I'm not exactly the type to go on spontaneous trips. I savor each moment of planning that goes into preparing for a camping trip, a road trip, hell... even a trip to the co-op. I have nightmares where I only have anywhere from 10 minutes to one day to pack for a trip. It's terrifying.
So when my friend Crystal asked if I wanted to leave the co-op and drive to Iowa for a Greg Brown concert at Seed Savers' Exchange that night, every instinct in me said, "Surely there is a
good reason you shouldn't do this...Surely you would need to prepare more for this." But on that day for commemorating change (We were at the closing ceremony for the long-standing
Randolph Ave. location of Mississippi Market), I decided to go for it. I headed home and packed my bag with the essentials you grab when you have just a few minutes: Sleeping bag, shorts, pickled green beans, sunscreen and Ryvita crackers.
I've wanted to visit Seed Savers' Exchange for a long time. I always buy their seeds from the Co-op or order them directly from the farm. They always have the most amazing selection of heirloom and organic seeds and they're close to MN, too!
Just look how beautiful this is! And this is just one small part of their gardens and land. It was so much fun to see the actual plants from seed varieties that I've drooled over for ages in their catalogue.
After the concert that night it was pitch black and we hadn't set up our tents yet. Luckily the Seed Savers cabin was open and we got permission to sleep there.
This adorable cabin was built long, long ago, but has been remodeled to have running water and electricity.
Don't you wish you lived here?
We "camped" in the loft and hiked through the pastures to the stream the next morning. I haven't had much experience climbing over barbed wire, but Crystal can make nearly anything look cool in a picture.
Later we visited Oneota Co-op, which is ridiculously cute. I'll forever wish I had gotten more than a tiny bag of their chocolate covered coconut curry cashews. Yep, you heard me right. Chocolate covered coconut curry cashews.
I made it out of the Seed Savers gift shop with only 2 bags of heirloom beans, 1 seed packet, and one book: The Joy of Pickling. Tonight I've perused the recipes twice, marking each one that I want to try with a pink Post-It. It would have been simpler to mark the recipes I DON'T want to try!
Overall: Awesome trip! I'll definitely be visiting Seed Savers again and will try to embrace spontaneity more often.