Can you believe 2016 is almost over?! This week is sure to be a busy one for most of us, packed with last-minute shopping, post office runs, and preparations for travel or for receiving guests. Here at Robin Hills Farm, this past weekend was equally packed, as we tried to squeeze in as much festive wintry fun as possible before everyone (staff and community alike) scatters to the winds of their various holiday plans!

First up, our staff party & potluck on Friday! Veteran square-dance caller Glen Geer was our guest of honor, holding court and calling steps for the array of staff, family, friends, and handful of instructors & volunteers from the past year in attendance! The threat of inclement weather kept some of our staff at home, and sadly took the following day’s public Holiday Hootenanny off the table, but those of us who braved the elements to make it out let nothing dampen the festive mood. Our crew had spent all day getting the barn dressed to the nines in holiday splendor, and we weren’t about to let that go to waste. 😉

On Saturday, though we no longer had another barn dance to look forward to, we instead took the opportunity of said wintry weather to upgrade our usual weekly nature trail hike with snow shoes and cross-country skis! For the first time this winter, we got to enjoy that special pleasure of cutting fresh lines in the pristine snow, ambling from woods to pastures to the ponds and garden.

We had so much fun trekking about that we decided to open the trails for folks to use during our Open House hours on Sunday. We also managed to partner up with Doyle Valley Percherons to offer horse & carriage rides across the property — not enough snow to break out the sleigh yet, but keep an eye out for that later in the winter! 🙂 In addition to the vendors who joined us for our November Open House — Fluffy Bottom Farms, H&H Sugarbush, and Dave’s HoneyGood Times Kettle Corn and Yum & Crumb bagel bakers turned out as well! Our food & bev pro Laura Thacker demonstrated a new lineup of holiday recipes including a “whole chicken” butchery tutorial, our organic veggie farm manager Bee Ayer handed out Winter CSA shares, and snacks & hot drinks kept folks cozy.

On Monday, our very own Bee Ayer presented Intro to Chicken Keeping, the latest talk in our free Winter Seminar Series and our last class of 2016! Nine people came out for this 90-minute crash course, and Bee got to flex those teacher muscles — education is one of her many fields of expertise, which we don’t make use of nearly enough 🙂

After this crazy, jam-packed weekend, things are winding down a bit this week at Robin Hills Farm, and next weekend is sure to be quiet as we disperse to our respective holiday destinations and family tables. We wish all of you a warm, peaceful holiday as well. From our family to yours — Season’s Greetings!