We’ve been looking for a place to buy raw milk for a few years. I’m not even sure why–I think something about the idea of milk straight from the cow must satisfy my fantasy of living off the grid in a 19th century homesteader way.
So when a friend told me about Greyrock Farm out in Cazanovia, we decided to drive out in a small snowstorm upon the terrible and dangerous roads to get us some fresh milk.
Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman) is one of my favorite books for a lot of reasons–for starters, Gaiman has created one of the most lovely places in the universe, the Hempstocks’ enchanted farm (the Hemstocks being the other-worldly neighbors of the narrator). In particular, the Hemstocks’ kitchen: this is the mythical iconic kitchen, the same one that Ma creates in the Little House on the Prairie books as she makes her corn meal cakes and pancake men, the safest and warmest space, where food = love, that I wish I could create for my kids (instead our kitchen sadly just always looks like a mess). Even though it’s a fantastical book, the Hemstocks’ food, through lavish detail, feels very real. Here are the best kitchen passages.