Morning comes early to Baldwin Farm. When the sun peeks over the horizon and dew glistens on the barn roof, Margery is in morning devotions. Then she covers the to-do list with Pedro when he arrives for country breakfast. The dogs join the trek across the yard to daily chores. Seasonal “Baldwin Farm” hats bob in and out among the various farm scenes. It’s a happy day for Margery when she is on the farm making sure everything runs smoothly. It’s a testament to her motto, “bloom where you are planted.”
A hands-on person, Margery is always in the middle of it all. Still she responds instinctively to gentle moments like reaching up to scratch the belly of her cat sunning overhead on the swing rail. Many animals roam around under foot, so work often turns into play. As busy as she is, Margery often stops to spend time with the kids or introduce new friends to the goats.
Farmers are familiar with hectic schedules. They live with the pressure of getting it all done…on time … before rain … before frost … before spring buds open … before vegetables are overripe … before straw goes to seed … before weeds sprout … and on and on. Margery often forgets to eat, if not for Maria around to nudge her. But at the beginning of each season, it all comes together. Everyone gathers round with willing hands to help put out “Follow the Signs,” prepare for Farmer’s Markets, make wreaths and swags, restock jams and salsas and greet folks.
Pedro’s incredible energy allows him to carry much of the work load. His skill guarantees that jobs are done well and on time. He is always deep into new plans for next year while attending to this year’s duties. It’s hard, tiring work with a million things to do. But each day brings an excitement that something new and wonderful is about to happen. It’s the farmer’s way of life he loves.
Margery and Ty always felt the end of their rainbow would land them on a farm. It was Ty’s vision, confidence and perseverance that made Baldwin Farm a reality. It is Margery’s attitude of “all things grow with love” that makes one feel welcome. It keeps families coming back year after year. Home and contentment for them meant the glory of each sunrise, the awesome beauty of sunset skies, the fertile soil supporting new growth each season and the sound of rain on a metal roof.
Finding arrowheads in newly plowed fields reminded them they were not the first to live and love on this land. It’s fitting that now friends share how they track the growth of their families each year by pictures taken at Baldwin Farm. This legacy of “family tradition” is what Margery treasures most about sharing the farm with you.
Happy times are when everyone’s smiles grow broader watching kids be kids, running free with the wind. Kids are fascinated by the sounds of woodpeckers’ rapping rhythm in the treetops and young roosters learning to crow. They love chasing flocks of frolicking butterflies. Pretty soon, adults relax and feel like kids again as they greet old friends and enjoy the moment.
During our open seasons, you are welcome to enjoy the simple things here like a sunset, a clear blue sky or fresh air on a crisp autumn day. Make memories and build dreams for future generations. Perhaps you will find a blessing just because you were here.
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously, will also reap generously.” ….II Cor. 9:6