Monday, May 31, 2010

It's about time

It's about time I wrote something here! It's been a month since I last posted, and that's largely because this last month has been full. F.U.L.L. Since I last wrote, we moved me out of my home in Hendersonville and both moved into the "abarnment" here at the farm. We got invited to sell at the Greenlife tailgate market on Sunday mornings, merely 2 days after our deal with Wayne fell through. This "deal" was that we would kind of cooperatively grow produce together and sell through him at his two tailgate markets. I'm so glad that didn't work out! Because being able to represent ourselves and our produce directly to our customers is so much more rewarding. Gabe and I both love interacting with people and educating them about where their food comes from. We also get to be creative and inventive with products. For instance, we started selling pesto we make from our excess kale, spinach, and chard. People love it! We sampled it 2 weeks ago, just to give people another idea of what to do with all the greens they buy from us, and everyone kept asking how much it we made some to sell this weekend. It's so fulfilling to make people smile from the inside out.

I was made for this...every time I'm harvesting, seeding, planting, weeding, I feel this thought like an exhalation of satisfaction deep within me: "I was made for this". Jesus said "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." These words have ceaselessly turned in my heart since I first read them, and ultimately decided for me that I would pursue this dream I am now living with fervor. (sp?) (is that a word?!) And I can almost feel this "what is within me" thing being brought I harvest leaves of kale and lambs quarters, as I hand a bag of vibrant greens to someone, as I listen to the plants tell me what they need. I'm so grateful for this opportunity!

Sometimes at market people thank us for growing their food. Sometimes I want to say something like, "really?! This is the most satisfied I've ever been, I can't imagine NOT growing your food" and then I realize that there are lots of people who have no inclination to farm, or grow food for sale. And then I just say "it's my pleasure". I know how they feel, I guess. I thank my hairdresser for being a hairdresser - I have NO desire to cut people's hair! Or my own! And countless other professions. If we are all bringing forth what is within us - if we were all to "follow our bliss" as they say, what a different world this would be! We'd almost not need any money, you know?

As for the farm - things are going remarkably well. Considering I had to check out for about 2 weeks to move, etc. We've had some amazing people come help us out. Our worker traders are so delightful. Our newest, Jessica and Christina, started last week. An old acquaintance of mine, Kelly Buchanan (boy), came out and helped all day on Friday. Our old faithful worker Kelly (girl) has been steadily assisting in the most pleasant of ways. Andy, Gabe's friend, was a lifesaver. I want him to get a job so he can support his family, but I love being able to hire him while he's between jobs! He's such an incredible gift to this farm. My friend Jena saved many of my herbs, and for that I am forever grateful to her. Every market we meet a few more people who want to come trade work for fresh veggies. Jessica said that she appreciates the therapy she gets from working with the earth - she's able to forget about all the distracting thoughts that take up too much of our time, and take our attention away from what's important - Life! Our new friend Jason has been amazing too. He is fast becoming a strong voice and marketer for our farm. He helped set up at the last two markets and his help was so invaluable. And our CSA members - Bill, Reece, and Kelly - are so siked to be a part of this. I don't know what it's like to farm all by yourself and sell your goods to some middle man, never knowing the people who eat your food, but I can imagine it's not as fulfilling as our blessed situation. Last week all our CSA friends came to market and my heart overflows with joy to recall the looks on their faces and see how excited they were to be eating such good food. This is such a community building venture - or it has the potential to be if you approach it that way.

We've been harvesting kale, spinach, chard, baby greens salad mix, head lettuce (gorgeous!), wildflowers, broccoli greens; this week was our first harvest of broccoli heads! We put the kale, spinach, chard, and broccoli greens into a braising mix and people love that. Like I said, I make pesto with the greens and the last two weeks we've harvested strawberries from my friend Joel's farm and sold them as well as some freezer jam I made with the berries. Over the past 5 markets we've evolved our presentation at the market, our booth. We are striving to create an atmosphere of a farm kitchen - very welcoming, comfortable, clean, beautiful...I think it's making a big difference b/c our sales are increasing every week. Next we have to finish designing our logo so we can make a sign to hang up with our farm name, behind us at our booth. People still have a hard time understanding what we say when we tell them our name! Any ideas how we can say it better? : ) yesterday a woman thought Gabe said we were "venereal farm" ugh! I like "scenario" better than that....but then another woman didn't ask me to repeat myself when I told her our farm name, she went right into the chorus of Peggy-O, just like she outta!

So this is my first real day off in over a month...I'm unpacking boxes, setting up my apothecary, and just enjoying myself. The kitties and Gabe are napping in various spots around the tiny house, it's not raining right this minute but blessedly it has been raining since the wee hours. Oh how we needed that rain! The fireflies out here are really otherworldly - they first appeared around the end of April, which I think is really early, and another thing is they flicker until nearly dawn! We have this huge window beside the bed and I can go to sleep looking at a universe of twinkling glowbugs amidst moonlit poplars and oaks and locusts...then get woken up by one of the 2 roosters Wayne keeps ("they're very friendly" he says). It's wild, it's hard work, but it's exactly where I want to be and what I want to be doing.

Thanks for reading this : ) I hope you are well rested, satisfied, surrounded by loving friends and family, in good health or on a path toward good health, and most importantly, I hope you are bringing forth what is within you. If I can help you do that I will...

Much love to you! Blessings!