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What Are These Peaches Worth?

I canned 100 pounds of organic peaches, and gave many of those golden quart jars to our winter farm-subscription share customers when our veggie harvest was dismal. Canned peaches are not dismal. Surely people would accept peaches in lieu of squash? Yes, our customers were delighted to eat peaches. I'm grateful to our flexible and supportive friends who share the risks and joys of farming. When I factor in buying the fruit, jars, time, and electricity to can those peaches, we're talking $10 per quart. And none of our customers said, "That's too much for a jar of peaches." Yes, you can buy peaches more cheaply elsewhere. Our customers support us because we care about them, personally.

Hi Ho, The Derry-O, the Farmer's in the Death

My fantasies of Old-MacDonald idyll have been shattered by years of actually coaxing food from the earth. As I sweep weeds out of the carrot beds with my long-handled hoe, I kill far more than I nurture. One thing that draws me to farming is close involvement with the mysteries of birth, life, and death. Creatures have been born into my hands, and passed from life through them. Many people I have talked to are reluctant to look at the death it takes to keep them alive. Perhaps the role of the farmer is as intermediary, shielding people from the incredible amount of life energy it takes to get that carrot to your plate, let alone the rabbit. Deer are shot out of soybean fields so that we




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