Another week! I’m always surprised by how quickly time flies once the main season hits. Summer is upon us, with some hot days coming up for the last part of the month. I love and fear this time of year, when the days are long and hot and there’s just so much to do. I dig in my heels sometimes in resistance. But nothing compares with the early mornings and late evenings of summer, especially on either end of a good day’s work. And your farmers strive to make the most of these days by sticking to a schedule. We implemented this schedule about two weeks ago, and we like it very much. You see, with all the changes we’re making around our farm, and with the heavy workload of summer, we felt the need to structure our days. Both Jeremy and I crave order, and the long days with random breaks and eating hours have been too disorganized for us. We also need family time, and having a schedule helps us relax and enjoy our little family. So we created the following:
5:00-6:00 am: Breakfast (and an hour of us-time while Peach is still asleep)
10:30 am: Tea time (because our farm runs on tea, you know)
1:00-2:00 pm: Lunch time
5:00 pm: Happy hour (really)
At this point I settle in for the evening with Peach and Jeremy does a few more hours of work. We take a light supper together and hit the hay between 9 and 10. I’m here to tell you that this schedule has improved our quality of life greatly. The little signposts throughout the day help us be more productive (especially knowing that there’s happy beverage at 5), and it’s good for the baby to have more predictable days anyways. Here’s to finding some order in our madness!
In other news, today is the first day EVER that CSA shares were delivered by someone who is not Jeremy! Our new farm worker Deion has taken over Tuesday deliveries, making this the first time in almost four years that Jeremy did not do CSA deliveries. This is a big step from the days when it was just Jeremy running this farm. He was free to work on projects all morning and prepare for the week’s flurry of field work and transplanting. We joke that maybe we could the farm running enough that Jeremy could just be the guy who tidies up and tweaks things around the farm. Or are we joking?
We are figuring things out little by little, and we feel that we’re on the verge of a breakthrough. We’ve had to adapt so much, but we start to get a clearer (if always changing) vision of what kind of farm, and thus what kind of life, we want to have.
Wishing you a cozy week,
Ashli, Jeremy, and Marion