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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 a rural lifestyle here at Stream Cliff Farm has been the foundation of our business. You are invited to come enjoy our piece of heaven here 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 this year it is 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. This year we have a new vision for its purpose, it will be used for three Old Barn Markets & BBQ events. Vendors will purvey intriguing items, handmade or antique with a primitive or shabby-chic theme. It will also be available for other rustic events. During the Old Barn Markets, in June and September, 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.
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 has been named the 2017 Plant of the Year: what a great choice! 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 25 and running through September 24 we will have live, free music each Sunday afternoon 1:00-4:00. Again this year we will be serving lunch at the Winery for our guests to enjoy while listening to the live music. "Like" us on Facebook for the most up to date music schedule.
This year we are starting a Gospel Music Gathering on the 4th Saturdays in June, July, August and September from 2:00-4:00. It is free of charge and will be held in the Farm Chapel or garden area. If you like old-time gospel music, if you sing, or have a group to sing, please join us. Bring a musical instrument or CD. Dates are June 24, July 22, Aug 26 and September 23, 2:00-4:00.
On our Calendar of Events you will find Quilts Guild Shows, a Corvette Show, Sally Patton's Art Show, plus our Celebration Days and the Old Barn Markets & BBQ. Of course, we will have cooking classes on the use of herbs as well as wines. A presentation with recipes provided is given and you get to enjoy eating the food that is demonstrated. We are pleased to have Chef Billy Graham present a class, as well as our own chef Cleo Dancel-Warren and our dear cousin, Kathryn Johnson. Elizabeth will be teaching some of her secret recipes from Twigs & Sprigs Restaurant. 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 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 23. The Winery has many exciting events planned throughout the year.
Owner, Betty Manning, has cards and prints of her primitive paintings for sale. Also in our gift shops we have beautiful garden items, books on cooking and gardening, handmade soaps, many fairy items which are wonderful for your garden or home. We also carry a line of fair-trade, Mayan jewelry from Guatemala that is wonderful quality.
Our family looks forward to your visit.