And the Rains Come

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The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sometimes you get what you ask for, and then some. After about a month of drier than usual weather, we have been just about inundated the past couple weeks, with rain showers just about every day! Now, I’m not one to complain about the weather, for I feel that there is nothing more futile than to remonstrate on that which there is no control over, but there are certain things I’d like to get done outside for Pete’s sake! But alas, the rain is good and the rain is necessary, and so, as Mr. Longfellow advises, I will let it rain.

The dog days of summer are over, and with them, production seems to be slowing significantly. The okra really seems to be the only thing keeping on. It’s kind of nice, though, this rhythm that I’ve never experienced before. It’s been a long, hot, hard spring and summer, and it’s going to be a rather taxing autumn by my reckoning, so this time right now to rest and prepare is rather wonderful; a time to reflect and meditate on past failures and successes, a time to plan for success in the future, but more importantly, a time to be present and experience life as it is happening, and find the innate joy in the quiet and the stillness.

This isn’t to say that there’s no work being done! We are planting every week for the fall season, and the transplants are coming up strong and true! We’re going to have sooo many delicious vegetables sooner than you know!

I have some exciting news… Last May, Vivian Howard, executive chef at The Chef and the Farmer in Kinston, NC, and star of the popular PBS TV series “A Chef’s Life”, and crew came up to Concord to film an episode of her television show and cook for a fundraiser dinner for the Lomax Farm (featuring Scott Avett and some other members of the Avett Brothers). If you’ve never seen the show before, each episode revolves around an ingredient, and for this particular episode, the ingredient that was chosen were the onions that I was growing at Lomax at the time, and I, Benjamin Baptiste Street, Esq., was interviewed and will be appearing in the episode, which is the season premiere for season 4, and will be airing September 11th! What’s even more exciting is that Vivian and crew, along with the Avett Brothers, will be having the season 4 premiere party in Kannapolis at the Gem Theater, and you can come! Details about tickets and the festivities can be found here https://carolinafarmstewards.z2systems.com/np/clients/carolinafarmstewards/event.jsp?event=283&&secureIdCustomer=1&. Check it out and come hang with us celebrities (PSYCH!)

Come out and see us at the markets tomorrow! We’ll have some tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, okra, peppers, spaghetti and acorn squash for your eating pleasure. And don’t forget to sign up for the fall CSA so you can get a box of fresh picked produce for you and yours every week!

I hope you all find some time to relax and reflect, and that you practice mindfulness and being present at every opportunity, for life is fleeting, even more so if you only look back at the past or try to plan for the future. The time is now, and it’s a great time to be alive!

Be well!

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