on friday, after completing our first harvest for the CSA season, we celebrated sasha’s 15th birthday. the anniversary of the birth of my first born is something like no other, for i delight in the remembrance of the beginning of my journey into motherhood. the abrupt transition from being concerned with only my own well being, to caring for another dependent soul, was certainly one of the biggest shifts in my life to date. 15 years ago i labored in the shack, just me and my man on our very own farm. i rose to levels i could never have imagined and still can’t describe as that day ended and we greeted our first born. wow.
with out very many hours of sleep after this wonderful lemon cake with lemon icing, we awoke and headed gleefully to the metro nashville farmers market for our first of many CSA deliveries for the 2014 season. the first market day is so intense. this time around, our 15th, the ushering in of our busiest months, was flawless and delightful. full with bountiful baskets and the community of joy that continues to surround our farm and our family, we had, yet another reason to celebrate.
we welcomed back our 2011 apprentice andy to the farm this past week. as we continue on our paths as farmer mentors, we have longed for the appropriate situation to invite someone back to work with us beyond one growing season. over all these years, that scenario never created itself. now it has. without giving away many details of our latest unfolding project, andy will live here and work with us and you will just have to stay tuned for more specifics. (how’s that for tantalizing?) his arrival could not have been more perfect and would have been cause for party alone, but he pulled in just in time to celebrate with us his own birthday! we returned home from market, set up our dining tables and fired up the grill.
steak and cake and salad for all who dared share in the delights with us, by this time, absolutely bathed in joy.
the festivities wound down well past my bed time. we gathered in the twilight that melted into moonlight. we were surrounded by the fireflies and the sound of heather’s banjo, burdock’s fiddle and madeline’s guitar (ok, heather’s guitar that madeline is using while heather teaches her to play). the combination of old time music, new beginnings and full bellies had us all brimming with happiness. good times friends, truly good times. i am wishing the same for all of you. joy. more joy.