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A Bend in the Road

AbendintheroadWe are in a season of change, we have come to a bend in the road and it is a bit hard to see around the corner. It is both exciting and sad at the same time. This whole year has been one of questions, deciding what to do next. We love our little farm and the life it has given us. Yet somehow it hasn’t been quite enough recently. We came to the place where we either needed to make it grow larger or scale back to a smaller size.

We came to the place where we either needed to make the farm grow larger or scale back to a smaller size.

Some of the challenges we have been facing include: trying to keep the deer out and the discouragement of finding a bite taken out of half the heads of lettuce in one night; figuring out how the new Food Safety and Modernization Act is going to affect our farm; balancing the needs of our young, growing family with the demands of the farm; the need for a more reliable(less weather dependent and seasonal) income; as well as a simple desire to interact with more people in various settings which can be challenging when most days are spent weeding the vegetable rows.

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So, this year we had decided to cut way back and do only one Farmer’s Market each week. Recently plans have changed again. With a late hard frost in June which set back some of our crops and the opportunity for Farmer to take a part time job at UPS we will be cutting back even more. At this point it looks like we will not be doing the Farmer’s Market at all for the rest of the season. It is sad to be giving that up, even if it is only for a season. We love the community of friends and loyal customers that has developed through our involvement in the Farmer’s Market and will miss it dearly.

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We will still have a beautiful crop of garlic to harvest in a few weeks as well as a nice selection of veggies for sale on the farm. Both our garlic and skin care products will continue to be available on our website!

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Although in some ways it feels like the end of a beautiful season of our life this is not the end, it is only the beginning of something new!

Change. It can be both beautiful and challenging. In one sense we must always lose something in order to gain something. Although in some ways it feels like the end of a beautiful season of our life this is not the end, it is only the beginning of something new! This is where we need to be right now, it is what is best for us at this moment on this crazy journey called life.

There are actually still more questions in our minds than there are answers right now about the direction to take the farm next, we just take it one step at a time. The exciting part is that we have lots of ideas!

This is where we need to be right now, it is what is best for us at this moment on this crazy journey called life.

5 Responses to A Bend in the Road

  1. Debbie Barbee July 15, 2016 at 1:30 am #

    Well, I’m thinking God is going to bless your socks off! I am very happy for your new turn in the road, but very, very sad indeed not to be able to enjoy watching your family growing up at the market. Your absence has made a hole, but it’s not like you’ve fallen off the face of the earth! I know that this is a hard decision, but I know that it is necessary and change is a part of life. I am proud of you all. God bless all of you. Stay in His Grip.

    Love ya,

    Debbie

    • Celeste July 15, 2016 at 9:15 pm #

      Thank you. We miss you all at market!

  2. Kim Kalua July 15, 2016 at 7:26 am #

    Dear Celeste! Bends in the road are hard indeed! You will find something beautiful along the way soon enough. Savor the joys of the roads travelled and look forward to those yet too come. Blessings on you all!

    • Celeste July 15, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

      Thanks for the encouragement! Life is an adventure and we are enjoying it!

  3. ROSE JAFARI November 18, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

    Hello, I enjoyed your hoophouse build. I’ve been working on one alone but finally got my husband to stand out there with me while I screw in a ridge 1×2 across the top. It’s dangerous to do that alone in your 60s. But it makes me happy to be farming.
    God bless everyone in the world. The earth needs more natural farmers.

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