Monday, November 1, 2010

'Tis the Season

We are busy making the switch from harvest to holiday season. Christmastime at the farm is all about romancing traditions with charming décor, festive baking and children’s activities.

Our outdoor décor expert, Anne, is getting ready to create fresh displays for the entrance to the barn. Visit us next week and get inspired by her designs. Feel free to ask her questions about putting together winter arrangements. Anne offers the following tips for sprucing up your own holiday urns:

1. Start with using the soil from your summer planter or sand from your local hardware store (approx. $5 a bag). Line a plastic container, like one from your fall mum plant, with a garbage bag and fill with soil or sand.

2. Begin with your greens. BC Cedar or Ontario Pine help create the nicest arrangements. Place all greens toward the centre of your urn (like a wheel).

3. Incorporate colour. Use ilex berries, magnolia, pine cones, bows or battery operated lights to add twinkle!

4. Accessorize with colourful picks, twigs and Christmas balls, which are all available at Springridge.

5. Remember to water your urn with warm water until the first freeze. Your outdoor arrangement will last longer.

With the cold November weather coming along, we’re warming up our kitchen with some seasonal baking! Complete your dinner party with Holiday Berry Pie, Cherry Mincemeat Tarts or home-made Gingerbread Cookies.

Food for thought: the tradition of gingerbread cookies dates back to the court of Elizabeth I of England. It is documented that she had gingerbread figures created that resembled some of her important guests. Consider the history of your cookie next time you’re securing jujube facial features with icing!

Our Children’s Activities kick-off November 13 & 14 with our Christmas Open House. Santa will be making a stopover at the farm for one weekend only! Join us in making holiday family memories with gingerbread cookie decorating and ornament painting! Activities continue every weekend until Dec. 12. For additional information please visit our website.

Christmas trees will be arriving by mid-November. Enjoy a stroll through our fresh-cut forest and find the perfect Fraser Fir!