• Ali Collier

Reflecting on Indigenous History

Happy rainy day my, hopefully, dry Pop Uppers! We have been in great need of the rain to support our gardens in the last few weeks of our harvesting season. Here on the farm my husband has been working hard to prepare beds for spring planting and create more space for us to enjoy, work in and raise our recently expanded flock of birds. He worked almost right up until the rain yesterday planting seeds for ground cover and raking them in to take full advantage of this beautiful gentle and hearty watering.

Today as we enjoy the excuse to rest indoors our son has the day off from school. He wasn't told why there isn't school today, or so he claims, and he wasn't given less work to do this week. His teacher also has to work an in service day, too. This treatment of today's "holiday" seems like a step in the right direction away from Columbus Day, if not entirely towards Indigenous Peoples Day. I will have to have a conversation with him about what it means to be in this transition towards honoring truth.

Indigenous Peoples Day feels as bittersweet as Juneteenth for a celebration but it is equally as pertinent to remember what our world has been built on. The range, strength and intelligence of the indigenous peoples of the North American continent was an incredible achievement and use of humankinds' abilities. It's also relevant to our farmers market to understand how our lands and goods have evolved through that history. An estimated 3/5 of modern agricultural commodities hail from Native American cultivation, including tomatoes and maize.

In addition to growing heirloom plant varieties, several of our market growers, use native plants and native growing techniques to produce incredible products and improve the land we grow on rather than take away from it. Here, at Brabble Hill Farm, our goal is to restore our patch of ground to an abundant food forest, something similar to what would have been here 600 years ago. How spectacular it must have been then, with all of Pennsylvania covered in forest, and how difficult the job will be without the ready advice and teachings of the Susquehannock.

I am proud to work with these thoughtful vendors, they all take the time to be educated about their products and continue to learn and grow constantly. Below our market offerings I have listed some resources for learning more about our local indigenous peoples as well as a few news articles with examples of how making space for them in our hearts and minds can enrich us all.

Here are some of their currently available fall items that can help us enjoy the rain and to carry the weight of hard truths that some days bring:

Tulsi Fields Farm: Matt is always growing his heirloom plants with an eye for the future. It takes months (sometimes years) of careful planning and cultivation to create the teas and herb blends that he offers. With 5 different species this flower power tea is loaded with dried flowers that can lift you with the scent of a summer day in the flower fields.

Love Sown Family Farm: Becky and Allison have opened my eyes to the world of spicy peppers. I am NOT into eating spicy foods but I have tried most of their hot peppers. All of them have been delicious and I'm hooked on adding them to my dishes now... but I've been a bit chicken to try these habaneros. There are only 2 left for this week. Please, someone else get them so I don't! Though, maybe they'd be good in a chili...

Burtt Baking Co: Katie was my neighbor vending at yesterday's Front Porch Pop Up and these pumpkin streusel muffins were the most popular topic of conversation at her table. I wasn't sure what they were excited about so I just went to check them out and look at them! They're also sugar and gluten free so they're pretty perfect for most of us with restricted diets.

Mother Truffula: I remember mentioning to Laura one time that I don't like lotion. It feels slimy and cold and just never seems to work for me. Now, I'm not saying she made this lotion bar for ~me~ but she could have just laughed. Instead, she took some feedback and made a new product to bring healing to more people in her life. I really like this lotion bar and I love that it has calendula in it, which my skin really responds well to. I really think it's a totally under hyped skin care ingredient and you won't be disappointed trying this.

Wildwood Lavender Farm: Shana created these beautiful and whimsical dried flower bunches. They smell heavenly because of the lavender and the lovely pastel colors will look at home everywhere. Order yourself a bunch to upscale your Halloween décor or to share with a loved one. Dried flowers are classic and always delightful!

This Is A Farmhouse: Fresh picked from Barbour's Orchard, run by Tiffany's childhood friend. Barbour's focuses on sustainable agriculture and community in neighboring Adams County, PA. Lucky for us we have a friend of a friend to bring us these AMAZING Crimson Crisp variety apples. They are sweet, crunchy and absolutely delightful! Despite the truck load that Tiffany brought over for us there aren't many left, hurry up and get yours.

Brabble Hill Farm: These beautiful little squash have been constantly mistaken for mini pumpkins to decorate with, but, I assure you they are too delicious just to leave on your porch. Stuff with rice and whatever chopped veggies you have on hand for an easy fall dinner recipe.

Click on the pick up location below to place your order by Wednesday at 4pm for pickup on Thursday at 5pm or by Friday at 12pm for a 10am pickup on Saturday.

There are only 2 weeks left to support our vendors in the regular season. After that we will be holding monthly holiday markets.

Here are some of the links (click on the pictures) I found quite interesting when looking into Indigenous Peoples Day.

If you want to go learn some more about our local history we have lots of resources. Here are a few places you can visit in real life or virtually:

May we all strive to be better than products of our time and, together, usher in the ideals of tomorrow.

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