Monday, September 30, 2013

Heirloom Apples for You at Scott Farm

{Naulahka, home of author Rudyard Kipling}

On a beautiful late September, blue-sky day, I wind my way up a road at the edge of town, beyond the pavement, to the dirt road lined with stone walls. Past abodes of famous writers, and retreats of those who find the Green Mountains the most inspiring place in all of the world. With views like this, how could we not agree with them? 

{Scott Farm}

My destination is Scott Farm, an heirloom apple orchard tucked behind Brattleboro in Dummerston, Vermont. The orchard, which was previously a dairy farm dating back to the 1700s, now offers its fertile lands to the antique apple varieties dating from the 1600s. Preserving these unique and rare varieities, rich in flavor, color, texture, and lore, is the life's work of the orchard keeper Zeke Goodband. 

{Zeke and Natalie}

With over 90 varieties nurtured by Zeke and his team, the Scott Farm is the largest heirloom apple producer in New England. When we press apple cider, Zeke is able to help us get exactly the right apples for our preferred taste combination of astringent, sour, and sweet to make a balanced cider. 
(If you are interested in making your own cider, we recommend this informational booklet to get started)

Zeke himself put together a half bushel box for us of mixed heirloom varieties, truly a tasty treat. We are excited to share these edible pieces of history with you during our fall tours. 

You can see the color just beginning to deepen on the trees. I felt like Tasha should be sitting in this rocker at the orchard, surveying the beauty and reflecting on the history. It feels like big shoes to fill, to see the world with as much beauty as she did. But every moment I practice, the better I get at seeing it.
Let's practice as much as we can during this beautiful Autumn season. 


Monday, September 9, 2013

Winners of our Tasha Tudor Day Giveaway

It is a beautiful, hazy-light late-summer day in Vermont. 

A beautiful day to select three random winners of our Tasha Tudor Mystery Rose plants in celebration of Tasha Tudor's birthday!

Our three winners are: 

I have tried contacting all of our winners but could only get ahold of one! If this is you, please email me at info(at)tashatudorandfamily(dot)com so we can get in touch to send you your plant! 

Congratultions to our three winners and thank you to everyone who entered. 

~Natalie and Tasha Tudor and Family, Inc.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tasha Tudor Day Tea 2013

Happy Birthday, Tasha Tudor! 

Last week was Tasha Tudor's 98th birthday, and we celebrated with a lovely cake and tea party on Tasha's porch.  Winslow came in from pruning the garden, Amy arrived toting baby Katie, Ellie skipped in wearing her new favorite "fairy dress," and I came bearing berries and a cake. Henry the dog settled in a most lucrative spot for potential falling cake crumbs.

At the center of the scene, a lovely white cake stood three layers tall, with black currant jam in between the layers and a whipped vanilla frosting, made even more enticing with a heap of fresh berries. What a treasure fresh berries are, what a luxury!
The white cake receipt is from a Tudor family favorite cookbook, A World of Baking by Dolores Casella.

{Ellie's chalkboard birthday sign for Granny}

Ellie Tudor made Granny a "Happy Birthday" sign on the chalkboard. Ellie walked from guest to guest holding out one color of chalk at a time saying, "Did Granny like THIS color?" Baby Katie was enamored with the lace overlay as she celebrated her first Tasha Tudor Day. It was also a special day for Ellie, as she was gifted (by her parents) a child-size antique pink lustre tea cup of her very own, in Tasha's favorite pattern. She went around the table "reading tea leaves" for the guests, making predictions that involved hiking with Henry in the very near future. Oh, how precious is childhood imagination!

{Winslow Tudor cutting the cake}

It was a hot day, but Tasha delighted in hot weather, and it rarely stopped her from taking her tea hot (though iced was also welcome). Winslow Tudor cut seconds of the cake as Natalie poured seconds of tea, and we laughed and reminisced about previous birthday parties and tea times on this small porch that can hold so many years of memories and so much happiness.
Thank you all so much to those of you who joined in with celebrations of your own, and all of the lovely notes and comments we received. It means so much to know that Tasha touched so many of your lives as she did ours.

Our Mystery Rose Giveaway in honor of Tasha Tudor's birthday is still open until midnight tonight, Wednesday, September 4th. Please CLICK HERE to leave a comment on that post for your entry to be counted. 

Winslow, Amy, Elizabeth, and Katherine Tudor at Tasha Tudor's 98th birthday tea, 2013.

Take joy, 
Natalie and the Tudor Family