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November 2, 2021

Hello Friend,

I don't know if I'm more surprised that it's already November, or that it has finally stopped raining. Seriously. Don't know.

I do know, that we are almost done for the year, just a couple private holiday parties, Friendsgiving, Shop Small Saturday and Christmas on the Farm. As you've noticed, we've been very quiet this season. Not much to say on social platforms and our newsletter, which started off as bi-weekly in 2015, is now practically bi-annual! But that does not mean we haven't been sharing and connecting. In fact, we've rediscovered that word-of-mouth is still way more powerful than any algorithm. We've grown a bunch this season and all because of you. You shared your time here with another and in turn they came. The simplicity of conversation. Thank you. We are so grateful.

We've grown a lot this season and not just food and flowers for our dining events and CSA/Farm Box Subscriptions. We grew a lot ourselves. As a family we've learned what a bumper crop patience will yield if you just let patience do her thing! Yes, patience: willing to wait calmly. Trust me, nothing in our culture encourages us to pursue this virtue. In fact, we've done very well as a society to mitigate one's need to wait for anything! All day we wield the powerful click and swipe of our finger to avoid waiting. Our lifestyles are busy and chaotic just so we don't feel the ache of waiting. Unfortunately, by avoiding patience, we don't get to experience its companions: gratitude, peace, joy, and hope to name a few. Oh, we want these virtues, but we don't want the pain that goes along with possessing them, so we'll take the counterfeit versions instead. We mistake comfort for peace. Optimism for hope. Pleasure for joy. The test of whether you've got the real deal is patience. We've found this to be true when it comes to growing nutritious food, teaching our children, nurturing relationships, and following that 'gentle whisper'.

For many of you reading this, you've been with us since the beginning and can remember our encouragement at each dinner to 'slow down'. We've painted it on rocks and printed it on tee-shirts, all the while learning the reason we slow down is to give patience an opportunity to grow and take over. At the proper time, you'll begin to see patience's companions: hope, faith, and love.

So, the Jones' family is still growing this season and next. We've got a lot of opportunity planted and we are hoping for it to yield a bumper crop. The good thing is it's not an annual. We will enjoy it's harvest for all time and we have every intension of sharing its bounty with you.

Growing in patience,

Rachael & Chris Jones

Locavore Farm

(708) 701-4320

Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Romans 8:25 "But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience."

Hebrew 10:36 “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

We are pleased to announce we will hold Friendsgiving this year. We've decided to pause our formal plans as in years past. We are doing a casual gathering the Wednesday before Thanksgiving on November 24 from 6 to 10 PM. Bring your in-town and out-of-town guests to the farm for a fireside gathering with a delicious, traditional Thanksgiving feast in a box. Your delicious, traditional with a twist of farm-true-seasonal-ingredients is included in your admission ticket. Get tickets

On Thursday, December 23, we will open the farm from 6 - 9 PM for our fifth annual Christmas on the Farm event. We want to share all our farm-y season traditions and offer a unique evening for all. The grounds will be lit and decorated for the season and we will all gather around the firepits to create a warm and unique setting for you to get out and gather with friends and family. Get tickets.

2022 Weekly Farm Box

We have officially opened our weekly farm box program for 2022. Starting this early helps us better plan. We enjoyed our members this season very much and are opening up spots for more. A deposit is required to secure your spot and the balance due in April. Note: A subscription can make an incredible gift for someone too.

Shop Small Saturday

We will open up the shop on Shop Small Saturday - November 27 from 10 AM to 9 PM. All day we will be open, so you can shop several small businesses and either begin or end at the farm. We will have lovely fresh holiday arrangements for inside and outside, along with one-of-a-kind items we've curated from near and far. We have incredible gifts for the hostess and to supply your holiday hosting events - everything from pantry items to your table-scape. We will also have in-person discounts on all our events and gatherings for 2022, including our camps and workshops. We won't be offering discounts online. The bar will be open and we'll have light bites as well throughout the day and the firepits lit for a relaxing and fun day of shopping. There is no charge for admission. Just please let us know you're coming with an RSVP. Yes! We're coming.


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