Saturday, Apifera Farm held a Pino Pie Farm Day. Beth and I went to join the fun. We drove into the wine and lavender country of Yamhill County with high expectations of finally seeing the farm and artist we had read about for months. Finally we saw the farm sign. "We're finally here!" we laughed. "MMMM! Smell the lavender!" We drove by the field Katherine and Martyn grow. It's a lovely haze of varying shades of lavender. We parked and walked to the party.
Right there in front of everything is a table of pies. Katherine and her donkey, Pino, encourage us to take pies to ones in need of cheer. So many brought pies in Pino's honor. Pino and company were on hand to pet. The children hugged and pet the donkeys. They stood for hours receiving their tribute.
Hanging on the fences were all the aprons people have sent, some from as far away as France. Beth bought the French Laundry Bag Apron.
Katherine is using the money from the sale of aprons and art to help in her work with caring for animals and helping people. Read her blog to find out all she does.
How often do you get to see the studio of an artist? What kind of magical place would it be?
A small peek. Your have to come to the next farm day to see. People from as far away as New York Kentucky, and Washington, came to enjoy the art and lavender. The studio was very inspiring. Art everywhere. It is very evident that Katherine derives her inspiration from what is outside the studio door. The connection between plant, animal, and person, and the messages she sees come through in her art.
They are creating drought tolerant gardens around their home. They are lush and vibrant. Martyn was a great resource about gardening. I could have talked for hours.
Thank you Katherine and Martyn for a wonderful day. We enjoyed it so much. It was a day that has lasting impressions. The nurturing care that you freely give is something to emulate.