Tuesday, November 10, 2009

An early Thanksgiving

After a cold October, we're getting a few days of nice weather. We have even shut the pellet stove off during the daytime for 3 days now. All those deer in their winter coats must be panting! The bees have been out, too. We've seen several drinking at the pond, and the hive entrances are crowded. There are still a few drones getting the boot. I cut upper entrances for both hives, just a 4-5" wide slot in the edge of the inner cover, overhung by the outer cover. When (not if) the snow gets deep, they'll have a way out.

The garden is basically done except for a few greens in the cold frame. I picked parsley for a lentil & sweet potato casserole the other night. As Thanksgiving approaches, we're contemplating how to celebrate. The usual over-indulgent dinner with family just doesn't have any appeal. We're thinking of trying a 100-mile Thansgiving in the spirit of Michael Pollan's homemade local dinner in Omnivore's Dilemna, eating only things we can get from a 100-mile radius. There goes the sweet potatoes!

In the tradition of Thanskgiving, I'd like to publicly thank some of those who fed us this year. Some of you are good friends, and some are becoming such. We owe you much, farmers, so thanks to you (in no particular order):
  • John Sullivan for eggs
  • Jim Moses and Linda Grigg of Forest Meadow farm
  • Sandy & Bernie Ware for strawberries, potaotes, and many other good things
  • the kind folks at Second Spring Farm
  • Laurie Brown for honey, fruit, and tomatoes
  • Jayne Leatherman-Walker for tomatoes and great vibes
  • Hochstettlers for peppers
  • Alan Jones for those fantastic pears
  • Maple Ridge Farm for grass-fed meat and granola
  • another local organic farm for cilantro
  • Shangri-La farm for apples
  • Ebert March for carrots, squash & beans
  • Millie Hathaway for rhubarb
  • Marty & Michelle of Birch Point farm
  • Good Neighbor Orchard for organic apples that went into some of my finest applesauce

There are many, many others, of course, who provided us with grains, flours, oils, all those things we buy at the conventional grocery. Thanks to you all; we'll help you keep up the good work! It's a joy to hand my hard-earned dollars to someone who has worked even harder for it.

Last but not least, I'd like to thank the soil of Snowy Hollow, my own place, for providing us with tomatoes for sauce in spite of the anonymous fungal disease, carrots, tons of raspberries, cabbage, parsley, peas, and especially maple syrup! Rest well, and next year I'll try to give back even more.

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