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Farmers Market 8-11-18

Posted 8/11/2018 6:28am by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

We are set up at the St. Matthew's Farmer's Market this morning but our look is a little different.  We only have one tent set up which only gave us room for vegetables, herbs, flowers and beef.  No birdhouses this week.

I was driving into town this past week in my truck, sailing down the hill toward the bridge that crosses Guist Creek when I saw I needed to slow down for a garbage truck picking up trash.  As I gently pushed on the brake pedal it went all the way to the floor.  After a few hasty pumps of the pedal I was able to get enough pressure on the brake lines for them to work. Barely.  I turned around and headed back to the house to get my backup vehicle, a 2003 GMC Envoy.

My truck is quickly approaching 525,000 miles.  When I bought it (new) it had 12 miles on it.  I'm on my third engine, second transmission, and numerous other fixes.  It is held together by baling wire (the muffler) and prayer.  More prayer than anything -- as in , "Lord, please don't let anything else break today." 

I had it hauled into the shop and it seems that my brake lines have rusted through.  Not good.  When I went Friday afternoon to pick it up I learned that it would not be ready till next week. Really not good.  It was 5:00 and I didn't have a vehicle to pull our trailer.  You see, we have so much stuff to bring each week (we have a double space with two tents) and have such a variety of different things to sell that it takes 16 ft enclosed trailer to bring it all.  Through the years I have customized it to to make it very efficient for loading and hauling.  My search for another vehicle to borrow that would pull this trailer failed.  Really, really not good.

So, we loaded what we could in my old Envoy and Beth's Outback and headed up here.  It is still a work in progress trying to adapt everything to a smaller space but it seems to be working.

I'm glad to announce that do have some beautiful lettuce this week as well as those delicious tomatoes you all have been snatching up and more Fairy Tale Eggplant than last week as well as fresh cut basil, yellow wax beans and Dragon's Tongue beans (an heirloom with flat pods that are pale yellow with purple streaks), fresh cut flowers and potted herbs and herb boxes.

I should probably buy some flowers today.  Next Thursday Beth and I will celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary.  I would say marriage can kind of be like that muffler on my truck.  Sometimes you hold it together with baling wire and prayer. More prayer than anything -- as in "Lord, please don't let me say something stupid today that will embarrass Beth."  

Actually, the prayers are more a tone of thankfulness, as in -- "Thanks for not letting me slam into that truck, thanks for awakening our creativity to solve this dilemma, thanks for a wife who is a true partner, and thanks for our wonderful community of supporters."  Or as Anne Dillard prays, "Help.Wow.Thanks."

Come check us out today.  We are truly thankful that we have the privilege to be stewards of the earth through organic farming and can share the bounty with you.

 

Larry and Beth

 

   

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