By: PenPower | May 18, 2016

I’m relieved to learn that I haven’t lost my Viking Gardener to the degradation of – well lets just say – adults only entertainment (please refer to previous post – Who is This Masked Viking?). I’m sure James's lovely wife, Michelle, the mother of his child, had something to do to with him staying on track. Or perhaps it’s just him answering his calling – or one of his callings - to the farm at Ravens Ridge.  


Kale Man has been busy in the garden, planting, wedding - I mean weeding – and now harvesting the cool weather crops that have somehow managed to escape the crazy unpredictable Missouri torrential rains, death-defying hail, and tornados. Seriously, you need to be a Viking Gardner just to survive our up-and-down temps and straight-in-line winds that make me feel like I’m Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

Mother Nature flexed her muscles at the Creve Coeur Farmers' Market last Saturday - the first market of the season. The die-hard growers that showed up were busy, all right, but not with customers. James reported tents collapsing and bags bouncing across the parking lot like tumble weeds. It wasn’t a tough call to forget about putting up a sign as most of them were flying off in the wind like kites.

The customers were few and far between. Business-wise, it was a blowout but not the good kind. Heart heavy from defeat, the Viking Gardener loaded up his baskets of lettuce, spinach, radishes, and of course kale, and headed home. Lets pray for better luck and better weather next week!

Judith Hennessey, May 2016