i have a friend. a good friend. she has been a member of our CSA for longer than i can remember. she and her man, heck, we knew them before they left nashville for the great open skies of the southwest. we knew them before they had twins (now in first grade), we welcomed them when they came back to nasvhille. these folks are shareholders in the CSA that we have seen through too many life shifts to count. obviously, when the opportunity to collaborate arose, we jumped.
MEEL is an amazing culinary project. full of integrity, style and hard work. our friend marti spends countless hours each week curating boxes for her customers that include seasonal recipes, the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients to cook those recipes and heart felt inspiration to share the meals with your loved ones. our farm’s produce, along with fruits and vegetables and meat and dairy from nearly every sustainable farm serving metro nasvhille has found its way into a MEEL box. like so many mama entrepreneurs i know, marti does the work, family, home, delivery dance with grace. right now, with her local MEEL project dangling on both sides of the viability fence, marti decided it was high time to try some alternative marketing. with a celebrity coming to the music city for an event this weekend,she arranged to have a very special MEEL box waiting for her upon arrival in nashville.
obviously a visiting celebrity is not likely to cook a family meal while in town, so her box included all locally sourced ingredients for a lovely cocktail hour. clearly, this is where we entered the story because a meyer maple cocktail was on the menu. for this seemingly significant beverage and for the love of a friendship and collaboration we did indeed find ourselves driving through a winter storm warning to meet marti at the state line yesterday: 6 meyer lemons and 4 TBS of maple syrup were needed and there was no stopping us.
i am quite sure that right now as you read this tale, gwyneth paltrow is sipping the finest of cocktails mixed with hill and hollow farm’s meyer lemons and maple syrup.