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from the earth.

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white lotus farms, ann arbor, mi

it’s national farmer’s market week – shop from your local farms

Dubbed “the farmers’ market effect” by the New York Times, a recent study shows that vouchers that permit low-income women to shop at a local farmers’ market increase fruit and vegetable consumption in their families. “It’s not clear why mothers visiting a farmers’ market wound up buying more vegetables than grocery store shoppers, but some women told the researchers that the produce sold at markets seemed to be fresher and of higher quality than supermarket offerings. Many shoppers also said they enjoyed the pleasant community experience and the chance to interact directly with growers.”

“raw ingredients trump recipes every time;

farmers and ranchers who coax the best from the earth

can make any of us appear to be a great cook.”

-judy rodgers, the zuni cafe cookbook

sunday in october.

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sunday in october

the farmer, in the pride of  sea-worn acres,

showed me his honey mill, the honey-gate.

late afternoon was busy on the land,

the sun was a warm gauzy providence.

the honey mill, the honey-gate. and then,

near by, the bees. they came in from the fields,

the sun behind them, from the fields and trees,

like soft banners, waving from the sea.

he told me of their thousands, their ways,

of pounds of honey in the homely apiaries.

the stores were almost full, in autumn air,

against the coming chill, and the long cold.

he was about ready to rob them now,

the combs. he’d leave them just enough to keep them.

I thought it a rather subtle point point he made,

wishing providence would be as sure of us.

-richard eberhart

 

 

image credit: danny1970

cow.

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biggest cow I ever met.

 

“this was more than just a cow – this was an entire career I was looking at.”

*gary larson – the far side

*(word has it that gary may be considering bringing back my favorite comic of all time)

 

 

 

 

 

 

nixon farm, dexter, mi, usa – October 2019

old farmers.

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October 12 is Old Farmers Day,

a day devoted to old farmers and their farming techniques.

how will you celebrate?

“let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth

is the most important labor of man.

when tillage begins, other arts will follow.

the farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.”      

-daniel webster

 

 

 

 

image credit: ©iStockphoto.com/irman

distraction.

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sometimes you find it

even in the

most unlikely of places

like tucked away

under a picnic table

on a farm with gentle deer

that you feed

 apples and leaves to

while indoor tennis lessons

are going on in the barn

a ping pong table

standing by

waiting to be played upon

a farm house, museum, and gardens

sitting quietly

all surrounded

by corn fields and a golf course

way out in the middle of nowhere. 

“skip the religion and politics, head straight to the compassion.

everything else is a distraction.”

-talib kweli

lavender.

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what a wonderful afternoon

spent among the fields of lavender lane farm

at the lavender harvest festival

 live jazz played in the field

bouquets were cut to take

 soaps, and lotion, and oils purchased

a picnic

of freshly made french food

and lavender lemonade

 enjoyed with friends

 all while floating

on a wavy sea of purple.

“forgiveness is the smell that lavender gives out when you tread on it”

-mark twain