DEAR FARMKETEERS: There are more kinds of psychotherapy than there are dubious critters in the U.S. Congress. You got cognitive behavioral therapy, humanistic therapy, rational emotive therapy, group therapy. Psychoanalysis. Even retail therapy.
We are licensed to practice donut therapy. In response to recent events, we have extended our office hours to include this Saturday and Sunday. Serving fresh donuts from 10 to 5. Everyone is welcome. The donut does not discriminate. The farm does not hate.
This pear tree has not heard about the election. It is still shiny and resplendent and hopeful. Truth is, the trees in our Vintage Orchard don’t have much to say about the POTUS, FLOTUS, or SCOTUS. They’ve stood here quietly for a hundred years through presidents and wars and scandals. Politicians come and go; agendas get washed away. The trees make fruit through it all. The latest poll of everyone on the farm crew predicts that this pear tree will be here in 4 years.
The farm is a melting pot. Over 75 kinds of apples grow in the orchard. Some are sweet and mellow. Some are tart and edgy. Some have grown here for a century. Some are newcomers. Each one adds its unique energy. Every one matters. Picking is basically kicked for the season, but you can treasure hunt for Rome Beauties. A few hang on the trees. Overall a great crop this year. Thanks for picking it clean.
Cold War apples are on sale at the stand. You can take home a whole bag of hand-picked Red Spies for less than the price of a Foreigner album during the ’80s.
Cider still flows. Each week we are pressing fresh Orchard Ambrosia. You can drink it here and take jugs home. It is GREAT for freezing – the season will end soon so buy more than you need. Later thaw out a jug for an off-season treat.
Bring your carboys. We filled a bunch for people this week. It is unpasteurized Orchard Ambrosia which you can get at a volume discount: only $6/gallon (5-10 gallons) and $5/gallon (over 10 gallons). Leave your carboys with your name and number. We will fill them and give you a ring.
Brussels sprouts. You probably pronounce it “Brussel sprouts” without the middle s. That’s okay. That’s just how you say it. There are many other people who say it like you. We won’t blame broader problems on people who drop that s. There is no ‘capegoating on the farm.
Apple gift boxes. You can order online starting next week for delivery in time for Thanksgiving and winter holidays. Stay tuned for a special newsletter next week and place your orders before we sell out. We only have enough of the specimen apples for a couple hundred boxes. Lovely gift of Finger Lakes food.
What are we doing now? We’re in the nursery. Time to dig 40,000 baby fruit trees. Store them in the barn for the winter. Ship them in the spring to backyard growers and professional orchardists around these… United… States.
Rhode Island Greening? What about Wisconsin Redding?! Michigan Bluewallbusting?! Annyyyywayyy, back to business.
The farm is still open every day 10 to 5 til further notice. Come keep Amanda company by the woodstove. Today she is reading Still Life with Woodpecker, which might add some dimension to your thoughts about the election: “There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who believe there are two kinds of people in this world and those who are smart enough to know better.”
A few more timely nuggets from Woodpecker:
“If you’re honest, you sooner or later have to confront your values. Then you’re forced to separate what is right from what is merely legal. This puts you metaphysically on the run. America is full of metaphysical outlaws.”
“Often… it is that aspect of our being that society finds eccentric, ridiculous, or disagreeable, that holds our sweet waters, our secret well of happiness, the key to our equanimity in malevolent climes.”
“Tunnel vision is caused by an optic fungus that multiplies when the brain is less energetic than the ego. It is complicated by exposure to politics.”
Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.