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Looking Out at Town Farm

Posted 8/5/2013 3:26pm by OONA COY & BEN JAMES.

Hi Everyone –

If you look south from our house or from any of our fields what you see is the Holyoke Range rising abruptly above the Connecticut River Valley. The peaks that make up the range are not particularly high (as far mountains go), but still they are rather stark and anomalous and inviting in the way they're just there, in one long line, with no other mountains around them.  Out in the meadows, where we're growing this year's tomatoes & peppers, and where Silas and I often take a bike ride with our dog Blue, the range is a powerful presence and a frequent source of conversation between him and me. overlook

Last week, we took advantage of a low-key Wednesday to do something Silas and I had been talking about for a long while. We hiked the Seven Sisters, that series of peaks between Mt. Holyoke and Bare Mountain, six miles of up & down terrain that, in total, comprise a 3,700' rise in elevation. From the various overlooks along the ridge we got to take in the whole valley. We could see the route we ride with Blue through corn & soyfields during heat-wave mornings when we need to get out of the house before 6am. We identified the church steeples of Northampton, the bridges spanning the Connecticut. Looking out over the many agricultural fields, I enjoyed the fact that I wasn't in any of them, and I almost made a comment about all the food being harvested, weeded, washed by our many farm friends across the valley (Silas would not have been impressed). In the midst of the bustle of summer, it was a pleasure to look down at our stitch of the world and have nothing to do with it at all. We ate blackberries and wild blueberries. Silas found a bluejay feather. We imposed ourselves briefly upon a frog and an inchworm. The hike took six-and-a-half hours, but it felt like we'd been gone a lot longer. It was a good day.

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bluejay feather

Now, back in the bustle, I am just about to head out and harvest the first watermelons of the season. Hannah and Adam & Andrew are deep in the tomatoes (literally, since the plants are now over 12' tall). The fruits and leaves and roots are all hungry for our attentions. Come to market this week and share in the richness of it all. Can't wait to see you there.