Tuesday, October 30, 2007

week of the Full Moon

This past week, we celebrated the Full Moon (October 26th) with a community potluck dinner and open mic featuring a number of fantastic dinner entrees, Michael's homemade tortillas, one of Ken's famous desserts (this time it was chocolate pudding pie with french vanilla ice cream...mmmm...), drums, rattles, fiddles, mandolins, guitars, vocals...thanks to everyone who joined us in celebration! And, Happy Birthday Darcie! Thanks for sharing your evening with us!

Speaking of Darcie, she (Darcie Shedd) will be joining us at D Acres every Friday beginning Nov. 2nd to teach a new Anusara-style yoga class at the farm! This will nicely compliment Sarah Hall's terrific Wednesday night yoga class, also held onsite here at D Acres. Yoga is open to the public for a sliding-scale donation of $5-$10 per class: Wed. 6:30-7:45pm, Fri. 6:00-7:30pm.

Louie is recovering from quite the serious run-in with a tree limb while chainsawing in the woods...luckily, his back is on the mend, and should continue to heal so long as he avoids reinjury (hear that, LD...take it easy this week!!)

Writing Workshop with Carli Carrara was fantastic on Friday. We will be sad to see Carli move south this winter, but wish her the best of luck and happiness, as she will be living closer to her grandkids. We warmly welcome Nylah Lyman, who will be the new faciliator of our writing group!

Lee Ann and I finished our batch of her family-recipe homemade relish...I didn't even know that I liked relish, but it's delicious! It was quite the endeavor, but it gave us lots of time to chat and brainstorm other projects that Lee Ann, Jeremiah, and Benny Zeoli can help us out with at the farm, and we certainly enjoyed the relish process. Our "famous" relish will soon be for sale via Local Foods Plymouth (http://lfp.dacres.org/) and at the Norwich Winter Farmer's Market (first one is Nov. 17th, 10am-2pm).

Saturday I attended the Small and Beginner Farmers of New Hampshire (SBFNH) conference in Tilton- it was a great opportunity to network with other local farmers, and to catch up with some friends who I haven't seen in quite awhile. Sunday, for the farm tour portion of the process, I visited Bonnie Brae Red Deer Farm in Plymouth- Henry Ahern gave a wonderful tour of the farm he operates with his wife, Cindy. The red deer themselves are beautiful and healthy, and they seem to thoroughly enjoy their fields and forests at Bonnie Brae.

We had a strong frost Sunday night/Monday morning...each time the temperature drops it spurs us to move even faster to try to squirrel away what food we can still harvest and to put the gardens to bed weed-free and well-mulched before winter...


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