midsummer Farm


BAKING BREAD Workshop


​We'll go through a variety of bread styles, made traditionally and with healthy ingredients. Sourdough, Italian/French (Biga Style), Challah, Super Easy Dutch Oven, and a sweet Cinnamon Swirl. (Not a gluten-free workshop though!)


Workshop is hands on and tasting is encouraged; takes place at Midsummer Farm 


Saturday, December 17th 

10 am - 12 noon


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration 


Full Fall and Winter Series Registration


raising organic Backyard Chickens Workshop


For anyone who has dreamed of walking out to your own chicken coop and collecting fresh eggs for breakfast, this course will guide you through starting up your own flock of laying chickens and in organic and natural rearing methods. 

We will discuss all of our secrets to Organic chicken care that we have discovered over the years. Chickens are wonderful stewards of the earth; and kept in proper conditions, chickens are valuable assets to the garden, lawn, and compost pile. They also provide backyard joy. They are easy to take care of, are not noisy or smelly, and are an important part of the Organic garden. (Please be sure to check with your town to make sure that chickens are allowed where you live.) Workshop takes place takes place in the farm kitchen and outside (dress appropriately - wear boots). 


Friday, November 4th

10 am to 12 noon

or

Sunday, November 13th
​10 am to 12 noon


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Click here to Register!  




Visit our Poultry Page for Tons of Resources and Info on raising successful and healthy, happy birds!

Fall & Winter 2016 Workshopping Schedule

Herbal Apothecary Registration Options:
Full Fall and Winter Series Registration


Legumes! Cooking with Beans Workshop

Beans are one of those things that can make a huge difference in your health and well-being just by adding them to your weekly eating plan. And we'll go over a bunch of different ways to integrate them into your every day life easily. This workshop will lead to better overall health. Beans have been missing from the typical American diet and people have strange opinions of them, but they are delicious, easy to digest when prepared properly, and nourishing on many, many levels. We'll do a selection of fabulous bean dips, nourishing bean soups, refreshing bean salads (great for packing for work or school lunches), minestrone, and a variety of other recipes, as well as bean spouting. Workshop takes place in the Farm Kitchen; tasting is encouraged!


Sunday, October 9th 

10 am - 12 noon


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration 


Lacto-Fermenting Vegetables!


The Simple, Cultured Art of 'Krauting' 


If you haven't been integrating cultured or lacto-fermented vegetables into your life, you are missing out on some of the most healthful foods in the world. Lacto-fermented foods promote the growth of healthly flora throughout the intestine, aid in detoxification, and balance and nourish. As Sally Fallon in her fabulous book, Nourishing Traditions, states, "Lacto-fermentation is not only a means of conserving foods, but is also a procedure for ennobling them." In this workshop, you will learn how simple and safe it is to make delicious real sauerkraut the old fashioned way, that draws out a plethora of nutrients from raw vegetables and makes them completely bioavailable to us. This is a HANDS ON workshop - You will be going home with your own jar of started cabbage and carrot sauerkraut! Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm.


Saturday, September 24th 

10am - 12 noon


Cost is $45 | Current Schedule | Registration


Check out our page on Simple Krauting to get started now! 


Building a Sustainable Herbal Apothecary Course

More info, click here


Wednesdays this Fall:

10 am to 3 pm:
     Session 1: Wednesday, Oct. 12th
     Session 2: Wednesday, Oct. 26th 
     Session 3: Wednesday, Nov. 9th
     Session 4: Wednesday, Nov 16th 
     Session 5: Wednesday, Nov. 30th


Advanced Registration is Required | Registration closes 10/4/16


Register here:

(please email for other registration options)

This intensive course costs $485/person









Making Herbal Infused Salves, Ointments, and Lip Balms

 With a focus on organic, fair-trade, medicinal herbs and spices, we'll construct a variety of healing and soothing salves and lip balms. We'll also discuss different types of healing herbs, what they can do for us, and where to get them. You'll never want to be without a jar of Anti-itch salve made with white willow bark and plantain or Dry-skin healing Calendula salve made with self heal and chickweed once you see how fun they are to make and how effectively they work.


These make fabulous Holiday Gifts! 


