Freshy Fresh from the farm

An afternoon's work picking tomatoes

An afternoon’s work picking tomatoes

I think everyone should be required to volunteer on a farm so they can appreciate where their food comes from and the blood, sweat, and tears that truly go into to the art of growing what we eat.  It was a transformational experience for me that I loved not to mention all that freshy fresh  produce!  I’ve shared in a few posts about volunteering at the farm, Post Apple CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in North East, PA this past growing season and I’ve had a lot of questions from people interested in getting involved this year.   Community Supported Agriculture is a membership that entitles the member to a share of the production of a wide range of fruits and veggies (approx. 70!) produced on the farm during the growing season estimated to begin in June and end no earlier than November (this past year we got deliveries until the week before Thanksgiving).  It is extremely fresh-often picked the day it’s packed so it has a higher nutritional value and a much longer shelf life,  cost-effective (I had sticker shock when I started going back to the grocery store after the season), and it tastes AMAZING!  An unexpected benefit, we saved time and money by not having to go to the grocery store since we already had a freezer full of local meat.  With 370+ members last year and endless volunteer tasks we stayed busy picking, portioning, and packing.  If you’re into canning you can also purchase additional vegetables at wholesale pricing, can’t beat that.  There are four share sizes to choose from, we did a half-share and it was plentiful, with a selection of pick up locations in Erie based on what’s convenient for you.  If you’ve thought about a garden but don’t have the time and space, this is the ticket!  We are still enjoying potatoes and lots of corn, zucchini, beans, and peppers I froze.  Click on any of the links in this post to learn more or click here.

Average mid July Half Share delivery

Average mid July Half Share weekly delivery

Radiate from Within

To thine own self be true“This above all, to thine own self be true” ~Shakespeare, Hamlet

When you’re unsure, confidence level is wavering, or a hint of nervousness creeps in to your normally positive mind it can throw you off and set in motion a series of thoughts that really do nothing to help solve the problem. If you feed into and allow these thoughts to grow, you aren’t helping anyone, especially yourself.  Release these thoughts, knowing that within you is the knowledge and ability, you just need to listen, tap in, and allow it to unfold.  Be true to yourself, your inner wisdom, and you will be radiant.

Raking In The Green

It’s that time of year we all love, the weather is getting warmer, sun is shining, and we get to spend our free time outdoors.  This also means the work is just beginning for a lot of us too:  yard work, gardens, house maintenance, and usually a list of projects you would love to have completed by Fall.  This can be a little daunting; I have a lot of yard clean up each Spring before I can even move forward to the next thing on my list but I don’t really mind.  I think of all of this work as love and attention for our home; knowing that others have done the same for the last 130+ years and now we have the privilege each year to get this grand ‘ol gal ready for another Summer of celebrations, drinks on the porch with friends, and whatever projects we may complete, not getting hung up that we didn’t accomplish everything on that list (and with this fixer upper we probably never will, and that’s ok too).  Seeing the results of our hard work and enjoying our big yellow house make the long dirty hours for this labor of love worth it.  Stay positive about your spring cleaning projects, it is always worth the effort in the end, and it just may not seem like something you have to do anymore but something you want to do.

Rose bush in early Spring

Rose bush in early Spring

This is what I'm looking forward to in a month

This is what I’m looking forward to in a month

Just raked hosta bed in early Spring

Just raked hosta bed in early Spring

Soon that bed will look like this:-) !

Soon that bed will look like this:-) !