• Thanksmas


    Every year I am amazed at just how early retailers bring out Christmas.  For goodness sake, can’t we please enjoy one holiday at a time??  This year, some of the stores not only trotted out Christmas BEFORE School started, they had it on sale for 50% off!!  Now that I have that off my chest, I know I cannot be the only one who feels this way. 

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     However, I do see the retailer’s side of things being that I am one.  I just couldn’t bring myself to jump from Halloween to Christmas in one fail swoop.  For one thing, my husband had grown all of these amazingly beautiful pumpkins.  What was I supposed to do?  Bust them open, toast the pumpkin seeds and call it a holiday?  I don’t think so.  Come on, pumpkins are one of nature’s truly beautiful little architectural wonders and I want to celebrate them.  Besides, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!  It has everything that I love…family, friends, food and chardonnay. 

    Thus, bright and early on November 1st, around 11 am, Thanksmas was born on the farm. Still under the chocolate and chardonnay fog from inhaling excess treats that were meant to have been dropped into the “trick or treat” bags of little children (the chocolate, not the chardonnay); I found myself staring at every retailer’s dilemma.  You know what they say, necessity and slight chocolate / chardonnay hangovers are the mother of invention!

     As a retailer I understand the need for being first on the Christmas scene.  Even though this is our first Christmas season I’m not immune to the fact that Christmas can make or break many retailers’ sales totals for the year!  But wait!  I’m first and foremost a mom.  Ok, a Thanksgiving loving and pumpkin obsessed mom.  A very lucky obsessed mom that happens to be married to a farmer that can grow unlimited quantities of pumpkins!  Who’s lucky?…me!!  Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. 

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     In thinking of my fellow retailer’s dilemma, I cannot be the only one who wasn’t yet tired of pumpkins and fall decorations no, matter how late Thanksgiving is this year.  I want more!  Besides, pulling out all that Christmas gear is no picnic either.  After all, I don’t want to be that neighbor, you know the one that leaves the Christmas lights strung around the perimeter of the house for a little too long; like April. 
    Instead, I brought out what is arguably worst part of Christmas decorating, the trees; (yes, they’re artificial, don’t judge me).  I placed them just so, and instead of a bright festive red tree skirt I threw some burlap around the bottom.  Brought in some of my favorite outdoor garden statues, and my beloved pumpkins. There in our little barn, Thanksmas was born!  I’m now envisioning an amazingly easy transition from my newly coined holiday right into Christmas.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  In the meantime from my pumpkins to yours, Happy, Merry Thanksmas!

    Written By: Anne Manassero 11/20/14



  • Hurry up and relax!

     Ok, so here’s the deal, this is my first attempt at a blog.  I got to feeling inclined to write this after a fantastic workshop I attended at my own farm today.  caroleManassero Farms hosted the fabulous, Carole Shashona, sensory design expert, Feng Shui Grand Master, high end jewelry designer and all around power house of a woman stuffed into a tiny little frame. 

     I thought I was there to enjoy the amazing jewelry she sells exclusively through Barneys NY (which I did BTW) instead, what I came away with was this amazing technique on how to hurry up and relax!  Sounds like an oxymoron I know.  Carole began her presentation by tying a red string with a small coin around each of our right wrists.  She informed us this was her blessing to us.  Boy howdy was I ever in the mood to receiving this blessing!  You see, this event was scheduled to take place outdoors.  However, the wind started blowing a minor hurricane 20 minutes prior to getting started.  Thus, our lovely outdoor event quickly turned into an indoor event…anyway, I digress. 

     Moving on, Carole had us stand and guided us through a 5-minute Tai Chi exercise consisting of little more than taking a few steps forward, back and side to side.  Being mindful of taking in what is needed, letting go what is not, offering what we wish to be accepted, and accepting what is being offered.  We did these small movement all while repeating a saying to ourselves, “Guru Dev Namo”, meaning divine blessings, intuitive power and prosperity.  Sounds simple and it is.

     By now I’m sure your eyes are rolling back in your head; I know mine were.  For what you must know about me is that I am type A to the max!  I go, I give, I go, I give, on and on. Does this sound familiar my sisters and brothers in striving for perfection or just getting through the day, which ever comes first?? Anyway, as I was hostess for the morning I decided to lead by example!  I grudgingly kept my eyes closed and tried not to worry if anyone was looking at me and sneering.  In other words, I was going to try to hurry up and relax!  After I opened my mind, not my eyes, a funny thing happened.  I took what was left of those 5 minutes and forgot about everything else I needed to accomplish, and I relaxed. 

     It was just as our tiny Master, Carole, said, “you don’t needto take a whole day or even a whole hour to relax and rejuvenate yourself.  you can mindfully give yourself some often needed energy in just a few minutes”.  So, I did as instructed, I rubbed the blessing coin tied around my wrist.  I took in, let go, offered and accepted.  Magically the wind died down as quickly as it had come up. I thoroughly enjoyed my relaxation so much that I had to write about it.  I’m going to hurry up and relax again tomorrow! 

    Written By: Anne Manassero 11/07/14

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  • Why buy from your local farm?

    It’s 4 in the afternoon on a weekday and you’re dashing to your neighborhood grocery store in search of some fruits and veggies to balance out your family’s dinner plates that night. But once you arrive, you survey the produce shelves only to rea


    lize that most of it doesn’t even look appetizing to you, let alone the picky eaters at home. Once again, you’re stuck with days old wilted greens and pesticide-ridden fruits that aren’t as good for you as you may think.

    According to Local Harvest, most U.S. grown products are shipped over a 4-7 day period and travel an average of 1,500 miles before reaching grocery store shelves. Then they often sit on those shelves even longer awaiting purchase. By the time you bring them home, they’ve lost all their nutrients. If you want nutrient-packed, fresh produce then you need to go straight to the source –farmer’s markets or even better direct from your local farm.

    When you buy local you’re ensuring GMO-free, Certified Organic produce that is healthful and delicious. Not only will you be buying the freshest fruits, vegetables and specialty items, but you’ll also be supporting your community. reports that less than 1% of Americans identify as farmers. By buying local products, you’re able to eliminate the middleman (grocers) and ensure the farmer receives full retail price, allowing him or her to continue providing quality produce for their community.

    Buying local products can also benefit a community esthetically. Farmers tend to be good keepers of the land, maintaining a safe and natural environment for both agriculture and wildlife. For every $1 of revenue raised by a farm, the government spends $0.34 on services, opposed to only $0.17 of every $1 spent when raised by residential development. Farms are keeping your community rurally beautiful.BuyLocal2

    Just like we’ve experienced here at The Original Manassero Farms from generations of farming, buying local produce supports your community and your family. By teaching your kids to buy locally, you’re supporting the conscious effort to live healthily.

    Tanza Loudenback – 7/24/14