Farming is an endeavor that requires humility and gratitude. You are dependent on so many things beyond your control, and reliant on the support, guidance, and trust of others. Without the love and support of our families and friends, the Collins (our landowners), you - our customers, and the broader farming and sustainable eating movement, we could not succeed. So, very simply: thank you all.
Sarah and I feel we would be remiss if we didn’t also reflect on this week’s election. Crooked Fence Farm was founded on respect for the environment, respect for all communities, respect for ourselves, and respect for our workers. Unfortunately, we believe that Donald Trump does not possess or represent any of these values and we are worried for our country under his Presidency. However, farming in an undertaking and profession rooted in hope: every winter you hope that the seeds will once again sprout in the spring, bringing new life and bounty again into the word. As we head into the quiet winter months, we have time to reflect that farming, ethical eating, and environmental preservation are anchored and supported by local community. We are encouraged and grateful to have you, our CSA members, our families, and a community of fellow farmers, and the opportunity to rely on all of them. If you are feeling discouraged or distressed by the political turmoil, remember that change, understanding, and kindness are all cultivated for the long run. We are trying to grow all of these things, in addition to delicious food, at Crooked Fence Farm, and we will always be here for those that seek those things in life.
To turn from the philosophical aspects of farming, we really hope you enjoy this week’s final, double size -- end of season box! Sarah has made some really wonderful door swags from foraged pine boughs and cones on our farm. We hope they can brighten up your home for the holiday season. Sarah’s mother, Sherry, helped us can and preserve some really delicious pepper relish in August, and now we can share it with you at the end of the season. It’s definitely spicy, but the relish has mellowed and deepened in flavor over time, we hope it reminds you of of mid-summer during the winter months. Finally, the box is stuffed with all of the delicious hearty greens and roots of the late fall season. We truly love sharing delicious food with you, and we hope you enjoy this final delivery for the year.