A Brand New Year, “Maybe” A Brand New Start….

2012, 2013, 2014, full of challenges….and now we have crossed the threshold into 2015. If this were a novel, it could be described as beginning with the trite but familiar “it was a dark and stormy night….” with the first three chapters, “extremely” dark. Could Chapter 4 be a bright and shining star? It could be, if….this time I get it right….and if not, then the beginning of a brand-spanking-new chapter in “my” personal life, which my husband, the llamas, the dogs, the cats, my children, and my grandchildren will eagerly and happily embrace.

2015….the market will become….a pick your own, with all proceeds (if there are any) going to restoration of the old school’s roof. If not, then I will have lots to put in my freezer. Neither time nor money will be wasted. Haven’t figured it all out yet, but the market will cease to exist as it does now. What I do know is that in less than three years I will be 70 and, having spent the better part of the last two months of 2014 recovering from a virulent case of the flu and my husband recuperating from emergency surgery, I have had to face how fleeting time is and that I am not bionic.

To those loyal customers who have stayed through thick and thin, coming in good weather and bad, extending helping hands in friendship, I can not say “thank YOU” enough. Thanks for believing in me. I wish you all the best in 2015, wherever it takes you.

Hugs to you all,

“C”

Yes!! Spring Officially Here!! Ignore Tuesday’s Forecast!!

Well, okay, don’t ignore it, but enjoy tomorrow’s “tease” of warmer weather. Spring is officially here. The daffodils are blooming, robins are everywhere, and the spring peepers are most vocal.

The market staggered along through the winter doldrums. “I” staggered through them as well, saying “good bye” to both my van and truck — victims of “too much market.” For the brave of heart, there were plump oysters and “just right” sausage to be had. There were sweet potatoes all the way through January.

Tomorrow, if you should venture out into the sunshine beyond your front porch steps or your yard, there will be a smattering of bison, some sausage, and the usual great breads, cookies, and rolls, along with Amish spinach pasta, and possibly some really nice soft pretzels. Fresh greens are a few weeks away.

I know, for most of you, the ground is still too soggy to think about early spring planting. However, you might want to put a few fresh lettuce plants in your kitchen window or perhaps some swiss chard. Other market packs available for those determined to put “something” into the ground — Siberian kale, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and several varieties of cabbage. Market packs are $1.50/each. A whole flat of “whatever” is $12.

Hope to see you, if not tomorrow, soon.

“C”

Got Stuff — LOTS of it….

…yes, lots. The Amish graced me with 44 POUNDS of broccoli. The market has cauliflower, curly kale, Siberian kale, the last of the last of the VERY last of the bell peppers, SHUCKED oysters by the pint since there wasn’t a lot of enthusiasm for those in the shell last week. There are cherry pies, big and small, lemon, chocolate, and apple pies as well. There are even pumpkin and apple whoopee pies. Sour dough bread, raisin cinnamon bread, pumpkin rolls, and dinner rolls are just waiting to be snatched up, There are small potatoes ready to go with those green beans some of you will be having for Thanksgiving. Tomorrow, there will be turnips if I have to pick them myself and on Monday and late Wednesday, chicken and turkey. Leftovers will be going to the Harvest Kitchen in Farmville which, by the way, has very little in food donations for Thanksgiving. There are still Fuji, Nitney, Braeburn, and Stayman apples. When these are gone, I probably will not be getting more apples. There is a 5 lb. pack of ground bison at $6.80/lb., frozen already, but bet it would make a nice chili to have for a group of friends watching a football game.

Last, but not least, and not a food group, there are at least 6 beautiful border collie/blue heeler mix 7-week-old puppies on an Amish farm that I’m sure could be had at a reasonable price. I’m going to go back on Monday and take pictures. If you think you “might” be interested in a puppy, call me at 434-321-3674.

If I don’t see you at the market between now and Thanksgiving, hope your Thanksgiving will be filled with good food, laughter, and love.

“C”

For Your Shopping Delight…

…something new added to the shopping menu — for this week at least — oysters still in the shell. I’m sure there’s a more technical term, but I just can’t seem to recall at the moment. Next week, there will be plenty of those shucked oysters, either in pints or quarts — your choice.

There’s still time to order a turkey for Thanksgiving — not much time — I would suggest by Monday, if you really desire an organically grown turkey. I wave “hello” at them every week, almost feeling guilty that they will soon grace someone’s table. Next week, if you are NOT a turkey fan (I’m lukewarm), there will be ample chicken. I’m expecting to pick them up at the beginning of the week. If, on the other hand, you wish to dine on bison, it can be had as well.

Tomorrow’s selections include: broccoli, cauliflower, turnip salad, possible some turnips as well, Siberian kale, collards, and sweet potatoes. I picked up Braeburn, Fuji, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Nitney, and Stayman apples yesterday. Sampled most of them — nice crisp apples, they are.

Of course, there will be the usual cinnamon raisin bread, sourdough, and awesome dinner rolls.

Hope to see you all tomorrow.

“C”

P.S. 20,000 gold stars to the voice on the other end of the phone Monday, asking if it “was o.k.” to cut down the old oak tree that graced the market forever but lost out to a lightning strike. It would seem that “the voice” and, in actuality, a whole crew was at the market when the call was placed, ready to put a plan into play. When I asked hesitantly what the charge might be, I was told “no charge” — truth to tell, another 20,000 gold stars for a kindness certainly not expected. The tree continues to give — much needed wood — to keep the chill at bay in more than one household this winter. Awesome.