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Farmer's Market 8-10-19

Posted 8/10/2019 7:30am by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

Social Media is part of the fabric and fiber of society today.  It's used to share personal and family information and is a major part of marketing for businesses. It's kinda like Okra -- some love it and others despise it.  But, like Okra, everyone should try it every now and then and find a way that makes it palatable, maybe even enjoyable.

As I shared a couple of weeks ago, Beth has embraced Instagram as a way to continue to  share our farm story.  She has never been a big fan of Okra (I mean social media) but now enjoys posting pictures of farm happenings.  Our right hand man Jeremy has been the main mentor for this and he is often the subject of these posts.  Check out yesterday's video and you will see him and his girlfriend Sydney making homemade pasta and sauce for an incredible Friday farm lunch.  You will also see some flower bouquets that are stunning and will be available at the market today.

The tomatoes are starting to come on and we will have both cherries and heirlooms as well as squash and zucchini.  It has taken time but everything is now coming on.  It won't be long before Okra will be here and I hope that you will approach it as an opportunity for growth when it arrives.

This farming thing really is hard work.  It's hard mentally and physically.  Many of you also work really hard at your jobs.  For some it is the mental exhaustion at the end of the day that makes coming home so sweet.  For others it's the promise of sitting down and resting those aching bones that gives such satisfaction.  I have experienced both and I will tell you that I enjoy physical exhaustion over the mental.  

I remember when I was a graduate student in Texas in the summer of 1979.  I had just started a part-time job on the grounds crew and was exposed to steady 100 degree heat daily.  I lugged huge hoses all over campus and plugged them into water receptacles in the ground under mini-manholes, often occupied with Tarantula spiders, and trimmed and mowed acres of land.  I would be struggling to drag those big hoses by the library when I would look in those large windows of that cool, air-conditioned environment and immediately wish I was a librarian. Ah, the promise of the greener grass on the other side of the fence.

When you are mentally exhausted it seems hard to shut down the mind and relax.  Usually it is just a desire to sit down and put the day behind you.  When you are physically exhausted all you want to do is sit down with a big glass of ice tea  and soak in the comfort of a soft chair or bed. 

Farming brings both kinds of exertion.  Lots of mental stuff goes on, especially when you are confronted with challenges of weather, weeds, pests, disease, labor, marketing, etc.  Lots of trying to figure out what to do next. Many hours researching in books and on the internet.  Calls to colleagues and professionals for their opinion.  All of these mental gymnastics will wear you out and then you have to implement the "hopeful" solution and that usually means getting dirty and sweaty and using muscles you had forgotten you have.

And, it's this physical that balances the mental and brings wholeness back into focus.  That is really what we all want.  We want to feel whole.  That's why you make the sacrifice to buy local, organic food.  That's why you put out the physical effort each week to fight the mental stress of driving in town and finding a parking space at the market and then stretching those legs and wandering booth to booth drinking in the atmosphere of wholeness.  

Come see us today.  Park a little farther away or walk from home.  It's less humid this morning. Give your mind a break.  This is a wholesome environment.

Larry

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