Homestead 1870

Homestead 1870 Homestead 1870 is a farm, farm market, B&B and event venue in Loudoun county wine country.
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A farm in Loudoun wine country located near Historic Harpers Ferry. The old 1870's farm house is available for booking, and rental. Seasonal fresh farm products are available.

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11/19/2019

Homestead 1870's cover photo

Homestead 1870's cover photo
11/19/2019

Homestead 1870's cover photo

Homestead 1870's cover photo
11/19/2019

Homestead 1870's cover photo

Homestead 1870's cover photo
11/19/2019

Homestead 1870's cover photo

Homestead 1870's cover photo
11/19/2019

Homestead 1870's cover photo

Homestead 1870's cover photo
11/19/2019

Homestead 1870's cover photo

Just uploading some photos.
11/19/2019

Just uploading some photos.

Here’s a pie I contemplated selling. Would you buy it? Can you guess what it is? I was so anxious I didn’t let it co...
11/18/2019

Here’s a pie I contemplated selling. Would you buy it? Can you guess what it is? I was so anxious I didn’t let it cool completely. It’s amazing! First time trying it, but it tastes so familiar. Definitely better than the Apple Pandowdy I tried today. Getting in touch with my German or Neanderthal. #pie #homemade #pennsylvaniadutch

Goods are in. Including some of this deliciousness...
11/14/2019

Goods are in. Including some of this deliciousness...

11/11/2019

Coming Soon!
Egg Nog season, cider, chocolate milk, and the rest.
Would anybody want pies? Been thinking about it...

So many things to post now that I have some time. So many things to be thankful for this year. Grateful I got this compl...
11/11/2019

So many things to post now that I have some time. So many things to be thankful for this year. Grateful I got this completed again on Friday. This year they started providing certificates.

11/11/2019

Now that things are slowing down for winter, I hope to have more time for other work! I took some video of the honey extraction process, and I would like to put it together on my blog. I have other video too! In any case, here’s the extractor I bought, and me doing the honey extraction.

Dinner time. Who else eats peanut butter and honey sandwiches? I kept a sourdough for myself, and I have a 2lb jar of my...
11/11/2019

Dinner time. Who else eats peanut butter and honey sandwiches? I kept a sourdough for myself, and I have a 2lb jar of my honey I keep on the counter. I forget what real honey tastes like until I have some. #rawhoney #localhoney #homestead

Just put out two fresh baked sourdough sandwich loaves in the market. I am putting in an order for some SMC. Milk, choco...
11/10/2019

Just put out two fresh baked sourdough sandwich loaves in the market. I am putting in an order for some SMC. Milk, chocolate milk, ice cream, cheese, butter etc.. if there’s anything you need, let me know!

I am almost out of my blackberry jam, but don’t worry, I have all the berries, including some foraged berries waiting. I have blackberries, raspberries, wine berries, and mulberries that I picked when they were perfect. - promise to get to it soon!

Also, I have two massive turkeys left, they will need to be picked up the weekend, or there about, before Thanksgiving. These are full sized birds!

I prefer to not be political, but when I started the farming venture it became more of an eye opening obligation. Comple...
11/10/2019
Artisan Cheesemakers Unite!

I prefer to not be political, but when I started the farming venture it became more of an eye opening obligation. Completely different than I would have imagined.

I want to point out that “government” overreach is really about corporations controlling the regulations in an attempt to squash small farms by creating ridiculous and expensive for small farm regulation, or to protect them from the things small farms can do, that they cannot. Even if there is some-what fact based evidence that can be twisted to support their regulation it’s twisted in such a way to be exploitation.

Large corporations want to kill competition to meet their year over year revenue demands to support the board members and stock prices, not food quality, just quantity. Health has nothing to do with it.

Companies want to eliminate even the tiniest of revenue leaks, no matter the minuscule fraction of revenue lost. Who could blame them, they are an industry making industry food. A good example of regulation that has nothing to do with health is the USDA eliminating the requirement for requiring chickens to have space outside. Space for chickens to roam has nothing to do with food safety. The reason a space requirement is eliminated is because a corporate egg factory wouldn’t be able to have enough land for a 50,000 chicken facility, unlike a farmer with a couple of acres that can support a hefty amount of eggs or meat. Have you seen what a large corporate egg looks like? It’s not quality or healthier.

Apply that, and this article on cheese to all the factory at a grocery store. Corporation food is crap, and not just because it tastes bad, it really is lacking in nutrients, besides being pumped with sugars. Too many people don’t know the difference between a Costco cardboard peach, and a fresh peach picked from the tree, because corporations have lobbies, they control the regulations, and they are more profitable selling a full box of cardboard for cheap that can live on a shelf for weeks.

