Fair Trade Organic Mexican Oaxacan
The reason for the big slumber party tonight is the annual CEM Agony Ride. This is a 24 hour ride to raise money for “the ranch” as it is affectionately called. The local newspaper ran an article about it this week, which you can read here. My sister currently holds the woman’s record for the most miles ridden in this grueling bike-a-thon–and tonight she and her husband are out there riding together to beat her own record. My brother and his wife are also riding. It’s hard to imagine the mental and physical toughness that it takes to stay on a bike that long, no matter how many miles you go.
My part in the ride for the last two years has been babysitter. I’m no good on a bike, and I couldn’t be happier to take care of all the kids. I am so impressed with the commitment of my siblings: last year all three of them rode, although this year Becky joined me in the babysitting capacity after six years of riding. Tomorrow morning we’ll drive up to the Sierra Valley to cheer them on for the last few miles until the event ends at 1:00. They’ll all be falling over as their kids hug them in glee.
Faz das Flores Single-Estate Brazilian is bold, smooth, nutty, and extremely flavorful. It has been a perfect accompaniment to my mornings for the last week. If you are a Brazilian fan, you’ll find that this is more distinctive than most Brazilians. It is clean and mellow with less earthy tones than our usual Brazilian.
We may be late to the garden this year, but it will come. In the meantime, our busy schedule has increased my appreciation of a three day weekend. Happy Memorial Day! Actually, the store will be open from 8 am to 4 pm on Monday, but the kids are out of school and I’m looking forward to a day spent together. How will you celebrate Memorial Day?
We’ve had an unusually busy spring in our family, and the store garden has been sorely neglected. Fortunately, our lovely manager, Becky, has taken things into her own hands, and begun the process of clearing out the detritus of last year. After a bit of rototilling planned for this weekend, we’re hoping to get plants in the ground next week.
For your viewing pleasure, here are a few pictures of the overgrown mess that will soon become a garden. All photos are courtesy of Becky–thus her absence. In a few months you might be eating tomatoes harvested from this space–at least if you purchase a sandwich from our store!