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One of the Nation's Oldest Herb Farms Celebrates Gardening, Wonderful Wine, Scrumptious Food, Antiques & Old Barn Markets

Living with history and loving the rural lifestyle at Stream Cliff Farm has been the foundation of our business. You are invited to come enjoy our piece of heaven in southern Indiana. Our farm has been passed down for generations and gradually we have restored agricultural buildings, attempting to preserve their historical purpose. One by one we have restored these buildings to their former glory and finally it was our old 1821 barn’s turn to get some love. The barn is actually the oldest and largest building of the many on our farmstead. We use it for two Old Barn Markets & BBQ events where vendors will purvey intriguing items, handmade or antique with a primitive or shabby-chic theme. During the Old Barn Markets, in July and October, we will have our large smoker out to provide delicious farm smoked BBQ. Great-grandpa’s old horse-drawn wagon will be transformed into a chuck wagon serving center. The barn is also used for other rustic events, weddings and Sunday afternoon live music. Be sure to check out our offering for affordable weddings, special events such as bridal/baby showers, birthdays or anniversary parties.

Plans are for a wonderful season. A plant we just adore is the Vista Bubblegum Pink Supertunia. It is a very fast grower, just one plant will fill a basket, and it is always our choice for our large urns. This is vegetatively grown not seeded and is totally different from the old experiences with petunias. This season we have expanded our selection of special annuals. Last year we were asked daily what the large red plants were in our large containers. It was, of course, the Whopper Begonia! Available in red and pink, they have 2 inch blossoms, are two feet tall and two feet in diameter. Bugs and disease are not a problem. Folks need to know the beauty and ease of these garden stars!

There is also an expanded selection of perennials as well as hydrangeas, roses (including David Austin English Roses) and many, many hostas and ferns.

Culinary herbs at our farm are our specialty. There are some new basils and, of course, a great selection of thymes, mints, rosemary and sages plus many other choices of herbs.

Again this year we are offering the soil, fertilizer, pots and plants for “fill your own container.” Many times we are told our plants grow better and get bigger than those purchased elsewhere. We feel this is because we do not use PGR's (plant growth regulators.) These are used extensively elsewhere in the commercial greenhouses to retard the growth of the plant which extends the "shelf life" for the seller but in our opinion stunts the overall size of the plant. At Stream Cliff Farm we grow as naturally as possible and use beneficial insects in our greenhouses.

We are excited to continue our “Summer Music Series” at the Winery. Beginning June 23 and running through September 15 we will have live, free music each Sunday afternoon 1:00-4:00. Again this year we will be serving lunch at the Old Barn for our guests to enjoy while listening to the live music. “Like” us on Facebook for the most up to date music schedule.

On our Calendar of Events you will find Quilts Guild Shows, a Corvette Show, plus our Celebration Days and the Indiana Wine Trail’s Artisan Weekend and Old Barn Markets & BBQ. Of course, we will have cooking classes on the use of herbs as well as wines. We will be offering some wonderful Candlelight Dinners and the always popular Mother’s Day Luncheon. Be sure to check the Calendar of Events schedule and our website for more information. You may register online at www.StreamCliffFarm.com or by phone or mail. We host many groups and bus tours. We also offer “Art with Wine” painting classes for individual groups, such as a ladies day out, or bachelorette/bridal shower. Lectures with craft projects are also very popular for clubs, churches and senior groups. We would be happy to organize a special visit for your group of 15 or more. Visit our website “Group Packages,” for more information.

The Winery will remain open after the gardening season ends. Twigs & Sprigs Restaurant will be serving lunch in the Winery through Dec 22. The Winery has many exciting events planned throughout the year. The Antique Shop will be open Saturdays and Sundays 12:00-3:00 until Christmas.

Betty Manning, Stream Cliff Farm founder, author and resident folk artist will have a new book coming out in late summer 2019. A Place At Our Table at Stream Cliff Farm is full of beautiful pictures, articles on growing and using herbs, as well as, special recipes from our restaurant. Pictures of the mural Betty and her daughter, Elizabeth, painted are featured with articles on hummingbirds, butterflies, birds and garden fairies. Secrets of the Garden Path is now on its second printing. Both books are proudly printed in the United States.

Cards and prints of Betty Manning’s primitive folk art paintings are for sale. Also in our gift shops we have beautiful garden items, books on cooking and gardening and handmade soaps. We also carry a line of fair-trade, Mayan jewelry from Guatemala that is wonderful quality.

Our family looks forward to your visit.

- The Mannings

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