Farm to Table Hodgepodge

It’s time again for Wednesday Hodgepodge where Jo From This Side of the Pond asks the questions for us to ponder.

Speaking of farmers, on one of our traveling days we took an exit to visit the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum in Goessel, Kansas. The mural above is from part of the museum.

1. What obligation do you believe you have to your country? 

I suppose as a good citizen we are obliged to follow the laws of our country. It would be good for a citizen to know what is in the Constitution of the United States of America. I also think we are obliged to cast an informed vote in elections. As long as the laws of the country don’t violate my religious freedom in following God’s laws and my worship of Him I’ll keep the law. My allegiance is first and foremost to God the Father and His Law set down in the Bible.

2. October 12 is National Farmers Day. Do you know any farmers?

Yes, I know several farmers from my experience with the Mennonite Girls Can Cook and now living in Colville we’ve been acquainted with more farmers. We have farmers across the road from us.

What do they farm/grow/raise?

Hay, Wheat, Alfalfa, Corn, Vegetables, Apples, Apricots, Pears. Dairy Farms and Cattle ranches abound, too, along with sheep and goats and pigs.

Are there any farm stands where you live? Do you shop there? 

Yes there are great farm stands and farmers markets and yes, I do shop there. Wednesdays and Saturdays we have a Farmer’s Market in town. I like to stop and support our local farmers. Farmer’s Market only runs through October and then opens up again sometime in the Spring.

3. What’s a skill you think everyone should have? Tell us why? 

I think everyone should be taught to read. Reading is foundational to so many other skills. Without this skill you are more open to misguidance and deception and false teaching.

4. Favorite thing you’ve purchased this year? 

I bid on, won, and purchased Tea for Eight in my home. It was so nice to sit at the table and be served all the wonderful delicacies that the Hostess made. The only thing I had to do which I thoroughly enjoyed was to set the table with my hoard of tea things.

5. What’s your favorite place to visit in the fall? 

The Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze at a local farm here in Colville. The maze is always top notch!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

We are just back from driving across the country for 20 days. We called our trip, Land That We Love Tour. I’ll be sharing lots of photos from all the things we saw along the way on my blog. So much to share.

When we arrived home we found sweet notes taped around the house that our grandkids left us.

“Welcome home We missed you See you soon Addy” also “I ❤️ u”

The note on the bottom right is Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti. Addy has been mastering and enjoying this song.

Baba appreciated each note and drawing and it made me smile real big.

Hope to come around soon and see how y’all answered the questions this week.


About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

12 thoughts on “Farm to Table Hodgepodge

  1. I said reading too. I witnessed the hurt that not being able to read and write did to an adult.
    Welcome Home, thank you for sharing your sweet notes.

  2. Loved your answers to #1. The Tea for Eight sounded (and looked) just amazing. Years ago my daughter took me to a tearoom in Greer, SC (sadly, no longer in business) and it was so lovely to enjoy the tea that they served.

    The notes from your grandkids — just heartwarming.

    I picked cooking for my skill everyone should have … but reading is every bit as important, if not more so!

  3. Agree and love your number one answer!!
    I know most of the farmers in my area from walking every morning. I know how hard they work and am so thankful for them.

  4. Ellen – what a delight to come home to those little notes! And I can imagine what a pleasure it was to be “served” when you so often are the one serving!

  5. Love your answers. My FIL was raised Mennonite in Goshen Indiana. Those notes are so cute and sweet. I definitely agree, winning the bid on a tea could be amazing.

  6. What grandmother would not be thrilled to come home to such sweet notes from her babies? ~ swoon ~ I’ll bet those babies really missed you when you were gone.

    My husband grew up on a small farm; his dad was a part time farmer. I was a town girl through and through which made for a little culture shock on both our parts. Farming is an honorable way of life. I do love a good farm stand.

    Looking forward to more photos and stories from your trip!

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