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Some Things Are So Utterly Simple

With the political lines being so adamantly drawn in this country, I would think that the issue of the confederate flag would obviously be an easy one to handle. Nope. For those of you who have noticed, there’s been several articles written about the wish of the Durham-Middlefield Racial Justice Team to ban all sales and display of the confederate flag at the Durham Fair this coming September. There is a surprisingly robust amount of people who adamantly believe that limiting its access in any way is an infringement on their rights as free citizens Along with this way of thinking, I also hear many people insist that their wish to see the flag hung without any limitations has to do with “heritage”.

Let me address the second issue first. Heritage. Sure, its true that if one comes from a long line of slave owners that that history becomes part of your heritage. The facts are that all illusions to the confederacy will always swing back to the undeniable fact that this war was about preserving a way of life where one group of people(white slave owners) lay claim on the freedom of another group (slaves) and tried to remain in a position of supremacy. In other words, revearring the flag is a means of celebrating racism. Its a racist action. If there’s ANY other way to look at this, please tell me.

As for the issue of limiting free speech and people feeling threatened by these kind perameters, let me say this: Free speech does not mean that one gets to say anything they want when ever they want to. A private organization has the right to limit what can and can’t be seen under its purview. But most importantly is considering trauma and empathy. These two concepts refer back to the title of this piece “Some Things Are So Utterly Simple”. First concept that I hold as fact is that African Americans have been deprived of their rights and kept in a second class position for over 400 years. The collective experiences of slavery, “Reconstruction”, Jim Crow laws, KKK, years of being killed (many times unjustified by police), segregation, verbal abuse and on and on have resulted in a particularly heinous and terrible form of trauma that is passed on from generation to generation. The confederate flag sympolizes all that American society has denied to African Americans and all the hurt and pain that racist people have inflicted on them (over hundreds of years. Hundreds). So the flag becomes an unwelcome trigger for these feelings of trauma. The therapist and social worker, Resmaa Menakem has illustrated this sad but true situation in his book “My Grandmother’s Hands”. You can also hear him being interviewed by Krista Tibbits here: https://centerpost.rowecenter.org/notice-the-rage-notice-the-silence-an-interview-with-resmaa-menakem/ In my own heart, I would never knowingly do anything to create trauma in another human being. Why would any of us want to subject someone to something that could trigger trauma. The Racial Justice Team is not alone in this endeavour to make the world a more welcoming place to ALL peoples. NASCAR no longer will allow the flag to be shown. Many state fairs throughout the country have banned it from their shelves. North Carolina will no longer be issuing a special edition license plate. Mississippi has removed the image of the flag from its own state flag. This is a growing movement. Its certainly not the most important step in creating equity but the fact that its being aired has helped put the issue much more in the forefront of the public.

Simply put, the flag can create trauma and large unnecessary pain in African American people As a country, why would we want to create horror and pain for our fellow citizens?

This is what I mean by “….Utterly Simple”. If you come to this “flag situation “with your heart open to the possibility of love, you’re going to come out in favor of empathy. Isn’t that the one true thing that should guide all of us?

We’re going to talk about tomato grafting in more detail soon. For now, for those of you who haven’t heard of this procedure-its a method for blending two different tomato plants. One is the flavor and the other is the root stock, which we think of as the engine. To graft, one literally cuts the tops off of both and sticks them together. I’ll go over the ins and outs soon.

In the meantime, please stay safe. Keep wearing that mask. Hope you enjoy what we have to offer this week. Oh, one more thing of excitement- we’ve received our turmeric /ginger tubers this weeks from Hawaii. They’ll be put in large flats to get them to start growing.

Namaste,

David

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Plato Knew About Trump A Long Time Ago or Trump/ Facism Is “Gentle On My Mind” (with a nod to John Hartford and Glenn Campbell

It’s been too hard to get the right title for what I’m writing today. Both statements are so true. Plato saw a Trump-like character 2300 years before hand. Quite simply, he warned his readers that there was a danger that a person totally ill equipped for the job would gain power and claim that they and they alone would bring things back to the glory that once was. Further, Plato saw that this person would make the majority fear the minority/immigrants and instill in them a fear that they would be denied material wealth because of the minority’s insistence that they be treated fairly, too. Sounds familiar, right? The current white supremacist (see my very first foot note below, please) has always insisted the superiority of the white race and in the process have tried to eliminate the possibility that equity can be found someday in this country. Sadly and disturbingly, Trump was every bit and more that kind of person that Plato warned us about. There is a lot of talk about Trump, the want to be dictator and Facism. I see him definitely that way. Here’s why I think that way.

