On the 5th of September, we woke up extra early, gave Moby a kiss (Boney was already at Grandma and Papas), assured him he would have an awesome time with Greg and started driving north. Our destination? Crystal Springs Farm in Keedysville, MD. It was an 11 hour drive – leaving at 5:30 in the morning, we could have easily done it – but we decided to only go “part way” to Fredericksburg, VA the first day. This allowed me plenty of time to make several rope bones in the car. I ran out of fleece with about 2 hours left!
At 9 hours, we wouldn’t have too far to go the next day. Joe went to school in Fredericksburg at Mary Washington College WAY back in the day They were having First Friday so a lot of shops and galleries were open later that evening. We enjoyed a nice walk around downtown, stopped at some nice stores (my favorite was Dog Krazy!) and got a good nights rest. As luck would have it, there was a gun show in Fredericksburg that weekend (Joe claims he didn’t know this when we stopped) but it allowed me some time in the fitness center before we started to our final destination.
We live in a beautiful area with ocean views, marsh views and beaches. But there’s nothing like the rolling hills of Virginia – especially when you see the open pastures full of horses or cows or my favorite…grapes! We stopped at a cidery on the way to the farm. It was good, but not my favorite. We stopped in small town just 15 minutes from our final destination. Boonsboro, MD was having their Boonesborough Days Festival and Joe’s friend Nick from Duvall Leatherwork had a booth set up. It was good to stop in and see him (I met him for the first time!) He has some awesome leather goods – from belts to dog collars and leashes to growler caddies!
We finally arrived at the farm – just in time to help set up for that evenings entertainment – a fire dancer, a hula hooper and a burlesque dancer were all coming out to the farm from the city! A large group of people showed up and we had a great time. Since that would take up our evening, we had to be sure to feed the animals beforehand (that would become my chore for the week!).
We had to feed Teddy and Sadie (the dogs), Buddy, Holly and Charlie (the sheep), Boarge (the boar), Violet and Chessie (the sows) and Chessie’s piglets. There are also chicken, but they tend to eat everyone else’s food, so I didn’t have to worry about them.
We had a long weekend (into the week) full of visits to a meadery, a cidery, several wineries (Hiddencroft, Doukenie, Breaux, & Hillsborough) and a distillery. Added to this fun was incredible home canned veggies (Carrie is awesome!), cheese, crackers and catching up with friends!
We had some exciting times at the farm (Boarge managed to escape his pen twice – luckily he, like most men, will answer to food), visited Antietam Battlefield, strolled downtown Frederick and Hagerstown, ate some super yummy food, drank some super yummy wine, and relaxed and enjoyed time with friends! We even made time for a morning trip to meet Melvin and Jake (and Tracey)!
We had a great week, but were happy to arrive back home to our own “farm animals.”
Thanks, Emily & Troy for hosting us for the week – we can’t wait to come back and work on some projects with you!
Readers – if you are even remotely in the area of Keedysville, MD, we suggest friending Crystal Springs Farm on facebook – watch for open houses, entertainment and fresh pork! It’s worth a stop in to see the historic farmhouse that also served as a field hospital for the Battle of Antietam!