What is in the VEGGIE BOX?
Tomatoes, Leeks, Basil, Zucchini, Parsley, Tomatoes, Butternut Squash, a stem of Cayenne Peppers and Potatoes
What is in the FRUIT BOX? Apples, Pomegranate, Dried Apricots and a pear
NO DELIVERIES-mark your calendars
OCTOBER 18 AND 22-we are taking our anniversary and fall break so there will not be any delivers the week of October 17th.
This Week on the Farm
This cool weather is wonderful, brings the couch potato out in me, I just want to laze around the house drinking coco and reading a good book. It is yummy weather after a long summer season. We had a bit of rain on Sunday and Monday to settle the dust, but not much to effect the amount of water on the crops.
It was another beautiful day in the upper Capay Valley, and the 29th annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival once again rocked the Valley. Temperatures in the high 70’s kept cases of heatstroke to a minimum and kegs of beer and tubs of ice cream emptied in a sedate and sustainable manner. The clouds scudding overhead gave a promise of what might come tomorrow, but they understood that for now, anything more than a little misting was off limits. And true to form, we had a very nice little dust settling moment on Sunday during the cleanup, just enough to remind us to give thanks for our good fortune. And giving thanks we were, for the crowd of nearly 5000 people who jostled elbows, lost kids, danced in the barnyard moshpit, for the stable times of peace and prosperity that help foster such an event. Finding out that Annie had found a new place of peace in the middle of all the hubbub, taking the initiative to pull materials down from the rafters and just start an impromptu wreath making session, took me back several decades to the roots of the Hoes Down and the roots of our marriage.
30 years ago the Hoes Down started in that very wreath room, as the Circle of four Friends looked for a way to market the wreaths that they loved making. From those beginnings has sprung a 3 day event that benefits a host of local organizations and provides a great place for all of us to meet with people that we would otherwise not get to see. And before that memory there is an even older memory of a very young Ann Heasell who, invited to a college house party by a young Jeff Main, amused herself while the rest of us were dancing away the Christmas season night by sitting at the kitchen table and crafting seasonal creations in tissue and foil and glitter. I eventually noticed her absence and found her doing these incredible things out of her own vision and saw a future immeasurably enlivened with a woman of these talents and perspective. And so it is with Good Humus Produce. The great blessing of this agricultural enterprise is that so much of it reflects the talents and capabilities of Annie, Jeff, Francisco, Ricardo, Rogelio, Celia, Elvira, Cuca, and all the other real people that work and spend their lives in connection with this piece of land. Have a great week~Jeff
Jeff and I both wrote something for this week’s newsletter-and maybe instead of editing it down I will leave what we both had to say.
The Hoes Down was a huge success, with lots and lots of folks having fun all day. This was the 29th year of this harvest festival, and Jeff and I have been part of it every year. In fact we along with what was once a woman’s circle “The Circle of Friends” who started the Hoes Down. There were four of us farm women that learned the craft of wreath making at a farm in Boulder Creek named Camp Joy and on our return to our valley with the craft knowledge we would get together once a week get to make wreaths in the fall all the way up to Christmas. We brought our kids and they would run in a wild herd around Full Belly having the time of their lives while the four of us would cackle together over making wreaths-it was a wonderful time in our lives too. We needed a place to sell our wreaths and thought why not try to bring folks to the farm and have a farm open house. That was the beginning of the Hoes Down.
As the years passed two of the women left farming and our valley and Dru and I passed our wreath making on to our crew of women who worked on our farms. After 33 years (we started wreath making when our kids were 6 months old) Dru and I usually do not make any wreaths, yet because of our wonderful help on our prospective farms, this year we had about 78 wreaths hanging for sale in the “Wreath Room” where the heart of the Hoes Down began. I am telling you this tale because there was a shift in me this weekend at the Hoes Down. I had been in charge of the kid’s area for years, probably for 20 years, but I gave up the responsibility when I turned 60 almost 4 years ago, and now just assist Annie Hehner who took over my position as Kid’s Area GM. And as usually, this year I was at the Kids information table answering questions about where different activities were happening, helping lost parents find their kids and such when I happened to take a break and go into the wreath room to eat lunch. I introduced myself to the woman that was helping folks and making wreath sales, she was happy to meet me as she had been selling our wreaths for 3 years and didn’t know who I was. We got to talking and she said folks ask her how the wreaths are made, and she has never been able to tell them. For some reason, the moment of inspiration came to me that there needs to be someone in the wreath room making wreaths so folks can see how they are being made. I then walked back to the kid’s area and told Annie that it was time for me to move on-that she has everything streamlined and she really does not need me anymore. Then I walked back to the wreath room and started making wreaths. Folks watched, asked questions and then started making orders of what they wanted-I ended up making 5 wreaths that afternoon and did not come out of the wreath room until 7:30pm! It felt so good to spend my time making wreaths, telling the story of the Hoes Down history-so good that I thought next year-if there is another Hoes Down I will spend the entire day there-taking special orders and be back to where it all began-In the Wreath Room! I might even see if I could get Dru and possibly the other two Circle of Friends women Carolyn Brown and Sarah Adkison to join me-and then we can say we have come full circle! Have a great week~Annie