First off, he exploded truth in a way that we’ve never seen before. Its part of Kelly Ann C. statement about “alternative facts”. Trump lied everywhere. Maybe not because he’s a chronic liar (he is, though), but because by lying about everything, he succeeded in lulling many people into a normalcy. Although Hitler wasn’t the only one to do this was great facility, he comes to mind as a great example of “killing” truth.

Trump’s catch phrase “Make America Great Again” fits into the mold of how I see Facist behavior. MAGA is only true if you’re a white elitist. Try that phrase out on people of color, and they’d probably look at you strangely(and angrily). “When was it ever great”? And that’s the point, he wasn’t saying to make it great for everyone-just white people . He had been pulling nostalgia moments (most of which weren’t even true anyway) back for white people to remember and help them to realize that Immigrants and African Americans can threaten their well being. Nothing could be further from the truth. But none the less, that is what he was pushing. And least we forget, Trump had said on more than one occasion that he and he alone would be the only way to accomplish those goals. What a crock!

The second title for this blog “Gentle On My Mind” refers mostly to my wish that difficult things could indeed be gentle on my mind. They can’t. Well, for me , anyway. But I can hope.

Trump is now the former President for sure. But Trumpism, and people embracing conspiracy theories are here to stay. QAnon , or whoever he/she is (probably a guy!), lost many followers when, inspite of The Plan, Biden was able to assume the office of President. But he/she didn’t lose all of them. People who live in Alternative Universes will become less influential, I hope. They have to, because they and Trump and the whole Republican Party threaten democracy. Biden will disappoint me from time to time, for sure, but what else is totally true is that he’s returning the government to a place where its main aim is to actually help people, not just rich elites. Science is also real and instead of “Covid! Covid! Covid!”, as Trump had said, the present administration is doing everything it can to get vaccines into arms. For those of you who read the Vogue issue that exposed how the Trump administration, with Jared leading the pack, gave up on fighting the pandemic, you would know how irrelevant our needs our to these people

The future? There’s going to be Cruz, Hawley and even Tucker Carson’s trying to become president, but their success is far from inevitable. We have to keep in mind that without real social justice, equity in both the work place and in education that the Have Nots (which predominently will rightfully remain angry, short on understanding about waiting for what’s rightfully theirs and all for good reason.) If, in protesting, there is a total lack of patience, those of us who have white privilege need to remember -how long must they wait? Injustice for one is injustice for everyone.

Star Light will be gaining on volume of available products starting shortly. We’ve passed that remarkable moment when there’ll be more than 10 hours of daylight, the magic spot when photosynthesis will kick in again. This will mean that you’ll start seeing less of the “sold out” sign in the store.

FOOT NOTE: While proof reading this paragraph, I noticed that I had spelled white supremacist with capitol letter initially. When coming across this spelling, I looked at it and thought “this isn’t right to make that word a proper noun. There’s nothing proper about the term. My googling brought up this “make sense” article that confirmed my wonderment. You can find it here:

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/alexcorey/2020/07/20/ap-will-not-capitalize-white-in-racial-cultural-or-ethnic-context-n2572791

Please, have a safe and peaceful week. Talk to you soon.

Namaste,

David

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Break On Through To The Other Side(with a nod to Jim Morrison)

To quote my very favorite historian, Heather Cox Richardson- we’re all breathing and sleeping better now that we refer to him as “Former President”. I’m going to keep wondering how, with the overwhelming evidence right in front of them, people can remain loyal to someone who openly destains POC, embraces QAnon, instigates an attack on our Capitol, has no empathy for the 400K plus UNNECESSARY deaths (with a 500K count very realistic) from Covid, who promoted the most cockameanny story about illegal elections, and made 3 different calls (not to mention Lindsey Graham’s call) to officials in PA trying to throw out the popular vote. I just stand there with my hands on my hips and think “what exactly, if not this, might convince you”. Just at a loss, I tell you. Maybe some punster will come along and lay it all out for me.

