I was looking at images I had saved for blog posts and found this one from the height of summer. A folder that got lost in the madness of the joys of summer. What is startling today is the difference in the light. How different everything looks as seasons change. How different we feel. How things taste different, not always because of ingredients, but also because of perception colored by our mood, altered by the seasons.
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.
Those that know me well know I am a vegetarian who is rather fussy about what vegetables he eats. I LOVE all vegetables. But I am not one to eat all vegetables cooked by everyone. Certain veggies need a very special hand in my mind to be fit for me to enjoy. Zucchini and Squash are two such vegetables. This week has been a lucky one for me as far as these vegetables go.
I am usually very suspicious of "bigger is better" when it comes to fruit. But I must say with Chandler Blueberries it rings true. The berries are sweet, they are flavorful and they are gorgeous. There is nothing left for the imagination. Black Lab Farm is our source for these berries. We are grateful to them for having brought them into our lives a couple of years ago.
Daughter of Harold and Pearl McEachron, Meg has grown up as Washington County farming royalty. The McEachron's had a dairy farm. Stuff happened and they decided to go into chicken-egg farming (50 thousand chickens at one time). Then came Meg and Rob in 1992 and the farm became all about dried flowers and a Christmas Shop. Dried flowers lost favor, Meg moved on. She added to the berries already in production and created a newer niche for Gardenworks. Now it is a nursery, farm-stand, cheese purveyor, art gallery, gift-store and much more.
Christina Talmadge is a teacher in the Hartford school in Washington County. Brian teaches 6th grade in Salem. Cara his sister teaches biology in Stillwater. But what they also teach all of us that make home in Washington County is being closer to nature, and to appreciate the many gifts nature sends forth through its babies - fruits and vegetables.