Posted: Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Balance is a quest for which we continually strive. We hope this is evident in the produce we provide – but also in our daily lives. This last weekend was Art on the Square, which means for us there was no farmers market. We decided that after we did the Madison July beef delivery, that we’d make it a weekend away from the farm to see the thing that so many of our childrens books talk about: the Zoo. Coupled with a visit with a few dear long-time friends, the weekend was filled with laughter, good food, and amazement at the creatures whom we share this world.
It was a great weekend to be away – we received a good inch of rain last week and most of the weeding on the farm caught up! To take a few moments away gave us time to play hard, in addition to working hard with each other. We now take a look around the farm with fresh eyes at the crops growing.
With a young family we also try to balance the total insanity of a vegetable farmers life in July with the need our children have for a sense of normalcy and routine. Our kids seem most cooperative and happy when they can do what mom and dad are doing (in our youngest boys case do it with Mom and Dad in the backpack). Tuesday night Paul, our 2.5 year old, helped pack the CSA boxes for the first time. With the help of Grandma and Aquilino, Paul was in charge of the cucumbers. And boy was he in charge! He took a special liking to the little ones. We had hoped to give all the larger ones and then double up the little ones in your boxes. However, in an attempt to balance with what we wanted with Paul’s excitment to pack the boxes, some of you will you’ll notice that your cukes are a little small. Just know that those little cuccumbers were put into your box with so much joy and determination! Balance.
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