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The Universal Uniqueness of the Market

In the the past few months I’ve had the pleasure of staying in three different countries. In each country the market has served as a starting point for catching up with friends new and old. I think there’s nothing more special and important than sharing a meal. Food as something we put into our bodies […]

Winter Solstice

The winter solstice: the shortest day and longest night of the year. The solstice has long held significance in the annual cycle of many cultures. Astronomically signifying a reversal of the suns ebbing presence in the sky and traditionally signifying the start of a long winter ahead. There are many mythologies and traditions linked to […]

Neomenia

New Moon (n): The moment when the Moon and the Sun have the same ecliptical longitude. I have been neglectful of posting in this space but assure you I have been hard at work in my garden and at the vineyard. In an endeavor to make up for this absence I have decided to make […]

Starting a Vineyard in Prince Edward County in 13.5 Easy Steps

1) Have a dream and the commitment to make it happen 2) Either have a big budget or a long time frame in mind.  It will cost $20,000 per acre just to set up the vineyard, $6,000 per acre each year to maintain (assuming you do most of the work), and it won’t produce any…

New Moon New Shoots

New Moon New Shoots

Every morning I wake up and tend to my microbial and plant life. My sourdough starters get a feeding of flour and my plant life gets water. This was a particularly exciting morning however because I planted seeds last week for this years vegetable garden and the kale has sprouted! It looks like little green […]

Eostre, Equinox and Earth

With the passing of Easter and the vernal equinox we can now officially welcome spring! What was a white still frame just weeks ago has now given way to the trickle of water and the soft brown of earth. The ducks and song birds are slowly returning with their cacophony of sound. The plants although they appear […]

Zeitgeist

zeit·geist /ˈtsītˌɡīst,ˈzītˌɡīst/ noun – the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time. As the full moon ascends into the sky we are welcomed into a new year. The new year often symbolizes a time of renewal and for many a fresh start, a beginning […]

Full Beaver Moon

For those of you under clear skies this past evening you would have witnessed the Full Beaver Moon. This name comes from the Algonquin tribes and is still used in the Farmers Almanac. It is referred to as the Beaver Moon because this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to […]

New Moon New Perspective

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not […]

Swiss Cheese Moon

The moon is slowly disappearing each passing evening. It’s surface textured like the of a round ball of Swiss cheese in the sky. I imagine the big dipper to be a fondue pot awaiting the cheese to make some delicious fondue for the gods. Perhaps that’s where the moon goes every month is into the pot… […]