Thistle's Summit- B&B & Homestead
Bed & Breakfast

Homostead

 
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Grown with a whole lot of love

 

What the Hell is a Homostead?

We get this questions a lot. The idea is actually very simple.

We want to be as self-sufficent as possible.

To us, this means that we grow as much of our food as we can using sustainable and mindful methods, we make everything we can from scratch to honor the ingredients and DIYing everything, from crocheting our own baskets to propagating our own house plants. We do all of this not just because we feel it is the right thing to do, but because self-sufficiency is actually a radical act that allows us to choose how and where to spend our money.


If we have poison ivy, we donโ€™t need to go to the pharmacy, we can heal ourselves. If we need a pick me up and are out of our beloved coffee, we snip some nettles from the yard and drink up. We can trade mason jars of pesto with our neighbors and nourish both our bodies and our community. We are just beginning to feel the freedom that homosteading allows us. Plus nothing feels more badass than being able to solve just about any problem.

It is a journey and not a destination, but it has allowed us to be much more mindful about how we interact with the earth. We have big plans for expansion, here are a few things we would like to add in the coming year-

  • Italian bees

  • strawberry patch

  • squash

  • pawpaw trees

  • edible landscape in the front

  • ground cherries

  • chestnut trees

  • mason bee houses

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Growing with the sEasons

In our first year on the property we have been able to harvest:

Early Spring

  • fiddleheads

  • hosta shoots

  • violets for jams, syrups and desserts

  • garlic mustard

  • dandelions

  • ramps

  • pheasant back mushroom

spring

  • morel mushrooms

  • nettles

  • salad mix

  • radishes

  • red clover

  • chive blossoms

  • rhubarb

  • chickweed

  • solomonโ€™s seal

Summer

  • day lilies

  • lemon balm

  • mint

  • tomatoes

  • peppers

  • cucumbers

  • black raspberries

  • nasturtium

  • leaf lettuce

  • green beans

  • calendula

  • borage

  • jewel weed

  • yellow oyster mushrooms