Last week I mentioned that I’m not ready for winter. Hmm. Three days later our water pipes froze and we found ourselves immersed in several inches of the white stuff. I was so taken back by this bizarre winter storm in October that I called my mom in Ohio to find out if as kids had it ever snowed before Halloween? In her 86 years of living, she said only once. I wasn’t born yet! In addition this time last year our wood burning stove did not come to our aid until late November. Amazing how things change. Fortunately it melted quickly and we’re back to sunny days where the golden glow of fall is still with us.
The last time I was at Polyface I came across the book, “Reclaiming Our Food” by Tanya Denckla Cobb. My curiosity for this book was strong so I’m pleased Joel let me borrow it. My instincts were right on. It’s a fantastic book packed with inspiration and ideas. There are endless models of farms that are highly functional but started as little seeds of different dreams and desires. In-depth descriptions of how urban farms are sprouting up everywhere. I appreciate the stories, how these farms have evolved, the amount of people getting fed by diverse family farms, and the highly functional educational programs offered for new young farmers and students.
I was preparing our dinner (photo) yesterday morning when I realized how exciting it is to me to admit that this is purely a local meal! This time last year I was making phone calls to local farmers to purchase local vegetables. Wow! All the vegetables in this meal were grown at Buxton or close by. Parsnips, peas, beets and carrots, from Buxton soil with winter squash and turnips from our neighbor, and of course Polyface grass fed chuck roast. As I prepared dinner for slowing cooking all day, Michael made cheese from our raw milk share and I followed him with homemade yogurt. Later in the day we enjoyed a fabulous celebration. I realize this month brings us Thanksgiving when we break bread, give thanks and appreciate good food. But I must admit as long as we’ve been on this journey of gardening and small farming, nearly everyday feels like Thanksgiving. We eat like kings! I’ve learned on a personal level that when you have your health you can do anything.Eating good is a step in that direction. Our delicious home cooked meals provide food for the soul, the cells, and the spirit. Bring it on.