Feast, Food, and Winter

We recently celebrated Feast Day. This is our equivalent to Thanksgiving. It was an exciting party that lasted well into a second day. This is our harvest festival, where we celebrate the bounty from our garden. We celebrated by eating sweet potatoes, peppers, kale, and more in various dishes. All grown in our garden which is lovingly worked by community. We also enjoyed venison brought in by members who hunt on our land.

It wouldn’t be a celebration at East Wind without drink. Wine, along with specialty drinks and quality coffee were treats that we don’t often see. Living on the farm, you don’t take for granted this kind of special feast. Everyone was in very high spirits.

Along with Feast Day, we also had Coffee House. This is where those talented in singing, playing, telling stories, or performing entertain community. The stage was set in a cozy space with couches, lights, and laughter. There was a lot of talent shared that night. A lot of East Wind community is very gifted in performing.

Gifted members have also recently come back to East Wind, sharing exotic cheeses from other communities. Our cheese program at East Wind is also picking up in quality. The cheese created here at East Wind has a specific flavor, as anywhere that produces cheese does. Lately the flavor of our cheese has excelled to compete with store bought cheeses, allowing us to buy less from outside sources and produce more here on the farm.

We’re lucky that we live in a place that experiences all four seasons. The season for winter is definitely here, as the days get shorter, grayer, and colder. We all experience it strongly, because most of us spend a lot of time outside. And the time we spend inside is often in close quarters. It’s vital that we celebrate and eat well to stave off the winter blues. We’ll continue to eat Feast Day left-overs, huddle around our wood stoves, and keep that feeling of togetherness that only communal celebration can bring. It’s the little things that will keep all of us happy and healthy through the coming winter.

RB, the heart of community, in a white winter wonderland of the past.

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