Wednesday, December 14th 

10 am - 12 noon


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration 


Making Homemade Dog & Cat Food Workshop


Featured in the NY Times and Orange Magazine!
Healthier, Economical, Delicious. Either as a supplementary meal or as your pets' regular diet, homemade food is better, safer, and easy to make. We will mix up a batch of balanced food using raw chicken as a base. We'll go over tons of options in food bases - raw vs cooked, various nutritional additions, dogs vs cats, special needs pets, and discuss the wide range of commercial diets and brands. You'll take home recipes, a clearer knowledge of the commercial pet food available, and resources for suppliers. We'll also make up a wonderful whole foods supplement that you can add to a commercial diet using higher quality ingredients and for a lot less money than the fancy brand names. Even if you're not ready to switch over completely to a homemade diet, you'll get a lot from this workshop. Workshop takes place in the farm kitchen at Midsummer Farm 


Saturday, November 5th 

10 am - 12 noon


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration 


Check out more Info, Videos, and Recipes for your Pet here!


MAKING GREAT SOUPS, CHOWDERS, AND RESTORATIVE BROTHS WORKSHOp


One of the healthiest convenience foods is a big pot of Minestrone Soup, a Manhattan-Style Clam Chowder, or a Chicken Bone-Broth.


Soups and broths make a hearty breakfast, can travel easily as lunches, and are a satisfying snack food. A big pot of simmering soup on the stove is a great comfort to the home. Learn how to easily make a variety of broths and stocks and take home an exciting collection of soup and chowder recipes. Workshop takes place in the Farm Kitchen; tasting is encouraged!


Friday, December 2nd 

10 am - 12 noon


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration 


Minestrone Recipe & Great Herbal Soup Base Using Marjoram as Inspiration!

Fall & Winter Special Cooking Workshop Offer! Take all 7 of our upcoming Fall Cooking Workshops for the Price of 6! 


Salad Dressings (9/10/16)

Lacto-Fermenting (9/24/16)

Dark Leafy Greens (10/2/16)

Beans (10/9/16)

Vegetable Purees (11/19/16)

Soups and Broths (12/2/16)

Bread Baking (12/17/16)



Cooking Dark Leafy Greens Workshop


Dark Leafy Greens - The #1 Missing Ingredient in Today's Diets!

We will demonstrate a wide range of ways to use dark leafy greens of all types. You will leave feeling empowered to live more healthily with a solid collection of great recipes. Workshop is hands on and tasting is encouraged; takes place at Midsummer Farm 


Sunday, October 2nd

10 am - 12 noon


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration  


Fall & Winter Special Cooking Workshop Offer! Take all 7 of our upcoming Cooking workshops for the price of 6! 


Salad Dressings (9/10/16)

Lacto-Fermenting (9/24/16)

Dark Leafy Greens (10/2/16)

Beans (10/9/16)

Vegetable Purees (11/19/16)

Soups and Broths (12/2/16)

Bread Baking (12/17/16)



Dressing Your Salad - Creating Salad Dressings Workshop


We harvest lots of great salad greens and sometimes need some new ideas and flavors in our dressings for spicing them up!


Bottled salad dressing is one of the biggest wastes of money - they are overpriced and usually full of corn syrup, cheap oils, and chemical preservatives, not to mention that most of them are sold in dangerous plastic bottles. It is SO EASY and QUICK to make your own dynamic and health-promoting salad dressings and that's what we'll do together in this workshop. You'll go home with a new set of recipes and the skills for designing your own new recipes. I believe the dressing should add nutrition and balance to the greens - the fats and proteins help the nutrients and minerals in the greens get fully absorbed and metabolized by the body. Workshop is hands on and tasting is encouraged.


Saturday, September 10th 

10am - 12 noon

Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration 



Making Great Vegetable Purées Workshop


Oh these are so delicious and so comforting! They are also festive and creative and make fabulous side dishes for festive gatherings! Purees are easy to make a big batch and reheat. At the workshop, we'll be working with fennel, celeriac, carrots, beets, potatoes, winter squash, turnips, rutabagas, and more - creating fabulous purees that have the comfort level of mashed potatoes, but which are just fancier and tastier! Workshop is hands on and tasting is encouraged; takes place at Midsummer Farm.


Just in time for Thanksgiving Planning!


Saturday, November 19th 

10 am - 12 noon


Cost is $36 | Current Schedule | Registration 


Check out our Beyond Potato Mashes!