Updated: May 2, 2020
Sometimes you wonder what is going on and sometimes you can see God's fingerprints all over something. This spring has been a mix of both. We were geared up for one of our busiest seasons yet- then Covid-19 came along. Truly just after we had returned from Governor's Conference on Tourism in Fort Smith. We we're finalists on ArkTank, https://www.facebook.com/ArkansasStateTourism/videos/2718341871730577/ ready to roll with new offerings for our farm and farm stay and then that crazy hold button got hit. You all can relate I'm sure!!
So what does that look like here at Dogwood Hills? We had to reschedule our April and May guests for the summer with pending reservations based on restrictions. We canceled three Farm to table dinners. BUT, we increased the offerings from our Loft kitchen. We talked to all of our farmers that we work with for the dinners and created a farm market with all the wonderful things they are growing as well as our eggs, dairy and gluten free pastry. Our farm store is open Saturdays from 8 am-11 am and by appointment. Produce availability will be posted by Monday. Orders are due by Thursday. Produce is harvested Friday and pick up is Saturday. We can also take pre- order for scheduled pick up on all of the gluten free pastry. See www.facebook.com/dogwoodhillsbb for the list each week.
It has also been a wonderful spring on the farm! There have been lots of babies. Three heifer calves!! www.danatreatphotography.shootproof.com came out and took some wonderful photos of the newborns!
There have also been a lot of changes. Right now the farm would be bustling with families full of wonder and excitement about the newness of spring. We have had to reschedule their farm stays for the summer with hopes of being able to host guests again soon. There will be slightly less availability since we are leaving a gap of 72 hours between stays, but we feel this is best to protect our guests. The farm to table dinners have been temporarily put on hold. As we only seat ten at the dinners, we will reschedule them as soon as we are allowed with a set up that would still maintain good social distancing practices.
In the mean time- madelines, muffins, tarts, quiche, cinnamon rolls, mocha rolls, Irish soda bread, hand rolled gnocchi,pies and cakes can all be pre ordered for pick up.
There has been more time to experiment in the kitchen, testing new recipes like bagels and pizza crust with flour blends from www.authenticfoods.com Since spring also brings plenty of free range eggs there is also citrus curd, meringues and quiche happening. It's a good thing there is a lot of walking involved in farm life!
We have had a wonderful opportunity to be on KATV Channel 7 for their First Friday show. We have done several spots on farm to table offerings from the farm. Last month we talked a bit about homesteading and self sufficiency. Check out the show and let us know what you'd be interested in seeing. We are also working on content for our YouTube channel. There has been an increased interest in homesteading, gluten free baking and cooking and self reliance in general. We are so excited to see all of the educational opportunities quarantine has birthed!
Looking to add a little farm life to your Zoom meeting? We are now offering a 15 minute ZOOboMb with Frodo the alpace, Zaboo the lemur or Dew Drop and her calf. Contact us to schedule and more info. 870-448-4870