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Transition, Tears & Fears

A few weeks back I mentioned in our Eatwell News email on a Friday that my family is in for a big transition. My husband, Christopher, is active duty Air Force and will be stationed in Honduras for a year starting in February. During that time, my daughter, Evelyn, and I will be living in Texas with my parents. Then in March of 2017 we’ll move to Aviano, Italy, the base where Christopher and I were first stationed. 

The move is bittersweet; we’re looking forward to future adventures and travel but will deeply miss the community and friends that we have here in California. While Christopher and I aren’t strangers to the heartache of moving, this will be the first time for Evelyn who was born in California and hasn’t lived anywhere else. We have a little over a month left here, and we’re battling the tears and fears associated with the move. I’ve found that Evelyn’s 5 year old fears are strikingly similar to my own: “Will I know anybody? Will I have friends? What will I eat? Who will I play with?”  These translate so seamlessly into my own fears: “Will anybody know me? Have I changed so much that I won’t fit in with my childhood friends? Where will I find local organic food? How will I ever find something that comes close to Eatwell?” 

I’m tearing up writing this, and I’m struggling to put into words how much Eatwell Farm and the community mean to me. While it’s not quite time for goodbyes, you’ll be hearing much less from me as Connie steps into the hot-seat as CSA manager. 

Much love, 

Emily

Romanesco!

One of the many perks of working on the farm is getting to take home the harvest and share it with my friends and neighbors. Romanesco is one of my favorite items to give to others because of it’s fantastic appearance and flavor. Our neighborhood is packed with children, and we often have the kids over to help prepare the romanesco, bake it, and squeeze a little bit of lemon juice on top. Believe it or not, it’s a snack that most of the kids love! If I’m not quick enough, they gobble it all up before I get a bite for myself. - Emily

Sunday Suppers on the Farm

On Sunday the farm falls silent of tractor noise and the hustle bustle of the crew. The sound of the wind rushing through poplars peppered with chicken chatter takes center stage, and at this time of year where the sun is slow to sleep, an evening stroll on the farm is the perfect time to breathe in and be present. In the early evenings, the sun's rays land on the farm and glow, sometimes catching cover crop in a golden hue that makes me stop in my tracks; I'm a living statue, watching and listening, feeling the warmth of the summer sun on my skin, the breeze kissing me as I look out and around. Red tailed hawks circle above, and I can hear them calling mates guarding nests in the poplars nearby. I stroll through the field of summer squash, my hands brushing large leaves and bristly stalks. On a farm filled with produce, this field may be my favorite with sun-bright flowers open wide and an array of colorful squash at every turn. Nigel walks beside me and speaks of fertility and abundance, two beautifully connected concepts interwoven into Eatwell's landscape.

Back in the farmhouse, there's a different energy. I walk from the warmth of the summer sun into the heart of the home with Lorraine at the center, stirring and crafting a meal that features the abundance of the farm. Scented layers of simmering sauces and sauteing veggies carry me to the stove where I'm guaranteed a taste, and I melt, slowly into a chair at the table. Meals on the farm are a source of communion; the fellowship of friends and family joining in a meal celebrating the bounty of the farm and nourishment of our bodies and souls. And what we find through this fellowship is connection, to the food we eat, our gratitude for the land, and with each other.

This fellowship is open to you and your friends at our Sunday Suppers. Walk the fields in the early evening with Nigel and share a meal around the farmhouse table with your friends, family, and Nigel and Lorraine. The first Sunday Supper is scheduled for July 5th and will feature a festive array of All-American dishes for $65 per person.
 

Tentative Menu
(Menu may change depending upon availability)
Chilled Peach Soup
Smoked Pork Sandwiches on Eatwell Farmhouse Kitchen Buns
Green Tomato/Tomatillo Relish
Potato Salad
Fresh corn on the cob
Strawberry Mousse


We welcome you, your friends and your family to join us on the farm and at the table for this intimate experience. Seating in the farmhouse kitchen is limited to 22, so reservations and payment must be made by July 2nd. Please call Lorraine directly at (530)-554-3971 to join us.

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