In five months, we will have our first CSA pickup of 2011. Although the wintry winds are upon us, the farmhouse is full of dreams fueled by vibrant seed catalogs. Our mouths water with the promise of purple tomatoes, savory arugula, baby beets, luscious melons and fresh spring peas. We imagine the rows of sunflowers arching toward the sky, the zinnias coloring the landscape and the blossoms of the apple trees scenting the air.
Winter is a time of imagination and rest. Although we still have daily animal chores and regular trips to fill the firewood bin, the cold weather provides us with a balance to the hectic days of summer. From May until October, we have a neverending task list that threatens to steal all the energy from our bodies. It is nonstop work while the world is green. In December and January, we can take time to breathe, catch up with farming friends and plan for the coming year. The seasons provide a balance to the year that we need to stay sane.
So, now, we select our seed varieties. We plan our events. We craft the flavors of Spring, Summer and Autumn. We arrange to teach, to learn and to share. Our farm provides for our social life, our food life and a portion of our income. It is something that connects us, demands from us and gives us purpose. Winter is not a time of dormancy. It is a time to remember the past and carve out our future. Everything is connected. We just have a little more time to appreciate it.
Posted by blacksheepfarms on December 21, 2010
We recently received an email from someone who told us that Black Sheep Farms has inspired her to keep pursuing her dream of becoming “a self-sufficient, off-the-grid uber gardener.” It was really helpful to hear that since it came at the tail end of a rough week. Thank you, Meghan! You created a spark of joy for Kelly and me.
Another bright spot is our collaboration with Clayton and Bernadette Chapman. Their restaurant, The Grey Plume, opens this Friday. TGP has the following distinctions:
Pretty impressive, right? Black Sheep Farms is proud to be a part of this. We are incorporating their paper menus into our vermicomposting system, supplying regular flower displays and planning on custom vegetable production. This will make the restaurant as beautiful and flavorful as it is ecologically friendly.
We are also accepting entries into the lottery for our Community Supported Agriculture program. Participating in a CSA is a unique way to buy your food and participate directly in the Omaha foodshed. We need dedicated eaters to create a vibrant food culture. Is that you?
Of course, no December would be complete without scouring the seed catalogs. We started receiving 2011′s catalogs in November, and this year is extra exciting since Black Sheep Farms is expanding our focus on flowers. We believe that locally grown, chemical-free flowers are just as important as food. We all need beauty! From custom weddings to weekly household displays, there are lots of opportunities to bring flowers into your life.
Posted by blacksheepfarms on December 7, 2010