ironwood farm

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This past weekend, 2.0 and I made a wee trek to Ironwood Farm. The weather was spectacular, and we were super excited to finally visit Heatherjay in her natural habitat. She has settled there with her partner, Rupert Jannasch (herein, Rupertjay). They are awesome. No lie.

You can find the farm at the mouth of the Avon River in Hants County, Nova Scotia. Actually, you should probably get more specific directions than that, and you should probably ask if you can come for a visit first. You might even want to help harvest some blueberries or tomatoes (don’t let them con you into shovelling cow manure). Rupertjay purchased the farm several years ago from an elderly friend (Stanton Sanford). The most lovely part is that Mr. Sanford got to see the farm rejuvenated before he passed away.

When we arrived we were met by Pedro. Pedro was, quite possibly, 2.0’s favourite part of the farm. His whiskers are incredibly long, and he is very soft and floofy. (Pedro, not 2.0.)

Next to greet us was Hazel the Dog. As far as I can tell, Hazel is in charge of rounding up the humans on the farm. A managerial position of sorts.

We spent about three hours roaming the house, barns and fields. Heatherjay is one of the most interesting people I know, and her guided tour was fascinating. It was almost enough to make living on a farm sound appealing (until you take a look at the number of spiders around the place). Rupertjay is a force to be reckoned with. How he can have that much energy when doing as much as he does, I’ll never know. (Note to self: investigate stats on farmers with addictions, performance enhancing drugs.)

Sheep are making a return to the farm after a decade-long absence. Ewes arrived in June, and Luke the Ram arrived in August. Luke will be in charge of increasing the size of the flock (if ya know what I mean). I like to think that all of the sheep will be used for wool fibre – Heatherjay is really into felting – though the lamb roast we hope to attend in October makes me think otherwise. There are also some piggies in the barn/pen and cattle roaming the pastures.

I guess running a huge organic farm (200 acres) isn’t keeping Heatherjay and Rupertjay busy enough, as they are currently renovating the old farmhouse (1850’s?) that they live in. Though now that I think back on my tour of the house, I don’t recall seeing a bed, so I guess they don’t sleep, which explains how they get it all done.

Raspberries, tomatoes, beans, zucchini, eggplant and peppers. Row upon row of tasty treats.

Look at this huge onion! It must have weighed five pounds! (Give or take.)

The highbush blueberries were my favourite. Ten varieties of the most delectable blueberries I’ve ever tasted. Guess what we ate for lunch yesterday? Ironwood Farm blueberries!

Just before we left, Heatherjay took us on what she likes to call the “Antiques and Collectables” part of the tour. A jaw dropping collection of antique fruit baskets, bottles, windows, doors and furniture. Some of the collection will most likely take up permanent residence in the farmhouse once renovations are finished.

You can find some of Ironwood Farm’s produce at Pete’s Frootique, the Halifax Farmer’s Market, and at Sobeys (they’ve got lots of Ironwood grape tomatoes right now).

Visit the Ironwood Farm blog by clicking here. Their contact information is listed, so if you want to find some of their produce in your area, contact them directly. I’m sure they’d love to help you out!

11 Responses to ironwood farm

  1. Melanie @ The Tiny Tudor August 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    What a beautiful place…and beautiful photos. Those blueberries look amazing!

    • movitabeaucoup August 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

      They are amazing! The best blueberries I’ve ever had.

  2. emmalina73 August 30, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    Looks like a stunning place run by inspirational peeps, I will be keeping an eye on their blog!

    • movitabeaucoup August 31, 2010 at 6:42 am #

      Awesome. They will totally panic now. Apparently, when one is farming, it is difficult to find the time to blog. Whatever.

  3. heatherjay September 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    In fact, finding time to blog about farming when you’re actually farming is almost as hard as finding time to read other people’s blogs…(but I’m so happy that you like our little piece of heaven..come again, would ya)

    • movitabeaucoup September 2, 2010 at 6:14 am #

      Oh, we’ll be back. But I want your blueberry fields to recover from 2.0’s picking frenzy first. Please ensure that all of the animals are safe before the hurricane arrives this weekend. It would be nice if you let Luke sleep with you.

  4. bonnie September 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    Really enjoyed your write-up on Ironwood. I think it’s a fantastic place too, and Heather and Rupert just seem to have always belonged there. Thanks for my second visit to the farm, in my head if not physically.

    • movitabeaucoup September 2, 2010 at 6:16 am #

      It has been far to long since I last saw you. Obviously, we are going to have to plan a joint trip to Ironwood. We can watch 2.0 run through the blueberry fields (and by run I mean: watch him eat 7,000 blueberries). Maybe we can do some felting with Heather… xox

  5. RAGNVALD kRISTIANSON September 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    Hello We have find a farm here with the same name as our family farm..The name trans-
    lated to Swedish is Järnvirke Gård .. It is a dairy farm with forrest prod.. Location
    southwestern part of Sweden…
    The best wishes Ragnvald..

    • movitabeaucoup September 12, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

      I bet your Ironwood farm is perfectly lovely as well!

  6. movita beaucoup July 3, 2015 at 8:09 am #

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