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The Importance of Levity

Posted 4/26/2021 3:32pm by Shiloh Avery.

My favorite picture of my mom laughing as hard as one can


How often do you laugh? How often do your kids laugh?  According to Dr. Jennifer Aaker, social psychologist, author, and professor of marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the average 3-year-old laughs about 300 times a day.  It takes the average 40-year-old 2 ½ months to laugh that much.  Basically, around the time we enter the workforce, the number of times we laugh and smile on an average day begins to plummet and doesn’t rise again until our 70s and 80s.

I consider myself someone who takes humor very seriously (J), and as such, I try to find and spread laughter as much as possible, but 300 times a day in between naps seems unattainable even to someone as dedicated as me.  Everybody romaine calm and lettuce be thankful for veggie puns!  How else are we going to get our 300/day?

Okay, Okay, I’ll quit while I’m only a little behind.  But in all seriousness, levity is important.  I mean, life is going to throw challenges at us.  Grief, anger, heartbreak, frustration, and indignation are going to be part of it.  And if we let them, they’ll grind us down into the ground, and leave us to feed the worms.  It’s the laughter that lifts us up. And lucky for us, it’s contagious.

I’m probably going to spend a lot of time this season appreciating the awesome crew we have this season.  They’re efficient, competent, smart, mature, fantastic team players, all the good stuff blah blah blah.  But also, they’re as dedicated to silly as I am, and even better at puns (I heard that sigh of relief!).  All this is to say, yes, farm work is hard, sometimes frustrating,  sometimes  mind-numbingly repetitive, and physically demanding, but levity makes all of that fun (not to mention delicious!). And we’re planning to share as much of that levity as we possibly can, because it feels like we all could use it after the past year.

The Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone opens this Saturday! We'll be there 8-noon.  We'll also be at the downtown Hickory Farmers Market on Wedneday 10-2 and Saturday 8-1, and the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market 8-1.

Here's what we'll have:

Hakurei Turnips: $3/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/lb

Baby Lettuce Salad mix: $4/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Spinach: $5/ 1/2-lb bag

Boston-Bibb (buttercrunch lettuce): $3/head

Romaine lettuce: $3.50/head

Green leaf lettuce: $3/head

Kale: $3/bunch or bag

You can pre-order through our new and improved virtual farm stand here: https://www.harvie.farm/farm/tumbling-shoals-farm/shop  (sorry I forgot to open the virtual farm stand for last Saturday!)



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