Sugar and Spice

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018

Sugar and Spice

A little bit of history is like a little bite of dessert, whether before or after the meal. A little bite is a usually sweet, satisfying and enticing step from the staples into another art form, a treat. A special taste of art, craft, hand, work integrated into a new form that delights. At least that’s the idea. When the idea comes to life, Ah! Wow, we say. That’s delicious! The memory lingers exquisitely. This holiday season Emily Hicks has been busy baking with a flourish infused with her excitement: tortes,...

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Commitment, Community, and Value

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017

Commitment, Community, and Value

“To fashion powerful art is to realize the God within and thus to feel connected with enduring vitality and abundant generosity.” Eric G. Wilson “I must Create a System, or be enslav’d by another Man’s; / I will not Reason and Compare: my business is to Create.”   William Blake Holidays remind me how interesting and important it is to absorb views beyond our daily routines, as wonderful as they might be. Weave in threads of voices, sounds we hear in a day—partners, spouses, children, teachers,...

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Prodigal Farm and the Field of Creams

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017

Prodigal Farm and the Field of Creams

Dig, structure, develop, sustain, respect, practice, exceptional, flow, flavor The quality of landscapes goes beyond words. Still, well-grounded humans are able to observe, to absorb and to reflect the quality of nature exquisitely. Farming is a way of cultivating and appreciating the rhythm, wildness and beauty of nature and its density of life. The quality of relationships matters. The great conservationist Aldo Leopold wrote, “The sadness discernible in some marshes arises, perhaps, from their once having...

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WOODLAND BANNERS POETRY WALK (Take a Walk on the Wild Side)

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017

WOODLAND BANNERS POETRY WALK (Take a Walk on the Wild Side)

“My duty is to keep awake The sense of wonder in the world.”    From the words of Marc Chagall When you visit the General Store, be sure to take a turn on the patio, where you will see installations of three banners created by local artist Steven Durland and accompanying poetry by Linda Frye Burnham. In 2015 Steven and Linda, an artist herself (words and performance), launched the Woodland Banners Poetry Walk on their 28-acre Frog Pond Farm in Saxapahaw. The Poetry Walk is a stroll through the woods with stations...

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Good Hunt, Good Health, Fresh Harvest

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017

Good Hunt, Good Health, Fresh Harvest

“Native Americans believe that plants and all living beings are our allies and helpers if we learn to listen to their medicine.  …Thus good intentions and spirit go into the production of food, material and handiwork on which the tribe depends. This good spirit is passed on from the maker to the end-user when the product is used or consumed resulting in good health and a good hunt, or harvest.”  Sun Butler Meet Sun Butler, one of our wonderfully reliable purveyors of fresh, organic “Community Greens.” He is part...

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