On the artistic front, please see the flier above for the Mud and Fire Community Project. It's an awesome one-day event for locals who want to make art and recover. See more here.
Last, I managed to send off some marmalade to the annual international Dalemain Marmalade Festival in Cumbria, England, and was blessed with a Silver Roundel for my Hot and Smoky Marmalade flavor. It is ironic that I was already thinking of a smoky flavor (see earlier blog post) before any notion of California's largest forest fire ever began. Now, it's very appropriate. I'll have this flavor on the website soon, but in the meantime you can always order it as a "seasonal flavor" and send me a request for that flavor in the buyer's notes. It features smoked green Lapsang Souchong tea, smoked paprika, smoked chipotle pepper and a smattering of ghost pepper. Hot, yes. Smoky, of course.
As spring rains sunlight onto our mud, there are oak seedlings poking out of the dried ash debris flow and pollywogs are growing in the creek, among new throngs of boulders. We're getting used to our new landscape, for now, and grateful (for once) to see a break in the rain. Even though the farm always needs water! Enjoy the season and Mother's Day and let me know if I can help with any orders.
I can't thank you enough for your ongoing kindness, amid the ash and mud.