Sweet, Chewy; Sometimes Nutty.

| 1/21/2009 3:22:25 PM

Between the economy and the weather, it’s been a brutal winter. If you find yourself in need of a little diversion from the news of the day, why not let Farm Collector help you travel back to a simpler time?

Just don’t confuse “simpler” with “easier.”

True, the farmer of 100 years ago didn’t have to worry about the price of propane. There was, of course, the matter of the wood stove’s voracious appetite. But a well-stocked woodpile represented nothing more than elbow grease – and that, likely as not, cost only time and a mild case of bursitis, which was covered not by a health plan but camphor-based liniment and a warm cloth.

Pipes didn’t freeze (no indoor plumbing), traffic didn’t snarl (people stayed home) and ice-coated lines didn’t go down (no electricity). Simpler, not necessarily easier.

Therein lies the beauty of this particular diversion. When you delve into the pages of Farm Collector and immerse yourself in another era, you can elude both the worries of modern life and the challenges of a less technologically sophisticated era.

Some call it escapism: I call it a bargain. And who doesn’t love a bargain these days?