Well, as anyone trying to follow this blog has realized, I’m no longer blogging. This is because I’m working on a new book (Season of the Raven, a Servant of the Crown mystery set in 1194 and including some old friends ). I have discovered that I can write fun stuff about farming or I can write chapters in the book, but I cannot do both. More importantly, I have to get our new website up and going, including all of our farm products: eggs, raw milk, cheeses, jams, jellies and vinegars. We are now actively selling to a select clientele (that’s because we’re still really small) and, as Ed said the other day, we’re starting to feel like REAL farmers–not fakes.
I stopped feeling like a fake farmer after I slaughtered my first turkey.
Now that we’re real farmers, life is as crowded and busy as we could ever have imagined. Ed’s up at 6:00am to feed and water our critters. I’m up by seven starting some new cheese, making breakfast or working on writing chores. We milk, I clean the milking machine and cream separator, Ed goes off to work on the fields, I make cheese, we miss lunch, I clean and sanitize the kitchen for the 10th time as I finish whatever cheese I’m working on that day, Ed feeds and waters critters, we milk Brighty for the second time in the day, I clean and sanitize the milker, feed the dogs and cats then make our dinner. Ed falls asleep in his chair by no later than 8 pm and I start writing, working until midnight usually.
So…no time to blog but we’re LOVING the farming life. There is nothing more satisfying than feeling connected to the earth every single day. It’s a concept that finds its way into all my books because I think it was the root of humanity until these last two centuries when, for reasons buried deep in Western philosophy, the idea of that Nature was our enemy and needed to be conquered–mastered, as if we ever could–for our profit came to the forefront of our belief system.
So, for the foreseeable future I’m ending this blog to work on our farm site: ourgreenacresaz.com, where I’ll be listing our products and produce as we create them.
Happy Green Living!