Sharing the Harvest

Sharing the Harvest

Those that know me know that I’m a dreamer. Head in the sky, full of lofty ideas – a true daydream believer. What’s been in my head lately has been this house. This 100 year old farmhouse for sale just outside of town on four and a half acres. A few months ago, on a whim, I decided to go to its open house and completely fell in love. I guess the whole romance begins on the long lavender lined drive up to the front, just that alone lets you know that you are in for something good. As soon as I opened the front door I could just sense that we belonged in that house. Maybe it was the old wide planked wood floor that creaked just so, or the original built ins or the huge country kitchen that demanded daily fried egg breakfasts. But I can’t get this place out of my head.

If we lived in this old house we’d certainly breath a little deeper, speak with a little more thought and walk a bit slower. At least that’s how I see it in my head. The boys rooms would be upstairs. Up creaky steps to pitched roof rooms. With some new windows to open for a breeze and some old windows so they could spend boring rainy days looking out at the world through melted glass.

The property around the house is flat and surrounded by large trees – perfect for a future apple orchard and vegetable garden. I walked out of the backdoor, off the back porch, past the lawn through a gate to the back of the property where a creek runs. Stepping over the hap-hazard stepping stones to the water, I brushed by some wild mustard and onions and it just overwhelmed me with the thought that this is what childhood should smell like. And what it should be made of. Swimming and exploring in that creek, smelling those wild smells and moving about your day with the secret thought that maybe ghost wonder around those old pitched roof rooms of theirs.

So, you’re wondering, why haven’t we bought this dreamy place already? Well, four acres with a dreamy farmhouse in Sonoma doesn’t come cheap. Even in these hard economic times. But, I think I have figured out a way to make it work, thanks to this book I’ve read for Green Bean’s Bookworm Challenge called Sharing the Harvest: A Citizens Guide to Community Supported Agriculture. We are going to start our own CSA. And you are all invited to join! Its going to be just wonderful. This book explains everything you need to know on how to start and operate a CSA and I think, in my dreamy mind, that it would be great fun. We’ll grow acres of fruits and vegetables to shower you with and since there’s already a chicken coop there, we’ll bring our chickens and provide eggs for you too. I’ll bake you all tarts and Scott will make you all jam. You can all come over on the weekends to help and we can have picnics in the orchard and bonefires during harvest parties. And after doing all the math, this will only cost you a cool $1000/month. Hmmm, what’s that? Oh, I guess that is a little pricey. And I suppose running a farm wouldn’t be all fun all the time. But a girl can dream, can’t she?

It makes me feel good though, that even though we can’t afford this place just yet, that it exists. That in this world of shiney homedepot granite and mcmansion newness that there still are small, authentic houses on large pieces of land that are to be had. And someday we’ll own one, but maybe not quite yet.

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7 responses to “Sharing the Harvest

  1. That sounds like a beautiful place. I love Sonoma, it is such a beautiful little town and the surrounding countryside is awesome. I work in the wine business and I really enjoy the beauty of the vineyards.
    I’ll have to check out that book about CSA’s . Everyone who see’s my garden asks me what I’m going to do with all of the veggies I grow. Mark and I can never manage to eat all that we grow. I’m going to preserve as much as I can this year, but I’ve been thinking about starting a mini CSA for family and friends who are always eager to raid my garden and fight over my chicken eggs. If I can get them to pay a small fee for a big box of veggies and eggs then maybe I will use the proceeds to purchase the hierloom veggie seeds that I can’t seem to resist buying each spring.

  2. asonomagarden

    You should start a little one Sarah! That’s one thing they talk about in the book, backyard gardeners who have a few neighbors as their ‘customers’. That small income helps to pay for seeds and water etc. I think its a great idea!

  3. Man, I want you to have that house! Sounds just great. And on 4 acres you could have a CSA!

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  5. There’s an interview of this author at Culinate this week.

    Your CSA dream is ideal. I was with you until the price hit. The backyard CSA idea is a good one though. It’s like a grown up version of a sidewalk lemonade stand.

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