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Driving Mr. Stoltzfus

I don’t exactly remember when I met Amos.  I’ve been doing business around the local plain communities for over 25 years now.  I’ve seen their children grow up, marry and have children of their own.  I’ve known a few of … Continue reading

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Taking Stock

It’s been a long season.  This is not a new realization, but one I’ve become familiar with over the last eight years.  We stand in the midst of week 19 in our 22 week CSA program.  There were a couple … Continue reading

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Circle of Life

By this evening, fall shall have arrived.  Another summer of work has melted into a fall of preparation; putting things away, planting greens for late fall, winter, and early spring, cutting the last of the hay.  This is the time … Continue reading

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Putting Down Roots

                 I grew up looking at a particular oak tree.  It was a pin oak, just below the house, in view of my bedroom window.  It sat at the head of a spring that had never run dry in my … Continue reading

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Unlikely and Unexpected

                The day has finally turned snowy, just as the forecast said it would.  I’d slept in a little this morning, resting after a long day on Saturday filled with the farmer’s market, farm chores, and a successful late afternoon … Continue reading

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Prepping

Advent I                 The week went better than expected.  The turkeys were processed without a hitch, and with 8 people helping out, was actually fun.  Delivery day was rainy and cold, but a late lunch at one of Alexandria’s nicest … Continue reading

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Shepherds

Sabbath Reflections                 The ewes are heavy with their lambs.  The weather has taken a definitive turn, sending the wind up and the temperatures down.  I had to count them four times, and I was still missing one, “Pep.”  Yes, … Continue reading

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Post Script

We knew they were coming, arriving this morning a little after 11am.  A gentle knock on the front door followed by the undisciplined barking of our two dogs (I’m pretty good with kids, cattle, etc, but can’t for the life … Continue reading

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Growing Farmers

            We’ve waited over two months for it to come.  Something we had so much of at the beginning of the season that it was nearly too much.  And then it vanished. Every once in awhile it would come back … Continue reading

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A Tribute

            It was a blind date.  My sister thought it would be “cute” to put two cops together and see what might happen.  The restaurant in Solomon’s was deserted except for the DJ trying to get the levels right, part … Continue reading

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