“A farm includes the passion of the farmer’s heart, the interest of the farm’s customers, the biological activity in the soil, the pleasantness of the air about the farm — it’s everything touching, emanating from, and supplying that piece of landscape. A farm is virtually a living organism.”
― Joel Salatin
Last Sunday my wife and I went out to the Blue Whistler Farm in North Durham for open fam day. Being on a farm is so rewarding. You are surrounded by the essence of life. Animals, enginuity, activity, vegetables, life, death, birth, renewal, sustinence.
Back in Michigan I grew up in a farming community. My mother grew up on a vegetable farm and my wife grew up on a centenial farm. Her parents still have an active farm but on a much smaller scale. As a child I remember riding out to the fields on the tractor and spending hours picking beans. We would take them back to my grandmothers house, clean them, snap off the ends, eat them raw and have them cooked for dinner. I believe that when food comes from the farm or garden there is more of a connection with your food. More of an awareness. Sadly, I do not experience that connection enough so when there is an opportunity we go for it.
At the farm we had the opportunity to feed the chickens, pet the pigs and sheep, see baby chickens, rabbits and ducks, listen as the turkey gobbled, watched the kids feed pigs carrots and sip homemade hybiscus tea lemonade. We sampled a variety of goat cheese from the Prodigal Farm. We brought home herb goat cheese and marinated goat cheese feta to eat for dinner. There were delicious pastires and treats from Bluebird Bakery. We bought chocolate chunk cookies and blueberry/lemon hand pie. It was a fantastic day.
Prodical Farm and Blue Whistler have period Open Farm/Market days. They can be found on Facebook if you are interested in keeping up with what is going on. Blue Whistler also sells meat.