Letters from Home

February 27, 2017

A hearty howdy to all,

I hope this finds you doing great.

There certainly should be no reason for cabin fever this winter with all the wonderful warm weather we’ve been having. While nice weather sure feels good to the blood it doesn’t bode to well for the fate of the fruit trees this spring. Those budding trees won’t know what to do when the freeze hits again before spring.

The good thing about the mild winter is that we have gotten the chance to see a lot of our customers more during the winter. No snow to push before you back out of the garage makes a trip to the Ashery a lot easier. ☺

This time of the year is an exciting time with the production of maple syrup happening, although warm weather can bring that to a halt pretty fast as well. I just spoke with our Maple Syrup provider yesterday and he says even though the weather has been pretty warm, they had a very good run of maple sap prior to it warming up.

Have you ever wondered how the process of cooking maple syrup happens? I’m sure some of you know and maybe even tap some trees yourself. If you are wondering, there’s no reason to wonder any more. On March 10-11 and 17-18 we will have a demo of cooking maple syrup on the front porch of the Ashery.

Our supplier Amber Valley Maple Syrup will be cooking and bottling syrup while you watch and you will be able to buy some syrup that is still warm. You will also be able to sample it with some fresh, off the griddle pancakes. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

Watch our Facebook page for some Free maple syrup giveaways.

As I think about you our customers there’s one word that comes to my mind, “Friends”. It’s such an honor to know many of you as friends. Speaking of friends, I ran across a really good quote from Dale Carnegie today that I will leave you with.

“You can make more friends in 2 months by becoming interested in others than you can in 2 years by trying to get people interested in you.”

That’s some good stuff right there. Join me in taking interest in others. It will make the world a better place.

See you all at the Maple Syrup Cookoff!

Happy Trails,



Letters from Home

February 10, 2017

Good morning,

What a beautiful morning! The sun is shining and the sky is blue. The ground and the roofs of buildings were white with frost. The laundry that was hung outside froze stiff, but now at 39° it is thawing and hopefully will dry.

There is not much birding going on for me at this time of year in Ohio, except I did hear the soft warble of a bluebird as I was coming in from hanging out the laundry. Lord willing, I will be doing some birding next week, but then I will be in Florida.

The ladies make use of this time to get their sewing needs done and perhaps find time to piece and knot comforters.

The church ladies have plans to sew a quilt on the 8th for a benefit auction that will be held later this summer.

The job for the farmers right now is getting barn chores done, taking care of the animals, grinding feed and hauling manure. It will soon be time to start plowing.

The 28th annual Air Works consignment auction will take place Thursday through Saturday, Feb 16-18 at the Mt. Hope Auction.

The employees at the greenhouses are busy already. Today, it sure feels like spring is just around the corner.

Some folks have already topped their maple trees with anticipation of cooking the tasty syrup. The buckets can be seen hanging on the trees as you travel past wooded areas.


I found a recipe for meat balls that I enjoyed and want to share it with you.

Festive Turkey Meatballs



Preheat oven to 350°. Combine the first eight ingredients. Add the turkey; mix well. Shape into 1 in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a 15x10 in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, until cooked through and juices run clear, approx. 20-25 mins.

Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients in a saucepan; whisk over medium heat until heated through. Brush meat balls with 1/4 cup of sauce; return to oven for 10 minutes. Serve meatballs with remaining sauce for dipping. The sauce is a good honey-mustard dressing for other things as well.

-Taken from the Taste of Home magazine


Quote from a flip calendar:

“Live one day at a time and make it a masterpiece.”


Have a good day!