Jumping Into June

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June at Snug Harbor Farm

Jumping Into June with so much going on!

We’re kicking off the summer season, welcoming favorite designers of ours from Studio 412 and digs. They will be introducing new work and bringing back some of the classics. All will be available at Snug Harbor Farm throughout the summer season.

In the spirit of dressing up and being festive, we will also be offering a Wearable Flower Workshop to explore how and where to wear flowers. It doesn’t have to be a wedding or a prom (but it might be).

June also marks the start of the summer art calendar at Snug Harbor Farm. We couldn’t be more excited to host the fabulous Kelly Jo Shows and a collection of paintings based on the farm. Her work in Wings, Roots, Paws and Hoofs captures the energy and the life on the farm.

Needless to say our planting season has produced a new crop of perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs. Keeping with the theme, we have brought back some favorites but are always also exploring new terrain. Such is the life of a gardener and a plant lover. Looking forward to your visits and helping you make every corner just a little more beautiful.

 

Snug Harbor Farm in Maine Home + Design

Maine Home + DesignClassic Gardens, Modern Business – From English gardens to Instagram, Snug Harbor Farm owner Tony Elliott finds inspiration in all the right places.

In the late 1990s, Tony Elliott was driving along Route 9 in Kennebunk when he spotted a “for sale” sign. It stood in front of a long and low farmhouse… more.

 

And Speaking About Food

We are focused on food this year at Snug Harbor Farm. In addition to our standard vegetable plant offerings (tomatoes, lettuce, herbs) we’ve brought in some more exotic offerings of papaya, avocado, olives and figs! There’s a luscious line of pestos in the shop by Bella Cucina, as well. So stop by, browse, drink in the sights and smells of our beautiful spaces.

The May showers of lore continue…

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Container workshop at Snug Harbor Farm

The May showers of lore continue throughout New England with very few breaks. They will most definitely produce more and more flowers at some point. Our production greenhouse is chock full of annuals while the farm has received some of the best trees and shrubs we’ve seen in recent memory.

This Sunday morning, May 19th, we’ll launch the first in a series of casual Sunday morning coffees with trade professionals coming in to offer whoever chooses to join, some good advice around different aspects of gardening. Tony Elliott will get the ball rolling with a discussion about garden design and where to start.

With hopes of things warming up a bit, we’ll be hosting a “Build a Flowering Planter” workshop on Saturday, May 25th. Sign up to add some color and life to your step, patio or to honor one you love on Memorial Day weekend.

Exciting new stuff is arriving on a daily basis. You should stop in for some inspiration, if nothing else. Let a smile be your umbrella.

Celebrate Spring at Snug Harbor Farm!

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spring at Snug Harbor Farm

Celebrate Spring!

April continues to be a wondrous turning point at Snug Harbor Farm and this year is no exception. The build up to the big Easter Egg Hunt is palpable as we hope the snow has receded and mud dried up enough to provide us with the perfect conditions for an excellent hunt. There are lots of activities planned around the property on Saturday, April 20th besides the big hunt. See the full schedule here.

Before we get to the big weekend we are going to hold a workshop focusing on creating festive head gear, for your next party or Easter Parade! (see above). We love pulling together unconventional materials, working them back to botanical elements for fun, festive, fashionable accents for you to sport around town. You will, too.

The last weekend in the month shifts our focus fully to getting our gardening on! Our obsession with food and feasting translates to vegetable gardening and a Seed Propagating Workshop that will give us all a good jump-start in the right direction. Join us and leave with a tray full of goodies to grow, as we wait for temperatures to rise.

To help refine your own visions of vegetable gardens, we’re bringing in an expert, Matt Mattus, who has published a beautiful book on the subject: Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening. Matt will discuss his top ten revelations made while researching and working on this indispensable guide. This lecture will fill up fast. Reserve a seat while there’s still some space here.

Spring is brimming with possibilities and we’re looking forward to sharing all we can to help make yours the best it can be. See you on the farm!

The Topiaries are shipping!

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topiaries in the green house

Topiaries are shipping!

Spring is doing it’s very best to break through the thick layer of frost and snow here at Snug Harbor Farm. How we really know it’s around the corner, is our collection of topiaries are preparing to ship by this weekend to new homes around the country. So much is percolating under the surface! This year’s crop consists of the classic myrtle and lavender as well as new comers wistringia, curry, santolina and coleus. New growth is sprouting all over the property with the renovated shop, to subtle changes in the barn and new inventory in all five of the greenhouses.

All adding up to one thing: it’s time for a visit. Hope to see you all very soon.

There are many resources on the web for learning more about topiaries.  In fact, Snug Harbor Farm topiaries were featured in Better Homes & Garden.  You can read the online article (BH&G charges a minor fee for archives online) here.

View SNF in Better Homes & Garden

The Shop Awakens

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The Shop Awakens

It’s Coming!  We are opening March 1st.

