I Only Want to See You Laughing

In the Purple Rain!

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“A strong spirit transcends rules.”


A little tribute to start off this weeks newsletter. Before I moved to North Carolina I worked as a bartender at a restaurant in Arlington, VA, and as such I was in charge of the music during my shifts. Prince’s Purple Rain album was a regular on my rotation, everyone loves it! I’ve been musical all my life; playing guitar since age 7, singing in the church choir, briefly dabbling in the saxophone, and playing in a band in high school. I grew up listening to my parent’s great music: the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and all the great classic rock, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, old time country, mo-town, 50’s classics, and even classical and jazz. I was also able to be introduced to the great music of the 80’s and 90’s through my generation Y siblings Because of this, I feel like I have a pretty well rounded appreciation for music. Prince was a spectacular musician, a wicked nasty guitarist, and a sensational performer, and his talents will be missed!

Appropriately, it is raining today, and I am grateful for it was much in need! I can run the irrigation all day long, but there’s nothing that the plants like better than a deep, soaking rain. The only downside is that now I’ll be harvesting for the NoDa Farmers Market in the rain. But hey, who doesn’t like to play in the rain? For the market tomorrow I’ll have tons of radishes, lettuce heads, arugula, spinach, and kale. I hope you all love salads, I know I do! The market will start at 9 tomorrow, and I hope to see you out there!

Another super busy week has gone by, lots of weeding getting done to help the veggies be all they can be, and my hoe skills are becoming more and more proficient! On Tuesday I was able to move my chicks from the people house into their chicken coop, pictured above. It took WAY too long to wrangle them, it seems like I spend hours chasing them in tiny circles, trying to snag one that wasn’t paying enough attention. They really didn’t want to get caught. Now they are happy in their new house, and after about a week (and a little cleaning on my part) I will kick open the door in the morning and let them explore this big, beautiful world that we share! I can’t wait to see how they grow once they start adding some bugs and grass and seed to their diet. Nothing beats a fat, juicy worm in the spring time!

This week also marked the first deliveries of my CSA, and I have to admit, I hope next week goes more smoothly! It should, because now I have a better understanding of what I need to have prepared to make everything operate as it should. I hope all you that received my veggies are satisfied, and I’m excited to share with you all the different things I have growing! I have decided to keep enrollment for the CSA open indefinitely! If you enjoyed the veggies and know of anyone else that might also enjoy some fresh, local, USDA certified organic produce, they can sign up and I will pro-rate the price, dropping $20/week on the full share and $10/week on the half share. If you did enjoy the produce, please do share with your friends and family, spread the word so that together we can build the Street Fare Farm family!

I’m going to leave you with a message from my best bud and brother, Matt, who has decided to uproot from Virginia and move in with me to help me with the farm. I can’t wait to get him down here, and not a moment too soon, as the momentum just keeps building!

“A new adventure awaits. Within a week I will be packing my life into boxes to start the journey down to North Carolina. I am filled with excitement to begin this new chapter of my life as an organic farmer with my best friend. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Matt Warden. I am a 28 year old Northern Virginia native. I have been working in child care for the past 7 years and am also an aspiring artist. I have come to a point in my life where I am ready for a change. Inspired by Ben’s quitting his job a few months ago and going farming full time, I have decided to do the same. Ben’s ideas about farming ring true to me. Creating a sustainable, local, and healthy option for food seems like something we all need, especially in this age of processed everything.

I am ready to put everything I’ve got into Street Fare Farm  in an effort to grow Ben’s venture into a thriving business. I may not know much about the farming life, but am willing to work my ass off to learn the ins and outs of how to make food come out of the ground.

This next season of my life is filled with many uncertainties but one thing is for sure it is going to be one hell of an adventure.

“We must go on and take the adventure that comes to us.” – C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle ”

I hope this week has been good to you, and I hope the next is as good or better! Peace and love!



3 thoughts on “I Only Want to See You Laughing

  1. Diana Yap Barnes says:

    We are so proud of you Ben, you’re really doing great things for this world and it is greatly appreciate it. Thanks for sharing the updates, now I’m double excited to see you both again really soon!!!
    How do I enroll to receive your products?

  2. Jim Barnes says:

    Ben, Diana shared with me. Sounds awesome what you doing. Not everyone finds something they are passionate about doing and goes for it. I’m super happy for you. Even better that Matt is joining the adventure. Can’t wait to see you in a week. I enjoyed catching up on what your are up to.

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