Meanwhile, besides the relief that he didn’t drop bombs on Iran on his way out the door, I now realize that there is no more reason to try and convince my Trump friends (yes, I have a few) that this man threatened Democracy. That train left the station. Other “trains” remain though. Although, not sure when they might leave, they are putting us in a tenuous place. One thing to consider is the potential for the Alt-Right and White Supremacist to unleash violence anywhere on anyone. This is real and worrisome. The other factor that I wonder about is whether the business Republicans (Mitch et al) will effectively block all of President Biden’s initiatives. This could happen. To dig a little deeper into this, let’s consider that Biden, now in a position to be a transformative President, wants to bring to our nation programs that are genuinely designed to help the most people, as opposed to how things have been gradually morphing into benefiting the 1%. In effect, Biden is interested in helping the most vulnerable as well as giving a boost to those in the middle class needing just that bit of extra help. To me, this is the New Deal of the FDR era redux for modern USA needs. I’m for it and wonder what you think? Equity probably won’t happen over night, but wouldn’t it be a dream come true?!

I am hopefull that our new President will find those bridges that he’s been talking about. He is a centrist, meaning that the political pendulum goes sometimes way left and sometimes way right, but either way, one has to pass thru the middle, coming or going. Therefore, the middle is the most common place to be. This might make his job easier.

Talking about easier, January 28 marks the day when we’ll have 10 hours of daylight. For those of you who’ve followed me, know that this day is the day when photosynthesis rapidly speeds up. After that date, plants that have appeared dormant begin to grow. For those of you who have a hard time with the lack of light and the cold, this date is a watershed moment. Star Light, of course, has been positioning itself well for this, planting a wide variety of spinach, salad, pak choi, and root crops in our hoop houses. There’s going to be a moment in the not too distant future when we’ll be able to report that our supply of food is bountiful. Until that moment, we can certainly say, at least, “its beautiful”. And it is. Order early, if you can to help insure you get what you’d like.

Have a great and very safe week. I hope that some of you are able to get the vaccine very soon.

Namaste,

David

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Three More Sleeps

Dear People Who More And More I Consider Are My Friends, Even Though I Haven’t Met Most Of You (But I have met a lot of you, also),

When my kids were really young and excited about some upcoming event to the point where they could hardly contain themselves, they always wanted to know how long they’d have to wait. I got in the habit of translating the time into the number of sleeps until that event would happen. And that’s what the subject means, “Three more sleeps (until the end of Donald J. Trumps administration)”.

We’re lucky that our democracy withstood his onslaught. A free and fair election was held , followed by denial that it was anything but by DJT. And soon after that was the attempted coup, 5 event-related deaths, impeachment and firing of several key Capitol Police heads and hasty resignations by those in his cabinet who preferred not to be on a sinking ship (probably a good strategic move on their part, but far too little, too late for them to have credibility in my book!). And now on the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration , we’re left with the undeniable fact that White Supremacist are the number one domestic threat to our country.

Last week, I was more comfortable with the major pundits explaining what happened on January 6th, but tonight, it seems important to emphasis for you and me that Racism with a capital “R” was the big player in the Capitol invasion last week. A watershed moment really, where a group of almost exclusively White Men felt an existential threat to their livelihood because they now see that it will be impossible to prevent the voices and issues of POC from being part of the center stage of our political landscape. And for great reason, too. The strong presence of something other than the White Voice is inevitable. And they don’t like these prospects one bit.

During Franklin D. Roosevelt’s time as president, a whole new concept was created for the American Nation. Government should exist to help better the condition of all people, of all colors and walks of life Previous to that, rich people got steadily richer on the backs of the poor. We see the creation of Social Security and many other programs that still exist today that are so popular with the majority of Americans. The exception being the super rich who found themselves having to pay more and more to help fund these programs. And they didn’t like that one bit, either.

Reagen for the most part and Clinton, too, brought things back in the other direction, gutting so many of these important initiatives to the point where it’s hard to now recognize some of them. Fact is ,that so many rich people only want things to go well for themselves and hate spending their tax dollars to benefit everyday people.

Now we’re poised at a critical moment with Racism, Covid, Environmental Devastation, Recession all breathing down our throats. And there’s Joe. He could actually perform transformative work , even in his first 100 days. I’m sure he’s going to disappoint me and maybe you, too. But, I know he’s going to try his hardest. The world, from my point of view is crying out for big changes, revolution even, but within the parameters of great legislation. We’ll see. I’m optimistic that the world will at least have empathy reintroduced into it. Something sorely lacking over the past four years.

