Silver Platter of Fresh Asparagus with Balsamic Reduction

Last week brought us 2.5 inches of rain in one day.  That is more than we got in the last 6 weeks.  The temperatures have been warm, and things are growing great on the farm.  

I am excited to announce our 1st CSA share pick up date will be this Thursday.  Shares will include asparagus, hand cracked hickory nuts, chives with flowers, and lavender.  Shares will be light for the first few weeks and then pick up as temperatures continue to stay warm.  

The farm stand will have some new vegetable transplants out front, as I plant them out in our own farm and have extras.  Extras will include more varieties of tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, as well as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, leeks, summer squash, cucumbers and herbs. 

When you come to visit the farm, you may see the new beehives tucked in the back of the farm.  The hives are empty right now, but soon will be filled with busy honeybees working to pollinate all the vegetables.  The honey from the farm will be for sale at the local farmer's market from Victory Bees.  

I want to leave you with one of my favorite short stories.  Hope to see you on the farm.     

  • A boat was docked in a tiny Newfoundland fishing village. A tourist from Toronto complimented the Newfie fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

    'Not very long,' answered the Newfie.

    'But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?' asked the Torontonian.

    The Newfie explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

    The Torontonian asked, 'But what do you do with the rest of your time?'

    'I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take an afternoon nap with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs... I have a full life.'

    The Torontonian interrupted, 'I have an MBA from Queen's University and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.'

    'And after that?' asked the Newfie.

    'With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to St John's, Halifax , or even Toronto ! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.'

    'How long would that take?' asked the Newfie.

    'Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,' replied the Torontonian.

    'And after that?' 

    'Afterwards? Well my Friend, That's when it gets really interesting,' answered the Torontonian, laughing.. 'When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!'


    Really? And after that?' said the Newfie.

    'After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take an afternoon nap with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.'

    And the moral is: Know where you're going in life....... you may already be there!



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