Okay... I’m off my soap box. I apologize for the political rant, now just go find a locally made cheese, enjoy some real cheese, and support local farms.

Over the past 35 years, the US Food and Drug Administration has pushed for a mandatory requirement for the use of pasteurized milk in cheesemaking, claiming a public health risk for raw milk cheese. This scenario is playing out abroad as well, where creameries are collapsing because they can’t com...

Here it is! Testing the waters for people who like small to medium eggs, and don’t want a whole dozen. This small bask...
11/09/2019

Here it is! Testing the waters for people who like small to medium eggs, and don’t want a whole dozen. This small basket has 8 eggs. It’s $5 for the basket. Bring it back and fill it with as many eggs as you want. Eggs are 25¢ each. Basket optional. #farmfresheggs #farmersmarket

If you joined me on the Loudoun County Farm tour, you have heard me talk about chicken health. I found the below from an...
11/05/2019

If you joined me on the Loudoun County Farm tour, you have heard me talk about chicken health. I found the below from an article about a farmer that is trying to break the mold. I wish him luck. Here’s a snippet of the article from Modern Farmer.

“Officially launched in March 2019, it’s taken a decade to breed a slower-growing, hardier and healthier broiler chicken that thrives on pasture, says Blake Evans, another of the company’s founders. Cooks Venture’s birds take between 55 and 62 days to reach slaughter weight; they love to roam, roost, and jump; and they have a much higher survival rate than conventional broilers—97 percent—without being given antibiotics. “The birds are allowed to put on the bone density and develop organs before they really put on the muscle,” Evans says.

This stands in stark contrast to today’s typical broiler chickens, which are ready for slaughter in 42 days and have been bred to grow so fast and so large they can barely walk. They’re also prone to disease and heart problems, and they are live with chronic joint pain, according to John Webster, professor emeritus of animal husbandry at the University of Bristol, who spoke with the Humane Society in 2017. Commercial poultry genetics is dominated by two companies, Aviagen and Cobb-Vantress, which is owned by Tyson.”

11/01/2019

Not a surprise at this point. The tech said the fridge was fine, and added coolant, but guess what! The mini fridge will have the eggs and stuff that needs to be cooled this weekend.

Homemade fudge, the hard way, no corn syrup, no marshmallows, caramelized sugar with butter and cream + ?. Here’s come...
10/20/2019

Homemade fudge, the hard way, no corn syrup, no marshmallows, caramelized sugar with butter and cream + ?. Here’s come chocolate and peanut butter fudge. #fudge #gourmet #homestead @homestead1870 #buyfreshbuylocal #visitloudoun #loudounfarmtour @ Homestead 1870

What a wonderful Fall day! Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, it was quite busy! Today I have some hot cider, chicory coff...
10/20/2019

What a wonderful Fall day! Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, it was quite busy! Today I have some hot cider, chicory coffee, and hot beignet to enjoy when you come ask all those chicken and bee questions you have. Also, a few homemade goodies available for sale. #buyfreshbuylocal #loudounfarmtour #visitloudoun #homemade

10/20/2019

If you bought a dozen eggs this morning, forgive me! The date on the eggs is wrong. I brought them over because I ran out yesterday and needed some eggs for the lecture. You’re eggs are good!

Well, this guy said he found no issues and recharged the fridge. But you have to ask, if there was no leak, why did he n...
10/17/2019

Well, this guy said he found no issues and recharged the fridge. But you have to ask, if there was no leak, why did he need to fill it?

In any case, it’s working now, so I stocked the fridge with milk sweet tea, chocolate milk, lemonade, fresh apple cider, fresh cream and some cheddar. The eggs are there as always.

This weekend is farm tour, so I will be preparing some additional goodies!

Hope to see you there!

10/04/2019

Eggs in mini fridge. Thank goodness for a 5 year warranty, 3 year parts and labor on the fridge.

09/23/2019

I have heard that fireflies are disappearing. I have been lucky to enjoy the summers with the sky filled with fireflies. The property is surrounded by conservation and an 800 acre park, so it’s fairly dark and great for viewing the lights of the fireflies.

I need to verify what I have read this morning, but it appears that the lifecycle of the firefly is fairly delicate. They lay eggs near stream beds, the larva live in the water, and eventually the nymphs leave the streams where they were eating small snails and move onto land. Not sure if these are aquatic or not.

