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