This has been a hard time for all Americans, but especially for those of us living without food security or safe ways to protect themselves from the virus. And even though I’m writing from the security of my nice warm house, I realize that it all boils down to not forgetting that we all need to figure out our way out of this f___ mess. (Sorry, just had to say it.)

Stay well. Stay safe. Please. Talk to all of you when we’re on the other side of this.

Namaste,

David

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What Else Besides Impeachment

Dear All of Us,

Farm News at the end of this blog.

The most important thing that I want you to know is that this farmer is with you. These have been disturbing days. And when disturbing days come, we all need each other-lots. So, I want you know that I’m thinking of you, my family, my neighbors and maybe the bicyclist that I passed on my own bike ride today. (Just a casual flip of each of our hands, but even so, a kind of joining happened). I believe that all of us are deeply upset by what occurred and what could have transpired this past Wednesday. Many people, including myself, saw months ago that something big was going to happen on Trump’s way out the door. We just couldn’t quite visualize exactly what it could be. Now we can. I am disgusted with what he orchestrated, as I assume many of you are. And having said that, will leave that subject more to the eloquent people who write for both The Atlantic, NYT, Washington Post and The New Yorker. But I am thoroughly horrified and disgusted by how the guy, who has exactly 20 more sleeps in the WH before “retiring” to Florida, has acted. I hope the newly configured Senate will impeach and find him guilty, making it impossible for him to ever hold office again. That’s the beginning of “making American great again”.

I am haunted by one very singular and horrifying fact: If it were POC that had tried the same thing as those MAGA people- they’d be dead by now. No, there wouldn’t have been any crossed signals between the authorities about when to send more muscle to the scene. There’d be no confusion at all because I’m sure that it would have all been worked out ahead of time. Let’s hope that a Blue Ribbon Panel will take this event apart piece by piece and figure out how it will never happened again. Let’s remember what the nation’s capitol looked like before and during the Black Lives Matter protest. There was a preponderance of police and military force all in place. National sites were fortified. Lincoln Memorial for one. And for the most part, that was a peaceful gathering. No one was coming to D.C. to “get Pence”, or anyone for that matter. These protestors were looking for equity in the American system. But that didn’t stop an overwhelming and inappropriate show of force. And let’s not forget how the Attorney General cleared an area of protestors by St. John’s Church, so that Trump could have a photo opt of holding a bible (upside down!).

There are those amongst us who sincerely believe that the Dominion voting machines were rigged. And they also believed that Trump won the election by “a landslide”. And even more puzzling is their belief in QAnon. No proof, none, nada will convince these people otherwise. One doesn’t have to look to the “liberal press” to confirm that this is utter nonsense. No court (and we’re also talking the Supreme Court, with 3 Trump appointees) saw even a minutiae of proof from Trump’s assembly of lawyers. If I was one of Trump’s lawyers, I’d be mortified to go to court with what they had (nothing).

What do we do with all this? Big unanswered question! First off, let’s make sure that the newly Democratic Senate reverses as many horrible Trump decisions as possible in the quickest amount of time. I’m 100% behind President-elect Biden issuing as many executive orders to retract all of Trump’s missteps. Additionally, we must recognize that of the 74 million who voted for Trump and are still in his camp after all this-many of them sincerely believe all of Trump’s rhetoric. They aren’t bad people. Many of them are as wonderful as they get. Its those others,; the bigots, the racist, the homophobes, those Proud Boys and others of their ilk. These people are laced with a thorough hate , a hate that must be overcome. We’ll see what develops, but I’d like to put my pitch in-“love conquers all”. It just might work. And, with some hard work on all of our parts it might be in our lifetime.

We’re off to an amazing farm start so far. There’s new baby plants starting everywhere. It would be true that our inventory is a bit on the shorter side right now-but still its January and we’re offering freshly picked greens. And sweet too. Sweeter than virtually everything-except maple syrup! January 29th is approaching. This magic day is the moment when photosynthesis starts to really remember what its suppose to do. Its the time of year when the day has over 10 hours of dayligt. Up until now, growth has been so very slow that its almost impossible to perceive. You’ll see. I’m looking forward to this pivotal day.

Meanwhile, we’re going to be planting tomato seeds this week. And so begins another season of our beautiful relationship with this glorious fruit. Astoundingly, from start to finish, its almost a 10 month event. Think on that.

