This photo is taken from the internet. I would love to give credit but the photograph had none. I know Michael would appreciate me being concerned about this detail. A month has passed since Michael passed, and yet, Michael lives and lives fully and wholly in the hearts, minds, work and passion of those whose lives he touched. Michael, you are not present with us in the form you were before, but many of us still celebrate you daily and perhaps even more often than that - through our work, our lives and in ways people that never knew you may never know. Ariane and you led exemplary lives that magically changed the lives of many. Thanks for being you and thanks for having given me all you did. May your legacy enrich many as you did in your own lifetime.
The days adventures began with a bowl of cereal and some Chocolate Milk from Battenkill Valley Creamery. It wasn't exactly yesterday's life-changing meal, but sometimes even professional chefs get lazy. We ended up in Lake George by late afternoon (look above), and those adventures shall be shared in next post.
The last week at the farm has been a gift of the powers beyond our control. We began with the Dobrez-Tiggleman family coming to the farm. Their company and presence was beyond special and exciting. Mattie and Jack proved to be young minds that showed curiosity, elegance, manners and intellect beyond their years. Rose spoiled us with dinners, special popcorn from Michigan, CD's of music and most of all her company and that of the kids. And then Saturday brought Kathy McManus and her charming husband Sandy MacLeod to the farm, carrying gifts (look above) that embarrassed and charmed at the same time.
Before arriving at the farm, my mom would tell endless stories about Suvir and Charlie, as she had the privilege of spending a week with them at the Floating Island Writer's Workshop. And within an hour of being here, I told my mom that they were better than I ever could've imagined.
Of course, it took a while for the Dobrez-Tiggleman's to get to Hebron from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Sheldon Farmstand is a place where we go for buying wonderful farm-fresh vegetables and fruits and also comestibles from around the world that we would have to live without were it not for Pat Sheldon and her wonderful stocked farm-stand in Salem. Pat and Albert Sheldon are also warm and generous people. A couple that has done much too much already and are continuing to do what they can to make the edible landscape of our community richer, fresher and more diverse.
Jack Tiggleman is visiting us from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Son of our dear friend Rose Dobrez and brother of Mattie Tiggleman. Jack is all of 13 but going on 21. Loves food, loves to be charming around adults and loves reading and documenting his days and happenings. It is with joy that I invite Jack to blog with me here and share some of his experiences in Washington County and also those that he has after his return home. Our day began sharing peaches that were just delicious and you can see him enjoying their brilliance.
Kim Sunee has been a godsent angel helping me as Ben Fink and I photographed images for the next book. With Kim has come Joy into our life. Joy Tutela when not enjoying VT and being a wife and seeing Little Britain, agents (with The David Black Literary Agency) some of the top names in the literary world. Today was Kim and my moment to cook for her and hopefully leave her with some joyous memories.