Oh what a wonderful day we had today on the farm. After a week or so of hot-ish weather we are back into our grove of 70’s for temps. It makes life much more bearable when trying to complete ones tasks.
I don’t like writing about the bad or hard things when it comes to this job but yesterday was a tough day. Not only was the staff and I beaten down by the 90 plus degree heat but I have some bad news to report when it comes to our meat chickens. Friday was the day we had our chickens butchered and I was so pleased with the results. I was excited to get them to those that ordered the birds after all the hard work and money that went into raising them. Well yesterday I went to the freezer to pull one out for our dinner only to find the freezer hadn’t done its job. How sick I felt seeing all the spoiled birds, sick and sad. I took a long walk to collect my thoughts, when things like this happen it makes me really question the sanity of what we are doing. Such a loss! Today I have regained my vigor for the work ahead, I am sorry to those of you who have ordered birds you will have to wait a bit longer because of this incident but I have learned a valuable lesson. Sometimes I wish lessons could be learned without such loss and I suppose they are, but it seems like that is the way the universe works.
On a lighter note this year we have been coming together as a staff on Thursdays and sharing a lunch. This is something I have wanted to do since I started Keewaydin but this is the first year we have been able to make it happen. What fun it is to come together and share a meal using ingredients we have planted and picked fresh from the fields. I feel like it helps us understand the things we grow and gives us a personal connection. Last week Alejandra taught us how to make Tamales using chard leaves. It was truly a festive meal but as I reflect on all the meals we have shared this year they have all been a treat and that is the way it should be whether with friends family or staff. food is meant to be a festival.