Sept. 29, 2014
are now into our beautiful autumn season. There are still many crops to pick but time is moving on so
“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today”. Actually,
I started this email yesterday but put it off until today to do something else yesterday. If I did not do the something else
yesterday I would had to put that off until today. No matter how you cut it; you always have to put something off until tomorrow
unless you have “free time” today. Who came up with that bit of wisdom anyway? Somebody with a lot of free time
on their hands I bet.
Anyway, I had enough time on my hands to read the 2014 Massachusetts
ballot questions and have noticed a definite slide to the right in my liberal thinking about government. On gas tax indexing;
why would anyone tie something to inflation regardless of the merit? Doesn’t that just encourage an inflationary spiral?
On beverage container deposits; my observation here at the farm after buffets is they do not work. People recycle because
they believe it is the right thing to do; very few take home their empties for the money. In the past some groups came by
to pick up the deposit items for charities but that has even waned; now everything goes into the recycle bin (which costs
the farm $80 a month to empty). In the meantime, the uncollected deposits are another voter-free money stream for the politicians.
We sell Simpson Spring sodas because the bottles are returnable. I don’t charge the ten cent fee; I
just have the staff find the empties and we return them to the source. No government mandate involved.
I feel the same about the gambling ballot question 3; a money stream to government that has no voter oversight.
If you want to gamble, become a farmer. Question 4, sick leave mandates, is another societal cost being placed on small businesses
which can least afford the consequences. It is hard to argue against businesses paying medical costs, unemployment insurance,
higher minimum wages, paid sick leave, etc., but the end result is driving small businesses into large corporative structures
(another government money stream that feeds directly into the hands of politicians-very efficient). Large corporations don’t
care about their employees as individuals as much as small businesses; it’s about daily contact. The alternative practiced
by European countries is to raise taxes and have the government take over the costs. Then inefficient businesses such as this
farm can hang-on a little longer. Government will certainly look out for our best interest. Hmmm…..government involvement.
Starting Monday our government-inspected café will only be doing hot soups and baked
goods during the week (we will remain open all seven days). We are going to freeze our Jamaican foods in microwavable serving
size containers for take home but you will also be able to heat them up here if you want to get a head-start. We have pumpkins,
our winter squash, apples, maple syrup, and other products from our fields and the farms we work with in central Massachusetts.
We will be conducting hayrides (government-issued Entertainment License) on weekends
from about 11 to 3; so come on over to pick your pumpkins and take a hayride (technically a strawride but
free to members with wrist bands). We still offer our full menu on weekends so plan on
having breakfast or lunch.
We are planning on smoking another batch of government-inspected
chickens for Columbus Day weekend. The last time the twenty chickens we were planning to
smoke increased to seventy orders; an amazing response. All I have received is positive
feedback. If anyone had a negative experience with our smoked chickens (or side salads or free plant) I would like
to know about it so we can improve the product. This next batch will come with a pumpkin
pie option (we have lots of pumpkins as well as chickens). For $25 you get a chicken and
two side salads; for an additional $10 you get a fresh baked uninspected pumpkin pie. We
will accept orders for pick-up on October 10, 11, & 12. Please email or use your government-licensed phone
(508-563-2560) to submit your orders with a pick-up date and time. Don’t forget we also have
oysters that you can order as well.