260: Strawberries and The BluesPosted: June 10, 2011
You are probably wondering what strawberries and the blues (as in the musical blues) have in common. Well, I’m not sure they have very much in common at all other than M and I having something to do with both today. It has been a long and full day, and I’m going to rush this post out so I can keep up with my commitment so please pardon any typos, mistakes, and things of that ilk. Plus, I’m a little tired, and mistakes are more likely to happen when I’m tired.
I was up at 5:00 this morning, for no particular reason. It’s a lovely time to be awake. The sky was just starting to lighten up, the birds were singing and chatting, and there were wisps of fog drifting and dancing across the top of the pond. About the time the sky started to turn a beautiful shade of pink, I began my morning yoga practice. I finished as the sun rose just above the tree line. It was a great start to the day.
A few months ago we received a postcard in the mail informing us that the owner of Hilgert’s Farm & Market had decided to retire. Those of you who have followed my blog for at least a year or so know that Hilgert’s is the farm just down the road from us where we bought about half of our yearly supply of food. It’s about a mile or so from where M and I live, and you can’t get much more local than that. We were deeply disappointed to hear this news and have been scrambling ever since, trying to figure out where we’re going to buy all of our fruits and veggies this year. We usually have a small garden and supplement the rest from Hilgert’s and other local farms. I can and freeze, preserving the harvest to get us through the winter and spring and sometimes well into the next harvest. I’ve looked into the possibility of a CSA, but haven’t found one I’m satisfied with just yet.
A little bit further away from us there is another farm, Walnut Drive Gardens, where we’ve gone for strawberries and raspberries, usually when we missed the berries at Hilgert’s for some reason (travel). Early today M and I went out to their fields to pick strawberries.
We thought we were pretty well supplied with strawberries when we brought them home, but we’ve been eating them at a pretty fast clip (who needs other food when you have fresh strawberries??) so we may be out there picking again soon.
After picking strawberries we took care of some other errands, had lunch at home, and then went to Canton for the Canton Blues Festival which kicked off at noon today.
One of the reasons we went today was to see/hear Thornetta Davis. You can listen to some of her music here. Go on. Go listen. She’s magnificent. You can find some more of her stuff (including the song “Cry” which was featured on the television show “The Sopranos) on YouTube.com, but I’m going to have to let you search for that yourselves as I’m in a bit of a hurry this evening.
We met her briefly while getting one of her CD’s signed. She was warm, friendly, and it was very nice to meet her.
I’m going to have to wrap this up here. I have more to write about as well as more photos of other performers, but it’s going to be a jam-packed weekend and I need to get some other things taken care of tonight.
I’ll be back tomorrow with, well, something because it’s part of this agreement/commitment. A short post, probably. In the meantime, I hope the start of your weekend was as fabulous as mine. And if you’re in the area, head to Canton tomorrow and check out the Canton Blues Festival. It’s free and I’m as sure as I can get that you’ll have a great time.
P.S. Caught the big (BIG) typo in the post title. Yikes. In case you missed it, I numbered this one 250. I was off by 10.