By: PenPower | May 11, 2016

This is the Viking Gardener, my fearless and very strong gardening partner at Raven’s Ridge! For real! When he’s not protecting his clan, swinging his hatchets, chopping off heads (he participates in pretty ferocious reenactments) you will find him peacefully walking behind his tiller or gently planting seeds in beautiful Mother Earth.


Ok – get your mind out of the dirt! I think you understand what I mean.His name is James Miller, now aka Kale Man, since my husband and I had him show up at a bachelorette party my stepdaughter Mia was throwing for her BFF, Christiana Horn. You can only imagine James walking up to the house, in full chain armor, helmet, sword in one hand and a bag of ? in the other. The shocked and somewhat scared posse of young women had NO IDEA what was going on. Friend, foe or stripper?

James is always a good sport – let’s face it, he loved the attention of a group of gorgeous women - played along as the stripper. He swung his sword (no – he was still in his armor) and announced that he would bless the upcoming nuptials by carrying Christiana off to his tent. The tiny bride to be had big, terrified eyes, clearly ready to run for the hills. A few of her friends did leave, I’m not kidding. So James fessed up and told them he was just there to deliver the kale for their Caesar salad. 

A good laugh was had by all. The girls poured him a few beers in his horn stein (stop it – no pun intended) as he entertained them with a few not-so-tame Viking stories, creating a life-long memory for Christiana and the wedding clan! Congratulations and Best Wishes to Christiana and fiancé, Riley!!

FYI – You can meet Kale Man May 14th at the Creve Coeur Farmers Market (see Facebook for more info). I can’t promise that he’ll be in his infamous armor, but I guarantee he will have beautiful, organic veggies! Look for Miller’s Organics at Ravens Ridge!

Ali Cantino, Mia Hennessey, Alex Bryan, Jennifer Nolan, Christiana Horn, Kaitlin Wagner, Casi Stewart, Abby Millman, Louise Bush, and Sarah Tonkin