CSA and garden report

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This week the basket included 8 ears of fresh sweet corn. Also an assortment of peppers, baby bok choy, mesclun, tomatoes, green beans, sweet onions, new potatoes, crookneck squash, an eggplant and a sourdough boule. Earlier this week I made a batch of ratatouille with eggplant and zucchini from my garden. I have tons of green tomatoes on my plants, and even two baby white eggplant!.
I have all this wonderful food and I am running out of ideas to cook it! Actually, I have lots of ideas but I don't always have the energy when I get home.
I noticed something interesting today when picking up the vegetables. The distribution is done at the Unitarian church down the street from the local hospital. Across the street is a Carmelite Monastery. I will admit, my curiousity was piqued. What is the etiquette for visiting a monastery like this? Does one call ahead? Just show up? The nuns and monks I have known in the past were not cloistered. KTC - any suggestions?


Hi, Alicia.

I've been to the Concord Carmel a few times. The chapel there is open to visitors: just drop in.

Carmelite convent chapels usually have a public part and a cloistered part, so you won't be intruding on the religious community if you make a visit. Then you can check the schedule for when the Mass and offices are said. Feel free to attend.

When you're back outside, moving to the left from the chapel, there is the entrance to some parlors where the sisters meet with their visitors.

Then there's the main visitors' entrance; it leads to a foyer or front-room where the nuns have books and cards for sale, and where there are a couple of historical displays. If you need to ask the sister on duty about anything, just ring (assuming that there is not a service going on at the time!), and she will come up to the counter to speak to you.

Most Carmels have an associated chapter of the third-order Carmelite fraternity meeting monthly at the monastery.

And you could always pick up the phone and call...

Yep. Just drop by. If your Carmel has a website
they may post a schedule (our daily life type of thing) so you can tell when they are likely to be in choir or at Mass. Third Order or Secular Carmelite meetings are also a great way to begin to be aquainted with the local Carmel. We have a Carmel in Terre Haute, IN, where I live and I go to the monthly meetings, sometimes to daily Mass and to vespers. I encourage you to explore; perhaps you will get a delightful surprise :)

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