Minty Fresh Assistance Needed

Amazingly, I’m posting AGAIN. Two posts on the same day! Your mind, it boggles! But I did want to bring the plight of a local farm to the attention of my flist… perhaps you can assist, and enjoy some minty goodness, too!

Here’s the info from our local paper, the Lansing State Journal.

Get Mint Trading Company

St. Johns Mint Farm Falls Short But Raises $78,000

ST. JOHNS – The country’s oldest mint farm was peppered with revenue Saturday, but not enough to stop it from closing.

Jim Crosby, 42, said there are 59,000 bottles of farm-distilled peppermint and spearmint oil left to sell. However, he hopes the spike in clientele – roughly 1,054 new clients in 24 hours and $78,000 in profits from the last three weeks – is enough to make a legal case to keep the doors open.

Crosby is close to losing the farm to foreclosure. His lender, Greenstone Farm Credit Services, reserves the right to liquidate assets because not enough to cover the $348,000 debt was raked in, Crosby said. “In theory, they can come in and do repossession and confiscate everything. But at this point, we don’t know what we’re going to do,” Crosby said of his 140-acre farm in St. Johns.

But Crosby remains hopeful, he said, because customers from as far away as Denmark bought oils online for anything from sinus problem relief to aromatic massages.

“I’m the optimist. I know we’re going to do this,” Crosby said. The new customers encourage his faith that the farm, which his great-grandfather started in 1912, will make it, he said. “I’ve always offered a money-back guarantee, and I’ve never given money back. I never had to.”

This is a reader comment to the above story:

The farm was auctioned and bought for $348,000. The farmers have a timeframe to pay that off. They were trying to sell all their stock to do so. In 4 or 5 days, they’ve sold more than 15,500 drams of oil toward their goal. If they can show the bank that they can produce, the bank may give them more time.

According to the previous article, there were deaths in the family, leaving one farmer to take care of two farms alone. Now, his sister has joined him, and they’re trying to climb back out.

I encourage anyone who can to go to their website and order a bottle or two. Great for Christmas candy making, and natural healing properties. They’re only $5 /ea+S&H. A small price to help out a fellow human.

I wish for this night time to last for a lifetime…

I know, I know, roll your eyes at me. But I’ve been singing this song over and over all evening. It’s one of my brain’s standard default-song-modes. But this song never fails to raise my hopes, revive my dreams, remind me that I’m not just a worker-drone earth-bound woman… there’s more, and it’s all in that place between my ears and behind my eyes. *smiles*

The sun is sleeping quietly
Once upon a century
Wistful oceans calm and red
Ardent caresses laid to rest

For my dreams I hold my life
For wishes I behold my night
The truth at the end of time
Losing faith makes a crime

I wish for this night-time
to last for a lifetime
The darkness around me
Shores of a solar sea
Oh how I wish to go down with the sun
With you

Sorrow has a human heart
From my god it will depart
I’d sail before a thousand moons
Never finding where to go

Two hundred twenty-two days of light
Will be desired by a night
A moment for the poet’s play
Until there’s nothing left to say