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Cosy Sheridan with Kent Allyn

Surprise, a January show!
Cosy
We are excited to announce that two of our favorite local performers, Cosy Sheridan and Kent Allyn​,​
 will be playing here at the farm on Saturday the 23rd of this month!
  
​This is our first show our 2016 Season and it’s gonna be great!
The show will start at 7:00 PM.  Tickets are $ 15.00.  ​Please RSVP, and mail ​checks in advance to Dave Stewart, McClary Hill Farm, 3 Griffin Rd., Epsom, NH 03234.
​For this one, we can also take cash at the door but it makes things much easier 
​for us and for the performers if folks have pre-paid. So thanks for doing that.
 
Please check out the links below ​for a sample ​of Cosy’s music. Although both ​Cosy and Kent are likely already on your list of favorites​, because we know you to be people of superb musical taste.​
We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd​!
Dave and Lois
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The Press Gang

The next show on the farm is The Press Gang on September 12th, 2015 at 7:30 PM!  RSVP to mcclaryhillfarmconcerts@gmail.com to reserve your seat. Tickets are $15.00.  Only 50 seats in room, not a bad seat in the place. But let us know soon so you don’t miss out!

“The Press Gang is one of those rare bands that are ingenious, driving, thoughtful and yet have great respect for the tradition.”

– John Doyle

THE PRESS GANG perform the instrumental dance music of Ireland on fiddle, accordion, and guitar. Based in Portland, Maine, these three musicians have become popular over the past four years for their skillful playing and deep understanding of the music–and for their humorous stage presence.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe Quote

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn.”

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Buttons and Pins

Several months ago I said that I was going to make buttons. At long last, thanks to the dark and cold of January, I have made good on it.  Yes, the Button Baron of Epsom am I.  Here’s one pic, but click on the Buttons and Pins page above for the complete line.

The half moon pin had a good time on New Year's Eve.

 

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Spirit Family Reunion

McClary Hill Farm and Clam Larry Productions announce our first show on the farm!!!!  Spirit Family Reunion will be here on Monday night, December 3rd.
Doors open at 6:00PM. General admission.
Send me an email if you want to reserve a seat. Limited seating (40 to 50 tickets) $ 15.00 a seat, all proceeds to the band… first come, first serve.
Sparrow’s Joy will be opening at 7:00 with the main act on at 7:30.
This will be a hoot! Join us if you can!

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Clam Larry

The letters from the new signs were piled up in front of me.  I started rearranging them.

I may start answering the phone this way…

Clam Larry Farm.  Your bivalve specialists. Gotta go wrangle them clams.

 

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Social Entrepreneur

I’m not often given to kind of long, random, inspirational pieces, but this one I like.  So here it is.

How To Be a Social EnTrepreneur 

Go Mach II with Your Hair on fire!

Find something you love to do… and would do for no pay. catch your entrepreneurial spirit… the thing that provides you passion, energy, flow, zeal, courage, daring, enthusiasm, vitality, commitment & Focus. imagine an organization that changes “the” world or your world. remember the strangest secret in the world. you are what you think about. think big.  build simple. act now. ….

define the problem (“market”) come up with a solution.   (“idea”) execute (“Team”).

Perpetually disrupt.  Creatively destruct. build newbusiness models. create with ideas but innovate with action.

find great TALENT. Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus. keep the negative people, the cynics, the censors out of your life. the size of your impact determines the size of your incoMe.  no MoneY. no MiSSion.

(However it’s possible to have too much money. Don’T lose your bootstrap mentality.) STop transactions. BuilD relationships. You are in sales Get over it. aSK yourself daily, aM i running my organization or is MY orGaniZaTion running me? and Finally, live. love. learn. laugh.

leave a legacy.

I especially like the Mach II -hair-on-fire bit. I would look like a flaming Bozo the Clown.

That’s not a stretch!

I think this is credited to someone named Tim Suddes.  I think.

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Go Organic!

Great news from a reputable source, the Union of Concerned Scientists.

 

http://blog.ucsusa.org/crop-rotation-generates-profits-without-pollution-or-what-agribusiness-doesnt-want-you-to-know/

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Mama’s Famous Chicken

Mama's Famous Chicken

Alice’s daughter Fiona calls this “Mama’s Famous Chicken,” but Alice insists that all credit for original authorship of the recipe goes to the great Marcella Hazan, from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. Alice has modified it only slightly.

 

Whole chicken

3-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary

3 garlic cloves, peeled

Salt

Black pepper

Olive oil

 

Preheat the oven to 375. Rinse the chicken inside and out with cold fresh water.  Pat the outside dry. Put two or three rosemary sprigs, plus garlic cloves and salt and pepper inside the chicken cavity. Rub 1 tablespoon  oil over the chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper and leaves from the third rosemary sprig. Put the chicken in a roasting pan (don’t bother with a rack.) Baste the chicken every 15 minutes or so until it’s done, about 1-1/2 hours (meat thermometer in thickest part of thigh should read 160-165). Carve and serve with the pan juices.

 

We are down to about 20 chickens unspoken for.  This includes the 65 or so in the last house out in the field.  Probably get to them at the end of next week.  So, if you want chicken and haven’t spoken up yet, now’s the time.

 

$ 3.50 a pound, pasture raised and organically fed and the most important part of “Mama’s Famous Chicken.”

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The Waxing Crescent and the Thistle

Some things take time.

The name of the farm — McClary Hill — came early and easily enough, back in the days when I moonlighted as a farmer.  Since then, I’ve pondered the appropriate logo — that simple rendering of pen-and-ink that would capture the meaning and the spirit of this place.

The designs have run from the complicated to the simple, from the (not- so-very) sublime to the (downright) ridiculous.  From talking cows to complicated fonts with stars and moons and flowers indicative of the four seasons — you get the picture.

 

At last we have a logo that befits our operation.

 

The thistle and the waxing crescent moon.

 

Clean, simple and symbolic.

Many farms reference the moon in their logos, and for good reason: the moon has informed agricultural activities throughout human history.  It has reminded us when to plant, when to harvest, when to celebrate abundance and when to hunker down for times of scarcity.  We watched the moon to know what needed doing.

In the lunar cycle, the waxing crescent starts the process of moving from the darkness of the new moon to the brightness of the full. It is a beginning and promise of brighter things to come.

The thistle takes a little more explaining.

Alice said, “It says a lot that you would choose a weed that drives you nuts to symbolize the farm.”

It really does.

The thistle is the symbol of Scotland.  Stewarts are Scots and so is a significant portion of my mother’s side of the family.  Our hill was named for Andrew McClary, Epsom’s original Scottish settler.  He arrived in the early 1700’s with his family and a King’s grant of 1000 acres.  His son’s house still stands next door a quarter of a mile down Center Hill Rd.

The image of a thistle is an appropriate nod to the Scots heritage of the family and land that give our farm its name.

The thistle also happens to be beautiful, and hardy — as well as painful to grasp and difficult to eradicate.  I can think of few things more emblematic of farming in New England.

There is a saying: “grasp the nettle” better known in England than here.  It means “to tackle a difficult problem boldly.”   Nettles or thistles, the sentiment holds.  Every time I lean over to root out the flattened spikey first-year growth of a newly seeded thistle, I am encouraged by thinking about what it means to “grasp the nettle.”

So on we go, with a nod to the past, and resolve to face what lies ahead.  Beauty, struggle, joy and challenge:  all are here in great abundance, and are symbolized in the new logo.

We hope you like it.

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