Off to a Garden Party

We are off to the races – well ok, it’s a Garden Party really!  About 6 weeks ago I met The Fabulous Beekman Boys… and now I am off to a festival (as a vendor) that they “host.” Life has a funny way of twisting and turning… this could have been a very tough weekend for me, and instead I am excited and off to explore a new place, meet new people, and hopefully open some big doors. I believe it may the largest festival I have taken part of to date.  I think this whole weekend is a bit of a gift – starting with the fact that I met these guys in Vermont (Dave’s beloved home state.)  Now we will have to wait and see what the rest of the weekend brings, but I am hopeful and feel very clear that I am suppose to be there – Why? Don’t know yet… but at the very least I am  giving it my all, created more Mini Arts (aka greeting cards,) created 8 new Lacquered Boxes, and finally got to make some Trays that have come out amazingly fun! … To top it all off I created a NEW Botanical Beauty! He will debut this weekend on the above mentioned products! He is extra close to my heart for a couple of reasons. Read all about him below the pix of “the Boys” and me – a photo from the VT Garden Symposium weekend.

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His name is Heirloom Charlie and you can read his whole story below. Part of why I am especially proud of him is I have been wanting to figure out a way to “give back” a little for all The Botanical Beauties & Beasties have done for me these past 12 months. Donating a percentage from Heirloom Charlie (a sustainable Farmer,)  to help out others feel good. With GMOs and food labels very much a hot topic these days, the timing feels perfect.  I am very pleased to have chosen Long Life Farm as the recipient of 15% of Heirloom Charlie Sales. They are local MA., CSA, organic farm who reaches in to the community in many ways to help out those “in need.”

I am also pleased by Heirloom Charlie for he is very fun to look at, my first vegetable Beauty and so a new branch of the BBB3 tree, he gets to part of marriage equality in our land of  Botaniumaus  (and be a wedding gift to celebrate a ‘real” gay marriage in the land of USA,) and I like all he symbolizes in his story/causes. So it with great pleasure I unveil  Heirloom Charlie (aka Radiator Charlie) to you in full…. on Saturday!

Heirloom Charlie's Story

Nothing is on the online store yet, but there are trays, cards, boxes and prints to celebrate Heirloom Charlie (aka Radiator Charlie) which will become available soon.

Shows, fairs, and general excitement!!!

OMG – can’t believe “show season” is here -we are off and running!

This weekend we are headed to what I expect to be grand at The Garden Symposium in the even grander location of The Equinox Resort in Manchester VT.Their will be wonderful nationally known speakers and a related vendor marketplace. Naturally, we fit in the second. We will leave all the words off about how great it will be and what an exciting season we are working on (check and watch the schedule grow on our calender page) In the mean time, we will just say WE ARE EXCITED TO BE “On the road again” –off to meet new friends and spread our motto of “Live Kind, Live Green, Live Creatively

Our hope is that on Sunday we can connect up somehow and have a little magic with The Beekman Brothers. They run a company called Beekman 1802-from their own website words “Two NYC guys who bought a farm and are sharing their experiment in living better lives, season by season, neighbor by neighbor.” The Botanical Beauties & Beasties  love that statement/mission. We want to chat with them!

Right now they are promoting  THE SAUCE THAT COULD CHANGE THINGS  (click on name)  Below is the page for this cool idea and product. Please help if you can. It helps all the small local American Farmers stay alive and that’s truly a wonderful thing. The Power of Tomatoes, people and good ideas!

heirloom tomato pasta sauce“We’ve got some really big news.

We are really excited about our new pasta sauce. ‘Cuz it’s gonna change the world.

No. Seriously. Not hyperbole.

Remember when we won that little show called The Amazing Race?  Let us refresh your memory:

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Wasn’t that awesome?

It was.

Here’s why. It allowed us to pay off the mortgage on our farm so that we could both devote ourselves full-time to growing Beekman 1802 and our community.

So what does The Amazing Race have to do with pasta sauce? A lot, it turns out. And it has even more to do with raising money for other American farmers.

It’s a little round-about-story, but first you need to know a little Race trivia:

Even though you didn’t see the finish till December, the race actually ended in June. Which meant we already knew we would be able to pay off our mortgage with the prize money early last summer. (We’re good secret-keepers, right? Keep that in mind next time you have juicy gossip.)

However, we also had a field full of tomatoes growing on the farm in June. Some of these tomatoes were a variety called “Mortgage Lifter” heirloom tomatoes. They’re giant, delicious tomatoes.

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Why are they called “Mortgage Lifter?”

Well,  in 1929 a man named Marshall Cletis Byles owned an auto repair garage in Logan, West Virginia. When his business began suffering during the Great Depression, Marshall (who went by the nickname “Radiator Charlie,”) decided to earn extra money by selling the best tasting tomato variety he could breed.

It took a few years, but Charlie finally bred his perfect tomato. He advertised that one single plant, with its 1-2lb fruits, could feed a family of six. And he wound up selling enough seedlings in four years to pay off his mortgage. In full.

Hence “Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter Tomato” was born.

Those of you who’ve followed our story know that before we won The Amazing Race, one of our primary goals was to pay off the Beekman Farm mortgage. So when we planted our garden in early 2012, we planted a ton of Mortgage Lifter tomatoes, in hopes of developing a pasta sauce that would help us do just that.

