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Time For A New Photo (NO SNOW!)!

It was just about the most perfect day today.  Amy and I planted our first seeds of the year in the garden.  Bathed in the brilliant sunshine, tree swallows performing their acrobatic dances above our heads, song sparrows serenading us with their sweet songs, and the absence of buzzing and biting insects, we planted seeds.  We got in 6 varieties of peas, 2 types of mesclun mix, arugula, and 10 types of Asian greens.  We tenderly patted the teeny seeds into their garden beds and said a prayer.  And I was reminded of a story from my day yesterday.

I drove to New Hampshire to attend a Food Show sponsored by one of our wholesale food distributors, where they invite hundreds of food producers to display and offer samples of their products.  Besides having the opportunity to taste wonderful foods and see what's new in the food world,  there are great sale prices offered.   I left several hours late, drove 3 hours to my destination that I thought was 2 hours away, got terribly lost in downtown Portsmouth after being directed (by Google maps) to the wrong exit, and finally arrived with just over a half hour to navigate the hundreds of booths, talk to the vendors, taste, and place my orders.  Although I was feeling a bit sorry for myself and more than a bit disappointed, I sought out familiar vendors, placed orders, and tasted more than my share of truffle oil.  When the bell rang signaling the end of the show, I began to make my way toward the exit.  A vendor whom I had visited earlier caught my eye, the man from La Fede Italian products.  Yes, I'm a sucker for old Italian guys (some time ask me about the Fig Man or the Grape Vine Pruner!).  I came over to his table again while he was packing up; he watched me looking at his delicious products and told me to take whatever I wanted.  I smiled, he smiled back, and I put a few cans of San Marzano tomatoes into my bag, feeling very blessed...much more by the interaction than the tomatoes.  As I was walking away, he called me back.  "Do you know what "La Fede" means?" he asked.  As I shook my head no, he explained that it means "the faith".  His family has faith in their cherished customers to recognize and pay for great food; we, the customers have faith in his family to offer us good food.  We talked about faith for a moment, warmly shook each others hand, and parted ways. 

So back to the garden and the act of faith in planting the seed.   Hoping the birds and rodents won't eat them; and the drought or floods or cold or heat won't kill them when they sprout; and that they'll grow into vibrant and delicious plants that will feed and nourish the people that we care about.  Yes, today we felt faith.  And hope.  And we know that very soon we will offer you all delicious little tastes of that faith.  And we'll all be nourished.   

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