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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.

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Darn Tough

Dear Good Eaters,

There’s a metaphor here, although I must confess as this letter is being started not totally positive whether its a good metaphor.  You’ll be the judge.  But let me tell you first where I’m going and you can see if I’m actually heading there or not.

I’m heading towards thinking about strong values and striving to get the job done right.  It applies not only to business (like Star Light) and now the huge task of getting the two sides of the political parties to figure out how to work together.  Or whether they’d rather just fight with each other and accomplish nothing

Ok.  A few moments ago I found a beautiful sock lying in the leaves in front of the shed.  Not a pair, just one sock  To my eyes, a beautiful sock because its  DARN TOUGH brand.  Made in Vermont and guaranteed for life.  This is not to be taken lightly.  A few years ago, I threw out all my socks and bought 8 pairs (not all at once) of a certain plain style that the Darn Tough company puts out.  No more sorting socks.  This is after what seems like a lifetime of sorting socks for my family.  Life got better after that.  Here’s the point.  The Darn Tough Company stands behind their product no matter what.  Star Light has taken that position since day one.  It didn’t seem like anything less than your satisfaction would do for us.  We might have messed up here and there, but by and large, if you’re not satisfied then whatever you purchased would be replaced or refunded.  Which ever you wanted.  This is how we’ll always operate.  Yes, getting money for our products is important to help pay our wages and help further build the business.  All true, but just as true is a belief that what goes out has to be Right (yes, with a capitol ‘R’!).

And that gets me to our new President.  He was not my first choice (maybe Warren or Sanders would have been first for me), but perhaps it is true that he was clearly electable.  President-elect Biden grew a lot during his candidacy, taking wisdom from all kinds of members of his party.  Not just Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, but more towards the center Dems from the House and Senate. 

Joe Biden learned how to get things done in the Senate.  It was the Senate that probably saved his life by the bi-partisan support network that surrounded him after the tragic death of his first wife and daughter.  So that is how he tries to get things done, by giving a bit here and taking a bit there.  That, actually is how it used to work before the bipartisan schism has become so wide that its become almost impossible to get anything done in government.  Somehow, people from both sides of the aisle need to learn how to work together.  Sure, I know they’ve been talking like this for quite a while, but now the stakes have become so high that if something different doesn’t happen, we’re all going to suffer.  Its like the house is on fire and all creatures need to work together to save to house or we’ll have nothing.

But, and this is a big one,  there are things that just can’t be compromised on.  Things that would cause racism to grow rather than be extinquished.  Same for sexism, agism and homophobic movements.   I’ve come to believe that besides the pro-Trump people who advocate for white supremacy, there are also good good  Trump people who want equity in the world.  I still don’t understand very well how they could feel that way and still vote for and support Trump, but still believe that their hearts are in the right place.  At least I hope so.  I really do.  I’m looking forward to being able to talk to some of those people who feel that way and try to understand what seems unexplainable to me now.  But I keep hoping.

Meanwhile, it is also my hope that everyone will recognize that this election was not tampered with.  It might have been the best election in history.  There are certainly many conspiracy theories about Russia, Cuba and Venezuela tampering with our system.  Virtually none of of it has been proven in any way.  Just like Hunter Biden’s computer-a fabrication.  Trump needs to conceed if only to help the Biden team get up to speed on international intelligence.  As the mayor of Philadelphia said to Trump,” Its time to put your big boy pants on and (admit the outcome of the election)”

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John said “All You Need is Love”

Dear Deserving And Empathetic People,

It all seems clear to me now- its all about love and just love.  For what seems like an eternity many of us shook our heads about the President, with new books and revelations of  unmistakable crimes of greed and impropriety where ever we turned.  For myself and many many of my friends, we’ve lived in a state of anxiety about what his actions might do and what might happen next.  Now, no more.  Or I should say after January 20th, no more.  Which is not to say that between now and then, there’s no telling what he might try to make sure that the Trump legacy is burned in our everyday life for a generation or more to come.  For some of you, the result of this election might be a disappointment.  And it is to you that I now turn my attention.

Inspite of the fact that I’ll never understand (but wish to so very much) the 70 million people who thought he was good for the country-now the fact remains that the USA is as divided as it had ever been before the Civil War.  So, as Joe Biden said, this is not going to be a Democrat administration but one that serves all citizens.  He’s got the will to make this happen, too.  Looking at what happens next like a Restoration can be helpful.  For my part, I think that everything from here on out is about love.  Love to all, Dem or Republican.  It is not at all clear how we go forward or how the US Senate will work with the newly elected President. (Infact, there’s plenty of evidence that Mitch McConnell will not be willing to work with the President-elect.) It is clear to me that there must be many core values between the two parties that must be identified.  The building is on fire and we all must figure out a way to put the fire out.  And right in the middle of all this is an essential and unmoveable fact- sexism, racism, fascism, and anti environmentalism will have no place to get a footing in the new order.  We can talk about all else and look for ways to provide equity, a way to have decent affordable healthcare and immediately start repairing our very wounded environment.  We can do all this.  Really, there’s nothing we can’t do if there’s a will (or almost nothing).

My hope is that there’s a smooth transition of power in January and that between then and now, the Presidents actions won’t be so terrible that I’ll be drawn to comment on them.  Not that my comments will effect the ultimate outcome!  Concurrently with that, I plan to talk with and understand and figure out what will help people work together.  My own efforts are small compared to what’s got to happen, but maybe if more and more people tried to work together we just might have something there.  I can hope, right?  And its all based in a circle of love.  More than ever, we’ve all got to show love to one another in order to make for a better world. John L. said it all:”All you need is love….”

Now let’s talk about food.  We’re full of green tomatoes.  As I said last week, they are a gem that needs to be explored.  Fried Green Tomatoes, Green Tomato Pie, Picadelli and on and on.  Here’s a website to give you more ideas.  I recommend them, alot.