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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!