The author and agrarian, Wendell Berry, writes that “a community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other’s lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.” Berry’s sense of community strikes me as an elusive ideal which I constantly seek. Though, for the past four years I have found this sense of community at the Byrd House farmer’s market. Now this market is under threat – its existence and our community hangs in the balance.
The news of an ailing ninety two year old William Byrd Community House (WBCH) was documented here in 2014 and more recently here. The Byrd House market is managed by WBCH and whether the market will reopen in 2016 is uncertain. The fantastic market manager, Ana Edwards – who is a great enabler of Wendell Berry’s sense of community – is keen to find an alternative managing agency or community partner/s. Vendors and customers are mobilizing to convey the value of this market and it’s place in the Oregon Hill community to the owners of the land on which the market operates. We can use your help – print and sign this petition and ask others to do the same. Return the completed petition to us at market this Tuesday or to our booth at the farmer’s market at St. Stephen’s.
Produce items available this week are apples (Fuji, Granny Smith, Winesap, Red delicious & Stayman), bell eggplant, Asian eggplant, mint, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, parsley, heirloom Long Island cheese pumpkins (great for pies or this soup with sage and apple), French breakfast radishes & red radishes, rosemary, salad mix, scallions, and Japanese salad turnips. Find us at the farmer’s market @ St. Stephen’s tomorrow morning from 9 am – 12pm, and the Byrd House farmer’s market on Tuesday from 3h30 – 7pm. This Tuesday is the last market day at the Byrd House farmer’s market. We will continue to be at the farmer’s market at St. Stephen’s until the end of November.
If you are a CSA member, now is a great time to order a bushel of apples. Supplies are beginning to run low and we don’t want you to miss out. Email us or ask at market.
The beloved yet reclusive poet, Mary Oliver has a new collection of poems in which she once again honors love, life and beauty. In Felicity she dedicates nearly half the poems to the scintillating seizure that is love. In her poem Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way: A Poem, Oliver beckons us to forget ourselves and remember ourselves at the same time.
If you’re John Muir you want trees to
live among. If you’re Emily, a garden
Try to find the right place for yourself.
If you can’t find it, at least dream of it.
When one is alone and lonely, the body
gladly lingers in the wind or the rain,
or splashes into the cold river, or
pushes through the ice-crusted snow.
Anything that touches.
God, or the gods, are invisible, quite
understandable. But holiness is visible,
Some words will never leave God’s mouth,
no matter how hard you listen.
In all the works of Beethoven, you will
not find a single lie.
All important ideas must include the trees,
the mountains, and the rivers.
To understand many things you must reach out
of your own condition.
For how many years did I wander slowly
through the forest. What wonder and
glory I would have missed had I ever been
in a hurry!
Beauty can both shout and whisper, and still
it explains nothing.
The point is, you’re you, and that’s for keeps.
Be well, eat healthy, and be kind to yourself and others.
Alistar, Rebecca & Georgia