand-by: Popcorn with Truffle Oil. No book required. Just pop the corn and toss in a bit of truffle oil. I made another healthy alternative: Mustard Roasted Broccoli Pate from a wonderful vegetarian cookbook First Mess Cookbook by Laura Wright. She has a great website and you can find the recipe here:

http://thefirstmess.com/2013/12/12/mustard-roasted-broccoli-rillettes-recip…

For a sweet ending to the evening, Pamela was inspired by a recipe from the fantastic Taproot magazine (which we keep in stock) called Chickadee Cake. It was absolutely divine! If you haven’t checked out Taproot, we highly recommend it.

https://taprootmag.com

Look to the shop at Snug Harbor Farm for entertaining inspiration of all kinds. We’re always looking for new and fabulous cookbooks. We stock beautiful serving pieces, utensils, linens and glassware. With proper notice, we can even pull together floral dressing for your special occasions. The fact is, we love a good party and we’d be happy to help fine tune yours. Wishing one and all a very Happy New Year and look forward to more fun, beauty and adventure in 2018!

Barreling Headlong into Holiday Season

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When does it really start? Is it a year round endeavor that one needs to keep on a slow simmer, then turn it up to boil as the sun starts to dip in the sky? Do you have your ducks so neatly in a row that holiday magic flows like sweet caramel sauce with seemingly little effort? For us, it’s starting now for next year. We are in it and beyond it and always trying to hold on to the magical, mystical fizz that goes on at this time of year.

We are so fortunate here at Snug Harbor Farm to be surrounded by the natural goodness of the season in the town of Kennebunk. Our chores shift with a natural rhythm dictated by the plants, animals, seasons and the weather. Kennebunk and Kennebunkport established the Prelude celebration in 1981. The planners wanted to kick start the holiday season by celebrating the charm of our little seaside villages in winter. It worked. It took off to national acclaim and grows bigger every year. Now, thirty six years later, it has become one of the most HOLIDAY of all holiday spots in the country during the first week in December. Santa arrives in a lobster boat and both towns are decked out with activities planned by local shop owners and organizations.

https://www.christmasprelude.com

For our part, we relish the homecoming of so many families that we celebrate and decorate  from Thanksgiving through The New Year (and beyond for so many happy occasions). We develop a visual vocabulary with friends and family. We help them utilize treasures passed down and those that might be new to their collections. Our buying reflects love of the land and the comforts of home. Every one enjoys a good laugh, especially when stress sets in so look to the shop for ornaments that have a personality. There’s always room for another narwhal or yeti on the tree!

We acknowledge those who have gone before us and those who may not be so lucky with friends, family and shelter. It is a time to open our hearts to the harsh reality of what others may face at a time when so many are in party mode. It can be the most isolating time for some of our neighbors. Remember them. Acknowledge them and try to bring a little beauty and light into their lives. A small gesture can literally be a lifesaver. Channel Clarence. Couldn’t we all approach our day with more kindness in our hearts?

As we barrel headlong into Prelude present, we pay hommage to Preludes past and plan for the Preludes of the future with lessons of the season marking time and showing us the many wonders that happen in the cold still of winter in Maine. It’s just the beginning. We need to hold onto this magic for the next four months when the light of Spring cracks the horizon of Summer.

Dreaming of Spring

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It’s not even winter, yet. It’s getting dark but not as dark as it will be this weekend. The first real, sustained chill is in the air. The reality is: it will get much, much colder very quickly. This causes our attention to turn to spring and the new year. We all get excited about the arrival of bulbs to the shop. While we are putting our favorite gardens to sleep, we take the opportunity to punctuate beds and naturalize lawns with a spray of narcissus, tulips, scilla and fritallaria that will show themselves in all their glory next spring!

Delayed gratification can be sweet, too, you know. We are obsessed with certain alium and are dreaming of forcing the best varieties of all our favorite bulbs in pots to pull out in the dark, dead, cold of winter. It is this miraculous pop of color, growth and fragrance, in the midst of a snow storm, that will help us get through the unforgiving Northeast winter.

We’ve put together a starter kit of our favorite narcissus to offer on line and in our shop. This collection could provide the backbone or a backdrop for your springtime garden featuring your own mix of varieties.

  

We chose the classic Carlton bulb as a sign of pure sunshine and joy on a stem. Learn more about Carlton here:
https://www.gardenia.net/plant/narcissus-carlton-large-cupped-daffodil

Lovers of pure white pop of brightness will certainly appreciate Mount Hood. Here is more about this pristine beauty:
https://www.gardenia.net/plant/narcissus-mount-hood-trumpet-daffodil

And to emphasize the joy of new growth we include Fosters Favorite in the mix. It starts out a bright chartreuse that mellows.

We’d love to hear about your favorite fall plantings to enjoy in the spring. We still have several weeks of planting time ahead! lay the groundwork, now, for your favorite spots to visit and enjoy in the spring of 2018.

Warm Up Winter at Our Succulent Workshop

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Join us at Snug Harbor Farm for our Midwinter Succulent Workshop being held on Saturday, January 28th to learn about all things succulent and build your own mixed container to take home. We will provide all the material you will need to create a gorgeous little garden. The fee for the workshop is $45.00. You can sign up using the form below.

1:00pm Workshop SOLD OUT

11:00am Workshop has been added. Sign-up Below!

