Pumpkin Hollow Farm is really coming together. Thank you, Rod for making this beautiful hand carved sign for the farm. Thanks to my friend, Deb, for helping me get past my twenty year plateau in farming. (Water more, for crying out loud!) Nancy for praising my garden every time she sees it and for being my partner in crime at farmer’s markets. Doug for watering in the evenings when I can’t get to it. And for those enjoying my onions and greens right now, thanks. The peas will be ready to harvest today. I cannot guarantee there will be any left to sell. I sure have been craving English peas!
Farming has been good for me. I have become more in tune with the seasons, what foods are specific to our bodies and what nutrients we need according to the time of year and how all of those things are wrapped up in what food is in season. It is fabulous eating a strawberry in the garden after a long winter of no strawberries or those rubbery things in the store. It is so satisfying biting into a swiss chard, cherry tomato, goat cheese, and fresh egg omelet. It is a blessing to sit out with my husband in the back yard with the new goats and watch the sunset, beer in hand, and see all that we have accomplished and all we have been entrusted with.
We are moving our shop to our home at the end of this month. Order forms on the porch for those that need to place an order and we aren’t home. When we are home (which I imagine will be a lot this fall and winter!), come on in and have a cup of tea while I refill your sleep extract. The community is welcome to come up to the door and ask for two onions, a bag of lettuce, and a medicine for thyroid. My dream come true. To work from home on my own farm. This place instantly, overnight, became a real live farm in my mind when the rooster starting crowing and the goats came home. We are taking a leap of faith and it is fabulous watching it come together. People signing up for homesteading and herb classes. People already knocking at the door for a refill of lotion (alas, it won’t be at my house until the end of July!).
Community, in season food, fresh, organic medicines, family, farm animals. We are lucky indeed. Walk onto our farm today via this post to see the before and after of what we have done since Emily, Doug, and I (and Maryjane) dug up the entire yard to start Pumpkin Hollow Farm. And it’s only the beginning of July!