Autumn is the Sunday of Seasons
September 23, 2014
Most of our friends and customers know Aunt Sadie's is based out of a town in northern Vermont called Lunenburg. This is Gary's home town, and situated in Essex County, the northeastern-most county in the state, bordering the Connecticut River and New Hampshire.
Lunenburg perpetuates the stereotype of Vermont ... a general store right across the street from the town green, rolling pastures peppered with bales of hay, sap buckets on the maple trees in spring, and even a covered bridge. It's lovely and we're grateful that Aunt Sadie's resides in these beautiful hills, in this clean air, with the wonderful community we share it all with.
One of life lessons we've learned is that sometimes beauty and serendipity come with a cost, in Northern Vermont winter is perceived an an occupation (in Vermont we relay live by and for the seasons, and not always in the greatest harmony). Each season is defined by it's extreme characteristics: Winter can seem like one continous snow storm with temperatures well below zero; Summer can bring daytime temperatures in the triple digits; and Autumn and Spring can be a combination of both.
Each season is brilliant in its beauty, but when Autumn rolls around, the temperatures both at day and night start to cool, harvest moons are admired, and we know there's quite a bit of work ahead of us, our break is over. That is how Autumn is like the Sunday of our seasons. For folks that work and have the weekend off, you enjoy Sunday (like we're enjoying September), but you know what's looming ahead... just like after Sunday comes Monday, after Autumn comes Winter. Those of us in the northern climates are now taking one big collective breath. Like many places in America, there's trade-offs to living in scenic Vermont, but when the foliage peaks and the brilliant splashes of yellows, reds and oranges illuminate our land and mountainsacpes, ahhh, we sit back and believe it's well worth it. Up here, where most people seem grounded by the earth, the changing of seasons comes with anticipation and gratitude. So from Aunt Sadie's to you, Happy Autumn and thanks for sharing the journey with us... here's a cinnamon-scented virtual hug.