This week’s CSA pickup was supposed to be today. But it being Valentine’s Day and all, the Farmer changed the date at the last minute. I can only imagine the look of horror on his face when he realized his mistake. What was bound to happen if the CSA pickup occurred anywhere in a 100-mile radius of Valentine’s Day. The cavalcade of baked goods and off-key serenades he would have to endure.
So, excuses were made. Something about “plans” and having to be “out of town.” Right.
I was stumped on the right gift, anyway. How do you show your appreciation to someone who can coax deliciousness out of what, to the untrained eye, looks like barren ground? Sending flowers seems dumb. He already knows how to grow flowers. He’s seen them a million times. Ditto for fruit baskets. Plus, that’s probably what all the other CSA members have planned, and I’d like to think I’m one step ahead of them.
There’s chocolate, of course, but if I gave him chocolate, then that would mean less for me. And, I mean, I love the Farmer and everything, but let’s not get carried away. Plus, all of these ideas require some rudimentary knowledge of his whereabouts (G2? Miss. E6? Miss.), and let’s just say that certain people are remarkably tight-lipped for friendly farm folk. So, finally, I decided to handpick a love song, instead. And, lucky for me, the Internet has very long arms.
When selecting the perfect Ballad of Hunger and Yearning for your farmer, there are three key things to consider:
1. There should be at least one farm-related reference in there. Two is even better. Three is even better than that. Are you following? Extra points for anything bird- or bee-related.
2. It should be somewhat funky. (That’s just a personal preference, actually.)
3. The more stalker-ish, the better. You know, so he knows you really mean it!
So, this goes out to all the small farmers out there (but, really, just mine). Be sure to send some love to your own favorite farmer, too. Word on the unpaved roads is that there are plenty of farmers out there who wouldn’t mind a little loving. Don’t be shy. What possible consequences could there be?
Rules: You have to listen all the way through. And play it loud. It’s totally safe for work until the veeerrrrry end, and then it’ll be over before anyone realizes what just happened. Or maybe you won’t know what I’m talking about. Are you ready? Are you sure?
Earth, Wind & Fire
The Eternal Dance
(Or, if that doesn't work, click here for a link.)
Happy Valentine’s Day, lover.