As I pre-ordered our Thanksgiving turkey at Vitamin Cottage on Friday, picked up my parents from the Montrose Airport on Saturday, and visited the mind-blowing Colorado National Monument today, I must say that it would be a great travesty for me not to start out this first newsletter of November celebrating all that we have to be grateful for this season, however cliche it may seem. Today was my first visit to this national treasure, and I honestly wanted to scream it from the rim of the canyons just how fantastic the magnitude of the splendor of this space is. Even with the busyness of the city of Grand Junction in the background, the power and peace felt as we watched the birds soar against the smooth, but sheer canyon walls was undeniable, and as we took in the grandiosity of the stark monoliths and processed the remarkable geological history present in this designated and protected area, I thought of one simple quote - "When brimming with gratitude, one's heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know." Gratitude is a term that you hear thrown around a lot these days. There are apps that you can download to enable you to compile daily lists on your phone, there are journals you can purchase for this specific purpose, and there are publications in nearly every health field toting the benefits of a gratitude practice. However ubiquitous this term may now be, like the beauty that I marveled at today, finding gratitude in the present moment is a timeless treasure.
In our field and hoophouses this week, we have much to be grateful for as well. We experienced the coldest temperatures since moving to Cedaredge last Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Amazingly, not only did everything in our hoophouses survive, but they did so with grace and brilliance. Even in the field, the turnips and carrots that I love so dearly survived nestled under their layer of straw. This week our availability is minimal as we are letting the greens recover to hopefully have a larger harvest next week. However, we do have the first of our heirloom Painted Mountain cornmeal (just in time for Thanksgiving) available this week as well as many sweet and delicious roots. Next week, we will have lots of succulent pea shoots on the way, more salad greens and lots of spinach, gorgeous red head lettuces, butternut squash, and hopefully the first of our dried beans.
With this, we wish you all a lovely week ahead. Thank you for your continued support of our farm and local, organic agriculture.
In gratitude, Melissa & Cale