John SalesOn a solemn morning, a young lawyer looked out over a bay and witnessed something quite unexpected. The year was 1814 and the young man had just been a spectator to 25 hours of bombardment. The emotions he felt that morning lead him to pen a poem that would no doubt solidify not only what he felt, but also the feelings of a newly birthed nation. It was circled in a handout under the title of "Defence of Fort McHenry."

Later, after the addition of music, it was renamed and we know it today as the Star-Spangled Banner. The young lawyer's name was Francis Scott Key.

Now, I don't give mention to all of that for a history lesson. But it's weight as such is worthwhile. No, instead I use it to bring to light how we currently feel. No doubt our own feelings echo those felt by the people who were swiftly locked in battle on that fateful night and morning.

Put simply, we're still here. Still fighting. We haven't surrendered nor do we intend too.

Farming is a constant battle. Market farming is downright combat! You combat the weather. Soil. Prices of seed and materials. Animals and varmints. Gosh, the list could go on. Then the frontline is firmly established once you reach market. But survive we did.

Our market season is now completed. Successes were embraced and recorded. Failures will be learned from. Hopefully, I can now once again devote more time to my writing and share the blessings we live. But even then, things don't show any sign of slowing down much. At least not in the short term.

11/7/2014 8:57:08 AM

John, I am glad to hear that you made it through another season of market growing. It is indeed a challenging lifestyle that you have chosen. I have gardens for the love of growing vegetables but if I had to live from what I grow, I don't think I would live too long. I reflect on how hard it must have been for the pioneers to survive especially during the winter months. I have great respect for my ancestors that endured the hardships to start a life here in the Midwest where I have lived my entire life. They had no outside job or backup plan to fall back on if crops failed or didn't produce enough. There were no hospitals or health care if they got sick. It's a much easier life today than back in the pioneer days. I for one am glad that I live in a world with flush toilets and hot water showers. Have a great country life day.

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