This is Elise’s inaugural guest post! I am privileged to have been asked to be a part-time guest blogger for Noel Farms!
Let me introduce myself: I am Pat and Deborah’s daughter, Elise. I did not grow up on the farm, though I imagine it would have been a great childhood home. My folks bought the farm after I was already in college, so it was never my “home”. However, I am happy to say that presently the farm feels more like home to me than my actual home ever did.
When my parents first announced that they were becoming farmers in mid-life, my first reaction was one of amusement. “How cute,” I thought ruefully to myself. “How quaint.” I didn’t give it much more thought until I realized the scale of the operation they were undertaking, as well as the high quality standards that it necessitated. “How crazy!” was probably my next thought. (That, combined with “Ugh, that sure seems like a lot of work. I hope I don’t get sucked into it.”)
It took some time spent at the farm to realize and appreciate how wonderful it truly is. I have learned a lot from my farmer parents, more than I ever thought possible. Some of the things that time at Noel Farms has taught me are:
1. Food grown with love and pride tastes better than anything you can imagine.
2. Nature has a natural beauty and progression that you most people (especially me) miss because they are so busy bustling about their busy lives. The season changes are constant, and every day is a little bit different than the day before it and the day after it. Nothing teaches you more about the seasons than farming does
3. Hard work CAN be fun after all, especially when it is done in good company and you get to eat the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor. 🙂
4. Respect for food. It takes an incredible amount of effort, work, and luck to bring food to your table!
5. How to drive a tractor.
6. How to man a farm stand at the end of the driveway. (FYI: The “smile and wave” technique works wonders for bringing in business…)
This is by no means an exhaustive list!
Noel Farms to me is a place to go to renew my spirit and get away from the grind of my city lifestyle. I always feel great after a weekend at the farm! I look forward to more posts in the future. It was great to meet you!