Homestead 1870

Homestead 1870 Homestead 1870 is a farm, farm market, B&B and event venue in Loudoun county wine country. 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.

Operating as usual

09/06/2021

Good news! The honey has been bottled and is available in the store now.

Bad news! I have someone helping with the store, but I am away, and the refrigerator froze again. It will be off until I am back to work on it. This means no milk or eggs until next week.

Sorry for the inconvenience. Everything else is still available.

I’ve been told by friends this is wonderful, but I had yet to try it. It’s amazing. So refreshing! If you head out this ...
08/21/2021

I’ve been told by friends this is wonderful, but I had yet to try it. It’s amazing. So refreshing! If you head out this way, you must head over to Maggie Malick Wine Caves and have a sangria.

I’ve been told by friends this is wonderful, but I had yet to try it. It’s amazing. So refreshing! If you head out this way, you must head over to Maggie Malick Wine Caves and have a sangria.

I need to figure out a good way to store fresh produce in the store. I got a few things in the fridge: yellow tomatoes, ...
08/07/2021

I need to figure out a good way to store fresh produce in the store. I got a few things in the fridge: yellow tomatoes, red tomatoes, chocolate cherry tomatoes, orange cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, jalapeño peppers, green peppers, and zucchini.

I’ve started bottling honey, but it will have to wait until next weekend after helping family. The first year was a traminette, very floral, honeysuckle flavor. Last year tasted more like a basic clover honey, slightly floral. This year tastes slightly floral, but to me it has a blueberry flavor. It’s amazing how honey flavors differ across the years.

I need to figure out a good way to store fresh produce in the store. I got a few things in the fridge: yellow tomatoes, red tomatoes, chocolate cherry tomatoes, orange cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, jalapeño peppers, green peppers, and zucchini.

I’ve started bottling honey, but it will have to wait until next weekend after helping family. The first year was a traminette, very floral, honeysuckle flavor. Last year tasted more like a basic clover honey, slightly floral. This year tastes slightly floral, but to me it has a blueberry flavor. It’s amazing how honey flavors differ across the years.

07/26/2021
Dehydrating flowers and extracting honey

Don’t worry, I won’t mention any names Andrea Brownstein, but I have been accused of not posting much content this year. I’ll admit, I’ve been doing a lot of farm projects, and neglecting sharing.

Today, a few good things happened. Full Blaze Farm and Apiary was over and extracted her first season of honey. I also started extracting the Homestead honey! The supers have been sitting in the kitchen for a few weeks.

Also, I finally collected some echinacea and lavender and got them in the oven for drying. Next step is some good soap for the summer season.

Enjoy this short video!

Did I mention I have peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes? Well, I did have to replant some cucumber so they won’t be around ...
07/21/2021

Did I mention I have peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes? Well, I did have to replant some cucumber so they won’t be around long, but hopefully they will be returning soon. The tomatoes are finally starting to ripen, and cherry tomatoes are in.

Did I mention I have peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes? Well, I did have to replant some cucumber so they won’t be around long, but hopefully they will be returning soon. The tomatoes are finally starting to ripen, and cherry tomatoes are in.

07/21/2021

South Mountain - seems Tbe creamery is closed die a week, which I missed. No orders to go in until next week for the Monday the 2nd delivery. There’s still some ice cream and cheeses left until then, but not much. 😞

Maybe it’s time to defrost that freezer!

Try something new, round zucchini! Why? Because when I got the seedling, I didn’t realize it said round! Who knew there ...
07/12/2021

Try something new, round zucchini! Why? Because when I got the seedling, I didn’t realize it said round! Who knew there was such a thing. $2.00 a zuke… also a couple cukes just came out from the garden, $1.00 each.

Try something new, round zucchini! Why? Because when I got the seedling, I didn’t realize it said round! Who knew there was such a thing. $2.00 a zuke… also a couple cukes just came out from the garden, $1.00 each.

