Beauty and Discomfort, and our CSA Signup is Open!
Yesterday the thermometer never rose above one degree F on the farm. It was COLD. The kind of cold that if my nose popped out of my face cover while I was driving the tractor, it immediately started to hurt. Luckily I was bundled to the max right down to my insulated hiking boots and wool socks.
As I moved around my morning, slowly since everything was a sheet of ice, I kept noticing moments where I wanted to take a photo. The cows looking at me, annoyed because I made them leave the barn while I cleaned it, against the bright blue sky. The waterfall through the trees. The icicles on the roof of the corn crib. And I got to thinking. If I'm being honest, I do not like the cold weather. Or the winter. It's grey, cold, and dark, and I struggle with depression all winter long. Thank you Motherwort and St John's Wort tincure! Anyway, I would not choose to go outside into the cold if I didn't have to. Obviously the animals don't care and demand the same if not more attention when the thermometer dips. They force me out into the cold, and into the beauty. I couldn't help but wonder if everything would have seemed so beautiful if it wasn't so cold. If I didn't feel like I might be one of the few outside on that day enjoying it.
I think there's a lot to say about pushing ourselves into discomfort. Learning to bear it and to learn from it. Once I finally got back inside a few hours later, I felt like I might never be warm again. I mentioned before that I am making a big effort this year for self-care. And so, I took myself down to Raffa Yoga in Cranston and sat in their series of five different saunas for three whole hours until I was warm right down to the bone.
Then, I went home and worked on getting my CSA signup up on the website, and voila! Summer CSA signups are open. This is going to be a wild year for Deep Roots (what year isn't though, right?). I'm moving farms, amping up production, and generally just going for it! And in that light, I would appreciate from the bottom of my heart if you signed up for our CSA. It would give me a little bit of help in gauging demand for the year and also help with providing working capital when I need it most. In return, you'll get a discount and first dibs on Thanksgiving turkeys! I'm offering pickups at the old farm in Chepachet and the new farm in Cranston. Also toying around the idea of a Providence pickup, let me know if you'd be interested!