May 7, 2008
The farm is coming to life literally and figuratively. We had a baby lamb last Wednesday
and two more Friday. Crops are growing well; we have eggs, lettuce, greens, herbs, and pickling cucumbers. Our potted vegetables,
herbs, and flowers are looking good. The hanging baskets are exceptional. The wind turbine is on site. I would now like take
the time to talk a little bit about our Mother’s Day event. The darn phone is ringing again. I’ll have to
go take the call; it could be the President. I’ll leave you with the email newsletter of two years ago while I take
….I wish to discuss that upcoming Hallmark event; Mothers Day. I heard on the radio
that 63% of American families take mom out to dinner on Mother’s Day. Reading the local paper I can see from the restaurant
ads this is a very competitive “holiday”. Some restaurants offer all-you-can-eat buffets all day long. We
were going to do a buffet but I am concerned about your health. Do you really want to watch hubby and the kids chow down on
unlimited piles of food all day. I thought not. I mean it is okay for a summer evening while listening to Jamaican music or
when the food is healthy vegetarian cuisine. However, a buffet featuring veal scaloppini on Mother’s Day: let’s
On the flip side, I noticed other ads embellishing their menu descriptions. One dining
emporium described their pork chops and potatoes as Roasted loin chops of pork drizzled with a raspberry chocolate demiglace
garnished with farm fresh herbs accompanied by a pan-seared root vegetable delicately seasoned with sea salt and Madagascan
peppers. Give a chef a thesaurus and he is as bad as a farmer with a newsletter. Some restaurants even offer a flower for
mom. I am sure the mom’s of the little South American children that harvest those flowers are very appreciative.
Confronted with Mother’s Day, I fell back onto our very desirable “Tea”
option. For $14.95 you get a pot of tea of your choice, a nice fresh salad, a plate of gourmet finger foods, and a plate of
dessert type treats. I can further embellish these descriptions but that would spoil the surprise. If you or members of your
party don’t want tea, the entire menu is also available to order. Mom will get a flowering plant, grown by our guest
workers, and our staff will help your entourage decorate the plant. We will also have a 20% discount on our hanging baskets
for our tea drinkers. The hanging baskets are gorgeous…..
I’m back; the call was just a telemarketer. Don’t you just hate those lengthy
sales pitches? Now where were we…oh…why you should come to the Farm for Mothers Day? First, you can come
to the Farm for breakfast from 9 to noon. It is beautiful in the morning and a perfect start for a pleasant day. Starting
at 11 AM we will be serving the Tea but also anything off the regular menu as well. This way mom could have the tea, dad an
Imposter, and the kids can have mac and cheese, PB & J, grilled cheese, etc. The kids can go decorate a plant or play
in the yard with the tractors so you can dine in peace. Then have a nice walk around the farm and choose a hanging basket.
Darn phone is ringing again; I should not have given George my number but at least it’s
not 3 AM this time.