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November 17, 2017
Patti Labelle's Sweet Potato Pie
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
Photo by Natalia Y on Unsplash
I discovered this post in the archives and was struck by how much is unchanged over time. The girl is taller, but still takes her stuffies with her everywhere. And the Farmer still adores her.
The stars twinkled brightly against the pitch black sky as the Farmer warmed up the engine of the box truck this morning. His daughter, wrapped in a fuzzy blanket and equipped with a suitcase full of stuffed animals, sat in the passenger’s seat, eyes wide with anticipation.
With a groan and a squeak, laden with the bounty of the fields, the truck slowly rolled out the drive and down the road. Shivering in my pink bathrobe, I stood for a moment and looked at the sky. Stars have an amazing capacity for putting perspective on things. One glance at a zillion of them and I can’t help but feel much less important than my swirling thoughts suggest. A myriad of stars helps one escape a myriad of busy thoughts. A deep breath of crisp, frosty air, and, for a moment I feel absolute peace and thankfulness.
In many ways our markets this weekend surpasses all others. For us, this is the quintessential moment of bounty. A hardworking Farmer and crew harvests, washes and packs vegetables for almost twelve hours the day before. Today, West Chester Grower’s market will be humming with dedicated local foodies. They will be hunting for premium goods to grace their Thanksgiving tables. Local wine, mushrooms, Artisan cheese, sauces, dips, pies and of course vegetables. Salad greens, parsnips, potatoes and rutabaga will be top sellers for us. Oh, and let’s not forget those sweet potatoes for the the homemade version of Patty Labelle's sweet potato pie (see recipe below).
CSA members are “shopping” too this weekend. Ordering from our online “market.” Red Earth veggies accompanied by local cheeses, mushrooms, bread and Eat This spreads will be decking the tables of our members.
Every year we host a Thanksgiving meal at home, the perfect opportunity to celebrate with gratefulness another successful growing season. For the first time we will be eating in . We will, however, think of all of you, and feel the connection with the many families eating our vegetables simultaneously. Nourishing us all for another long winter. Connecting us all with the good, brown earth it came from. May the bounty of the season be reflected in your full and happy bellies! Thank you all for another wonderful season!