My super-star (like a sunshine star) this week is Nancy Morgan of The Workshop Dance Studio, located downstairs at the Raina Mall, 215 Sanders Street in Kemptville – 868-9062. Six days of the week, Nancy greets every customer with a huge smile and knows each by name, asks how our weekend or our week was, enquires about our family members and shares bits of her own life with us regularly. Her husband and kids have been known to attend some exercise and dance classes. And she does this over and beyond helping us take care of our bodies each time we go there. We all exercise facing the wall-to-wall / ceiling-to-floor mirror so she can see if we’re keeping up with her or if anything is amiss. She constantly watches her exercisers to make sure knees are bent or legs are straight or backs are in the correct position when they should be. She also makes note if someone seems to be favouring a knee or shoulder and discretely checks up on them during the class or when our hour is done. The lights in the room are low. She starts each class by telling us no one else is watching you and it’s not a competition, we’re all here for our own reasons. She’s absolutely right. However, I can’t help but notice the other “dancers” as Nancy calls us and how happy each of them looks and how comfortable we are in our own bodies. Most of us are smiling while we throw our arms up to the music, jog or walk quickly backwards around the room and listen carefully to learn why Nancy is having us move our toes and fingers in various ways. It’s all about being strong. The music is great and you lose your thoughts while noticing each time you go there that it feels good to move so freely. We are all there to feel better.
I go to Nancy’s Workshop Studio, not to lose weight (although there are those extra little pounds that have attached themselves to my waist between Christmas and now) but to gain strength. I need to be strong for my upcoming market garden season. I can’t be popping a rib every time I lift something heavier than I am, nor can I stop pulling weeds or bending while transplant or hauling soil or compost simply because I might be tired or achy. I need to walk, run, lift, bend, pull and push every hour of every day for several months. Since I started back at Nancy’s classes I’ve noticed my overall strength is returning and I feel generally wonderful. Trudging through the ice-covered snow is not an effort. My forearms are stronger so I can spritz my hundreds of plants twice daily without taking a break. One of the best things to do is to participate in a dance class just before grocery shopping. It’s amazing how your freshly toned and energetic body migrates towards the produce department and you crave fresh greens and fruit – mmmmm spinach and kale and apples.
I woke up this past Sunday morning thinking to myself “Oh boy, tomorrow is Monday and I exercise Monday.” I try to get out Wednesday evenings too, which can be tricky, but Friday mornings are a sure thing. Check out the schedule and perhaps you’ll find yourself there too. And it’s not just exercise, there’s so much more.
As promised, new Sunnys are ready this week. Pea Shoots will be ready next week. They take longer than the sunflowers. Almost all of the peppers, leeks, onions and edible flowers sown are now up with their perky first leaves craving light and their roots digging deep for water. I’m almost out of space in the house so have started various lettuces and herbs on heat mats in the Greenhouse.
We’re in between basil plants currently but the new ones are growing nicely.
I love to show you a few pictures so you can get excited about stuff growing here too.
Good eating this week looks like this:
Garlic $2 large, $1 small or $10 /pound mixed
Herbs, fresh: Cilantro (growing indoors), Citrus Thyme, Thyme $2/bunch although the -21C tonight might affect them
Hot Peppers, ground dried $2.25 /100 grams - varieties are D’espellette, Hot Portugal, Red Cayenne, Thai
Applesauce (organic apples gently simmered with a cinnamon stick) $4 /500mL jar
Granola, with fruit $8 /500mL jar
Granola, with nuts and fruit $10 /500mL jar
I make the granola fresh when you order
Arugula $2 bag
Kale $2 bag
Sunflower $2 bag
Sprouts $3 /bag
Sandwich Booster (clover, alfalfa, radish and mustard)
Spring Salad Mix (broccoli, radish, alfalfa & clover)
I’ll grow Crunchy Bean Mix and/or Ancient Eastern Blend sprouts for you if you order in advance – I need to know this week to have them ready next week
Day Brighteners is a non-certified organic farm, where we practice sustainability and environmentally-friendly farming. We always use non-GMO seeds and products and take pride in all we do. You are very welcome to drop by most days, but if it’s picking/packing/delivery day you take your chances on getting the tour. Calling or emailing first is a good idea. We do appreciate your business very much and would like to hear from you with any comments you have.
If you'd like to purchase any of the above items, I'm happy to provide them if available after our regular customers have ordered. If you want to know how to receive delivery of our nutritional goodness, see Contact information and email or call me. Thanks.
Until next post, have a great every day.