Several years ago we came across a small blurb in the Lancaster Farming newspaper about an old English holiday called Plough Monday. On the first Monday after the Epiphany, which is January 6th (and marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas), farmers and plough boys of England would drag their plows through the villages. They would take a collection of money from the village residents and have the plow blessed in the village church. Oftentimes the farmers would dress in disguise and plow up the doorsteps of residents who did not contribute any money.
Plow Monday also marks the traditional day of returning to work after the holidays and marks the beginning of the new plowing/farming season. Since we liked the idea of taking a long intentional break from work and marking resumption of work with a specific day, we have taken this traditional holiday and made it our own.
While we never really stop working on the farm, we do try to slow down quite a bit during the days between Christmas and Plow Monday. In the past we held a meeting with other farmers on Plow Sunday to compare finances and financial direction of our farms. This year we're thinking of putting our plow on a wagon and driving it up and down the farm lane with Toad and Lady.
During the winter and spring we like to go to a lot of farm sales, or farm auctions. January is usually the start of farm sale season, which usually ends in the spring with the yearly "mud sales" at many of the fire houses in Lancaster County.
I usually end up going to many Amish farm sales in search of horse tack and horse equipment. This year I'm on the look out for bridles and collars for Toad and Lady, and for a three-horse and four-horse hitch.
The next Kennett market will be on Friday, January 16th.
You can place an order for Bel Air delivery this Saturday, January 10th, to Baron's K9 Country Store at 525 Pritt Lane, Bel Air, MD 21014. We'll be dropping off orders from 10am to 10:45am. See the Online Order Form and try to order as early in the week as you can. Chicken and eggs are available for Bel Air deliveries.
Havre de Grace & On-Farm
You can place an order for Havre de Grace for delivery on this Saturday, January 10th, at 11:30am or for pick up at the farm from 10am to 1pm on Saturday. See the Online Order Form and try to order as early in the week as you can.
We are now accepting new members for the 2015 CSA season. Find all of the details on how to sign up on our CSA page of our website. If you have any questions or would like to come out to the farm for a tour prior to signing up, please contact us.
See you soon!
-Tom & Sarah
Flying Plow Farm