A Trip To The Brewster Book Store For Some Beach Reads
The Brewster Book Store
The Wildflower Farm Book Club, would like to issue a thank you to one of our favorite book stores. Most of the book club discovered this place on our Cape Cod Trip. It has been in operation for I want to say loosely 40 years. I remember it opened when I was a very young child. My mother used to love it in the old days of my grand parent’s place in Sea Pines a short walk from this fabulous shop. She used to take me to this place as a little girl quite often. When I went down with the Book Club, I immediately thought of this place as a nice stop for us.
We visited several book stores over our short stay at Cape Cod, several even the ritzy town of Chatham. All of them were spectacular… But this one was our favorite. Mainly because of the staff. Unlike at the other places where people were just phoning it in, these people were super excited and they seemed happy. They were thrilled to be helpful and they were friendly on a large scale. They also knew a lot about their products. Many book stores just hire someone who can work a cash register. This store was manned or rather womaned, by readers. It was definitely a bit of a girl power place which also sat well with us, though they were welcoming to all who we saw enter their shop of all genders, colors, persuasions, and kinds. What a breath of fresh sea air.
The Brewster Book Store
We had a fantastic time adventuring around this store exploring our way through their shelves. They have so much in a rather small space.
Brewster Book Store
They had a wonderful children’s section and a very nice young adult section, and tons of books in just about every genre. Anything they didn’t have they looked up and offered to order.
Brewster Book Store
Brewster, has changed a lot over the last 40 years… For the most part, my feeling is not for the better. But this book store, I will always be so grateful for, and so will the book club that now loves it as much as I do. So our thanks to the Brewster Book Store.
Something to note, while I was there, they were talking to our book club, about creating a space for book clubs more local to Brewster Cape Cod to meet. I gotta say, if we were local to the area, this would be a situation we would be jumping at. We hope this new endeavor works well for them and we highly recommend this place as a place to meet or to visit just to purchase something to read, because you leave with a new set of warm hearted friends who in the future when next you go in will have all kinds of great book recommendations.
Thank you Brewster Book Store.
Thank you readers for reading, and if you find yourselves in the area, I really recommend a stop in to this book store over all others on the Cape.
Amanda Of Wildflower Farm
Wildflower Farm, is a small New England homestead, B&B and AirBnB, in the Baystate. We came out here 7 years ago, when we returned from the better part of 10 years as peripatetic aristotelian nomads, for my husband's post docs. Upon our return, we had a plan. We had a lovely home. Everything was so clear. Then, I got sick. Things I used to eat all the time during our travels elsewhere in the world and even here before I left almost 10 years earlier made me ill. It took a couple trips to the ER and a trip to specialist... It became clear, something had changed in the way food is processed in this country since last I lived here. Some off label things was inevitably going to be my demise.
My husband and I looked around to see the clear path we were on, had exploded in front of us. We decided we had to create a new path for ourselves. We put children on hold. We found a small piece of land with a house we loved in a rural suburb in a right to farm area. I began researching how to do it ourselves. Grow it ourselves, make it ourselves, survive on our own as much as possible. We bought the property, and began plotting a new course. One that didn't involve off label chemicals. Closer to nature, with a lot more DIY, gardens, and animals for the products they provide. We created a life we loved though it hasn't always been easy and has of course come with compromise with each other, and even with ourselves.
Our family thought we had lost our minds. What were we doing leaving the city? We had no idea how hard this would be. They thought we would be back in 6 months. That was over 7 years ago, now. We have been making it work. They were not wrong, it isn't easy. But has anything worth doing ever been easy? And for us, avoiding as much store bought food as possible was simply necessary so I could live given how sick I was getting.
Then Covid hit.... We were lucky to have this place. It has allowed us a lot less need for public use territories which has kept us a lot safer and spared us much of the risk others face daily. This place, has given us a privilege through this of great meaning to us. To be of use in a difficult time. We have been able to help friends family and even strangers in need when things couldn't be found on store shelves. Or money was tight due to not working, rent being due and a child at home, or some other draining situation. We are so very grateful to have been able to not be helpless like so much of society through this miserable time. Our families, got used to it some time ago, us being out here. They made peace with it the day there was no bread and they had to ask me for some. Or when fresh vegies were rotten due to supply chain issues but they could find plenty in my garden.
Wildflower Farm, was a place I dreamed of. One of those sweet pastoral dreams a city dweller grows up knowing will never come true, that became unavoidable when I became ill. I never expected to get to do this. I never thought I had what it takes to make this work. I have learned pacing myself is important, compromise is critical, hard work never ends, burn out is real so breaks are just a necessary evil.
We are not fully self sufficient, but we work hard in that direction as we create a new path through life for ourselves, always reaching to do even more ourselves and to get closer to the ideal we envision. We are however far more self sufficient than many in this world. 7 years in, we continue to learn and grow in this homesteading lifestyle. We welcome comments and advice and ideas and questions.
We welcome visitors from all over to our home with strict covid policies in place. We spend our time learning to live all over again in a more environmental and sustainable way though even there we are far from perfect always learning and growing doing better as we know better.
This little homestead farm is a magical place named for the New England wildflowers that grow all around. A place where a physicist, watches the night sky on clear nights with the aide of mirror and glass, and a woman, works endlessly in the gardens, the kitchen, and a variety of projects to create and to keep a very unique life style running and functioning. Wildflower Farm, has become so much more than simply a piece of land we can grow a few vegetables on. The longer I spend here, the more alive the land seems, the more I learn about it's function and the more meaning it has. My place in the universe and the next steps on our new path become ever more clear.
We welcome you on this journey with us.