Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Here We Are At Wilson Farm
Let's take a drive, shall we? I decided to drive down a few country roads and to head up North to a wonderful farm called Wilson Farm. They are located in the historical town called Lexington, Massachusetts. The farm was founded in the year 1884 and has become one of the most visited farmstands in the area. I say farmstand, but it is so much more.
There are flowers, pumpkins, produce, and goodies.
As you arrive you are greeted by acres of manicured farmland and can see the farmers tending to the flowers and produce. As you walk through the entrance the seasonal adventure begins.
Today they were making cider donuts and the aroma was enough to entice you to spend your entire allowance buying food.
Next to the donut man was a man selling delicious carmel apples rolled in nuts. Yum.
Now comes the good stuff, rows and rows of pumpkins, shiny gords, painted pumpkins, scarecrows to adorn your lawn, Halloween decorations galore and mums.
Mums and mums and mums looking so fresh and colorful against the backdrop of gorgeous flowers. Wilson Farm also has a beautiful flower shop off the large tent canopy housing the seasonal treasures.
As we walk towards the flower shop we can see that today they are giving demonstations on how to create gorgeous fall flower arrangements.
Once inside the flower shop you can see above many baskets hung alongside beautiful wreaths on the walls of the shop. Haloween has arrived there too, and so tables are displaying lots of decorations.
Across from the flower shop back into the tent I spot rows and rows of Halloween splendor. Ghosts and Pumpkin Headed witches wearing a lovely tutu and Oh there is so much more there.
As we walk into the store itself, we are greeted by the gorgeous displays of produce, bakery goods, coffees, cheeses, fruits and the gorgeous fower stand.
This flower stand always takes my breath away. Not since I lived in Asia have I seen such an array of exotic and domestic flora all under the same roof.
This place even makes the Boston Flower market pale in comparison. I think that it is the knack that Wilson Farm has for display that makes you want to run home and prepare a feast using fresh produce, fine cuts of meat, and flowers for the table.
Well, I hope that you enjoyed our ride today. I have included some lovely recipes that are free when you visit their store.
They also have a divine cookbook. Mine is stained on all my favorite recipe pages, so I thought I would include the recipe here for Pumpkin Muffins.
Pumpkin (Winter Squash) Muffins
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon clove
1 egg, beaten
4 tablespoons butter or margarine melted and cooled
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup pumpkin or squash, cooked and mashed
Sift the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove into a large mixing blow. In another bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. When thouroughly mixed, stir the milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir only until the dry ingredients are moistened. Do not beat. Spoon into well greased muffin pan.
Makes 8 large muffins.
Bake at 400 degrees approximately 20 minutes.
My suggestion when done sit down with a cup of tea and serve one on your prettiest dish. Spread a little butter which will melt on the warm muffin...Enjoy. Fall is such a great time to cook. If you would like more recipes, check out Wilson Farm's web site.
The music for this post is a lovely jazz melody I can imagine listening to as we drive down country roads, the name of the song is Conversations.