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Down on the farm

Yesterday, The Mint Killer and her family and I headed out together to Acoustic Farms, the home of Farmer Mark and his lovely wife Barbara, who provide us with fabulous veggies as part of our community-supported agriculture (CSA) share. Mark and Barbara invited us up for homemade sausage gravy and biscuits, with the caveat that they were going to put us to work once they’d fed us.

I think we were all expecting something akin to hot, sweaty, tough labor. I mean, farming’s supposed to be hard, right? But when it got down to it, with three extra hands on the job (not that the four-and-a-half-year-old didn’t help, but she alternated helping with cavorting through the fields), we probably didn’t spend much more time actually working than we did tearing through breakfast.

We helped out with planting tomato seedlings, asparagus, onions and potatoes, and watched while they put in an experimental row of peanuts. I ignored my allergies and snuggled a kitten, and pet a chicken for the first time ever. Then we sat on the porch, sipping iced tea and listening to Farmer Mark strum his guitar. It doesn’t get much more idyllic than that.

7 Comments on “Down on the farm”

  1. #1 Michelle
    on Jun 11th, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Ahem. What? No pictures of chickens? Peanuts? KITTENS?!!

    Tsk, Tsk!

  2. #2 inadvertentgardener
    on Jun 11th, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Michelle…I’m hanging my head in shame…I walked out the door yesterday without the freakin’ camera. But there will be more farm visits in the future, and I promise to bring back photos the next time!

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    on Jun 12th, 2007 at 7:38 am

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  4. #4 Denise
    on Jun 12th, 2007 at 10:45 am

    I have just started raising some baby chicks. They are the best ever! I just wish that I had a farm. For now the chicks will be in the back yard.

  5. #5 inadvertentgardener
    on Jun 12th, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Denise, I heard from the farm folk that the chickens were just adorable when they were babies. Maybe next year I’ll get out there in time to see them…

  6. #6 My famous farmer couple « The Inadvertent Gardener
    on Dec 21st, 2007 at 6:41 am

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