The latter part of Matthew 10:8, "Freely you have received; freely give," certainly wasn't spoken by Christ in the context of a pea patch. But the principle got us to thinking here at Alderman Farms.
We have been so abundantly blessed by the LORD in so many ways, tangible and intangible, that we figured it would be only appropriate to pass some of those blessings along to others.
So here's the plan: the area at the front of our property, pictured above, will soon be planted with peas. Once they are up, we'll place two yard signs out by the road. One will be our Alderman Farms signs, and the other will say something to the effect of "Get you some," or "Peas: Free for the Pickin', so Help Yourself."
We certainly recognize that there may be some benefit to doing this: we may begin cultivating future CSA customers (we are considering beginning a CSA for veggies and a "share" program for pork), we may pick up some future Farmers Market customers, and so forth. But you just have to trust us when we say it's not about marketing, it's about blessing. Of course, experience and Scripture have taught us that "you can't out-give God," so we know the blessings we give with pure intentions will be returned to us in various ways. Again, that ain't why we're doing it. We just really want to share in the bounty.
We'll keep updating our progress here, so hey - when the peas are in, come get you some!
(By the way, the green strip on the right side of the patch above is an electric fence line that doesn't show up well in the photo. To the right of the green line, inside the fence, we will soon plant field corn that we'll harvest for the critters at Alderman Farms.)
Boy, we've had a tough go of it in the garden this year so far! From unseasonably cold weather to day after day of 4-inches-at-a-pop rain, and we've found ourselves replanting time after time. In fact, we've replanted everything twice, and some items three times. We'll soon even plant some now empty spots for a fourth time in the corn and snap bean rows!
But we finally got a break in the torrential rainfall for just a few days, and yesterday we were able to do a little maintenance work in our main garden plot. Here are the photos taken yesterday, showing our progress:
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