Just a reminder to return the jugs. If you plan on keeping the jug, there is a $2.00 charge. I’m late in posting that th...
06/29/2021

Just a reminder to return the jugs. If you plan on keeping the jug, there is a $2.00 charge. I’m late in posting that the refrigerator is working again. Mondays are delivery. If you have a favorite from South Mountain let me know. I stocked some chocolate milk and Half & Half this week.

Just a reminder to return the jugs. If you plan on keeping the jug, there is a $2.00 charge. I’m late in posting that the refrigerator is working again. Mondays are delivery. If you have a favorite from South Mountain let me know. I stocked some chocolate milk and Half & Half this week.

Yikes! The refrigerator froze and exploded a lot of drinks. I put fresh eggs in the small black fridge to the left. Why ...
05/22/2021

Yikes! The refrigerator froze and exploded a lot of drinks. I put fresh eggs in the small black fridge to the left. Why do these expensive merchandizing freezers and refrigerators break like cheap equipment?

Yikes! The refrigerator froze and exploded a lot of drinks. I put fresh eggs in the small black fridge to the left. Why do these expensive merchandizing freezers and refrigerators break like cheap equipment?

Good news! Our young ladies are finally laying eggs. Some eggs are still small, but we are getting a good supply of eggs...
02/23/2021

Good news! Our young ladies are finally laying eggs. Some eggs are still small, but we are getting a good supply of eggs now. The next round of young hens are still a month or more away.

I put out the other new soaps, the Blueberry and Orange Cranberry. I also put out more of the Cinnamon Honey and Oats. There are still some pumpkin and peppermint out.

Good news! Our young ladies are finally laying eggs. Some eggs are still small, but we are getting a good supply of eggs now. The next round of young hens are still a month or more away.

I put out the other new soaps, the Blueberry and Orange Cranberry. I also put out more of the Cinnamon Honey and Oats. There are still some pumpkin and peppermint out.

I know I don’t publish a lot, but I’d thought I’d share. I’m still making goodies. Some baguettes from the online order.
02/13/2021

I know I don’t publish a lot, but I’d thought I’d share. I’m still making goodies. Some baguettes from the online order.

I know I don’t publish a lot, but I’d thought I’d share. I’m still making goodies. Some baguettes from the online order.

01/09/2021

These are definitely going to be some pretty laying birds when they mature. I can’t wait to add them to the flock. The current adolescents are getting closer and closer to laying. I can’t wait to finish building this new flock.

01/01/2021

Wishing everyone a happy and safe new year!

Put out another loaf. I’m hoping this is the final version of the recipe. Forgot the timer, but think I baked it right. ...
12/20/2020

Put out another loaf. I’m hoping this is the final version of the recipe. Forgot the timer, but think I baked it right. Also, I am told it’s hard to find stuff, including the market since I still don’t have signs up... but here it all is... if you buy the load, send me some feedback. I meant it to go out yesterday afternoon. I’m starting another! These don’t have the local wheat, more of a classic sourdough.

I’m ready to get these out of my kitchen and into the market!I admit, I’ve never been a bar soap kind of guy, but these ...
12/19/2020

I’m ready to get these out of my kitchen and into the market!

I admit, I’ve never been a bar soap kind of guy, but these bars of soap with real ingredients and essential oils are actually addicting.

All the soaps are cold process and handcrafted. I am experimenting, but they all include oils such as olive, castor, almond, coconut, avocado and so on. They all contain essential oils and some include ingredients like fresh raw goat’s milk, fruit, clay, oatmeal and other exfoliants.

I won’t go into the benefits of the ingredients because I don’t want to make claims and deal with the FDA, but if you are curious about the benefits there are articles online. I’ve found good information at NIH.

I’m adding a little something new, I made three flavors of lip balms, and one beard balm. I need labels for the beard balms still. There’s a honey vanilla, a honey peppermint, and a peppermint cocoa lip balm. The ingredients vary by balm but include cocoa butter, Shea, coconut, sweet almond, honey, bees wax and essential oils.

