A Visit From Troop 509

Troop 509 from MaineWe had a visit from Girl Scout troop 509 from Berwick, Maine last week.  I got to answer their questions about spiders and show them how I harvest the webs. It was a fun visit for us all.  Great kids and a great time.

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Open and Just Waiting For You

I’m sure Terry and I were not the only ones looking forward to this summer.  After the long hard winter and a short cold, wet spring we can’t wait to start collecting webs.

Will Knight at work at Spider Web Farm

Will is waiting for his next customer – you.

Winter was hard on the spiders too and we’re taking our time collecting to preserve our precious resource.

We are open and welcome visitors.  We do have webs available in the store and many at sale prices.  The store is open daily from 10AM to 6PM.  We’re open every day during the summer except for Independence Day.  That’s our one day to spend with our family and we look forward to that.

We will be closed on July 4th but open on the 3rd and 5th.  We hope to see you this summer.

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Getting Ready For Summer 2015

Will hard at work

The web frames are up and the caution sign is out. Now I’m just waiting for you.

We’re just about ready to open and none too soon.  We had both appointments and some drop-ins this holiday weekend.  Luckily I’ve been as busy as a mid summer spider.

After a long winter and a cold spring we finally got the web racks up and are ready to begin our season.  Now we have to hope the weather will cooperate and the spiders get to  work.  The Spider Web Farm will be open this weekend!

We officially open the weekend of May 30. You never know what the season will bring, but it’ll be good to see new folks and old friends again.

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Tough Winter But We’re Getting Ready For Spring

This was our toughest winter in all our years here in Vermont.  Health issues,  snow and just trying to keep warm kept us housebound and out of the shop.    Winter seems to be finally over!  No signs of spiders yet, but I did feel some spider silk brush against my face so hope springs eternal.

We’re way behind in our preparation which includes cleaning the cobwebs out of the corner windows, sweeping the dust out of the store and putting up our web racks for the start of the new season.

Going through our inventory we did discover some mail order webs,   They may not last though so you may have to wait until we build up our supplies during the summer months.

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Nice Story About The Farm

Just in time for Halloween the weekly paper Seven Days did a nice story about us.  Thse of you who have visited us will appreciate how well they caught on to my sense of humor. (And what I have to put up with. – Terry)

You can find the article here: http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/a-vt-couple-farms-spiders-for-fun-and-profit-at-knights-spider-web-farm

Read it and keep warm with a mug of hot cider.  I’ve got to get back up to the shop (and put another stick in the wood stove.)

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Getting The Big Picture

A panoramic view of the store by Diane G.Our recent visitor Diane G. sent us this panoramic view of the store (click it to see the full-size original).  She also sent along a nice note saying ” I really enjoyed talking with you and hearing your story.   I believe that some of the most unique people live in Vermont. When I get a chance I can get a regular photo for your wife.

“Thank you for having the spider farm.  I love all the symbolism and mythology re spiders and still treasure my plaque I bought in 1991.”

Thank you Diane. We treasure our visitors, their stories, their recommendations to friends and the occasional pictures they send our way.  We look forward to seeing you again.

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Our Spider Receptionist

spider-2A recent visitor sent along this picture with the following note:

Hello! I visited your farm a few weeks ago with my mother and my brother, and were greeted by your unofficial spider receptionist! (According to the internet, our little friend was a parson spider.) 

We had a great time visiting, thanks so much! Jeanie

Thanks Jeanie, we’re glad you had a good time.  The Parson doesn’t come out and greet just anybody.  We look forward to seeing you again.

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The Mystery of the Floating Stones

Our little workers pulled a fast one on me the other day.  Imagine my surprise when, as I stone_photo01went out in the early morning to check for new webs, I found a stone floating in mid-air!  Now there’s something you don’t see every day. stone_photo02 stone_photo03

I was just trying to puzzle it out when I noticed another floating a few inches above it. Well, NOW I was really interested. (insert spooky music here) It turns out that one of our little workers is a budding David Copperfield.

Spiders look for anchor points for the webs.  Sometimes they choose a place well off from where they want to build the web.  This spider had attached to the top stone but it had been too light.  Instead of giving up on that stone he apparently attached to a neighboring stone.  But, in building the Web his work had levitated both stones.

With my working around them I don’t think they’ll last too long.  But, on your next visit be sure to ask to see the place where the mysterious floating stones were discovered. Oh, and try to act surprised when I tell you how it was done.

Hope to see you soon.

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They’re Here!

Showing a web to some young visitorsOur little workers are here and happily making webs! Just when we thought summer would never get here and our spiders had abandoned us for a better feeding location, the warm weather arrived and with it the bugs.

I’ve been collecting webs every nice sunny day and we have a nice supply from our newly hatched spiderlings. The big ones will be coming any day now.

This is a great time to pack the kids in the car and bring them over. I love talking spiders and webs with them. If I’m not keeping cool in the shop look for me over by the collecting frames.

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Just Waiting For You

Will Knight at work at Spider Web Farm

Will is waiting for his next customer – you.

The door is open and the web racks are up. We’ve moved some spiders in and now we’re waiting for things to start happening.

It’s been a long, long winter and we still hear the furnace kicking off in the morning, but spring finally arrived at the Spider Web Farm! It may be slow going for the spiders and us but we’ll be here and just waiting for the bugs to come along to keep those spiders producing.

Beginning, June 1st we will be open from 10AM to 6PM (unless there is an emergency or unexpected doctor appointment). Sometimes it’s a little hard to find me in the store because I’m either in the backyard wood pile or in the house grabbing lunch. If that’s the case, simply give me a call on your cell phone (433-5568) and I’ll come right out.

I’m looking forward to seeing you.  BTW – Sometimes I wish there were 3 of me.

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