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Today was our first CSA pickup! This afternoon, we ran over to Evening Song Farm to chat with Kara and Ryan and Echo (who was behaving himself very nicely with all those potential playmates coming and going) and gathered our first CSA of the season.
After spending a nice chunk of time speaking with Evening Song Farm owners, Kara and Ryan for my article that I did on their farm a month or so ago, I feel a connection to them. They are a genuinely nice couple that make you immediately feel at home. I was so very happy today to see so many people coming and going from the barn that is the CSA pickup location. They are a great addition to the community and I was so looking forward to the first pickup today.
Since I grow my own garden, and quite a large one at that, many people questioned my sanity at joining a CSA. Why would I do that? Simple answer, my family and I use more produce that I can produce and those that know us know that we have a lot of company. Since I usually go to the Rutland Farmer’s Market and purchase at least as many items as I am getting in my weekly CSA pickup, why wouldn’t I want to get a discount (yes it’s cheaper than purchasing the same items at the farmer’s market) and have the convenience of being able to pick it all up within five minutes of my own door? To me, these are good reasons, along with the fact that I’m helping a new local business get a leg-up in a less than desirable economy.
Since Evening Song Farm provides its members with a free choice CSA, I can tailor my weekly pickup to my needs which is another great idea in my opinion. This week’s pick looked like this:
Another good reason for joining was that my veggies are merely little seedlings right now and I’m certainly not growing a lot of what they have to choose from at the farm. We chose broccoli rabe, lettuce, baby lettuce, pea shoots, baby bok choy and these beautiful long and amazingly delicious garlic scallions that are at least two feet long.
Thanks so much to Kara, Ryan and Echo for some beautiful, fresh and delicious local veggies.
Needless to say, tonight’s dinner was angel hair pasta with sauteed broccoli rabe, garlic scallions, olive oil and crushed red pepper. It was delicious!
I came upon this from Learn This and thought it was information worthy to share – since we all need reminders once in a while.
The post was entitled “70 Reminders To Help You Break Any Barrier”
1. Believe that even the smallest compliment can save someone’s life
2. Remember that one person can change an entire nation
3. Understand that kids are smarter than we make them out to be
4. Just because old people are old, doesn’t mean they’ve lost their youth
5. Talent can be found under the dirtiest rock or in the most hopeless slum
6. Just because someone is poor in wealth doesn’t mean they are poor in spirit
7. Poverty is the greatest gift you can give a person. It is only then that they will have a choice to either become valuable or die as a quitter
8. Let the naysayers say nay and allow the criticizers to criticize: in the end you will have found greater happiness having pursued your dream
9. If a baby can smile living off of only breast milk and a mother’s love, you can smile too
10. The prettiest people can do the ugliest things
11. You are no different than the squirrel on that branch. You both eat a lot, hibernate for the winter, and have a tendency to be curious of humankind
12. From the CEO of a major corporation to the lowly janitor who sweeps where his boss stands; they are all insecure
13. To be creative is the most valuable thing in the world; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise
14. People conform because there is strength in numbers, but true strength comes from the person brave enough to stand alone
15. Unrealistic goals are hardly ever achieved not because they are impossible, but because everyone is too scared to make them real
16. Don’t be afraid to let those go who are hindrance to your high self-esteem, the life blood of your success
17. Embarrassment is a pointless emotion that only serves to confuse and over exaggerate reality
18. The only ways to stop negativity is to avoid it completely or face it head on
19. Irrational self confidence is worth more than rational defeatism
20. To live in no one’s reality but the one you’ve created for yourself is to achieve true happiness
21. Giving is one of the most underrated tactics to getting what you want
22. Fear the person who dreams unrealistically; one day he may acquire what he desireshel
23. Everyone has a weakness
24. Live and die as your passion; to be known as anything else is an insult to your existence
25. Do not deprive yourself or others of the gift of cartoons. Their creativity, hilarity, and curiosity have made me who I am today
26. Quiet patience and adaptive persistence are the two keys to perpetual happiness
27. Never feel ashamed of your natural instincts. They are there for a reason
28. Look at the people you are following in their footsteps. Is that the person you wish to be?
29. Don’t indulge in distractions that are short-lived and derail your long term efforts
30. To create a piece of art is to exist as a God within your mental domain
31. The movers in this world are the ones who create and consume only what coincides with their ultimate vision of themselves
32. Things are never as they seem. Always dig deeper to find the gold beneath the rock
33. Stereotypes don’t come out of thin air; all that is left for you now is to disprove them
34. Any crack in your resilience will be exploited if you don’t patch it up from time to time
35. Being assertive is a sign of a steadfast will
36. Negative people don’t deserve your time; positive people crave it
37. When your beliefs are tested, bring evidence to prove them wrong (granted you actually feel the need to)
38. When you have the strength to ask for more even after being knocked down countless times, there is nothing you can’t achieve
39. To look down to the ground is a sign of weakness. Look forward to showcase your unshakable confidence
40. Even one who is deaf can produce the most beautiful music
41. How much do you want success? How far are you willing to go?
42. A true genius is one who can sit for hours intensely focused on what he loves
43. Do not screw around with your time. It is the only thing within your absolute control
44. The only sense of entitlement you should feel is toward living your passion
45. The answers are always right in front of us. Just open your eyes
46. If you do not want to put in the work to make your dreams real then you do not deserve the right to put down anyone who fails in trying
47. The human brain contains 15-33 billion neurons; do not tell yourself that you are not creative
48. Do not let yourself fall into despair; it is a massive waste of time and emotion
49. People don’t tell you to try new things because it sounds “adventurous”. They say it because it actually works
50. If today was your last day, how many of these words would you actually follow?
51. To be an authority of any kind, you must earn and emanate respect
52. When in doubt, just laugh. Find amusement in how absurd your situation is then come out of the gate with full force
53. Don’t admire those who are simply hard workers with lots of awards under their belts. Idolize the people who are successful by working hard doing what they love
54. Life won’t let you you get by with being stupid. You have to have knowledge of some kind to live in this world
55. Don’t confuse being stupid with being stubborn. Sometimes trying harder is all it takes
56. Do NOT allow anyone to disrespect you or make you feel less than you know you are
57. Don’t blame someone else for being better than you. Blame yourself for not working harder
58. Hard work is not something we should run away from. It’s pointless work we should fear
59. Don’t carry everything on your shoulders; that’s what friends are for
60. When you’ve lost your spirit, spend some time with youth. Their thirst for life and exploration will no doubt re-invigorate you
61. The fact that nothing in life is guaranteed is both a blessing and a curse
62. There is never only one choice: you don’t have to go up after you hit rock bottom. You can also choose to stay there
63. Sometimes you have to realize when you just aren’t good at something; this is the best time to regroup
64. Using old-age methods to solve new-age problems is setting yourself up for failure
65. When you’ve been sitting in the same spot for hours, trying to get something absolutely perfect, give yourself more than just a pat on the back
66. Not many people will risk everything in order to achieve what they want; in other words, be a risk taker and you will reap the rewards
67. Even when you know you’re close to the finish line, never let up
68. The only thing you can change about people are your relationships with them
69. What’s happened in the past is done. The future does not exist yet. The only thing in your mind should be what you’re doing now
70. You may be a great writer, a doctor, a lawyer, or a banker, but at your very core, the only thing we are best at is being ourselves