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December 12, 2018
Winter Solstice Reflections
By Charis Lindrooth
A murder of crows covered the fields this morning. Since the end of the growing season, it’s been mighty quiet around here so I was happy for some company. I imagine they were gleaning the leftovers, maybe a sprig of kale or a shoot of broccoli for their holiday feast. With a sudden unanimous swoosh they left me alone again, meditating on the soft brown hues of the winter farm. The daylight is so short by late afternoon I’m thinking of supper and tucking in early and I can hardly imagine the hard summer push until 8 or 9pm. In honor of the approaching solstice I have been observing the sun, noticing where and when it pops up in the morning and wishing it a fond farewell when it disappears at 4:30pm. I am trying to remember that in nature this time of year calls for stillness and slowness.
In many ways the abrupt end of the season feels like jumping off a fast-moving train and it’s almost impossible to stand still at first. A deep inner longing for quiet and “less” is competing with the demands of the holiday season. The Farmer and I are getting old enough, however, to opt for less. Maybe we can turn down the “should” dial for a few weeks, share some warm home-made meals, read a book together and, best of all, take some time to cuddle.
We have been quiet about next season, but don’t be fooled. We are busy making plans and a few changes are afoot. We will be hiring a new field supervisor, someone with a well-rounded background in vegetable production. This will be a huge help to the Farmer who is finally ready to share the responsibility. We are also checking out a new software program that allows customers to rate their vegetables preferences so that their order is automatically created for them each week, with the option to edit their box as needed. This will ensure that your box contains produce you can use, even if you do not have time to order.
At this point we expect to open registration mid January. Please let us know if you have any ideas you would like us to consider for the 2019 season.