Author Archives: Sharon L. Clemens

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.

Christmas at the Cabin

We have a large area to decorate for Christmas, which gives me an excuse to begin on the second floor of our barn home before Thanksgiving.  Spreading out the work makes each project more fun. The theme of the guest … Continue reading

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Turning to the Holidays

We live in a restored barn. We were in the retail specialty business for over 13 years and in the collectable business for another 13.  We have a 5 acre country estate with six buildings. For all of the above … Continue reading

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Pear Canning

We have a variety of pears that take forever to get soft enough to eat.  They usually end up on the ground and are fair game for the yellow jackets before I collect them.  I was cruising the Chapel orchard … Continue reading

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Autumn In A Glimpse

“Overnight” is usually an exaggeration–but the leaves in Central Illinois are literally changing overnight.  I was lamenting that the warm weather and lack of rain is causing our leaves to brown and fall without turning, but now suddenly trees are … Continue reading

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AUTUMN COMES TO FARM GROVE The fragrance of a new season is in the air. Toasty smells and tinged leaves signal the coming of fall.  I am ready for a new season and grew pumpkins, corn and squash just for the occasion.  … Continue reading

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Door County, Wisconsin, is a peninsula of calm between Green Bay and Lake Michigan.  After a demanding summer repairing out buildings, gardening, teaching and helping our children ready The Groveland Chapel for business under their management, we are ready for an escape to … Continue reading

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Garden Maintenance–Where Did My Morning Go?

Sling for a Melon                                                    Butternut Squash [winter squash] Leaving a second cup of coffee on the counter, I ducked outside–just to water the containers on the back porch, mind you…  Two hours later, I am reheating the coffee in the … Continue reading

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