Anyway, it would appear that my pollinator garden and Monarch way station will now include a firefly sanctuary. Last night, picking up from the bridge project, I looked to this hillside and noticed all these little lights. Firefly season is over and the ground was lighting up like Pandora.

Early this morning I returned to look and sure enough, I wasn’t crazy, there were little glowing lights all over. I searched to find what one of the lights were, I wanted to get a photo for identification. I was not able to record the lights because they are too dim for video, but I did get this video.

I’m very excited to add these three new trees. I’ve been fortunate to have Willow, Locust, Maple and Autumn Olive tr...
09/23/2019

I’m very excited to add these three new trees. I’ve been fortunate to have Willow, Locust, Maple and Autumn Olive trees on the farm. Trees are actually the most import food source for honey bees. Yes, flowers are important too, like clover, but a single tree may have millions of flowers, far more than even an acre of flowers can provide.

All of the above trees provide a lot of nutrition, not just nectar, the sweet liquid that turns into honey, but protein as well, from the pollen. Pollen is essential for bees to make more bees, and to make to food they use to nurse the young.

The sugars in nectar vary from plant to plant. Most sugar is sucrose, but honey is primarily glucose and fructose. Mind you, it is possible to feed bees sugar water, and they will turn it into honey, but it is not “real” honey because it’s not nectar. Though it may sneak into the market.

Focusing back on real honey, the fructose and glucose the bees keep in their special honey stomach and regurgitate passing it from bee to bee until it’s placed in a comb, dehydrated, and eventually capped for storage, has different proportions of sugars based on the flower source. The sugars, and the other chemical compounds from the source flowers is what makes all the differences in the honey, like clover, almond, Tupelo, or Manuka. A honey that has multiple sources is simply a wildflower honey.

So, what makes these nyssa sylvatica trees so special? These trees go by other names such as Black Gum, Sour Gum, and Tupelo. Tupelo honey would be a single source of Tupelo nectar. I sell wildflower honey because the bees collect nectar from several different sources, like the trees listed above. What’s interesting about Tupelo, is that it has a higher percentage of fructose. Fructose does not crystallize. Tupelo honey also has a very light taste.

Tupelo trees are desired for their Fall foliage as well. As seen in this photo, they have some magnificent color. The generic name on the trees I bought today is “Wildfire Black Tupelo”. I am planting these trees along the creek where they will get plenty of water and sunlight and make a beautiful addition to the landscape.

09/20/2019

Fridge is back online, and hopefully for good this time. 😕

09/18/2019

Calling Everest again. The fridge is not cooling again. If you need eggs, I will put them in the mini fridge.

A few photos and a story.Looking over the fields, I was thinking back to where this started. Although not complete, I ha...
09/09/2019

A few photos and a story.

Looking over the fields, I was thinking back to where this started. Although not complete, I have been working hard to reduce weeds and get better grass and plants in the fields. I pulled several hundred cockleburs this year alone, but I noticed how many areas of the field are starting to look lush with grass. The fields really are coming along.

This weekend I carved out the nature trail through the area I designated for a pollinator garden and monarch way station. I have wanted to do this trail for a long time now. A lot needs to happen to make the area a beautiful garden, but at least it is started.

The area for the pollinator garden was wildly overgrown, especially by horrible wild grape vines, which I have never seen fruit, but that is apparently what these vines are. Underneath the extensive vines, I was pleasantly surprised to find some wonderful native trees.

Unfortunately, a small Paw Paw tree took serious damage as I pulled down the vines. The tree will now receive a lot of care, and hopefully it will take off. Also under the canopy of the huge vines were spicebushes, a very interesting hackberry bush that hangs from a cliff and has taken on a unique Bonsai shape, and some boxelder maples. Other potential items are a walnut and a sumac. If confirmed a sumac, it will stay in its location. Unfortunately, the walnuts will probably need to be removed as they would not contribute well to the other plants.

I hope to clear around all of the trees, and leave large areas for the existing joe-pye weed, jewel weed, milk weed, iron weed, mint, wing stem, and other natives that already grace much of the area. I have an idea to include bush blackberries, bush raspberries and more natives into the landscape.

I will clear around and clean out the spring that runs down the hillside from the spring house. I will dig areas for deeper water, add rocks, and aid mushy areas too. The hillside has a lot of trash. My guess is that the hillside has never been used as a garden, and has for a long time been ignored. The front has been very dense since I have known it. Underneath its canopy, under the vines, is years of trash. The stream from the spring itself is mostly hidden, but can be made to be a great place for all sorts of aquatic life. I found a red salamander as I was clearing some of the area.