Please stay well and safe. Meet your friends outside. Buy some wood, get a fire ring. It’ll work. And its much better than the alternatives.

Namaste,

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Unconscionable

Welcome to Farmer Dave’s Blog,

This will be new. I’m actually more a “David” most times, but somehow the “Dave” feels very right in the realm of farming. This beautiful looking new website (at the old address) is the result of Jen’s hard work. Its been in the works for quite a while. The old host got tired of not making enough money off of us and came up with a new model to charge us that was , at least in my opinion-unconscionable. But that’s not why the subject matter of this letter carries that name. We’ll get to that soon enough. I just want to publicly acknowledge what a great and beautiful job she has done here. The finished product kind of reminds me of how her flower bouquets come out-bursting with life, color and finesse.

I choose the subject line “unconscionable” in reference to the 11 senators who have decided to stand in opposition to the overwhelming and convincing victory of Joe Biden on January 6th. This is in spite of the fact that the votes have been counted and recounted and that 60 odd lawsuits from Trump’s “Legal Team” have been struck down by federal judges including 2 (or is it 3?) suits brought to the Supreme Court. Remember that Guilianni and his team have made outrageous and unsubstantiated claims outside of court, and yet when faced with an actual judge where truth really matters and can cost you, they’ve had to admit that there have been no truth to their claims. Its like throwing things against the wall and seeing what will stuck. In this case- not a whole hell of a lot! And that also is the case with ballot fraud and the so called malfunctioning of Dominion ballot machines. Trump’s supporters have shouted their insistence time and time again that the election (and the ballots) were stolen. And not one judge, including the 3 that Trump himself appointed saw one scrap of evidence that anything went wrong with any aspect of the election. But, and this is a big but, if you say something loud enough and long enough ,then people are going to believe you. And now these 11 senators have taken the whole thing one more step. They’re insisting that there should be another look at the outcome and that the American people deserve the truth. I agree. They do. And if there was any any ANY reason to look deeper at what happened in this election, then that should happen. And right away. But it didn’t. What they’re really doing-and this makes perfect sense- they are aligning themselves with the 70Million voters for Trump, so that when election time comes around for them, they won’t lose those voters. People can have a long memory for things like this. And Ted Cruz, the most visible of all 11,should be ashamed of such opportunism. Actually, they all should. When elected to office, they swore alliance to uphold the constitution. This behavior is not that. Not by a long shot.

In my humble opinion, the Republicans, and especially Trump have brought us closer to an existential challenge to democracy than any event in the recent past. We have made it through ok this time, but vigilance on the part of so many hard working people helped prevent that from happening.

One last thing that I need to share. That Trump is a poor loser, that he would rather do or say anything to keep his job is obvious to me. And there’s no road for him to keep his job. But, and this is where I’m getting nervous- I wouldn’t put it past him to try something unconscionable in the world arena on his way out the door. What? Not sure, and don’t want to put any more terrible thoughts inside anyone’s head. Meanwhile , holding my breath, till noon on January 20th and hoping that all goes well for the country. We’ve had a terrible, tragic and an unprecedented attack on working poor, particularly POC. Lets figure that all our efforts with make 2021 better.

Oh, one more thing. I was wrong. In the next few weeks, we’ll be keeping you informed of Star Lights activities. We’re already growing food for you for next week, next month and the months after that. It will be fun to let you know what’s going on. This week, we bought a major tool, the Jang Seeder and you’ll learn about that, our new hoop houses, and the elusive art of grafting tomatoes. All part of the glorious and rewarding job of providing you with the very best we know how to grow.

Stay well. Stay safe and think smart. The vaccine is here, but I haven’t gotten it yet-have you?

