The farm in March

Yesterday was the last winter farm share pick up. A day both sad and sweet. Sad because the next pick up, the first of the regular summer share, is 2 months away. Sweet because the end of the winter season means only one thing... spring is on it's way.

In addition to our regular share, our farmer (I love having a farmer. Kind of like having a hair dresser but I actually don't have a hair dresser unless you count my husband and the clippers he uses. I hope you have a farmer too. I recommend a farmer over a hair dresser any day.) let the kids and I harvest greenhouse arugula that survived happy to glean what we could.

Signs of the change in season are everywhere. The sun, oh the sun, is still in the sky at 5pm. Some days are cold, bitter and icy only to be followed by days warm, melting & muddy. It's definitely still winter here in Maine but because spring is around the corner I'm content to ride out the last of winter's days.

Another sure sign of spring on it's way is these sweet farm babies.

Talk about melting a mama's heart and I don't mean those ewes. They seem to be quite disinterested mothers. Maybe they get all cuddly when when everyone leaves the barn. But in their defense they are also very easy going (a trait I could learn from), letting the lambs literally walk all over them, chew on electrical wire and climb the walls.

The lambs and the end of the winter arugula weren't the only notes of interest from the farm this week though. Our CSA is now selling one of a kind Light Living Photography (that's me) greeting cards. You know the type, photo on front and blank for your personal message.

I don't expect to see a lot of sales right now especially considering there isn't a farm pick up for another 2 months, bad timing I guess for a card launch. But it's exciting nonetheless. And what's so sweet is how encouraging my farmer is of this endeavor and her enthusiasm to feature these at the farm. Having someone believe in you (other than your mom) is a really good feeling.

For this particular go around I choose photos with a decidedly "farmy" feel. Animals, field sunsets, farmhouses, barns - most of them taken at the farm itself. I think I'll add more stock in the summer of flowers and other pretties. So, if you want a piece of art to give or frame you can find my photography at Willow Pond Farm.

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  • shelli

    shelli on March 14, 2009, 1:32 p.m.

    I wish I had a farmer! How fun!! And congrats on selling the cards!! That is so exciting. I have considered trying to sell some of my photos, but I don't know where to begin!


  • Shari Lyle-Soffe

    Shari Lyle-Soffe on March 14, 2009, 5:28 p.m.

    I am so jealous. This sounds like a wonderful experience.

    A little concerned about mom letting kids chew on electric cords, but I guess she doesn't know any better.

    Your cards look wonderful!


  • Gayle

    Gayle on March 14, 2009, 8:43 p.m.

    Wow! It would be great to have a farmer! Oh, I haven't had arugula since last spring! I'm so glad winter is almost over.

    Your cards look beautiful! How exciting!


  • Leslie

    Leslie on March 15, 2009, 1:16 a.m.

    I am so glad to see that you are finally seeing those signs of spring up your way! We're still jumping back and forth constantly between winter and spring-like days in OH, but today I started expanding and turning my garden. I feel bad telling you that, but if it makes you feel any better, my friend in New Mexico has an apricot tree in her backyard in full bloom that I'm salivating over. Isn't it amazing what that distance from the equator can do? Oh well, this summer when it's 90 degrees with 90% humidity here in the good ol' Ohio Valley you'll be sitting pretty with your sweet Maine breeze and clear-blue NE skies... Your photo cards are beautiful - congrats on getting them out there!


  • Alicia

    Alicia on March 15, 2009, 3:53 a.m.

    What beautiful photographs! I'm jealous you have your own farmer too. :)

    BTW, my friend Claire used to raise sheep and hers were all different sorts of mothers. She had one female who always served as a sort of midwife/doula to the pregnant females though and would calm them and even breathe with them. She was very protective and maternal of the new mothers and the babes. I always loved that!

    Alicia's last blog post... Pi Poetry!


  • Shawna

    Shawna on March 16, 2009, 5:27 a.m.

    i'm currently working on finding us a farmer and a work exchange csa. how awesome that they now have your cards. a dream come true!

    Shawna's last blog post... sleep woes


  • Jamie

    Jamie on March 16, 2009, 6:03 p.m.

    Wow! The card idea is great and you've got a wonderful selection that really matches the farm feel. Congratulations!

    We've got a CSA too and we're lucky enough to have it run year round. Not too many CSA's do that. We love getting our weekly news letter from the farm and we try to go out and visit it a couple times a year. They don't have any cute lil sheep though!

    Jamie's last blog post... Maternity Photoshoot


  • Karen

    Karen on March 16, 2009, 6:35 p.m.

    The lighting in your photos of the sheep invokes damp, musky hay mixed with (all the) animal smells. Though we didn't raise sheep, my memories are similar to those from the barns of my childhood. So happy for your artwork to be available from a place that has provided such personal creativity and pleasure for you.


  • Trisha

    Trisha on March 17, 2009, 1:11 a.m.

    I agree, it's so cool to have a farmer. We did a Thanksgiving and Christmas farm share and just signed up for the summer CSA. Thinking of going to pick up our veggies makes me forget that we still have snow on the ground!

    Trisha's last blog post... Going no 'poo


  • casey

    casey on March 17, 2009, 1:31 a.m.

    oooo. i can not wait to go out there again to see your cards! (maybe before the next pick-up as i am not sure i can stay away that long.) jill i so wonderful as are your photos - wow! breathtaking!


  • Laura

    Laura on March 18, 2009, 4:02 a.m.

    Such gorgeous photos! I love the one of the sunset with the plant-y things on the far right of the second-to-last photo. (Wow, that was complicated!) And those lambs! Wonderful.

    Laura's last blog post... Food Blogger Bash at Whole Foods


  • Andie

    Andie on March 18, 2009, 8:33 p.m.

    Oh.My.Gosh. Do you know how in love I am with these cards!!! Listen to me lady, you need to open up an etsy shop. I would pick these up in an instant and because I don't have a trip to Maine planned anytime soon you reeeeeaaaallly need to listen to me here. :) :) I am so happy for you, well done artsy Mama!


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