As many of you know, since Argonaut made the switch to being open everyday it meant that Noah and I didn't get a day off either. We knew we couldn't sustain such a lifestyle especially after we jumped into the farmer's market, giving up one of our only precious, free evenings together. Before we hired anyone we wanted to work out all the kinks of this big change.
Last week we got to take a vacation. Our dear friends Eric + Ashley were getting married in Graeagle, California and we took the opportunity to get some space from the shop, close the doors and refresh. Before we left, we tried to alert as many of you as possible and we were so shocked and filled with gratitude by your response. Instead of thinking of yourselves, you were happy for us. You said, "Good. You need to do that." Do you know how much that means to us? That you, our customers, are willing to say, “I will sacrifice what I need, for you to be able to take a break and I'll be here when you return.” We feel truly blessed to be amidst such amazing people.
On this break we did a lot of thinking. Mostly because we did a lot of driving and there is not much else to do... In all this thinking, I thought about rest. I thought about how everything in this world follows a cycle of work and rest. Trees loose their leaves in the winter and they grow back in the spring. Muscles need rest after activity to grow. The waxes and wanes are a part of this world and we need that cycle to feel right.
You know when someone tells you something and you know it on one level? And then, you don't listen to them and do that thing anyway? It is then that you learn the truth of the matter! I am telling you, working everyday is not sustainable, it is not life giving. You will read this and know it on one level but until (or if) you go through a season of no rest you will never really understand what I am telling you.
Taking a break, taking a long drive has helped Noah and I to know Argonaut cannot move on alone. We need help. We need fresh ideas, new faces. In order for Argonaut to grow we had to rest and we have to make time to rest.
So, stay tuned for those fresh faces. You are going to see some new Argonaughty employees behind the bar. And, I hope you know it is because of YOU that we can move forward. That we could drive. That we could return. That we can grow.
So, with a humble and very grateful heart, THANK YOU.
I love farmers markets! The abundance of fresh veggies, homemade products, being outside, friendly, happy people, the range of ages who participate, live music, local cheeses... they are happy places. Last year, when Noah and I had just moved to Leavenworth we tried to go every week- bulking up on our fresh greens and usually ending up grabbing some local blueberries or other impulse goodie. It's refreshing to buy your vegetables from the farmers themselves. They had an intimate hand in making them grow, there's no middle man.
Since people are still shocked when we tell them we make all of our food fresh, from scratch, using our own recipes, sourcing local ingredients (like Oh Yeah Farms whole grain wheat) we thought it'd be a good idea to join in on the fun. This past Thursday was the first Leavenworth Farmer's Market of the year and Argonaut was there!
It feels right to be a part of this community. We want to be there for the people who live here, who care about the land, who know how beautiful this place really is. People who love Leavenworth.
So, come by our stand some Thursday between 4 and 8PM, we’d love to chat more about why we are in Leavenworth and why we love coffee and food so much.