Prelude to the Prelude

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Join us at Snug Harbor Farm
for our Prelude to the Prelude!

Opening Reception on Friday, December 4th, 5pm-7:30pm.

Join us at SNUG HARBOR FARM for a Prelude to the Prelude and a nibble and a sip while shopping our Pop-Up Prelude Barn Boutique, filled with some of our favorite artisans’ work. An opening reception will be held Friday, December 4th from 5-7:30, where you can meet the artists and shop their unique collections compiled exclusively for SNUG HARBOR FARM. This one of a kind collection of work will be available through 12/13. Shop now while supplies last!

Participating Artists:

Kate Nelligan Design
Three Sister Supply
Whitten Hill Studio
Laura Fuller
Sam Lawrence Glass
Odd Inc. Pottery
Farrell & Co. Leathers

Winter Tablescape Workshop

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The Winter Tablescape Workshop will deal with floral design and seasonal offerings mixed back to objects and candles to create a one of a kind personal tableaux.

A fee of $45.00 covers materials, containers and use of tools while we discuss ways of incorporating the natural landscape into your holiday celebrations.

Noon to 2pm Saturday November 14th.

Register online below and call 207-967-2414 to pay via credit card or stop by the Shop and pay via cash or check. Look forward to seeing you soon.

Welcome to Snug Harbor Farm!

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Hello modern world! Welcome to the first post of our new blog about all things Snug Harbor Farm!

After years of talk about a possible website for our Kennebunk, Maine plant nursery, we have decided to get our feet wet and set up this blog. As you can imagine, the difficultly involved in shipping live plants is innumerable, so we won’t be posting things for mail order here. I do, however, think it will be a great way for us to keep you plant geeks up to date on all the exciting going-on’s at the farm, to share plant care knowledge, and to share some great pictures of our ever-growing nursery.

This June had been a bit of a wet one. It has rained almost everyday here, leaving the nursery on the soggy side, to say the least. If you are coming to shop for perennials, we have lots to choose from but I would suggest you wear your boots.

Rain or shine, it is a great time to come visit our newest retail addition to the farm, The Shop. Inside the 1750’s house on the property we have put together an eclectic collection of gifts, home decor items, potted houseplants and gardening tools and supplies for you to peruse.

Here’s a peek at what we have put together for you!

Seeds, terra-cotta pot feet and cloches, fertilizers, glazed plant pots, colorful paper mums and some handy long necked watering cans.


Garden twine in these great retro tin’s and in different festive colors, and some more fun little watering cans.


We have terrariums! We put these together ourselves right here at the farm.



An assortment of bundles of fresh cut foliage for decorating and arrangements.

An assortment of concrete garden ornaments and small cast iron urns, with or without something green growing inside!


Some more concrete garden ornaments and a fern from the greenhouse.



An assortment of birdhouses for your garden in all shapes and sizes.

Hope to see you soon!

What’s old is new again!

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Last year we started carrying our very own Snug Harbor Farm reproduction terra cotta pottery. I am still really excited by how well they came out and am hoping that you will be just as pleased. These are our own exclusive designs cast from some of our favorite hard to find shapes and sizes of antique English, French, and Italian terra cotta. We had these pots made to grow our topiaries in, but they are also available for purchase at the nursery, some very nicely preconditioned for you in the greenhouse for a lovely instant mossy old feel.

The classic azalea styled pots have a double rolled rimmed. and a circular Snug Harbor Farm stamp.

Three sizes of Tuscan hard to find rectangular footed planters.


Unique round bottomed crucible pots in three sizes.

These Anduze styled footed pots are are the perfect size for a small mantle.

There are three sizes of orchid pots, with holes for proper ventilation of the roots.

And lastly to tempt you to stop in for a visit, here are some gorgeous mossy old grower styled pots, available in two sizes.

Come in and get them before they are gone!

Sun Shiny Summer Days on the Farm

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The sun has actually shown on us a bit between all the bouts of summer rain here at the farm and it has allowed the perennials are really start showing off there best faces. We still have lots of plants in bloom now to fill up any empty spots that have been haunting you in your garden.


This Filipendula purpurea ‘Elegans’ has been the favorite new addition at home in my garden.

It is thriving in the back of my shade garden and is tall enough to stand out back there with it’s long lasting blooms. The flowers are really pretty, white with flecks of pink, and look very delicate against the green broad leaves.

Here is a great view of an established day lily planting. These ones are Hemerocallis ‘Big Bird’, a great lemony yellow and a steady summer bloomer. We have many different heights and colors to choose from at the farm, not just your general tall orange garden variety. They are always a reliable choice and can be established quickly even in an unreliable place like here by the side of the road.

We also still have shrubs and trees galore if you want to take advantage of the all the rain and do some serious planting. The Buddhas are happily watching over these lovely climbing hydrangeas, a great choice for planting on a stone wall.


And here is the ever popular Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’, the loveliest steady blooming large leaf blue variety. If it starts to turn pink on you, try giving it a little acidic fertilizer. Come and get them while they last!

So, I promise to do another posting soon. Feel free to let me know what you want to hear about in the comments. I apologize that it took me so long to get this post together. I need to start making a habit of getting out of the greenhouse for a few minutes every few days and get into the office to post more regularly. It is just so hard to pull myself away!