“Waste not, want not – Farm Addition”

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I grew up with Depression-era Grandparents and Grandmother and my Great Aunt Lindy. If you grew up with similar Depression-era influences, you likely heard things such as,

“If you don’t work, you don’t eat.”

“Clean your plate.”

“Waste not, want not.”

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man…” Well, you get the gist.

I was always a little chunky, so I could have done without the “Clean plate club”, but the other lessons still stick with me. On the farm, it’s fun to see the ways things get reused.

Below is our new tasting room counter. It just so happened that an old barn that needed a new roof, actually need to be torn down right as we were building the winery, so we got this nice barn wood to plane and refinish!

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Next to the stained counter, The grey tasting room walls are actually fence boards from the Maize Quest Fun Park Red Fence maze (Anybody remember that?!)

My Dad kept them in the barn for YEARS after we tore it down and used them to fix bulk bins for fruit, pallets for shipping and now, the tasting room.

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Finally, we hosted the Penn State Extension meeting for hard cider & apple growers on Thursday and we found out that this plate filter was used and pasted on through 3 other wineries in it’s lifetime. (See pic above)

We got it out of a storage trailer covered in dust and spent weeks rehabbing it back to life. It was neat to connect with another cider maker who had used our filter at his very first job years ago!

What’s the point? In a “throw-away” society, Depression Era ideals become great ways to save money, recycle (kind of before it was cool), and create an environment that’s REAL; not those sterile, store environments you see every day in the “Big Box” places.

Which kind of place would you rather visit? Have a great week and…

See you soon on the farm,

Farmer Hugh