Musings from the Farm - Southern Ridge Farm

Musings from the Farm

There is an old saying that I saw pop up recently, one unique to farmers and ranchers… born on the land, to work the land. Since coming across that, I’ve been thinking of its ramifications, particularly in regard to children born into that life. They learn at an early age that the mighty forces of nature and living close to the land dictates the course of their days, shapes their character, and compels them to live outside of themselves as they strive and struggle against (and often times yield to) those mighty forces.

Perhaps their greatest tutor is the cycle of the seasons that sets the rhythm of their lives and teaches them that work is never “done”, it just changes shape, place, and urgency over the course of the year, only to return the same time next year with the same demands. And the cycle of the seasons, the passage of 365 days, is perfectly long enough so that repetition never becomes mundane. Spring daffodils are forever a surprise, the gradual leafing of trees until the sun is shaded by a brilliant canopy of green, and spring calves bring wonder and excitement as if it’s the first time ever witnessed. And encountering a fresh mowed pasture, a dew drenched field, or the slow roll of thunder during an afternoon shower must surely be like no other.

Never mundane, never boring; life and work on the land is a continual symphony of sights and sounds and smells, put on display to capture the imagination, to invoke wonder at the beauty, and to marvel at being immersed in it all—all the while eagerly awaiting the next movement. Life and work goes on… gardens to plant, fields to mow, livestock to feed, cows to tag, hay to get in, firewood to cut, and fences to mend. And just when they may think their days have become a bit repetitious, the seasons change. Former tasks are set aside, and they stretch out their hand to something entirely new—for a season.

It’s the same year after year… the work is never “done”. But somewhere along the way, those same children, born on the land, to work the land, grow up developing an astounding work ethic, a dogged tenacity, and a steely resolve to attack any task, no matter the size or scope, because they know they’ll be up against it the same time next season… and in the next season, they may prevail.

Getting a February Share?

This weekend we will be delivering to Richland Park Farmers Market! And did you know? If you can’t make the usual second Saturday delivery at Richland Park, you ask for it to be delivered on another Saturday. Just remember to enter the date you would like to get it in the Notes field when you check out.

Next week we are delivering to Evansville, Franklin, Spring Hill, Columbia, and Murfreesboro. Please look at the schedule below to find your delivery location and times.

Thank you again. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

 

February 2021 Delivery Schedule

NASHVILLE. Richland Park Farmers Market: Saturday, February 13 10 AM to Noon, 4711 Charlotte Avenue. PLEASE NOTE winter hours are in effect until May.
EVANSVILLE. Tuesday, February 16, 5 to 5:30 PM, Adele’s Naturally, 2704 Lincoln Avenue. Delivery within Evansville city limits: orders between $100 and $200, 9.50 delivery fee; orders over $200, free delivery.
SPRING HILL. Thursday, February 18, 11:30 AM to Noon, Spring Hill City Hall.
FRANKLIN. Thursday, February 18, 1 to 1:30 PM 4140 Carothers Parkway (next to Bargain Hunt)
MURFREESBORO. Murfreesboro Main Street Saturday Market: Saturday, February 20, 10 to 10:30 AM, Murfreesboro on the Square
COLUMBIA. Columbia Farmers Market: Saturday, February 20, 10 AM to Noon, 5th St. and Riverside Drive

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