There are two bars left of the honey, oatmeal, cinnamon and goat’s milk. I made more, but they need time to cure. The Peppermint Cocoa and Pumpkin are ready for market. The others without the labels are Cranberry Orange and Blueberry, and still need time to cure before I put them out for sale.

The peppermint cocoa has Ghirardelli cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and peppermint essential oil. The pumpkin contains pumpkin and vanilla essential oil.

The Cranberry Orange has fresh raw goat’s milk, vanilla and orange essential oils, orange zest, cranberry purée, French Pink clay and Moroccan clay.

The blueberry soap includes raw goats milk, fresh blueberries, vanilla and orange essential oils, cocoa butter, kaolin clay and alkanet root.

I have enjoyed using these soaps so much I started shopping for soap trays. I’ve not experienced the problem of gooey soap, I hope that’s not a thing with this type of soap, but I’ve seen really nice soap holders which really make the entire experience and they include drains! Etsy has a lot of great options.

#homesteading #handcraftedsoap #handcraftedbeardbalm #essentialoils #farmersmarket

If your planning on any soup or chili tonight, I put out one of those nice sourdough boules. Refactoring my recipes to a...
12/12/2020

If your planning on any soup or chili tonight, I put out one of those nice sourdough boules. Refactoring my recipes to allow me to keep putting out one fresh loaf.

I told someone I would do vlogs about all the stuff going on down at the farm. I think I’ll make that a resolution. I ju...
12/05/2020

I told someone I would do vlogs about all the stuff going on down at the farm. I think I’ll make that a resolution.

I just spent a bunch more money on supplies and equipment for more soap, balms and whatever comes next.

All but three of the goat’s milk, honey, and oatmeal soaps have sold. These are cold processed soaps, made the old fashioned way with lye, fats, oils, and goodies. The oatmeal and honey soap has oatmeal, honey from the farm, goat’s milk from Bella Nova Farm, and includes essential oils like cinnamon.

These two soaps are curing, but will be out soon. Peppermint cocoa, I used 100% Ghirardelli Cacao, and peppermint essential oil. The other is pumpkin, which has a hint of spice from the essential oils, but you can still smell the pumpkin purée.

My apothecary grows... the new soaps have a little something more, like French Clay, nettle leaf and Moroccan clay. The game has been upped.

Handcrafted cold process soap made with fresh goat’s milk, honey, oats and cinnamon. I just put them out in the store. T...
11/28/2020

Handcrafted cold process soap made with fresh goat’s milk, honey, oats and cinnamon. I just put them out in the store. This was my first time making soap, and it was a great adventure. I am researching what to make next. #coldprocesssoap #soap #soapmaking #homestead @Homestead 1870

Warning! SMC now has Egg Nog available. I had mine with rum while enjoying a nice fire.
11/15/2020

Warning! SMC now has Egg Nog available. I had mine with rum while enjoying a nice fire.

09/28/2020

I’ve been away, but back. No milk in this week. The next milk delivery will be next Monday. Eggs out soon. Just wanted to give everyone an update.

Peaches! The color of Pink Lady peaches is a visual twist. Tried my hand at pickling peaches, and made a couple cobblers...
09/09/2020

Peaches! The color of Pink Lady peaches is a visual twist. Tried my hand at pickling peaches, and made a couple cobblers. The peaches are ripening quickly, still some in the store to pick through. The cobbler was the bomb! These peaches are good all around, eating, baking, and preserving. #peaches #farmersmarket #homesteading @ Homestead 1870

Homestead 1870's cover photo
09/07/2020

Homestead 1870's cover photo

When you just want to chill on the deck and let the kids play in the yard, but all they want is to sit in your lap, chew...
09/06/2020

When you just want to chill on the deck and let the kids play in the yard, but all they want is to sit in your lap, chew your fingers and beard, and practice goat yoga. #loudouncounty @ Homestead 1870

