You've Been So Patient and I am Learning Too
Thank you to all of our customers, friends and family who have joined us on this rocky road! It has been quite the year.
If you would have asked me a year ago what I would be doing today, a year later, I certainly would not have told you I would buy a building, renovate it and start a restaurant. I also had no intel to alert me to the looming medical setback I was about to experience. I was certainly in career limbo in early 2022, and I had no idea how absolutely defining this year would turn out to be.
As some of you know, I enjoy the use of expletives, and for me, it seems 2022 deserves an explosion of effenheimers! But I'll tone it down a bit and just say, of the last three difficult years, 2022 was the worst! However, hindsight's perfect vision illustrates that as I trudged, waded, and cried my way through 2022's mountain of experiences, lessons, failures and heart issues, I came to see it instead as more of a pivotal year - a very big turning point in my life! In fact, I am quite struck by the enormity of take-aways.
Physically, I'm learning to live with a broken heart and the rapid onslaught of gray hair, but more importantly, each time something hard, unwanted or unexpected presents itself, I struggle through only to realize opportunity - yes. a very positive thing amongst all the stinky bits. 2022 forced me to push myself harder, do things I never thought possible, accept and learn from failure, and uncover a capacity for patience I never knew I had. Most sobering was the lesson that I am not invincible and that life indeed has its limits. It has been a year of digging in, pushing through, feeling sad and recently, a lot of sitting for lack of energy.
As I ring in this new year, I am full of cautious optimism and hopeful that those days of feeling pooped are behind me. Yesterday, for the first time since I landed in the hospital the end of July, I was able to walk the four mile farm to farm loop that I love so much! It was such a Happy New Year as I finally had the physical strength to do more than just sit on the couch and crochet! I didn't know it would take five months to heal, but now that I am feeling better, I am SO ready to get back into the pursuit of a much bigger life. I know life's hurdles and challenges will always present themselves, ("You can't appreciate the good without the bad," says William) but after this year, I am much better equipped to deal with them.
Part of the new plan for a bigger life is to launch a series of Saturday markets at our Plum City location. It became clear to me that running the restaurant right now isn't a good fit, but my creative energies have been going wild with new ideas for retail farm products. I'm not only a fan of interesting and unique culinary experiences, but I love interior design, so plan to slowly build the Farmhouse World Kitchen into a home and kitchen store where you will find our culinary farm products along with some of my favorite decor items. Notice how I said I plan to "slowly build" this concept? Instead of launching 1200 square feet of retail space, I'm starting with a small section and will add to the concept as it feels right. I'm a little cautious about biting off more than I can chew after this last year!
The markets will be held Saturdays from 10-4 at 401 Main Street in Plum City. I hope a few other vendors will consider joining me for the first market on January 21st. If you're interested, drop me a line. I have space for at least six depending on your product and space needs. I'd love to see artists, crafters or other food purveyors join!
Winter Saturday market dates will be:
NO MARKET 2/25
Thank you all for your kindness and patience as I've navigated and pivoted up and down a number of bumpy roads this year. My sense is that I am back with clarity of purpose, physical strength and a renewed supply of creativity to launch 2023!
We'll see you on the 21st for our first Winter Market!
Sending love from farmlandia,