As many of you may or may not know, I used to own another community blogsite called “Midwest Stories”. The objective of the said site was to get to know the local community around me; part networking and part widening my circle of friends. After all, no man is an island according to John Donne. Over time, it became a bit hard to maintain as I start to pursue my Anjali Fong Photography business, hence the decision for its termination. Thereafter, I received a number of feedback on how the stories and images were missed. You have no idea how much these touching messages meant to me.
As a full-time photographer, it is encouraged to pursue personal work occasionally to explore new techniques, break away from the business schedule to just do stuff that reminds oneself of the “WHY” one become a photographer in the first place. It’s just about creating things that matters that make ME happy. Meeting and getting to know good, decent human beings like the Romans made me happy. This has to be one of my most enjoyable session last year.
Without much ado, I present to you the Roman family – Nancy (the mum), Nathan (the quiet cowboy), quail-loving Hannah, funny Andrew, cutie-pie Sorren and Rhashell, the PR person behind Eating Seasonally CSA. In their own words, they grow their produce using natural, sustainable methods, with the use of cover crops and non synthetic fertilizers. They practice bio-dynamic agriculture, ensuring the quality of their produce and to preserve the land for future use. Their practice rely heavily on the continual soil building compounds of fish emulsion, compost tea, sea kelp, green sand, worm castings and other organic matter. In a nutshell, it’s about feeding the soil and the soil will reward in return with great produce.
Clients will buy shares based on their needs (be it as a couple or family). In the months from May through September, these clients will receive 15 scheduled weekly pickups consist of 6 types of fruits and vegetables. Delivery areas now include Vevay, Madison, Aurora as well as in Cincinnati.
The images below are testament to how hard the Romans work every day to bring you the best organic produce there is.
It was a really beautiful morning that day, despite suffering from a panic attack that derived from a punctured tire. I was met by Rhashell who introduced me to Nancy, the mum, who was already busy prepping the baby plants in the green house.
Here’s one of the heirloom seeds that they use and swears by.
Soon it was time to head out to the garden to transfer and plant all the new baby plants. That’s Rhashell and Andrew happily helping out.
Sleepy and grouchy Sorren in his play-in-the-dirt apparels 🙂
This is Nathan, the quiet cowboy who aspires to be a taxidermist.
Each plant is carefully placed in the lined and raised soil by hand and on bended knees. That real labor of love, y’all.
Crab apple flowers are blooming.
Nathan trimming the blueberry bushes. Soon, it was time for a short break. Refreshing chilled water and sweet tea brought by Hannah and Sorren.
Then Mr Grouchy acted up by confronting the paparazzi me…it didn’t last very long though.
Andrew showing me the manured soil ball before heading on to keep the equipments and playing hide-and-seek with me.
Sorren taking a ride with grandma Nancy on her Cub Cadet back to the house. The weather has turned a tad warmer and it’s time for lunch break.
While the rest of the gang head up to the house to prepare lunch, Nancy showed me the rest of the herb garden.
This is a snake gourd, in case anyone’s wondering…
Andrew calling out through the window that lunch is ready!
These are Nathan’s animal traps. He aspires to be a taxidermist, so he practices on the small animal caught.
The dining wall is laden with uncountable 4-H awards!
Here are Nathan’s trophies.
We all sat at the table and ate as a family. As a rule, no one was allowed to answer the phone during lunch and dinner so that proper family conversations could take place. I really like that though it would be hard to implement in my own household.
The dehydrated okra was a real surprise for me – I didn’t think it would taste as good as it did.
Dessert was Hannah’s own special raspberry pie. Yummo!
We took the obligatory family portrait before I bid them adieu. I didn’t do much but seeing these guys work tires me! Ha.
For those of you who wants to eat healthy, there are still some shares available for this calendar year. Go get in touch with the Romans for more details.
Visit Eating Seasonally CSA’s facebook page. | Phone – (812) 427-3083 or (812) 233-7990 | Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s spring – the air is fresh, the flowers are blooming and it’s also time to get new family photographs. Get in touch to book a session. Anjali Fong Photography also specializes in weddings, couples and high school senior photography. Like the my facebook page to get the latest updates on my work.