Autumn Festival Time

Hot Sauce 4 Good at the Jamesburg Farmer's Market

Autumn has arrived and with it comes a rush opportunities to recapture some of the wonderful memories of childhood. As we draw closer to Halloween our local farms have undergone a 'makeover' of sorts. The simple farm stands have been transformed - tents, queue lines, re-fitted tractors pulling hay-laden flatbeds, corn-mazes, face painting, haunted hayrides are enough to keep any family engaged. Autumn festival time - I absolutely LOVE it.

For the foodies the farm stand is an opportunity to sample some local treats that we have waited 11 months for - fresh pressed apple cider, cider and pumpkin donuts, pumpkin, apple and many other fruit pies, jams and jellies, Oh, and what would fall be without Hot Sauce 4 Good hot-sauce! If your farm stand doesn't carry Hot Sauce 4 Good hot sauce then give them my email address (bob@hotsauce4good.com) and I will be happy to help you and your neighbors out.

This has been an amazing week and I couldn't wait to be able to write to you all (and I appreciate all three of you immensely!) to tell you about it.

1. The hot sauce is flying off the shelves. Even though we almost doubled our production from last year it looks like we will be sold out for the year in the next month or so! If that's the case then we are trying to find a way to acquire peppers during the 'off-season' in order to continue production during the winter and spring. We truly thank you all for your support.

2. I wanted to share with you a 'proud papa' moment - I'll keep it short as this is a blog post and not a diary. Luke started a job last week and we were chatting about what he's going to do with his first pay check and how I hope he can put aside some money to save for things he wants - a computer, a car, an apartment. "Don't forget about charity." he said. "Huh?" was my response. "Dad, I want to be able to give to charity too - you and mom do that with what you make and I want to do it too." Not for nothing but that was one of the best moments in my life.

3. I continually try to put into perspective what we are doing with our little company - trying to change the world with hot sauce - one bottle at a time. It is hard work, no question about it and with a season's run of 700 bottles we are only making a small dent with what we can donate monetarily - but that is only one small part. Thank you for your prayers for us and for the charities that we support - World Vision Micro, St. Francis Breadline, Star 99.1 and the WILL Foundation (you'll hear more about them soon). The folks at Norz Hill Farm and Hillsboro Farm have 'bought in' to what we are doing and are hawking our wares - whether people buy or not the pick up a bottle, read the label and hopefully get curious enough to find out more. You all have been our product evangelists and in doing so, unwittingly have been Evangelists in the true sense of the word. I thank you.

4. The band Casting Crowns is in the midst of not only releasing an album but more importantly, their bassist's 5 month old son, Silas, is awaiting a heart transplant. They have asked for prayers so I am with them in prayer - praying for a miracle and asking the Lord to help the family embrace His love as He embraces them. I've never met them but it was at a Casting Crowns concert that Laurie and I first heard about World Vision and sponsored our first child.

5. Thanks to the farmer's market in Jamesburg, some web sales and my Rhode Island connection, we have a nice amount to be able to donate this week. I promise to report on our donations this time next week!

"Sir." the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and livestock?" Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."  ~John 4: 11-14

Come to the Well by Casting Crowns Written by Matthew West and Mark Hall

Leave it all behind, leave it all behind, leave it all behind, leave it all behind.

I have what you need, but you keep on searching, I've done all the work, but you keep on working. When you're running on empty, and you can't find the remedy, just come to the well.

You can spend your whole life, chasing what's missing. But that empty inside, it just ain't gonna listen. When nothing can satisfy, and the world leaves you high and dry, just come to the well

And all who thirst will thirst no more, and all who search will find what their souls long for. The world will try, but it can never fill, so leave it all behind, and come to the well.

So bring me your heart no matter how broken. Just come as you are, when your last prayer is spoken. Just rest in my arms a while, you'll feel the change my child, when you come to the well

And all who thirst will thirst no more, and all who search will find what their souls long for. The world will try, but it can never fill, so leave it all behind, and come to the well.

And now that you're full, of love beyond measure, your joy's gonna flow, like a stream in the desert. Soon all the world will see that living water is found in me, because you came to the well

And all who thirst will thirst no more, and all who search will find what their souls long for. The world will try, but it can never fill, so leave it all behind, and come to the well.

Do Good, Hot PeppersBob Ferretti