Hiya folks!! I’ve decided to jump into the 21st century and blog about our life as farmers! Exciting right??? I’m hoping that a blog will provide an opportunity for our customers to gain a better understanding of where their food comes from, including getting to know us and how we farm. Feedback, comments, and questions are all welcome!! Since I’m new at this, I may need some ideas on what to blog about. If you decide to read these blogs I apologize in advance for my poor grammar, but there’s no way around it. It’s going to happen. And I love commas. I don’t now why. I just put them everywhere. I’ve already erased like 20 from this paragraph.
For those who do not know me yet, my name is Anna Long. I am the supportive (I try) farmers wife of Charles Long, and we own Long Roots Farm. Duh. I am originally from Tempe, Arizona but have lived in the Shenandoah Valley for over a decade now. Things that I miss about AZ (because you asked, right?): monsoon season, the desert, spring training, the church I grew up attending, my friends, my family, legit Mexican food. Things I love about VA: the landscape changes of fall and spring – they can’t be beat, snow (but not the cold weather), our farm, farmers markets, gardening (trying too), my friends, my in-laws, my husband.
I love to dance, to eat, and drink coffee. I also love Disneyland but since I live so far away, I settle for regular trips to Target. I am a devout Christian and just like the queen B, I give all glory and honor to God. I love my faith. I rely on it heavily during both good and bad times, and am continuously grateful for the ongoing grace and blessings that are poured on my husband and I. God is so good. Can I get an Amen?? Moving on. Guilty pleasures include Bravo TV, Candy Crush, donuts, and soda. Don’t worry, the hubby usually saves my brain and cuts off Bravo after about the third catfight, and I try and balance it out with a good dose of the Duggars. I graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Psychology and did in-home therapy for about 7 years (taking years off of my life I’m sure. JK…kinda) but have been blessed with the opportunity to farm full-time this past fall.
Anywho. Farming is definitely one of the hardest, yet rewarding jobs out there. It can be unpredictable, time consuming, frustrating, and sad. But it is also joyful, therapeutic, and beautiful. We love our animals, almost to a fault (I’ll blog about it sometime). I really believe that all of Gods creatures deserve to be loved and respected, and this helps drive our hard work and dedication. And when I say we, I really mean a little bit of me and a LOT of my husband Charles. He is so hardworking. I play more of a supportive role and fill in where needed. He runs the show. I hope to tell you all about his hard work and our life experiences in blogs to come!!
Us, in our Sunday's finest.