George's Farm Blog

Weekly stories from the farm
From the time of our first visit to Neverstill, Rose insisted that this farmhouse and setting were ideal for a Christmas ambience.

This week Rose's folks braved a small snow flurry in the Misty Mountain pass and joined us for a Christmas tree expedition, as we are surrounded by many thousands of fir trees here.  We loaded up the kids and a chainsaw and drove back into the forested pasture area along the Nehalem river about half a mile from the farmhouse.  There was a lovely break in the slushy weather and after much dithering and debating and arguing the merits of various fir trees, we finally settled on two beautiful specimens.  One for the Neverstill Farmhouse and a gorgeous larger one for Grandma and Grandpa Allred's house.  After securely strapping the tree to the roof of their car for the tortuously winding journey back through the snowy mountains, we said our farewells and returned to the cosy farmhouse.  Rose lit a fire and the kids had a jolly time setting up and decorating the tree.  I made a batch of mulled wine and enjoyed the festive scene from the couch.  :-)

I am eager to see each of you in the Magic Meat Truck this weekend. 

A note on holiday scheduling:  We will not be at UD on Saturday 25 December.  We do plan to be at Ballard Sunday, 26 December.  We intend to follow our normal Saturday-Sunday schedule on 1-2 January 2022.

**We will be arriving at UD at about 09:00 today. We WILL be doing a Vashon popup tonight, 17:00-18:00. We will be at Ballard from 09:00-14:00 tomorrow. 
George's Mulled Wine

In a heavy saucepan or crockpot place:

  • 2 Tablespoons raw cane sugar or similar
  • A one inch section of candied or fresh orange peel studded with  four whole cloves
  • One bay leaf
  • One cinnamon stick
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • One whole star anise
  • One 750 mL bottle of red wine
  • A splash of brandy or gin

Stir to dissolve the sugar.  Warm gently to about 160F or until the liquid just begins to steam.  Do not overheat.  (Alcohol evaporates at about 173F at sea level)

Strain through a tea strainer and serve.

(If desired, leave the spices and aromatics in the pot and refresh with sugar, wine and booze to make another batch or two.)

Searching for the perfect tree