And then we won The Amazing Race. Let’s revisit again. ‘Cuz it was awesome:

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(Did we really make that face on national television? There are “ugly cry” faces and “ugly win” faces, apparently. This was both at once.)

Anyway, last year was a really good year for tomatoes. Here’s one afternoon’s haul:

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So, since we’d paid off our mortgage…what were we going to do with all these tomatoes?!??!

Then it hit us.

We’ll use these tomatoes pay off another small farm’s mortgage! Pay it forward.

So we went ahead and kept developing the pasta sauce. We used the best tomatoes from our farm and other farms, fresh garlic and spices, and other summer vegetables. And we went ahead and stuck with the name: “Mortgage Lifter Heirloom Tomato Pasta Sauce.

Looks amazeballs, right?

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The only difference is that now we’ll use 25% of the profits from this sauce to help aid another farmer.We’re teaming up with an agricultural 501c3 so make that happen.

The other 75% of the profits will go right back into the business to hopefully develop a whole range of “Mortgage Lifter” food products that will not only help support American small farms with profits, but also by growing a sustainable food brand for small farms to supply.

But, like Radiator Charlie…we’re starting with the basics. The most perfect pasta sauce we could make.

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We hope you love it. Please give it a try. The more you buy, the more you’re directly helping American farmers. If you purchase enough, it will also help catch the eye of a few larger grocery chains. (Any grocery moguls out there? Wanna chat? Email us! )

Stay tuned for a recipe contest and progress of sales….

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE BEEKMAN 1802 MORTGAGE LIFTER HEIRLOOM PASTA SAUCE SAVE SIGNIFICANTLY ON PRICE & SHIPPING WITH ORDERS OF MULTIPLE JARS.”

Winter Solstice, 12-21-12, and the Last weekend of The Market!

The December solstice occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, it is when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. To our southern hemisphere friends hope you are happy to see the  “summer solstice!”  It is the winter solstice only in the northern hemisphere.Either way-Hurrah for the Solstice and the beginning of LONGER DAYS again!!!

The countdown to the apocalypse is on.Well sort of, we woke up and the world is still here, the world did not end as the Mayans feared it would….however, we are in some rough and turbulent times. The Fiscal Cliff- one would think that the left, right and middle could get it together and truly do what is best for the majority, the country and the land. I understand Politics are exactly that “Politics” but to what cost? Today our US legislators left for vacation – I really understand how they could do that. It is an embarrassment.

Since the world seems to be going on, and the weather is looking fine for tomorrow  – how about joining us for your last chance or those last minuet gifts!

Come and down and see us at The LAST (until next year) Providence Holiday Market! Local Arts, Local Goats fromThe Reynolds Barn – Yes, that means fresh wonderful goat milk soap and scrub! Reyonals Farm GoeatDelicious Local granola from Providence Granola which means  a twist of helping folks out as well as yum… Fraggles and Friggles is Local Jewelry to bedazzle, Beautiful Local Wreaths/Greens from Robin Hollow Farm made into beautiful holiday greenery gifts and home decor…and of course Local US – The Botanical Beauties and Beasties.  We still have some fabulous Note pads, beautiful Mini Art (cards) a few Wine glasses  of our “Marvelous Easy Peasy Ready to go Mug Gift ” sets: 4 Themes-1) Beauty 2) Words 3) Dog and 4)  Garden. All have amazing beautiful organic products inside them! Here’s a quick run down: ALL  are Dishwasher/Microwave safe 15 oz.  mugs/ have 3 bookmarks/have a gift tag already on them for you/ have a card telling about the Botanical on one side and about community and working together  on the other side and a bell to jingle as you give the gift! In addition to that each amazing beautiful LOCAL organic/all natural  products  that go with the theme. Beauty has skin care, Words has a metal Clarity spray, Dogs have salves for paws and drops for calm and room spray for you and Garden has a most beautiful lavender salve, a luscious cuticle and/or lip butter and a Quartz!

Mug Gift Sets

Weather may be frightful…We’ll see….

Tomorrow ( Saturday 12/8) – May be a tad soggy in the morning but the afternoon is looking good! Planing on giving it a try if the weather cooperates.  Come down and see us at The Providence Holiday Market  11 (weather permitting) to 4pm.

A great day/place to bring your family Downtown and visit us at the Providence Holiday Market. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be roaming the area beginning at 12:00. The Ladies of the Rolling Pin will be dancing at 12:30. And Princess Rapunzel will be visiting the market all afternoon. Bring the kids and come on out. Bring your Camera and have some fun. If any one takes an amazing photo at the Market/of the Market (ahem, I am the judge) you will get a prize from The Botanical Beauties and Beasties! 

At the Holiday Market this week….Providence Granola, Fraggles and Friggles, Botanical Beauties and Beasties, Reynolds Barn, WIllywaw, Light Forge Studio, Jewelry from the Heart, Robin Hollow Farm, and Accounting for Taste

Bravo Wood Fired pizza will be feeding us this week. The Ladies of the Rolling Pin will be dancing at 12:30. Princess Rapunzel will be visiting the market and Santa and Mrs Claus will be out as well. It’s a great day to bring the family downtown. Hope to see you there.

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Image from last market with The Very Merry Dickens Carolers on November 24. Each week holds NEW fun!!!!    Come on down –  see what we have in store for you THIS WEEK!