Namaste,

David

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45 Days And Counting (Breathlessly)

I’m holding my breath till the Inauguration Day because there is so many harmful and dangerous things Trump could do on his way out the door.  Want to hear a list?  Pull troops out of Afghanistan , allowing the Taliban to run back in and seize power.  Sell  23 billion dollars worth of weapons to UAE.  Auction off to the highest bidder, drilling rights in the Alaskan rctic, threatening the existence of indigenous people, wildlife and poisoning the environment.  Ignoring a bailout package for the millions of Americans tragedy swept up in the pandemic with no resources to keep their dwelling, their health and livelihoods.  Turn his back on making any plans to really have a distribution system in place to get the yet to be approved vaccine where it belongs. Or his complete apathy about the plight of those (mostly POC) who are most vulnerable to succumbing to the virus. Did I mention his uncomprehensible assertion that he won the election by a landslide. (Does he live in his own world of his own truths?)  Oh, and lets not forget the plans we’ve been hearing about to pardon Eric and Donald Jr. T, Ivanca , Paul Maniforte and wait ,wait himself (never been done before).  Keep your eyes on this people, this is a guy who never admits he’s wrong and never will surrender.  Ever.  To my mind, Donald J Trump is an existential threat to democracy.  We’re holding up so far, but there’s 45 days to go.   I send my appreciation to those Republicans such as Governor Kemp and Secretary of State Raffensperger  for having the courage to go against the Trump line. And Attorney General Barr, too, much as I can’t stand anything else that he’s done since assuming office. I’d have to say that Trump knows nothing about good sportsmanship. Nothing.

Segway (never can figure out a graceful way to go from the incomprehensible (Trump) to the comprehensible (great food)

Planted just a few weeks ago, you are looking at carrot plants that are going to hunker down for part of the winter and start regrowing again in earnest after January 29th, when the length of day goes to above 10 hours.  Planting carrots early and being able to harvest early is one of the most favorite things that this farmer loves to do. It amazes me that these tiny little leaves eventually turns into awesome, crunchy carrots!

We have an impressive amount of food available yet for this time of year.  Carrots, for one, won’t get any better than this.  Check out our store .  You’ll find an impressive variety of things.  Schedule for next week in as usual.  The following week, there’ll be one preorder day on Wednesday December 16th.  We’ll be at the last Cityseed Market for the year on December 19th.  Store opens tonight at 7:30PM.

I’ll be sending you a second email for reasons that will be apparent once you read it!  Might not be today, but keep an eye out for it.

People, thank you for helping us make this our most exciting year ever!  Its because of all of you that this is happening.

Namaste

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New, new, new

Welcome to our new website! Unfortunately, our long time website platform dissolved with the new year so here we are now. Admittedly, website building is not our forte but we hope that you will find it to be user-friendly. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or have run into any trouble.

Aside from the new website Star Light experienced a lot of “news” in 2020. New customers, new CSA market cards, new wash station, newly covered high tunnel and nursery, new pick up days, new cat (just one this year..). Probably the most notable “new” of 2020 were our 2 new Caterpillar Tunnels.

Our new Caterpillar Tunnels are named Frida and Lulu,David’s youngest grandkids. Now all 7 grandkids have  a covered structure named after them. Frida and Lulu (the tunnels) are going to be great tools to help extend the seasons and help us grow “on the backside of the calendar.” They will also help us get started earlier in the Spring. That’s right, once we get through this Winter, it will be Spring again, hang in there!  Right now both Frida and Lulu are planted with salad greens like lettuce, baby kale, claytonia as well as turnips, spinach and some radishes too . We are planning on using them in the spring for early beets and radishes then again in the summer for a late round of flowers. But the possibilities are endless and nothing is set in stone so we are looking forward to the future of the newest addition to our farm landscape.

 

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Get Me To The Church On Time

I tried to figure out a way to write this note without Joel or Jen seeing it because I was hoping to tell you something without them knowing it.  Unfortunately, the algarythm doesn’t work that way and they’d know no matter what (what I’m about to say). 

Here’s what it is.  On the solstice, (December 21) Jen and Joel are going to get married on the farm, in the presence of their family .  The solstice has special meaning to them, because that’s the day that they had their first date.  Anyway, this is big news in the farm community.  So many of you have shared with me how amazing they are at the market, both in handling crowds of customers and making a drop dead glorious looking display of the food. And lets not forget what great farmers they are, too!  I make no secret about it, and that is that I’m the luckiest guy to have found them.

I will be so bold as to say that they are lucky lucky lucky to have found each other, too. Very lucky.  But on the other hand, probably luck has nothing to do with it.  If any of you would like to send cards, I will collect them and give them to them all at once.  It is unlikely that this will work, but will try to persuade them not to read this letter, so that any notes that I collect will be a surprise for them.  Just send it to them c/o Star Light/54 Fowler Ave./Durham, CT 06422.  As an afterthought, just  now, I talked to them and asked if they would just not read this weeks letter and they said yes.  We’ll see how far that goes!  So just send your cards of well wishes directly to me at Star Light and I’ll find the right time to give it to them.  You can email them-just use my email address: starlightgardens@comcast.net

In farm news, both new houses are up.  Not the best thing, but the closest thing to my heart is that with two new houses, I get to name them after the two grandchildren who didn’t have a house named after them before.  That would be Frida and Lulu.  They are beautiful structures and already have lots of amazing things growing in them.

