Have you ever held a fresh egg in your hand? An egg so new it still has a fine coating of white upon its shell? An egg which is still warm from beneath the hen’s feathers?
Well, as the Wolf Brand chili commercial used to say, “It’s been too long.”
Nature’s wonders abound on a farm, even on a small acreage like mine where the only livestock are a mixed flock of beautiful chickens, including many hens and two roosters.
If we only knew how good fresh food tastes, wouldn’t we ask for it instead of the packaged stuff? Are our lives so busy we don’t have time to enjoy nature’s wonders, which for me, are the work of God?
It’s something to ponder. How did we all get so busy? Why are our kids in so many activities? Are we leading the lives we wanted?
Several of you have asked to come by, and when you visited you poured out your hearts about “going back to the land,” or “owning a few chickens.” I’ve listened to your dreams and longings, and I understand. There is something fundamental which ties us to the Earth and God’s creation.
However, for many, living out in the boonies and driving kids to school (or homeschooling for that matter) isn’t a possibility, so if you live in Oklahoma, I have an alternative.
Recently, a friend of mine, Cassidy, made me aware that Oklahoma has a large food co-operative. How did I not know this? For a yearly membership fee of $51.75, you can buy so many things, including grass-fed beef and lamb from Clear Creek Monastery, or several other local farms you might wish to support. You order the food monthly, and it is delivered to any one of many drop-offs throughout the state. You can get meat, fresh eggs, homemade bread, soap, desserts and so many other homemade or home grown items.
This is a very good way to practice what I preach. Oh, and organic products are even grouped separately. (I’ve been buying mine at various grocery stores, but as you know, it’s extremely pricey.)
Note, I didn’t see anything gluten free, but through another friend, Maria, I also know of a gluten free and fresh food co-op (with this one, at present, the produce isn’t organic).
As for my musings above, I’m just thinking we all need to take a moment and reflect on what is good in our lives. Then, if we feel something is lacking, say a little prayer and start making the change. As for today I’m thrilled I also have a new place to get the best local food; plus, I get to hold a warm egg in my hands.
How about you?