Once again today, the final day of summer, high clouds from the remnants of Hurricane Paine were drifting over the area from the east giving us what traditionally was and is called a "buttermilk" or "mackeral" sky, in today's case caused by altocumulus clouds.
I have come to love these people as an extension of my own ad-hoc, motley crew, adopted family which God has given me in light of my having hardly any remaining biological family of my own. It was nice to catch up with the fam and recharge the batteries before going back into the fray at Cal Poly for one more year starting this Friday. Following doing minimal work on the harvest itself as I was rather late showing up in the 8 a.m. hour, I helped as I could and broke bread with them.
Not wanting to arrive empty-handed and be a mooch, I stopped by a Mexican store (La Reyna) in Paso Robles on the way and picked up two pounds of fresh, local chorizo as a sort of breakfast potluck contribution. The Chases sent me home with a half-bushel basket of veggies. I reciprocated by picking up Quill's turquoise-colored stone order once I got back into town and Dan's ruby request for his child. Thanks, fam, for the food and veggies and fellowship!
|The lower Chase House with the upper one being on a nearby ridge.|
|Hurricane Paine moisture streaming over the area this morning before the weather shift to autumn this evening.|
|Food and flowers are what this farm feeds.|
|The Barn exterior|
|The Barn interior showing filled and stacked and ready to go half-bushel baskets.|
|North view of the lower Chase House|
|South view of the lower Chase House.|
|"Scarlet Pimpernel" tomatoes as taxonomically designated by Dan this very morning for the first time.|
|Breakfast of champions|
|Communal-style dining that recalls to my mind eating at Samoa Cookhouse in Eureka, CA.|
|Right after breakfast word quickly ran through the farm of a rattlesnake in the garden that might have bitten a Chase cat. As it turns out, a Chase cat bit a gopher snake doing its darnedest to sound and look like a rattler.|
|I watched this cow get milked (and sampled said milk) at the potluck here in May, 2015.|
|Here Pig, Pig, Pig!!!|
|I LOVE this pizza/bread oven!|
|This week's harvest being loaded up for delivery in Atascadero and Paso Robles, CA. |
All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).