Monthly Archives: May 2020

Omelettes and Life

We are starting an irregular series “Clean, Fast, Food”. For my busy customers, this first short video is: How to make a fast classic omelette. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYkWwU0C1fI&feature=youtu.be

After I sat down to eat my quick creation, I thought: how can I expect to transform my life without any challenges?

Why do I think something is “wrong” with me when I find myself at a low spot in this life?

When I pause, breathe, and allow a moment of merciful awareness, I can be more patient with myself and others…taking it all in and remembering:

In order to transform myself I usually need to break a few eggs, or accept that there will be broken eggs around me, and that is OK.

Have you broken any eggs recently?

Good.

Now start working on your own omelette!

With Kindness,

Farmer Larry

Planting for the Future

CFF Blog 5-10-20

This week my team and I were planting native vine maples (video here) along our south farm boundary.

Why plant them? Shade, shelter, food for animals, sequestering carbon, holding soil, absorbing moisture…all good and necessary. Then I paused and heard some robins singing in taller trees near by, and recalled this Wendell Berry poem.

For The Future

Planting trees early in spring,

we make a place for birds to sing

in time to come.

How do we know?

They are singing here now.

There is no other guarantee

that singing will ever be.

Take a listen to Wendell Berry reading his poem here (only 20 seconds)

Our vine maples might grow into something that looks like this.

Kathleen Fruge Brown, New Vine Maple Leaves, 18 x 24”, oil on canvas, Copyright 2019. Used with permission.

Planting for Tomorrow,

Farmer Larry

Kindness and Connection

Last week as I finished washing, grading, and counting eggs, I discovered I was 14 dozen short of fulfilling my subscriptions for the following delivery day. It turns out our pastured hens are laying a bit fewer eggs in number, though the eggs they are laying are heavier “extra large” eggs. But what was I going to do now? I reached out to several of my farm customers, and every single one agreed to take a pro-rated refund, and one dozen less eggs for their allotment. I was taken aback at their generosity.

My customers’ consideration really makes a difference as I operate my farm under the current crisis. It makes me recall something my Dad (who has passed) told me about the Great Depression during the 1930’s. Sure, there was horrific 25% unemployment, and so many homeless—and most folks who had an available couch had someone sleeping there more often than not. People showed kindness, and I think many experienced closer community and connection as a result.


Looking out at the starry sky a few nights ago, these words from James Agee—written during the depths of the Depression—struck me as especially applicable today:

Photo: Orting Sky – Sunset © Vicki Frerichs 2019, Used with permission.

Sure on This Shining Night

Sure on this shining night

Of starmade shadows round,

Kindness must watch for me

This side the ground.

The late year lies down the north.

All is healed, all is health.

High summer holds the earth.

Hearts all whole.

Sure on this shining night

I weep for wonder

Wandering far alone

Of shadows on the stars.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to listen to this choral rendition of the poem, by Morten Lauridsen.