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December 16, 2017
Solstice Reflections
By Charis Lindrooth
The farm is dressed up for the holidays. Crystals of snow turn ordinary kale into elegant crystalized sculptures. It’s hard to imagine that those frosty fronds will still be quite edible and even delicious, in spite of the cold.
Today marks the end of our 2017 season. The Farmer is shivering a bit at the West Chester Grower’s Market with the gleanings from the field on his table and the final CSA delivery waiting patiently for pick up in the truck. The peace and quiet on the farm reminds me of a sleeping child - so sweet and such a relief, and yet full of wakeful potential. We would be heartbroken if the farm did not wake with the joyful call of spring. For now though we revel in some time with family…and some time with just the two of us. Snuggled under a pile of quilts we will catch up with movies we have missed during the season, and cuddle, and sleep in! Ah!!
The Farmer also has to place a huge order of farm supplies which come at a 10% discount if we pay for them by check no later than December 31. The only way we can do that is by opening the 2018 CSA registration now. 60 members by January 1 will ensure savings of several thousand dollars for the farm. We are almost half way to that goal now! Even a partial payment on your registration will help us achieve our goal. Let us know if you need help registering or making payment arrangements.
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December 21, 2016
Ode to the Farmer
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
This is it. The final week of the 2017 CSA.
For the first time in the history of Red Earth Farm we will be delivering our final CSA boxes on the first day of Winter (truth be told, we have a tiny delivery a few days later at the West Chester Grower’s Market).
This feels like a true accomplishment.
The Winter Solstice invites us to slow down, to stop, to listen. I thought I might invite you to remember the Farmer, who finds it challenging to slow down even when the summer’s heat is finally off. If you’ve never met him, you might not know how hard he works, or how much heart and soul he pours into everything he does. Every single customer matters to him, and the thought that someone might receive sub-par produce in one of his boxes distresses him to the core. He takes vegetables, and life in general, seriously.
He is honest, generous and earnest. And incredibly humble. He cares deeply about the land he stewards and is fed by the good brown earth and all that springs from it. He makes time for his family, especially the littlest, even when the abundance of summer drives him to his last thread of strength.
This is of course just a picture of him, painted by the Farmer’s Wife, full of bias. Here’s to the Farmer!
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