It’s been a bustling summer here at the farm. It’s been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to post to the blog in over two months, apparently. But it’s been a productive summer, with flourishing gardens aided by months of hot weather, and a new guest cabin called the Summer Shack. We’ve also been able to spend plenty of time with friends and family to savour the fruits of our labour. Else, really, what’s the point?

Probably the most riotous week here—only in the nicest sense, of course—was in late August when our good friend Adam arrived, with friends in tow, for his second seasonal visit to Snow Lake Keep. Adam visited us last summer (and even blogged about it), and he now lives in Peterborough, Ontario. This year he brought along with him his exuberant roommate Bradley, and Cameron, his intriguing friend from Montreal. I suppose that’s when the debauchery began.

Adam ZinzanBradley Boyle

Cameron StiffFarmer An

Farmer PaulLaire Taverner

Deryk and Laire made the finishing touches on the Summer Shack just in time for these wild and wonderful guests.

Summer ShackSummer Shack steps

Summer Shack deckSummer Shack inside

Now, it wasn’t all debauchery while they were here. They happily offered to help Laire muck out the barn, which appears to have been much fun for all.

Cam coming back from hauling shitAdam holding Kitten-Kaboodle

Laire with his pitchfork

At one point during the week, Cam was lucky enough to convince Laire to get a haircut. Adam kept busy building us a beautiful sliding door for our bedroom. Meanwhile, Bradley used his unrivaled talent as a pro photographer to document the week in pictures.

Cam getting a LairecutLucky Cam

Adam cutting boards for the doorChopping door boardsMeasure twice, cut once!

But more than anything – and as is typical here at Snow Lake – the week seemed to be centred around food. At this time of year, the gardens are bursting with ingredients, and those ingredients needed to get used! Our guests were all huge fans of good local, organic food, each of them in their own way participating in some kind of food or farming endeavour back home. So, many amazing meals were prepared, every day, it seemed.

Breakfast!Chopping veggies

Making shish kababs, with chèvre curd draining on the right

Barbecuing rainbows

Sliced pattypansBradley tried his hand at flower arrangement

Burger night: goat patties and portabello patties with a side of roasted beets

Making pastaIt was pretty hot, so clothing was pretty optional

Homemade fettuccine

Cheesecake was a standard menu item

Many communal meals were had

To top the week off, the boys helped with market prep, and visited the Annapolis Royal farmers’ market.

Helping out with market prep

Rodney and Laire at marketPretty Rodney

Paul and Rodney being cute

And then they posed goodbye.

Adam, Cam, and Bradley send-off

The same day of their departure, Laire’s adorable son, Noam, and Noam’s awesome mom, Shamie, came from Toronto to visit the farm for the first time. These city kids might have felt a little out of their element in this off-grid, roughing-it kind of environment, but it seems like they had a pretty good time all the same.

Noam trying out the pond chairsPapa and son picking beetsNoam trying fresh-picked broccoli for the first time


Noam excited by melonsNoam feeding the chickensNoam builds a makeshift practice skateboard

Noam and Papa

We’ve actually had even more visitors since those two left, but I’m pretty sure this blog post is long enough.

Now it’s quiet, everyone has gone back home, and we’re back to the good ol’ fabulous five. See y’all very soon.

About Farmer Paul

Paul grew up in a yuppie-laden Toronto suburb, though he lucked out having been raised by eccentrics who rejected the neighbourhood status quo and converted the lawn into organic gardens. In his starry-eyed 20s, his obsession with living sustainably subdued his interest in high-tech anything (somehow scraping by with a computer science degree all the same). His interest in farming was piqued while apprenticing at Everdale, an organic farm in Ontario, and studying permaculture design in BC. He's since operated three market gardens, and now takes a lead in garden management and cheesemaking at Snow Lake Keep.

5 responses to “Late summer, in pictures

  1. Looks like the good life to me .The flowers the food the animals the people every thing is simply stunning ..

  2. Dears! I just showed these to Martha Stewart and she is having a sex change and hoping she can join you Men!
    Awesome! Only thing is you all are wearing way toooo many clothes!
    Will come next summer and teach you how to be naked!
    Hugz! Uli, from Argenta,
    where clothing is not an option ;o)

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