Saturday, March 28, 2020

To the farmers -- thank you!

From the market 
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015
(The flowers were from
another wonderful vendor at the
Brickworks Farmer's Market
closed now because of the virus.)
You may not know that I am not a cook.  I used to cook
when my husband and I first met.  I made bread, and
cooked dinner, and looked up recipes, and really
enjoyed that activity.  I don't know when it stopped,
but it did.  My husband is now (and actually always
was) a far superior cook, and even though we alternate
nights to be in charge of dinner, as we have for our whole
married life, I frequently serve reheated leftovers from his
fabulous meal the night before.

Enter the farmers from the farmer's market.
In a former life our favourite farmers -- a husband and
wife team (now helped out by their son too) were chefs
in Europe.  They make a bunch of delicious baked goods,
and sell organic vegetables and eggs, and when the weather
is cool enough they make a delicious quiche.

I have counted on them for two meals a week out of
that quiche for years.  A few years ago I stopped eating
flour and sugar.  So when I serve the quiche I take the
crust off my piece and give it to my husband. This
makes both of us happy.  No I am not allergic to
gluten, I'm just someone who could easily eat 15 cookies
at a time!

Now with this virus upending normal life, the larger
farmer's market is closed.  Today in pouring rain, under
a tented table in a driveway, the farmers sold their pre-ordered
goods with strict social distancing, and naturally I bought
a quiche.  I felt so proud of them.  They were doing everything
right, and carrying on.  Like we all have to do.

I am grateful to them every week, but more so than ever now.

Have an acknowledging the brave people keeping us going day.


Verna said...

Lovely post Barbara, thank you!

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Verna,

I hope you are well, and making your gorgeous art.


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