Market and farm update. Despite the poor growing conditions, bacteria, fungus, viruses, heat, late frost and bugs, and o...
08/30/2020

Market and farm update. Despite the poor growing conditions, bacteria, fungus, viruses, heat, late frost and bugs, and other problems this year, the new garden and one tree provided a little produce. Zucchini and peaches are in, and so is the honey. Honey comes in all sorts of options this year. My poor peach tree broke from the weight, and it was pretty heavy with peaches. Working with VDACS now, hopefully pickles, peppers jams, and peach jam will come soon. More jams to make... but jars are hard to come by. #buyfreshbuylocal #takeloudounhome @ Homestead 1870

When you keep a starter for sourdough you have to replenish it constantly, this means extra dough. Nobody wants to waste...
08/26/2020

When you keep a starter for sourdough you have to replenish it constantly, this means extra dough. Nobody wants to waste dough, so it means being inventive with the dough. Sourdough adds dimensions to fritters, waffles, pancakes, anything really. Beignet don’t need to be leavened, but I use starter to make them. I told myself I would never do anything crazy to a perfect beignet, but I had extra dough, and I wanted something chocolaty. There were extra marshmallows from the camping trip, and well... it happened. Is this something new for market? #smores #beignets

08/07/2020

Thought everyone could enjoy a quick update on Rowena and Phineas.

I never knew what was in snallygaster! I am going to have to stock some of this, and enjoy some myself. Yum!
07/20/2020

I never knew what was in snallygaster! I am going to have to stock some of this, and enjoy some myself. Yum!

Favorite Flavor of the week - Snallygaster

Peanut butter flavored ice cream with a caramel swirl, peanut butter cups, and pretzels!

In American folklore, the snallygaster is a dragon-like beast said to inhabit Central Maryland, particularly the Middletown area where our farm is located.

If you love peanut butter, this is the ice cream for you!

Welcome Rowena (Ro) and Phineas (Phin) two beautiful Nigerian dwarf goats to the farm.
07/19/2020

Welcome Rowena (Ro) and Phineas (Phin) two beautiful Nigerian dwarf goats to the farm.

07/19/2020

Fireflies

07/15/2020

They still need names! We have a few, and want some feedback.

Habanero is fighting for the attention.

Here’s some thoughts:
1. Glitch and Pixel
2. Abraxan (Brax) and Thestral (Thes)
3. Phineas (Phin) and Rowena (Ro)
4. Apolo and Aphrodite

After the colonies decided to replicate themselves, the few that were kept are being converted into new hives. The bee y...
07/12/2020

After the colonies decided to replicate themselves, the few that were kept are being converted into new hives. The bee yard will now have 9 hives, and new splashes of color.

06/28/2020

This little doe and buck are new additions to the farm. Looking for some name suggestions. Give us your best.

The turkey replicated itself as hens.
06/27/2020

The turkey replicated itself as hens.

Finally have a friend for Colombus and Isabel. Soon to be a royal palm.
06/26/2020

Finally have a friend for Colombus and Isabel. Soon to be a royal palm.

Another pretty sunset. A storm came through and left some clouds hanging from the hills.
06/23/2020

Another pretty sunset. A storm came through and left some clouds hanging from the hills.

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12117 Harpers Ferry Road
Hillsboro, VA
20132

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(540) 751-8088

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Yesterday, my daughter and my two Granddaughters were so happy to stop by your wonderful farm! The little ones were most interested in the two barn cats as they were so friendly! We will be back, hopefully to stay at your B&B in the near future! Thanks for being our oasis in these strange days!
Thank you so much for being such a little haven of joy! I took my 2 little girls for a ride out to the country to get them out of the house. We stopped to explore your little shop and were absolutely delighted to find your chickens, cows, horses and especially your kitties! We have not had so much fun in, well, 6 weeks. We also purchased some yummy cheeses and chocolate milk. What a special little place. We can’t wait to come back!
The BEST cream soda I have ever had in my life, thanks Chris!