My First Days at Rippling Waters

I got a late start on Tuesday morning, packing the last of my things and dropping off my work computer at school…  A car accident further delayed me.  I was the front car, poised just before the scene of the accident when the emergency vehicles arrived.  A giant fire engine first…  then a police car, then the fire chief, who pulled directly in front of me, shielding my view of the smashed car.   “HEY… C’MON!” the police suddenly yelled to me, as if I had been the reason for all the traffic…  we shared a starring contest as I passed him.

The drive was two hours, with a short stop for coffee.  As I grew closer to the farm I couldn’t help but notice the signs I passed. “Maine-ly Heating Oil” and other extraordinarily original conceptions.  I arrived at 3pm and took only an hour to unpack and set up my two boxes of belongings, a stark and welcome change from the last year.  Jen came up and gave me half of a homemade woopie pie, explaining that a local women baked sweets to sell at the farm stand, and sometimes, they look like they are “about to go bad, and soo….  well you’ll see,” she said to me.  I came down and got to work helping to load the truck for the next day’s farmers market.

It was a simple start.  Richard, the owner, made dinner that night, (stir-fried beans, rice, and veggies), and then I went over to Jen’s to check out her living arrangement.  A small house a few miles away with horses and sheep, and hand woven weavings galore.

… I am currently coming to a close on my 3rd day of work.  We harvested a variety of greens today, a ruby colored mustard was my favorite.  Tomorrow is market day in Portland.  I am traveling with Richard and we are leaving at 4:20am, as the market starts at 6.  More soon.


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