Monday, April 29, 2013
spring wedding work
Things are starting to percolate. The temperatures are warming, and atoms are vibrating faster! Our frogs at the farm are mating, loudly. Ducks are in rows.
I've been meeting with lots of inspiring people, doing lots of farm visits and trying to expand our reach to better our work; both at Saipua and at the farm at Worlds End. First there was Ben's farm in South Jersey (which is going to get it's own very special post on the Little Flower School site soon...) Ben is a grower/wholesaler and he may be the last of them in the NYC market. He has been a special mentor of sorts to me, and visiting his farm was something I've wanted to do for ages. I finally made the time to go with Nicolette and we were deeply rewarded.
Then yesterday I met Shannon Algiere, the grower at Stone Barns. She helped me to not feel weird about planting by the zodiac and shared so much of her growing practices and knowledge. Sometimes when I meet certain people I think, how am I so lucky?
There was the same feeling later in the day and further up the river in Garrison when I sat down for lunch with the owners of Fresh Company. These women might be my new favorite foodies, their inspired menus are thoroughly customized; no foam, no frills. I want to recommend them to absolutely everyone.
Shelly sent me off with a handful of asparagus from her garden, and Shannon a few finger sized carrots. Munching these, speeding up the thruway last night to the farm I thought to myself WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN??? How are these things connected? You know I've been mildly allergic to the wedding industry, but then I thought HERE IT IS! - a different side of it - right in front of me! It just looks a bit different from the wedding blogs, and it's not always frolicking in a floral haircrown. It's my own kind of wedding industry, inspired, down to earth people lending knowledge, growing things, making things in their own ways. Unique and terrific. Nuanced, hard to pin down and extraordinary.
With wedding season nearly here, I am looking forward to sharing all these good things with my brides (and you). I'm heading out to plan a bed for all my nasturtium seedlings, which hopefully will find a place in the salad Shelly will make for Julia's wedding in September.