Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Life Gets In The Way

Whew! I have been a bit busy lately, sorry oh faithful readers (all 4 of you), but I am here for an update.

This time of year the farmers' market consumes my life; from speaking to various civic groups to radio interviews to working with our farmers to get them ready for market. And, it has all paid off. We opened the market last Saturday with 13 farmer/producers and MANY customers. It was a huge success. The best part of it all is that I think that people are genuinely interested in not only supporting their local farmers but also the health value of eating locally.

Thanks to Food, Inc., Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, the rapid growth of farmers' markets, and even Michelle Obama's White House garden, people are starting to get it!!! Yes, our food system is screwed up. Factory farming, genetically engineered food, foodborne illness, diabetes and obesity, cloning, oh my! I urge you to learn more about where your food comes from that you feed your family.

I also love that farmers' markets help to create community, something that is lacking in our technology-driven world. It is a great gathering place for local producers and their neighbors that fosters the connection between our food, our culture, our land and our environment. Nothing beats sitting around with farmers who value living sustainably and leaving the earth a better place than they found it. There is a lot we can all learn from those who went before us.

There is one other thing that has been in the planning that happened the week before the market opened. Our sweet friend Elissa was married and the Buckaroo's were in the wedding. I was a nervous wreck that they would pick their nose or some other obnoxious thing to interrupt the wedding, but they were fantastic, perfect little gentlemen. And, oh my, they are handsome!

Nothing like seeing your guys in tuxedos in a wedding to think about their future weddings. Time is flying by so fast with these guys and I continue to pray for their future wives. What I do know is that no matter what I will be a fantastic mother-in-law, even if the woman they choose is not who I would have chosen for them. I will be accepting, loving and go out of my way to be kind to her, no matter what because my relationship with our boys is important enough to me to nourish and sacrifice for that relationship. Oh, but I am still praying for the perfect girl who will be one of my best friends. Yea, PLEASE God!

Market is open again today so I better go pick squash, zucchini and cucumbers!
The Park Wife


Strawberry CAKE said...

Fun to hear that you are already full swing in the veggi picking season...we just planted our tomato plants last week here in Michigan....short season in the north. Have fun! Your boys look so handsome by the way : D

upnorth said...

The boys are so cute all dressed up!! Our veggies are just in the ground, short life up here, makes me jealous, sorry Lord! Have a great summer!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear farmer's market is going so well. Keep us posted with updates!

Speaking as a daughter-in-law who does not feel loved and accepted by her mother-in-law, beg you to love your future daughter-in-laws. The hurt I feel from my in-laws is so deep and painful. I feel like an outsider and that I will never measure up to their impossible standards. If you really meant what you said in your post today, then I know you will be a great mother-in-law. And you have no idea how much of a blessing that will be on your sons and their marriages.

Julie said...

Since I'm the fourth one to comment - it appears all of your readers have checked in! LOL! Your market looks GREAT! I'm so glad it got off to such a good start!