Centerport, December 30, 2011

Looking out my kitchen window at the garden and greenhouse on these early Winter mornings reminds me of a photo I once saw in a beautiful gardening book. It was entitled “Repose,” and it aptly describes the current state of gardens and farms in the Northeast. To be sure it is a time to reflect on the busy year that’s past and dream of the activities planned for the future.

Repose, as defined by the online dictionary consulted is
Temporary rest from activity, excitement, or exertion, esp. sleep or the rest given by sleep.”

The garden is doing it, hibernating animals are doing it and so should we. Those who dread Winter because of the immobilizing snow or cold should, instead, revel in its force to make us take a moment, slow down, and restore the sense of stillness that every living thing needs.

A must see documentary

The daughter of a traditional farmer takes a hard look at the decline of fossil fuel reserves and explores the alternatives she can follow to keep her family farm thriving and sustainable.

Christmas Breakfast

Enjoyed a sustainable, mostly local and organic breakfast this Christmas morning.

First the Local: Apple Pancakes made with
Jen’s Hens pastured eggs (Smithtown, NY), goat milk from Coach Farms (Pine Plains, NY), butter from Evan’s Farm Creamery (Norwich, NY), flour from Champlain Valley Mills (Westport, NY), and Apples from Mediavilla Orchards (Huntington, NY). REAL maple syrup from, where else, but Vermont.

Now the Sustainable:
Applegate Farms breakfast sausage (Humanly raised), and Equal Exchange Fair Trade Coffee.

It is both a gift and a luxury to live so close to where our food is made and to purchase humanely raised meat and far flung products that treat the producers with dignity and fair compensation.

Happy Christmas!

Countdown to Spring

Found this neat little widget online: 88 days and counting...