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"Self Care"

Posted 11/5/2018 3:58pm by Shiloh Avery.

 

Here's me on my self care soap box (just kidding--it's actually a woman at the Renaissance Fair selling soap from atop a soap box and I thought it was funny)

 

I went to a luncheon and talked about “self-care” today. It’s all the rage, you know. And not for bad reasons. It was nice to get off the farm for a change.  How’s that for self-care.  You know, whoever the wise (arse) was that said, “if you love your job, you never work a day in your life”, he or she was definitely not a farmer.  Because I can attest that loving your job and working at your job are not mutually exclusive.  

And we. Are. tired.  We have a plan to not work so much beginning now until we really kick it back into gear in February and March. We divided up the work between the three of us so that we can produce all winter long while still having our winter rest. Plus, it’s mostly inside structures so we don’t have to suffer the whims of mother nature quite as much.  It’s a well laid plan.  You know, of course, what they say about the best laid plans…  But now that I’ve talked about self-care as a farmer to other women, it’s time to really focus on that for ourselves. Winter is a time for resting, rejuvenating, healing our bodies and spirits.  It’s a time to renew our love for our job so we can come at March with the same ferocious enthusiasm you’ve come to know us for.  

We’re lucky in so many ways.  The seasonality of agriculture, even with some winter production, allows for a period of reflection and planning.  How many other businesses get to slow way down to do these things.  Most businesses just keep on rolling full speed.  I wonder how y’all incorporate self-care into your busy lives.

Winter Harvest Shares begin next week! We still have a few shares available. This one size fits all share acknowledges the extra time you'll be spending in the kitchen with family and friends for the holidays and includes a weekly dozen eggs from our dear friends at Creeksong Farm in Ashe County. The winter harvest share begins November 14th and runs through Jan 23rd (with no deliveries December 26th).  That's 10 weeks worth of local organic veggies!  In the winter harvest share you can expect to see (in addition to free range eggs) salad mixes including lettuce and arugula and some spicy mix, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, radishes, Hakurei salad turnips, bok choy, kale, chard, collards, celery, carrots, spinach, and even a bit of turmeric.  These winter shares will be limited in availability so get registered as soon as possible!

 

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