River Farm

November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Doing any post holiday shopping?? You can shop from the comfort of home by visiting us on Etsy. River Farm Etsy! Feeling adventurous and want to brave the crowds on Black Friday? Then come to the Providence Arcade and visit ‘That Guy’ where we have many of our blankets for purchase!

 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

November 20, 2013

Just in time for the holidays!

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Our new blankets are here and they are gorgeous-so soft and cozy!  We now have queen sized blankets available in two styles as well as our throw size.  They make the perfect gift for that someone special or even yourself!  Come visit our shop!

 

November 19, 2013

Like what you see?

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Make River Farm your vacation destination! River Farm is now available for rent! It’s the perfect place to spend your winter holiday. Cozy up to a roaring fire! Want to see more? Click here for the listing.

 

November 14, 2013

In the Providence Area?

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Our blankets are now for sale at “That Guy”, a shop filled with beautifully refinished furniture located in the Arcade in downtown Providence!  The Arcade is a historic indoor shopping mall that has recently reopened with new exciting shops and cafes. See more here!

November 12, 2013

Coming soon!

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Nothing beats curling up with a warm throw on a cold day! Just in time for winter, our latest collection of soft and cozy merino throws and blankets will soon be ready for purchase. Come take a look!

August 8, 2011

Pie Time

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Clambake is around the corner. The annual pie bake-off has begun! This year, I plan on baking 2 each of apple, peach blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, rhubarb custard, blueberry cranberry, and Shaker lemon.

peach blueberry pie

Pie making can be very intimidating because, as I can attest, lots of things can go wrong. Why did anybody ever think a crust underneath a couple pounds of fruit would actually bake into crispy perfection? Or that humid New England fruit season would be a good time to bake anything? Having made several dozens of pies, I now share my most helpful pie-baking tricks. And despite the many pitfalls, making homemade pie is absolutely worth it.

1. Replace half the water in your pie dough recipe with chilled vodka
This comes from Cooks’ Illustrated, and though I  do not always use their recipe exemplifying the rule, I apply the rule to Rose Levy Beranbaum’s flaky cream cheese pie crust recipe (yes, I find cream cheese off-putting in desserts, except here). The vodka gives your pie dough the malleability necessary to roll it out, but evaporates quickly during baking for a flaky rather than gummy pie crust.

2. Freeze the whole thing
Baking homemade pie from the freezer allows you time to assemble up to a month in advance, and keeps your so-carefully crimped crust from wilting in the oven. It is also a great way to use surplus fruit at its ripest. If you are preparing and baking on the same day, I recommend at least 30 minutes in the freezer to firm up the crust before baking.  Add about 30 minutes to the baking time for a fully frozen pie, or about 10 minutes for a partially frozen pie.

3. Glaze the crust
The simplest step of all, and the most visually rewarding. For a glistening, bronzed, and crisp upper crust: brush it with a beaten egg and sprinkle liberally with sugar before baking (or before freezing). Why would anybody not do this? I implore you to do this!

4. Bake on a preheated sheet pan
Place a foil-lined sheet pan on the oven rack before you turn the oven on; its heat will help bake the bottom crust. Or, put the pie directly on the oven floor for the first 10 minutes of its baking time for a crispy under-crust.

pastry board

April 27, 2011

Rites of Spring

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The weather is finally warming and the farm is showing signs of spring.

napoleon

narrow river

early spring

cock of the walk

Shearing day! The lambs are let out to pasture while the mature sheep await their shearing.

twins

merino sheep

shearing day

remy

shearing day


April 26, 2011

Springtime Sale

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In honor of last week’s shearing, a sale on all woven merino throws!

merino throw

merino throw

March 9, 2011

Bernie and Ernie

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Bernie

We have two Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs named Bernie and Ernie at River Farm. They are a domesticated breed of  pig found mainly in Vietnam, and will live from 20 to 25 years. Bernie and Ernie are sweet tempered and very friendly. They love to eat the fruit and vegetables scraps from our meals, particularly cucumbers and peaches. They are free range pigs, so they get daily exercise when not napping in the shade. At night Bernie and Ernie  share a section of the barn that is filled with paper shredding and straw. Here they are enjoying the good life in summertime.

one Pot-bellied pig

Bernie and Ernie

January 31, 2011

Snowbound

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We sure have had our fair share of snow this winter. But we’ve gathered our friends and lifted our spirits with a belated Christmas & birthday shindig! In keeping with the weather, I’ve made these snow capped cupcakes!

skiier cupcake

I invariably turn to Rose Levy Beranbaum for reliable cake recipes. These cupcakes are made from her all-occasion downy yellow cake and vanilla mousseline buttercream with Oreo rubble.  I am a true champion of European style buttercream, and promise that once you have the technique down, you will see little reason to make any other type of frosting.

The wee tiny skiers and St. Bernards (complete with minuscule barrels, brandy not included), are good old fashioned Micro Machines. Remember those? Thanks, Ebay. If only they made little Maremma figurines…

frosting mountain peak

st. bernard to the rescue

Success! Spirits lifted!

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