Since we bought the land, we’ve talked on and off about naming it. Nothing has really grabbed us. At least nothing that isn’t taken. Then we joke about names we’d never use. 38 Back Achers. Willow Springs Raccoon Sanctuary. Money Pit Farm.
We don’t now have a specific single product and when we are really ready to market things, we’ll probably have diverse and seasonal products. Eggs, garlic, onions, potatoes, asparagus and other vegetables. Apples and maybe pumpkins. The raspberries we planted last year once they really take off. Strawberries that we haven’t planted yet. Black walnuts and ground cherries. On my bigger thinking days, I think maybe I’ll have a small flock of goats and make goat cheese. Other days the laws pertaining to cheese-making and the expense to build what we’d need to satisfy sanitation conditions make me think any cheese I make will be strictly for our own use.
I do like the idea of naming the place after a land form or after prairie plants or trees. Two nearby farms are called Shooting Star Farm and King’s Hill Farm. I love both of those names. We have many bur oaks. We have a lot of black walnut trees. We have a small orchard and lots of deer. Our farm is definitely in a valley. We’re in the Town of Willow Springs. We don’t have single willow. Our small, unnamed stream has multiple springs. I’ve never been able to count them all. I’m not even sure that the number is constant. It may depend on the level of the water table. Pre-settlement, our land would have been prairie and savanna. What is sometimes referred to as “Oak Openings”. I don’t think we’d name it after the road we’re on. It’s a common English word, but it is also the last name of the farmer behind us after whose family the road is named. It would be cool if we were on nearby Furnace Hill Road, or Fort Defiance Road. Obviously to be defensible, a Fort would have been high on a hill. The historical marker for Fort Defiance is high on a hill. We are not.
We’re in no hurry to name the farm. While we may come up with something in the near future, we also may not bother with a name until we have something to market and therefore need to brand ourselves. Whatever we pick, we’ll live with it for a long time.