Monday, November 29, 2010

The Barn Pot Luck Supper

New England provides plenty of opportunities for Christmas Traditions. One of theme is the Barn Pot Luck Supper.

At least three layers for warmth

The clothing has to chosen carefully, and with very practical criteria.
  • The first clothing criterion is warmth. The cows are the primary heating source for the barn, which while wonderful, does leave some cold spots.  Thus  combining long johns with flannel-lined khakis and  insulated Bean Boots makes sense.
  • The second criterion is that every item had to be tough enough both to be chewed, and thrown directly into the washing machine and dryer, jacket included. APatagonia Synchilla Snap-T instead of a wool sweater, and an older Bean Insulated Barn Coat also made sense.



The gatherings are always eclectic, with farmers/homesteaders, members of local shooting groups, as well as other raw milk customers.  Guests brought their own specialties, including: kettle corn made in an iron skillet over a wood fire, Venison chili, and their own hot mulled cider.  And everyone brought far more than their share.



Clothes have to be rugged, as they will get chewed.

And you do have to watch out for both ends of the cows.


16 comments:

mary anne said...

I have been reading your blog
for some weeks now. I have yet to comment, so, not wanting you to think I was some stalker/lurker, here I am. I really enjoy your posts. You have a nice down to earth style and since I love New England, really enjoy learning more about it. I do not live there, but have vacationed therel.
We share the same appreciation for classic clothing and accessories as well as the land and family.

Keep up the really good work!

James said...

ADG will love your socks! I am so envious of your lifestlye. Our own community was once like that. Deer hunter lunches, pumpkin patches and turkey shoots were the highlights of my fall.Sadly my town is a city now, and I moan about it as old men are apt to do. Anything sweeter than doe eyed calves?

Sarah said...

Both ends!!!!!! I love it. I wore those Hannas to bed last night.

Main Line Sportsman said...

That is a wonderful event...I could certainly beat up a bowl of venison chili right now.

S. said...

I truly enjoy your blog and came upon it a few weeks ago. I look forward to reading it "daily". Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Mona said...

Hello,
I too recently stumbled upon your blog and am enjoying reading your posts. Love your healthy food choices and conservative taste in clothing, as well as all things prep!

The Glengarry Sporting Club said...

Speaking of the cookie recipe....is that a future post? If not, please send said cookies (fully baked) to any post office in Tennessee and I will find them with my nose.

Susan said...

What an amazingly delightful tradition. I would brave the cold and "both ends" of the cows to participate. Isn't it funny that the things we see as tedious become our favorite traditiopns? My favorite tradition happens every Wednesday morning at our stables. Although I'm sure the coldness of Colorado cannot compare to Maine, I still have to remind myself how much I will enjoy the ride after I get out there. I have to watch for both ends of the horses. One will bite and the other will kick.
Now about those cookies. I'm getting a laugh out of those because I constantly add oats, or something "healthful" to the cookies that I bake. My kiddos complain and say that I'm ruining them, but they don't seem to have a problem devouring them within a day or two. I would love your recipe.
Do you purchase your whole wheat flour, or grind your own?

ACH said...

I thought I recognized those stripes! I do love my organic Hanna Andersson long johns.

Thank you for another lovely post!

j.mosby said...

Love the socks! Muffy, have a look at the English made Corgi brand of socks..really fun socks! Could be a fun socking stuffer:)

John said...

Those cookies look scrumptious! Do you use cinnamon? I've found that the best oatmeal cookie recipes do without.

Carole said...

Your striped tights made me smile, and as always, your posts make me miss New England.

quintessence said...

What a charming event. Food sounds delicious - never had venison chili and your cookies looks delectable. Not to mention, how adorable are those calves!

Pink One said...

That looks like so much fun! Although I can't imagine it being cold enough that I would need to dress that warmly.

Raw milk, yum! We used to buy that when we lived in a state where it was legal.

SouthernProletariat said...

Delightful post. Would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the new food safety bill...if you are so inclined.

SouthernProletariat said...

My concerns as well, which is why I asked...thanks for your response.