Mud, Sweat and Tears


April is the cruelest month, except in Maine when it can be May.

Cold, driving rain and wind cast a mighty shadow on our opening day.  Standing pools of water in the fields mean this year’s potatoes will go in late.  That’s farming.  Meticulous planning defers to Mother Nature.  But, even the toughest conditions have their winners.


Our cool crops – spinach, chard and lettuce – are at their glorious best.  The tulips lasted longer than usual and the perennial beds are just delighted with this weather – ready to supply vibrant bouquets later this month.

Attitude counts too.  Three bedraggled chicks braved the wind and rain to set up their annual lemonade stand.  Yellow slickers and lemon rinds brightened the farm stand and fewer customers meant more cookies for the staff.  The proceeds of the sale are on their way to Oklahoma Strong.


Most of all, we cherish the manner in which Memorial Day is kept on Mount Desert Island.  Young and old gathered on the green in Northeast Harbor to commemorate the many soldiers that have protected our country over the centuries.  Wind and rain made their presence known but only served to intensify the sense of pride and our resolve to do well by our fellows as the sound of two trumpets playing Taps drifted out to sea.  God bless our country, our troops and our community.



Happy Memorial Day.


May 30, 2013

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