Summer Produce

Summer Produce

summer tomatoes and cucumbers, auction 005

I am beginning to associate ripe tomatoes with summer’s last hurrah.  But they are worth the wait.  Next week I will probably set my sights on canning salsa with the basil, cilantro and tomatoes from the garden.  We still must dig the potatoes but this weekend’s priority was an all-day auction.

I purchased two café chairs and a truck load of farmhouse finds for our September 19th SEPTEMBER SALE at Farm Grove in Groveland.  My goal is to provide the kind of vintage charm that clients can use to create their own country kitchen and nostalgic atmosphere.

The benefit of vintage items such as granite ware, cast iron, and galvanized buckets and tubs is that while charming for display, they are also time-tested and useful articles to have on hand.  I regularly use my galvanized laundry tubs to soak heavy area rugs that will not fit in my washing machine.  Galvanized buckets catch rain water on my back porch and ones with holes are used for herb planters.  I also acquired charming antique books from the 1800’s, some in German.  A book with an aged cover is the perfect accessory for a table top display.  Try stacking cover-less books and tying them with nubby twine.  The white wicker baby basket on folding stand is perfect for the laundry room or stuffed toy storage in a daughter’s nest; and the small wicker stool is ideal for a small tea table, plant stand or display piece.

My daughter bought a box of canning jars to do creative projects and a container of decorative picture frames.  I can’t wait to see how she repurposes them.  Planters, vintage wood boxes and advertising pieces, red and white granite dish pans and pails, brass post office box doors, a vintage suitcase and a galvanized long-spout watering can were also among our treasures.

It is all coming together and I can’t wait to share more pictures with you as the sale displays are finished and the day draws near!


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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