I realize, in hindsight that it was about making Meaning, taking the time to stop and pay attention and do my best to make sense out of my life and how I ended up juicing in a field filled with organic farmers and how their hard work and intelligence could be transformed into a liquid - a brightly colored, amazingly delicious, aroma-therapeutic message about Self-Care and Self-Love. Juice is just one of a million mindful choices we can make to strengthen self-awareness. I chose Juice. Or it chose me. and so it was that Juice became my practice and through my practice of making juice for others I grew in to a new life, the rhythm of service, and the vibration of a community...Read More
It was another amazeballs Saturday. Juice traffic had a nice and steady rhythm. I want to savor this early season, this slow time to build up to the high season, to grow new muscles so that I am stronger when it gets super-busy this summer. For now, it's time to take it slow and enjoy getting to know everyone. That's what I call Happy Hours.
Sue and Ron Smith visited the juice bar for the first time. They were spending an afternoon together doing something meaningful - taking a leisurely day trip from East Hartford to White Gate Farm because they had read Pauline's newsletter.
While Sue shopped the market, Ron and I spent some time looking "under the bonnet" of the Nutrifaster. The celery threads were getting caught up in the machine and pushing it off balance. Ron is a mechanical engineer and explained the Physics behind the imbalance and well, we talk about LOTS of stuff at the juice bar - even Physics, another reason to love what I do.
Ron is an avid bicyclist who rides thousands of miles each year and he and his wife are the picture of good health. As I was making a juice for Sue we were all chatting away while the Nutrifaster whirred...and then I stopped jamming celery into the machine and spun my head away from the machine and toward Ron...
What would you say if a man you just met said "...and that was the first time I died..."?
I'd say his heart was in the right place. On February 1, 2017 Ron Smith’s heart stopped seven times according to doctors. Luckily, he was in the right place at the right time and an amazing team at UConn Health saved his life...seven. times. That life-changing, mind-blowing, "heart-stopping" event happened only two months ago and Ron is absorbing how his profound experience has altered his life and his way of thinking. He says,
"I try to pay things forward in life, but I don’t think there’s anything I’ve done, or will ever be able to do, that equals what the UConn Health team did, for how phenomenally they saved my life. I am very humbled and appreciative.”
Apart from Luck and some mighty divine intervention, there were two key things that saved Ron's life: The UConn Health Team AND his choice to listen to his body and get his symptoms checked out. He didn't ignore the signs or simply "push through" them and that is the first, and most important step in Self-Care and living a healthy life.
Ron has always been a very active person who exercises, eats right and even reads food labels. Yet, still he suffered from poor heart health. He shares his story to raise awareness so that others may learn new ways to approach their own health. To read more about Ron's experience, follow this link and wherever you are, Go on, love yourself enough to listen to your body and listen to Confucius, too - "wherever you go, go with all your heart". We love you!
Spring has sprung. It's time to dig yourself out of winter's cozy darkness. As part of the seasonal shift and effective Self-Care, point yourself in the right direction...Now is the time to get to know your local farmer, but also make sure to be your own gardener, landscape architect, and farmer, too. Keep learning new methods of self-care and rotate the “soil” of your health. Redesign and reconstruct your life structure, "till your soil," "plant healthy seeds," and create a "firm foundation," a "healthy footing" on "solid ground."Read More
KALE IS NOT A FOUR LETTER WORD. Of course we know it is, but...I love four-letter words, like "Love" and "Lyme" and "Kale," so I'll take it as a good sign, a very good sign, that my gut is craving more Tuscano Kale from @Baylee Rose Drown at Upper Pond Farm. Forget that I love anything with "Toscano" in it, just think of those leafy early spring greens sauteed in gorgeous olive oil from our trees in France at Lou-Coudon Estate Rental along with some garlic from White Gate Farm. NumNum. So simple, so delish. and that's it. Friends, follow links and encourage everyone you know to get to know their local farmers and buy a CSA share! Community Supported Agriculture is not just good for every one, it's good for your community and for Mother Earth. Check out this useful Site: Small Farm Central . We love you!!
THE BENEFITS OF BREATH - HOW YOUR BREATH IMPACTS YOUR BIOLOGY. This course teaches Breath-Work as a means to increase awareness of our breath and to manage and “yoke” our respiratory capabilities so that we may optimize the health benefits of every inhale and exhale we take. The Breath-Work practice encourages the creation of new pathways to replace old habits in order to make room for new, more vibrant ways of navigating our lives and spiritual needs.
UNLEASH THE POWER OF CONSCIOUS BREATHING Through Movement, Theory and Stillness at White Gate Farm - East Lyme CT May 5-7, 2017Read More
SAVE THE DATE: May 5-7, 2017. The Lyme Juice Company is hosting a retreat at White Gate Farm
THE BIOLOGY OF BREATH. This course teaches Breath-Work as a means to increase an awareness of our breath and to manage and “yoke” our respiratory capabilities so that we may optimize the health benefits of every inhale and exhale we take. The Breath-Work practice encourages the creation of new pathways to replace old habits in order to make room for new, more vibrant ways of navigating our lives and spiritual needs.
More juicy details to come! Pricing will include tuition fee, all organic meals, morning juices, and overnight lodging. The course fee is structured for both commuters from afar and local residents. We are happy for our local friends and neighbours to attend without having to stay overnight. Spaces are limited. For more information please message Carolann
Have Yourself a Juicy Little Christmas. We love you!! xx
It's not often I find myself at a loss for words...but right now THANK YOU are the two right words for this moment, the last day of the farmers market. My son and I moved to Old Lyme in June and we got juicin'! We set up a juice stand and haven't stopped since. It's been a wonderful way to get to know a community through its farmers and makers and the people who support them. Allott and our dear friend Vicky and I have LOVED, LOVED, LOVED getting to know so many of you over the past four months and we can't wait to see more of you. So please stay tuned for future plans: The Lyme Juice Company will pop up again and hopefully we'll pop up just when you need a burst of something delicious, nutritious and made with LOVE. To all of you who have stopped by the stand and supported us in our first weeks and months here, thank you. Thank you for welcoming us here and for enjoying a healthy break with us. Thank you, Lyme Farmer's Market, for being a beautiful stomping ground. Allott and I have loved being in the field with all of you. xx