Friday, November 29, 2013

A moment to slow down

Hello all,

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is always a good time to remember the importance of family, friends, and gratitude for life.  As the season shifts from the busy growing season on the farm we are able to slow down just a little bit.  It’s a season to take a deep breath and take time to actually reflect on the year.  As we look back we also gather ourselves for the next cycle of seasons. 

Tazzy the guard dog watches over her sheep

If you are half as full as I am, and your fridge looks like ours, full of leftovers you probably don’t have grocery shopping on your mind.  We have decided to take a Saturday off this Saturday the 30th.  The first free Saturday since April! So we won’t see you tomorrow. 

But don’t worry, we’ll be back in Charlotte on December 7th, 14th, and 21st

Come see us next week for winter vegetables like carrots and cabbage and of course delicious pasture raised, organic fed, GMO free meats: Pork, lamb, chicken and beef.

We now have a full selection of beef!  Ground beef, stew beef, roasts, and steaks.  Come out to get you pastured beef December 7th 8-noon! 

Carolina Wren Photo

We make time to look up from the daily chore list and the weekly schedule and see the farm and mountains around us.  We can walk with our eyes off the ground and see the trees.  Without their leaves, the trees form intricate patterns against the sky.  On a steep slope in the mountains all the trees form slender straight lines for the low winter sun to play tricks with shadows in.  The cacophony of summer insect sounds has ceased.  In its place there is the wind.  The wind roars in the distance, whistles close by, rattles leaves, brings the creaks and squeaks out of the trees.  On still days in the cold clear air you can still hear the winter birds; carolina wrens, cardinals, robins, and others.  We have a few visitors that only appear in the winter.  A funny woodpecker called the yellow bellied sapsucker spends its winters here, sheltered from the even colder winters of the northeast.  When the weather really turns for the worst the juncos come down from the high mountains and flit in and out of the bushes on the farm.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Photo

The sheep enjoy the last pasture grazing before we start feeding hay

See you in December!

William and Marie

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