The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

So exciting it’s our 11th Year!  A tour of 9 potters at their studios, each having at least one guest potter! If you haven’t made this tour yet, now is the time.  It is going to be a good one!  Make reservations to stay at one of our sponsor B&Bs, and enjoy some great local food.

Take a look at our brochure and see for yourself!

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See our website here. http://www.apotterytrail.com.

October Snow Storm

New England has been hit with everything Mother Nature can throw at us the past few months… starting with tornado’s in late June, heavy rains and flooding in July, earthquake in August (no damage there), hurricane Irene in August with terrible flash floods, and now a snowstorm on October 29th!  We had over a foot of wet snow here in the valley, and powder in the hills up to 30″!!!  Lots of damage in the valley, our electric company saying it is the most damage ever in the company’s history.  The bulk of the damage was due to the leaves still being on the trees, and the weight of the snow breaking them.  Thousands and thousands of people are still without electricity four days later.  We were lucky here, just losing power for 20 hours… and grateful to have a wood stove!  We did lose our beloved Mulberry tree, and some large limbs of other trees, again grateful nothing on the house or studio!

 

The Apple Baker

 I just started making apple bakers recently for an event we have here in Western Massachusetts called Cider Days.  I’ve been having some fun with them, and this is what I came up with for my finished product. 

But my question is this, do you think they can serve more than one purpose?  I think you could roast garlic in it.  My friend Mary thinks you can bake a pear in it.  So I gave her one of my seconds today to do a little research and developement with it.  We like to call it R&D.  Friends like R&D!

Bear at the Bird Feeder

It was quite a sight as the kids and I woke at 6:30 this morning.  Our eyes feasted on the sight of this beautiful animal as she feasted, and ruined our feeders!! 

We always take the bird feeders down in April, but this summer we decided to keep them up.  Maybe we are getting old and wanted to sit and watch the birds all year on the back porch… we did think twice about it, knowing how close the woods are, but still took the chance.  I’m bummed… all day long I would see the bright yellow goldfinches, and red cardinals from my studio window… I guess I’ll have to do something else for entertainment!

This first picture (through the kitchen window) is when she came back the second time .  The others are from the back porch after my son Luke got his air soft pellet gun to scare her away.  A lot of help that did… the tiny plastic pellet didn’t even make her flinch!

It’s so funny as I write this at 10pm and just about to hit publish, I hear a rattle of a garbage can…  looking out with a flashlight I see one happy bear. 

Fiddleheads, Wild Leeks, Serving Dish

Well it seems here in Western Massachusetts that the fiddleheads and ramps (wild leeks) are up before the asparagus in my garden.  Yesterday I took a much needed break from glazing, firing kilns and all the preparations for the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail.  Terri and I went to a very special, hard to get to place along the Green River.  We traversed little brooks, balanced carefully over fallen tree bridges, ducked under brambles, and got stuck with thorns.  We came home with three deer ticks on our bodies, lots of scratches, and over three pounds of fiddleheads*, and a bunch of wild leeks!  It was an adventure, which was well worth it!   

A dinner of shrimp and pasta was made with a hearty serving of fiddleheads sautéed in olive oil and wild leeks!

Yes… this serving dish is available on the Pottery Trail!

*Please note when picking wild edibles to not over-pick!  Three heads are the MOST that should be picked from one plant.  Wild leeks grow in patches, the MOST that should be picked is 5% of a patch. They are bulbs and do not grow back!