City woman meets country man while writing about his farm for her big city paper. Woman falls in love with the man and the idea of farming. Woman marries man, leaves city and job and life, moves to a farm, and starts a life of milking cows and growing vegetables?
Sound familiar? Probably not, because this isn’t your typical novel plot line. In fact, it isn’t even fiction. This is a memoir of the first year that Kristin Kimball spends on a farm with her husband-to-be. Broken down into seasons, we are introduced to the ins and outs of farming, farm life, and almost married life. There’s good, there’s bad. There is life, there is death. There are tender moments, there are fights.
Kristin and Mark started something that went beyond your typical CSA. They sold what amounted to a whole pantry, whole kitchen CSA – meat, eggs, syrup, veggies, fruits, grains, etc. For a lot of money and even more risk, they convinced a few people that first year to invest and then even to help them harvest their own shares.
As farming and gardening go, not everything was sunshine and roses. Manure coated those roses sometimes, but things worked out. Mostly.