Our last Cityseed Market this year will be December 12th.  The market goes till the following Saturday, but we thought with the wedding coming up that the 19th was just too close.  Things will be starting up again in January, so take heart.

As this year draws to a close, I have to say that its been a knock it out of the park year for Star Light.  But I’d trade all of it to get back the 260,000 and counting people who died because of the Covid-19.  I also, hold the President personally responsible for his ineptitude in handling the situation.  Handled differently, with better support, empathy and directives for safer ways for people to be in public,  many thousands would not have had to die. 

Thought I wasn’t going to say anything political this week, but just couldn’t help it.

Have a safe week.

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I’m Starting To Get Worried For Our Democracy And I’m Not The Only One

I can’t be the only one totally puzzled by the President.  The thing that I like about him, and in fact the only thing that I like about him is that he’s not afraid to act differently.  The only trouble is that his “differently” threatens our country’s democracy.  In spite of dozens of his law suits being thrown out of court because there’s no substance to any of them, he keeps persisting in the notion that he clearly won the election.  No matter that Democratic and Republican Secretaries of States have both assured the public that this has been the most thoroughly fair election in the country’s history.  Fraud and vote stealing-nope.  The peaceful and cooperative transferred of power is an essential hallmark of a safe democracy.  And yet, we’re not getting that.  Instead, only silence from the White House (but a ton of rounds of golf!) and a move to throw  the popular vote out in several states.  I just don’t get it.  The President doesn’t act like he want to do his job.  At the G-20 summit(virtual) the other day, he didn’t even stay till the end and instead left to go play golf, again.

The notion that the election was riddled with fraud is the real “fake news”.  I truly worry that we will all become skeptical of anything that we hear from now on.  Joe Bidden will have the worlds most difficult job-to unwind four years of the past administration ill advised changes, get American’s to finally act smart about Covid and lastly and equally scarry- get us out of this economic hole.  Yes, the economy is recovering, however it is important to point out that there are a million more jobs still lost than at the start of the ’08 Recession.  12million Americans, mostly POC are still out of work and likely to remain so without any help from Congress.  It was explained to me by the New York Times Economic Editor that these 12 million unemployed, if they remain that way for over six months, that their prospects of regaining their past level of economic status is dismal at best.  That would mean that as bad as things are for millions, it would probably be accurate to say that for most of them, they’ll never get economic stability.  This, to me, is staggering, unfair and needs immediate attention.  Won’t happen with the present Majority Leader.  Time and again, in economic stressful times like we’re experiencing right now, it has been shown that the best thing is to prop things up until they can right themselves.  The CARES Act was a good start, but now I feel that the Majority Leader is holding these people hostage, as Unemployment Benefits are going to disappear with the end of the year.

This week, we’ll have great things for you to help with your Thanksgiving Dinner  plans.  I know that it will all look different this year.   Please remember that we’re only doing one Farm Shed Day this week-Wednesday after 2pm.  No markets this week, at all.  Madison is now done for the season.  Cityseed will keep going, resuming on December 5th.  And also, a reminder that we can set up a delivery of your food thru Susie’s Smart Shop.  You can arrange that thru the online store.  Her selection is towards the end of the choices.  Its a light blue background, with Susie’s Smart Shop on it.

There’s still tomatoes to choose from and some of them are red, rather than green.  Green is almost an unlimited supply, and the ripe ones less so.  However, green tomatoes will ripen on the kitchen counter, too.

December will offer you delicious greens, sweet beyond all sensibility-so still no need to go off to Stop and Shop for much of your produce wants.

Thanksgiving for me, is the time to take note of what’s going on in our collective lives.  A time to know and be grateful for all the things that we have. And I don’t mean material things, but the spiritual things that we keep close to our hearts.  If there’s important things missing, and there usually are, there is still room to bring them in.  Not always doable in these stressful times, but sometimes trying helps.

Please stay safe and act smart.  Wear that mask when you’re out there.