In the soft morning light of a recent weekend day, my best friend and I walked around the boundaries and through the woods on our farm. Leaves and grass crunched under our feet, the air cold and dry, with the gentle arch of trees leaning into the wind. The varied views of a farm slowly moving into dormancy felt reassuring. We stopped often – to sip our coffee, breathe the fresh air, behold life in the decay, talk about our farm’s future, dream large, and to bask in the warm and graceful gift of friendship. As one should on a morning walk, we also solved all the world’s problems – from how to feed the six billion people, to how to stay committed to a small piece of earth. This Farming Life is the journey of Rebecca and myself, and that of our families, our friends, your family and friends, and a wider circle of community. We are so grateful for you and all those who have come before us.
With a fantastic growing and CSA season behind us, we look forward to rest and renewal in the coming weeks. Though, we are already busy planning our next growing season. A significant part of our farm’s raison d’etre is our unique community supported agriculture (CSA) program. CSA’s are many different things to many different people. At it’s roots it is this: food producers (us) + food consumers (you) + annual commitment to another = CSA, and untold possibilities. So, how about we make a commitment to each other for 2015. What we have in mind is that we will produce food for you next year, while you purchase a CSA share between now and March 2015, to support our commitment to you. Give and take some weather considerations, unexpected bounty, crop failures, farm gatherings, food preservation stories, our warm personalities, and we might have ourselves a deal!
Our 2015 CSA registration goes live on Monday, but here are some initial details. We have two options again, $600 and $300, depending on how much you eat, the size of your family, your adventurous spirit, your gluttony-level, etcetera. You can debit your share over thirty weeks, between May and November. Besides eating the most nutritious local food around, there are numerous other benefits to participating in our CSA program. You can read more about them here, and while you’re at it, read frequently asked questions here. We have payment options available for both CSA share sizes. Expect an email from us on Monday for the links to register for your share!
At the pinnacle of her craft and power, New Hampshire’s poet laureate, Jane Kenyon, penned the below poem. For the last two decades of her life, she wrote poems at her farm in Northern New England. She is remembered for her stoic portraits of domestic and rural life, and her poem Let Evening Come is from her most memorable collection published in 1990. Happy weekend to all!
Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.
Let the cricket take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles
and her yarn. Let evening come.
Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.
Let the fox go back to its sandy den.
Let the wind die down. Let the shed
go black inside. Let evening come.
To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop
in the oats, to air in the lung
let evening come.
Let it come, as it will, and don’t
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.
Be well, eat healthy, and be kind to yourself and others.