The Shop at Snug Harbor Farm is waking up from a long winter’s nap to a lighter, brighter space full of goodies! The elves have been busily building and painting and fluffing all of the merchandise for an exciting, new shopping experience. Stop by and fortify yourself with a nibble and a sip as you peruse the lovely offerings in the shop.

The Japanese Art of Kokedama

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Kokedama at Snug Harbor Farm

The winter months have us digging deep into indoor gardening. A favorite practice that allows us to see our beloved plants in a 360 degree moving, mobile expression is kokedama. The Japanese art of kokedama, also referred to as string garden or moss balls. The root ball is actually wrapped in in moss (see nearai: which means “root wash” or “no pot”, where it becomes a combination of bonsai and kusamono planting styles).  You are binding the roots in moss and string and suspending it so that they float in space. Who doesn’t love a planted mobile!

Interested in learning more? We’ve added a morning class on February 9th at 10:30.  The 1:00 is full. Come and enjoy the green!
Register here.

You may be wondering how to pronounce kokedama. Here’s the phonetic spelling so you can impress your friends with your international knowledge of all things horticultural.

Kokedama

It’s a Back to School Thing

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We are just getting into the most delicious days of August.. The crisp evenings of fall are creeping into summer. The light clears  as if a gel has been removed from the lense. Look up at the hardwoods – blushes of reds and oranges are peaking through the greens. It’s shifting quickly.  Labor day is less than a week away.

Is there any one of us that doesn’t anticipate the changing season, summer to fall and the excitement of going back into the classroom, no matter your age? It is a time of reinvention, learning and growth.

At Snug Harbor Farm, we take all this to heart as we craft our new calendar of fall events. This year the fall schedule is branching out into new territory, as we welcome authors, artists and well traveled designers into our space to share their experiences and knowledge of the world around them. Snug will be on the road, as well, sharing our eye for design and passion for beautifully grown and curated materials with friends and clients throughout New England. It’s a busy season that we look forward to sharing with you when you visit us in Kennebunk.

Kismet, a word that means magical, unplanned encounters, is available to those who keep their hearts and minds open. That’s why re recommit ourselves to growth and higher learning as part of who we are and why we are always in search of new craftspeople and thinkers of all stripes. Meeting individuals with a specific point of view broadens our own and is one of the many delights experienced at Snug on a daily basis. We are so fortunate and grateful to provide inspiration and a landing spot for travelers, locals and friends. Thank you all for finding us, connecting with us and appreciating the hard work it takes to keep a unique place like Snug Harbor Farm open and accessible to our greater community.

We look forward to the season’s upcoming harvest and celebrations that will take us through the fall and into the holiday season. Visit our calendar online and look for something to lift your own sense of wonder and curiosity. Hope you will join us for some (if not all!) of the upcoming excitement at Snug Harbor Farm.

Plan ahead and reserve your place while you can. Here’s our current calendar!

Reset

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2018, The Year of the Dog. We are well into the first month and all signs lead to dog energy. Our pack of poodles teach us every day about being loyal, warm hearted, good listeners. Now is the time to turn those insights inward and nurture ourselves so that we can go out into the world better people.

We are so fortunate to be in the company of plants and animals at Snug Harbor Farm. They require a lot of care but give back all the love poured into them one hundred times over. Feeding them the best quality food at the optimum time of day, regularly, is all part of it. Wintertime in New England is an endurance race, especially for growers of plant material. Our eye is always on the dicy weather conditions and checking in on systems that keep everything alive. We are constant witnesses to the life cycles of many different varieties on the farm. It does help us appreciate the many gifts we share that nurture us. In order to do our best by the plants and animals, we must treat ourselves with the same care and conscience.

We are offering a new workshop in a couple of weeks, How to Build and Use an Apothecary Planter, in an effort to bring the many benefits of herbs to the student’s attention. We will be highlighting the simple pleasure of growing them, in addition to being able to ingest them, apply them topically and even clean with them. The whole process contributes to the health and well being of the gardener. Herbs are an amazing, multifunctional group of plants. (Disclaimer: participants will need a sunny spot for the planter to live for best results. Herbs are full sun plants.)

Prior to getting our health on, we will be celebrating all that is romantic with our third annual Build a Bouquet for your Valentine workshop. Show the one you love your creative side and play with a gorgeous collection of stems to create a bouquet that reflects all that is beautiful about your feelings! They pack a powerful message that transcend words (and doesn’t that contribute to one’s emotional well being well?) If your time, energy or interest don’t align with our workshop opportunity we would be happy to design a special floral offering for your Valentine. Just let us know how we can help.

These activities, along with some quality time outdoors, even in the coldest of temperatures, help us appreciate the world we live in and the possibilities for growth at any time of year. The cold isn’t all bad, in fact there are many benefits if applied properly. Whether you want to go deep internally or want to push your limits externally, we wish you a happy and healthy, frosty season and hope we will have a chance to connect over the coming weeks. Take good care of yourself, and your animals, plants and people.

More info about the Year of the Dog: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_(zodiac)

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!