A-wassailing at Summers Past Farms 23rd annual Holiday Open House

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The 23rd annual Holiday Open House, hosted by proprietors Marshall and Sheryl Lozier, was held at Sheryl Lozier hosted their Holiday Open House at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs. Over the years, the event has become so popular that guests bring platters of cookies to share. The result is a lavish cookie buffet set up next to the pots of fragrant wassail.

The 23rd annual Holiday Open House, hosted by proprietors Marshall and Sheryl Lozier, was held at Sheryl Lozier hosted their Holiday Open House at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs. Over the years, the event has become so popular that guests bring platters of cookies to share. The result is a lavish cookie buffet set up next to the pots of fragrant wassail.

The annual open house at Summers Past Farms was the opener for the holiday season in East County. The lights and live music, the cookies and Christmas decor for sale drew hundreds of people to this year’s event. 

When asked how many cookies she thought people had brought in, Lozier laughed. “Look at the numbers of people we have and take your guess,” she said, smiling at everyone browsing in the Barn, touching and gazing at the bounty of items for sale.

In the Soap Shoppe, ladies inhaled the aromas of lavender, rose and rosemary. Soaps, salves and lotions were big sales items. 

“The weather helped this year in bringing out an even bigger crowd,” said Lozier.

On the covered patio outside, sipped wassail and munched on cookies, visiting with each other while Jim Earp played soft music. 

Friends Lynnette Wilson and Teresa Hudson ate Snickerdoodle cookies and strolled among the herbs for sale. They stopped to take a selfie picture in front of the brightly lit window of the Barn. 

“This is my first Christmas party of the year,” said Wilson, as she and Hudson went for more wassail.  

A favorite munchie that everyone kept going back for more of was the Cranberry Nut Bread that Rosalyn Wilkerson makes every year. 

“People always ask for it,” Lozier said.

Wilkerson laughed. “It is worth the three hours to bake it. I got a nice nap in afterwards and made it here on time,” said Wilkerson, who was there with her husband Buddy.

“We look forward to coming here every year to the open house,” he said. “This is the only place that gets me in the spirit of the holidays.

His wife agreed. “The music, the lights all make it very magical, especially since it is at night. And it’s a nice community feeling to come here. 

“And we appreciate Marshall and Sheryl,” Wilkerson said.

Summers Past Farms is located at 1562 Olde Highway 80 in Flinn Springs and is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. 

The next big event at Summers Past Farms is the Antique and Craft Fair on December 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call 619-390-1523 for more information.

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