I’m back! Aranda did a great job for me in my absence and I appreciate it, and I didn’t want you to forget about me, so I thought I’d best take my writing job back. That, and I kinda missed it. I know Aranda filled you in on my latest college adventure, taking my daughter off to Humboldt State University; I am so proud of her! It wasn’t an easy letting go, there were a lot of tears and a lot of fears. At first Jordan was threatening to come back with me, but by the end of my stay she was ready for me to leave. I used a little reverse psychology. I started behaving like a controlling mom, and it worked brilliantly; she was pushing me out the door! heh heh heh
Arcata was awesome, and although the college orientation kept parents way busier than I thought (for goodness sakes, I wasn’t the one going off to college, why did I have to be in class all day!?) I managed to get in a few exploratory runs and go to the Arcata Farmers Market! I love discovering Farmers Markets everywhere I go. And, I have to hand it to the small town; they had the most amazing market!! They had everything from plants, to a cotton weaver, to gorgeous all-organic produce, and, it was fun to meet a few bee keepers, one who even stole my name! Check out these pics I took of my day at the market:
It was fun to have the Dry Farmed Tomatoes and corn from New Moon Organics out of Arcata the week after I got back. Some of the corn had worms –as I warned– and I guess I learned my lesson; not a lot of y’all are fans of little wormies in your corn. It is true that stores usually do this kind of trimming for you, and we try to handle the produce as little as possible, feeling like keeping in husk is best, so I apologize for the lack of prepping your corn. My bad. We’ll do this for you in the future when there is worm issues. Of course the organic farmers always like to tell you this is a good sign -and it is!- that there is life on your corn, bugs and things can’t live on pesticide laden produce, and they also understand it’s not aesthetically pleasing.
Hey Rose Ranch will be back. I have just been playing phone tag with Chef and Farmer Rose recently. He’s been juggling Farm and Restaurant and I’ve been juggling college student, work and my own little food venture! I am happy to report that I have been cleared by the health department to prepare crepes, salads and sandwiches (and a few other odds and ends) at my little tent-store off our warehouse in Sonoma . I’ve still got quite a lot of work to do, and hopefully I will be writing soon about our opening.
Did I also mention that the Sonoma Spring Brewery is going to be our new neighbor? They’ll be brewing special batches of brew right next to our warehouse, and their tasting room right next to us; we share a wall, and they are really excited that I’ll be able to serve their patrons food. I was talking with one of the owners today about possibly extending their Growler Club to Planet Organics customers, or at the very least their bottled brew. I’d love to get a show of hands on how many folks may be interested in Planet Organics offering local Sonoma brew. I can vouch that it’s super tasty!
Alrighty, that is it for my first week back! I hope you have a great weekend.