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.

Flowers, May to June

The flowers of Farm Grove appear in a play of several acts.  The tall orchid-like iris barely make an entrance as official narrators of spring before they are replaced by diva clematis.  Our chorus-line of white and pink peonies show off … Continue reading

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The Thriving Survival Workshop on May 26, 2018 was a great success!  We are excited to host the second workshop on June 2–still time to sign up! Here are some candid shots of how we demonstrated preps for the next … Continue reading

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Dirt Diggin’ Time

We may not always garden.  It is hard work, especially breaking ground in the spring.  But the green beans, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, kale, spinach, peas, corn, pumpkins and melons are finally in the ground.  Now comes the fun part.  Watching … Continue reading

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Cooking with Fire and Sun

ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEXT BIG EVENT?  Thriving Survival Workshop is coming up on May 26 with a repeat on June 2 from 10 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.  at the Farm Grove farmstead, 18886 Springfield Road, Groveland, IL.  One … Continue reading

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On your way to the Tremont Community Sale, stop by our family garage sale at the Farm Grove Barn!!!  So much stuff the guys are complaining they are running out of tables–collectible plates from mom’s shop, reproduction plaques of my dad’s … Continue reading

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Road Trip to Arthur

  Hog House Garden Shed If I cannot plant potatoes because of our capricious spring weather, I think a road trip to Amish country would be in order while I wait to garden.  I am hosting the THRIVING SURVIVAL WORKSHOP … Continue reading

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Why I Am a Prepping Christian

  Why I Am a Prepping Christian An entire world of preppers, survivalists,  end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it [EOTWAWKI], off- the-grid people are getting ready for the next big event.  I agree things are getting worse, not better; this observation is scriptural.  We may yet see … Continue reading

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