“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.”
One of the most gratifying parts of owning Cheney Farms is eating directly from the land, being truly sustainable. A few days ago I had my family over for dinner to celebrate a birthday. As we gathered around the rough sawn farm table nestled between the apple and pear trees it became clear that I will surely miss this place and its nourishment. Sweet corn, italian flat beans, pole beans, cherry tomatoes, pesto, table grapes, and cantaloupe from the farm filled our bellies that evening paired with choice beef, risotto, and tight cabernet.
As the daylight faded into dusk we sat in the orchard enjoying the bounty of the farm knowing that community is built around a table full of food grown by ones' own hands. I am hopeful that whomever purchases Cheney Farms invites me to a dinner next harvest.