Reading: The Blueberry Years

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Reading: The Blueberry Years

We visit my family in Lancaster, PA at least once a month. While there, I almost always fantasize about leaving the chaos of New York and client work behind and buying a quaint stone cottage with a little farmland. I blame it on the green rolling hills, breezy corn fields and windmills that line Route 222 from Reading to Lancaster. The idyllic scene gets me every time. These idealistic fantasies used to induce a playful eye roll from my husband, but lately, he's entertained them for a bit longer than usual. It's a curious silence. Certainly he can't be thinking about it too. Can he? I should be careful. The last time we aligned on a crazy idea, we ended up moving to Paris. I finished reading Wolf Hall last night, and was cruising my list of "to-reads" on Goodreads. I was about three sentences into a review of Jim Minick's, The Blueberry Years, before downloading it to my iPad. Jim and his wife Sarah bought a 90-acre farm in Virginia with no farming experience. His memoir chronicles their dream of running a pick-your-own blueberry farm and pursuit of a simpler life. I finished a third of the book last night, and I can't decide if it will add fuel to my fantasy fire or slap me in the face with the realities of farm life.

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Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Manda @ Eat Cake

I love to hear that someone else has those same dreams! I’m from the Midwest but have been living on the East Coast for nearly 4 years and constantly fantasize about a simpler life. Much simpler!

Enjoy your book, keep us updated! :)

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Victoria

Woah! Couldn’t imagine making a living farming. I love simple life outside of the big city, but don’t think I am quite ready to take it any less urban.

What else is on your reading list?

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by auntybelle

What did you think of Wolf Hall?

I’ve read Carol Drinkwater’s Olive books—Olive Farm, Olive Season, Olive Route—- and am now “ripe” for a blueberry immersion.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Georgianna

Hi Nichole! Ah, yes, so tempting, isn’t it? My recent shoots with an organic flower grower on an idyllic farm north of here have gently piqued similar passing fancies and memories of childhood years in rural Oregon. But seeing how hard she and her family work to make it a success has disabused me of the idea that the lifestyle is simpler. Much more rewarding, most likely, but still with tremendous complexities. I know that even our half acre can be challenging to maintain!

Thanks for the book recommendation – will definitely put it on the (currently neglected) reading list.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by michel stong

I have been reading like a demon lately, just shared this on my Facebook page, and looking forward to reading this book, right up my alley. I love your posts, and look forward to them every morning. Thanks,
michel

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by kayla @ exquisite banana

I’m throwing down a $10 that in a year from now, you’re going to announce a move :)

(I, too, harbor a similar dream. we’re thinking about kids (ah!) and where exactly it is we dream of raising them…).

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Jennifer

I hear ya with the farm fantasy!

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Musings in Red

Well.. you’ll have to keep us posted then! ;) So as to keep track of any bizarre notions that might make you take up blueberry farming suddenly. ;)

Well.. you’ll have to keep us posted then! ;) So as to keep track of any bizarre notions that might make you take up blueberry farming suddenly. ;)Also, memoirs really are idyllic, fanciful, and realistic sources to introduce us to new worlds. I know I enjoy them for all those reasons and more.

Well.. you’ll have to keep us posted then! ;) So as to keep track of any bizarre notions that might make you take up blueberry farming suddenly. ;)Also, memoirs really are idyllic, fanciful, and realistic sources to introduce us to new worlds. I know I enjoy them for all those reasons and more.Thank you for another lovely post! :)

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Carla Coulson

I am a little scared to add this to my reading list as am having serious gardening and tranquility yearnings like you………lovely post though and we can keep dreaming about getting our hands dirty :)
Carla x

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by jen

Anything Naomi Wolf recommends I read. =) Thanks for posting about this! I live in decidedly agrarian Oklahoma and I still want to move to a farm and stone cottage.

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