Things have been noisy on the back four acres this week. PennDOT is working on the steel-grate bridge that crosses Mill Creek on Eagle Point Road. What this means for those who drive to Fleur-de-Lys Farm Market by way of New Smithville is a detour. Instead of turning onto Eagle Point Road, follow the detour signs which will take you out Long Lane to Route 222. Turn right at the light, and then take the first right onto Hottenstein Road and keep driving until you see 440 Hottenstein Road. For those of you coming from Kutztown on Eagle Point Road, clear road to Fleur-de-Lys Farm.
The hammering, grinding, scraping, and spraying in the tarp tunnel encasing the bridge are enough to jiggle the teeth out of a woodchuck, so just think what the sound is doing to the hens on the hill. They may lay scrambled eggs. And imagine working inside that plastic tunnel in this heat!
Along with eggs this week, we have elderberries, blackberries, cucumbers, summer squash, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, shallots, kale, chard, basil, dill, assorted herbs and flowers, and peace and quiet after 5 p.m., when the road crew goes home. Laurie Lynch
Written on Slate: Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with the harvest. Douglas Jerrold