We have come to the end of the 2013 season and what a surprise it was. Due to the late winter, rain, and fairly mild temperatures the berries did extremely well despite the 50 year drought last year. I had also pruned very heavily due to a large amount of diseased canes. So I am very thankful for the bounty. What was really nice is the berries stayed rather large most of the way through. We had very good customer turnout from all over the region, Kirksville being, of course, about 80% of our patrons. We had quite a few who were new to our farm and also blueberry picking. That is very exciting too.
With all that being said, I want to say “praise God from whom all blessings flow.” He causes His rain to rain on the just and unjust. That means that if you are alive, it is because God has allowed you to be. If God withheld His protection from us we would not be alive for one millisecond. And I am definitely being treated better than I deserve (as Dave Ramsey would say). Men think they are really in control but the truth is that God is in control. He is Holy (totally “other” than us), righteous, just, and loving. I am eternally grateful for his eternal gift of Jesus Christ. The Father willed that His beloved Son would be crushed on the Cross for me. That while I was still His enemy, Christ died for me (Romans 5).
So, I quote to you a section from I Corinthians 15:
“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. ”
Some of you may wonder about this, the Gospel (good news). If you ever would like to know more, please feel free to contact me. It’s my whole reason for living!
Ok, so just a “heads up” for next year…
We should have quite a bit of asparagus for the Spring of 2014 (Lord willing). We are changing how we deal with orders. When the time comes that it is ready to pick, we will notify everyone we have on our list. If you want to be added to our e-mail list, please let us know via e-mail or call. When that time comes we will take specific orders for a specific amount of poundage. The orders will be taken Monday through Friday, and we will have a specific time and place for all to pick up their orders at a designated place in Kirksville. This will insure that the asparagus we bring to you will be the freshest possible. Many people commented on how tender and delicious our asparagus was this year. So that is just a preview. We will post more specifics next spring.
Blessings in Christ,
Robert (Blueberry Bob)