Last week, we celebrated the first day of spring here at 1840 Farm. It didn’t feel much like spring while we were outside clearing over half a foot of heavy, wet snow. I didn’t enjoy welcoming spring’s arrival with a snow shovel in hand. I would have much preferred a garden shovel.
We’re New Englanders, so we have come to expect that spring will arrive a bit later than the calendar promises. We don’t give much credence to Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostications. I can’t say that we don’t hope for spring to arrive in March. Indeed we do, we just don’t expect to get that lucky.
This week, we’ll celebrate Easter. No matter the outside temperature or potential for flying snow, we’ll celebrate in style. Eggs collected fresh from our coop thanks to our beloved heritage breed hens will take center stage on our family table.
Now that I have found a way to make the perfectly hard boiled fresh egg, the process of making beautiful eggs will be much more easier. As soon as they are cool, the children will gather around the cups of warm water and vinegar to mix the colors until we have a vibrant palette of liquids to bathe each egg in.
I know that the egg has become one of the universal symbols to represent Easter and the spring season, but here at 1840 Farm, we celebrate the wonder that is a fresh egg all year long. We see each egg we collect as beautiful with or without bright colors added to its shell.
While we have weeks to wait until spring’s warmer temperatures arrive here on our farm, the season is indeed in the air. Plans are taking shape for our heirloom garden. Children are beginning to ask if we will be adding chicks to our flock in the coming months. I am filled with anticipation, ready to experience all that this year’s growing season will bring.
I know that I am not alone. In fact, I expect that many of you living in warmer portions of the country have already planted your first seeds in warming soil or added a few new fluffy chicks or ducklings to your flocks.
I’ll be living vicariously through you until we can do the same here at 1840 Farm. I’ll enjoy reading your stories about the new additions to your farms and the first seedlings that will emerge from the soil in your gardens. I hope that you’ll share your experiences with me and I’ll look forward to doing the same once Mother Nature finally releases us from winter’s grasp.
In fact, I’d love to read all about what is going on at your homestead right now. Do you have seeds started or garden plans in the works? Do you have eggs incubating? Have you already invited baby chicks or ducklings to call your home their own? How are you celebrating the arrival of spring? I can’t wait to read all about it.
Until then, I’ll focus on our Easter celebrations here at 1840 Farm. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, you can read my post detailing how I make perfectly hard boiled fresh eggs using Julia Child’s method. You can also learn how we make brilliantly colored Easter eggs and find a great idea for making edible chocolate nest place cards for your Easter table.
Happy Easter and Happy Spring from all of us here at 1840 Farm!