Anyway, there was so many good finds already in the garden. I am so very excited to start working on it. I can use a lot of what is already there, but I do have to remove more crap and replace it with native flowering species.

#ripparianbuffer #monarchwaystation #pollinatorgarden

09/07/2019

Apparently, bees love the chives I am planting as a border plants.

Photographs of weddings at the homestead.
08/26/2019

Photographs of weddings at the homestead.

Photographs of weddings at the homestead.

BTW, the echinacea and mint tea with the powdered stevia, tasted like a slightly minty tea. I don’t think I needed to ...
08/19/2019

BTW, the echinacea and mint tea with the powdered stevia, tasted like a slightly minty tea. I don’t think I needed to powder the stevia. It’s probably good in foods though. It took several hours to dehydrate the leaves, but it all worked.

I accidentally broke off some rosemary, but I purposefully trimmed the stevia. This morning, I am dehydrating stevia, an...
08/18/2019

I accidentally broke off some rosemary, but I purposefully trimmed the stevia. This morning, I am dehydrating stevia, and the mix of echinacea and mint I trimmed yesterday. I wonder what a tea of echinacea and mint, sweetened with stevia would be like. I’ve never dehydrated before, but I hope to start doing so now that I am growing so many herbs. I bought an over that has a dehydration setting. Seems a shame not to use it. Maybe someday I’ll get these fresh or dried herbs in the market. #homemade #farmersmarket @homestead1870 @ Homestead 1870

I continue to improve my from-scratch pancakes. I used some baking soda I dried in the oven with a little extra cream of...
08/18/2019

I continue to improve my from-scratch pancakes. I used some baking soda I dried in the oven with a little extra cream of tartar today. I also swapped in more egg and little less egg. These may be the perfect pancake. Even more amazing was using blueberries from the garden, eggs from the henhouse, honey from the bees, and the butter, milk and syrup from local farms. Wow. @homestead1870 #farmersmarket #pancakes #eatfresheatlocal @ Homestead 1870

Cleaning the garden beds today and had to cut back some of the #mint #echinacea #stevia. #ediblelandscaping
08/17/2019

Cleaning the garden beds today and had to cut back some of the #mint #echinacea #stevia. #ediblelandscaping

I practice edible landscaping. I also let me turkeys follow me around as I do gardening. This turkey decided to lay down...
08/17/2019

I practice edible landscaping. I also let me turkeys follow me around as I do gardening. This turkey decided to lay down on my thyme. She is surrounded by sage, chives, Rosemary, and lavender, under an apricot tree. #turkey #farm #pasturedpoultry @homestead1870

Which milk do you prefer? Also, please leave a comment if you prefer plastic or glass. The glass bottles are recycled wh...
08/15/2019

Which milk do you prefer? Also, please leave a comment if you prefer plastic or glass. The glass bottles are recycled when returned, they go back to the dairy.

A. Whole cream top
B. Whole, regular milk.
C. 2%
D. 1%
E. Skim

Sweet Tea, Lemonade, Strawberry Milk, Cream Top Milk, Chocolate Milk, Grape Nut Ice Cream, Peach Ice Cream, Blueberry Sw...
08/15/2019

Sweet Tea, Lemonade, Strawberry Milk, Cream Top Milk, Chocolate Milk, Grape Nut Ice Cream, Peach Ice Cream, Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream, and whole Cream now in. @homestead1870 #milk #buyfreshbuylocal #lemonade #sweettea #farmersmarket

I finally got some tags on a few bottles. The 10oz and these 1lb Muth jars with the honey comb dipper are now out for sa...
08/15/2019

I finally got some tags on a few bottles. The 10oz and these 1lb Muth jars with the honey comb dipper are now out for sale in the market. This is pure, raw, wildflower honey. Taste the hint of real flowers in the honey. @homestead1870 #honey #localhoney #rawhoney #farmersmarket

The fridge is fixed! Eggs are back out. I’ll make orders for milk, cream and other stuff next week. There is still hav...
08/08/2019

The fridge is fixed! Eggs are back out. I’ll make orders for milk, cream and other stuff next week. There is still have butter and cheese that I stuck in the freeze while the fridge was out.

- Lots of good new colorful eggs from the young hens.

- I hope to get the honey labeled and on the shelves soon.

- I need to do some berry picking soon, need to get to work on the jam.

- If there’s anything you want to see me carry/make, let me know...

- I hope to figure out cut-sheets for beef soon.

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12117 Harpers Ferry Road
Hillsboro, VA
20132

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