LOCALLY GROWN

“Fresh from our garden to your table.”

Thanks to our listing on Local Harvest, we have had a few new customers come by for their weekly produce. Although our bigger clients order more, it’s a bit of a dilemma for us since we can’t supply everything all the time in the amount that they want.  We only have 1/10 acre!  Individual clients are much easier (yet not as steady) since they don’t mind buying a few ounces of chives while our clients would love to buy pounds which would totally decimate the entire chive population.  However, we find individual clients who drop by don’t always last long as it’s much easier for them to go to the market.

We have worked with our “bigger” clients over the years and every week they have a standing order. In fact we don’t have to depend on picking produce and going to Farmer’s Markets where there’s always a chance that what you picked that morning will come home with you that evening.  We “sell what we grow. ”  There’s no waste and our reliable clientele help us keep a  rhythm in our succession plantings.

The other day (Wed), one of clients, who orders our salad mix, calls us about 6 in the evening. He said that he has run out of salad and needs more for dinner that night.  We had just delivered his bi-weekly order on Tuesday and, with the warm temps, his patrons must be eating lighter meals.  So, I tell him that we can get him the salad within 1/2 hour.   We picked, washed, packed and delivered in record time – less than 15 minutes (luckily the restaurant is a few blocks away).  That night he could honestly claim that his restaurantserved the freshest salad in all of LA – from garden to plate in under 1/2 hour.

With Pasadena being quite a decent “restaurant town,” it’s a blessing that all our clients are located within a 5 mile radius of “the farm” — works out perfectly!  Some days we even deliver orders on bike.

DOING OUR BEST

We are sometimes paralyzed with the overwhelming task of changing our lives. It requires one to be committed and dedicated to the hard work of breaking old habits. It’s so easy to fall back into the comfy routine of our “past lives.”   And the changes that we have made make it too easy to become smug. It’s easy in this age of competition to fall into a “holier than thou” attitude (been around a few!). What I say about that is:  “We haven’t walked in your shoes, and neither have you walked in ours, so who are we to judge each other?”

” If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.” ~ Max Ehrmann’s ‘Desiderata’ ~

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  1. gerry medland says:

    Hi Anais,
    What a fantastic article!You cannot get any fresher food than that you grow yourself!I wanted to add that I am now making my own sourdough bread!Its all in the ‘starter’,keep on practising,if I can do it,I know you can!
    Never give up!
    best wishes
    gerry

  2. Anais says:

    Thanks for the comments Gerry! I know, thanks for reminding me. I’ll have to get back to making sourdough once again. When we had to leave to visit my ill Grandmother, the starter was neglected and died from lack of feeding.
    Happy baking!