Covered in Dirt & Completely Happy

This past weekend I went to help Richard Morris (Polyface delivery driver), his wife, and two daughters in their garden. They’d just finished their summer batch of broilers the week before and were hoping to ready their raised beds for fall planting. It was a warm day and I’d forgotten my hat. No matter, I was handed a sombrero right away and we got to work!

First we transplanted mums from the raised beds to the flower beds, clearing the weeds and smoothing the soil. We planted collards, kale, lettuce, and spinach. Then we got to work on weeding the herb beds while Mary (Richard’s wife) mowed the lawn. She and I talked at length about our love for riding mowers!

By early afternoon, I was covered in dirt and completely happy. Richard made us a delicious dinner of home-grown herbed chicken, sweet potato fries, and asparagus. Happiness in the belly.

While there, I discovered that Richard is quite the artist. He had painted several exquisite murals that hung in his living room. He and his family are kind and talented to boot. I love the group of people that make up this farm, and it’s such a gift to get to know each other.

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About Brie Aronson

Brie Aronson came to Polyface from southern California. During college, she was diagnosed with food allergies and had to begin asking about the source of every single thing she put in her mouth. This led to an interest in all things food and she sought out a way to learn how it can be produced ethically and sustainably. Her desire is to help people shift their focus from counting calories, being intimidated by their kitchens, and being disconnected from the land to one that experiences the life-giving enjoyment of food. Having completed the internship in summer 2010, she now assists with the buying clubs and sales building, leads school tours of the farm, and will be the summer 2012 farm cook.

5 Responses to Covered in Dirt & Completely Happy

  1. Seab says:

    I posted a comment a week or so ago about turkeys. My question was ‘have you harvested for Thanksgiving sales?’. Do you have another turkey harvest upcoming for the Thanksgiving sale of birds?

    The reason why I am asking is a post on this site about ‘finishing the turkey harvest’. It led me to believe turkeys are completed for the year. I thought that was odd as Thanksgiving is still months away (meaning frozen birds).

    Appreciate a response.

    • Sheri Salatin says:

      Hi Seab,
      You are correct. We only offer frozen turkeys at Thanksgiving now. We use to freeze ourselves to death processing in the mid November – outdoors in the snow some years and finally decided it wasn’t worth it. So all of our Thanksgiving turkeys are now frozen. We finish all processing by mid October.
      We’ve been happy with our patron response 🙂 Very positive even though they are frozen. I think that communication is the most important when changing something to the abnormal. 🙂
      Hope this helps you!

  2. Wendy Gray says:

    Awwwwww! I wish I could have gone to help!!!! How much fun!! I’m so jealous!!!!!! Yay Brie!!!!!!

  3. Hannah Short says:

    Sounds like a lovely day!!!! 🙂

  4. I’m jealous of all those raised beds. I only have one planted right now, the other needs to be fenced in to protect it from the doggie.