Now here we are at the end of November and just days away from Thanksgiving. This is my favorite holiday. Mainly because I like to be a glutton and gorge myself with food, but also (and more importantly) because I think we take life for granted on a daily basis. And this wonderful day gives us a reason to remember what we have, not what we have lost or what we could have had. It is a perfect chance to focus on the good and right of this world, the beauty we encounter, no matter how minute.
So this year, despite the bad: the slogging through of disaster after disaster on the farm; I can say that I made more friends than I ever thought possible. My family grew closer together as we focused on what we felt was most important: each other. We learned and grew through trial and error and we’ll be better prepared for next year. And we (especially Spencer) learned to relax when life didn’t go our way (which ended up being almost every day).
Life doesn’t go in the directions we choose, we just have to learn improvise and make do with our lot. And not just make do with it, but to embrace it for what it’s worth; value it and never compare it to the “what ifs” that plague our minds as we lie awake in the dusky mornings, wondering and worrying. Our plans aren’t always going to work, but if we keep an overall attitude of gratitude all the day long, instead of mourning the loss of yesterday, we’ll be better prepared for tomorrow.
Need something local in your kitchen this year? Look no further.I’m making pies, cakes and breads. Let me know if you’d like something. I’ll bring them to farmers market on Wednesday morning, or I’ll deliver them (for $2.00) to your house that afternoon. Here’s what I have to offer:
Fancy Dinner Rolls (dozen) $7.00
Pumpkin Pie 9” $12.00
Apple Pie 9” $12.00
Vanilla Pound Cake $15.00
Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake $15.00
Orange Goat Cheese Cheesecake $20.00
If you have anything specific you’d like made, let me know as well.
Lettuce Mix: $4.00/bag (if you’re feeling unnaturally healthy for the holidays)
Goat Cheese: (put a twist on that old cheese ball recipe)
Chevre, plain or herb $5.00/4 oz log (our last week with fresh Chevre until March)
Ricotta, plain or orange zest $5.00/pound (frozen)
Preserves: (these make great appetizers with goat cheese and crackers)
Peach-Basil $6.00/8 oz jar
Peach-Pepper Jelly $6.00/8 oz jar (hot)
Meat: (great for stuffing that turkey)
Ground goat: $6.00/pound
Ground beef: $6.00/pound
Pork Italian Brats: $6.00/pound
Don’t be afraid of food, especially on Thanksgiving!