There are so many great and positive aspects about being able to live and work in the same location. For me first and foremost is being able to be at home with my young son. Both Mark and I have had the opportunity to spend most very day with Lucca since his birth. This is rare now days and for that I am so thankful that Mark and I have something that we can do to make a little income from and spend these wonderful years with our son. I missed that with my daughter and I can’t tell you how much I wished I couple change that. Another wonderful thing about the farm being open to the public is Lucca on the weekends is very rarely lost for a playmate. Kids are everywhere on the farm exploring, climbing in the tree-house or play in the creek. The only negative to that is that my farmhouse can become the playhouse. Most of the time I don’t mind…Its just my personality to have an open door policy. Very rarely has this mindset lead to anything broken. Messy yes…totally destroyed..no. Speaking of messy. With so much always to do on the farm the farmhouse during the season takes a back seat…like in the trunk. And to be honest on market days it can add a lot of stress for my house not to be in order. The farmhouse becomes the gathering place during the week for our farm crew as well has Mark and I dragging our muddy field dirt bodies all through it. Then of course it become the catch all for storage for the market. Pie boxes, containers, you name it…it ends up down at the farmhouse. So really your home become an extension of your business and there is very little boundary between them.
Mark and I have this on going battle about keeping our personal things like say…Lucca’s bike put up during market days. Our making sure the garbage is taking off before the market days. Again this comes mainly from my growing up in a public place. People visiting expect the place to look professional, clean and well kept. Gas cans and muddy work-boots on the porch not what I want them to see. Mark, well he doesn’t seem to mind as much so we bicker about that stuff more than anything. During the season the farm is busy so at least one day a week…Mondays usually I like to have the farm and the day with family only. The weekend wears you out with all the harvesting, market, CSA ,events and workshops not to mention all the baking, making and running. On Mondays I shut it all down and pretend it’s winter and I am snowed in. I don’t answer the phone, I don’t answer the door and I don’t farm. I watch movies with Lucca and Mark and I eat out. You have to make time for down time when you run your own business especially one from home.