Welcome to Mustard Seed and Yeast! My name is Sarah.  I recently said goodbye to my corporate America job, suits, uncomfortable shoes, business flights and hotels and said hello to deeper relationships, Fleet Farm, baby chickens, sunrises and sunsets.

Let’s back up. I grew up in a Northern Iowa farm community.  Summer days were spent working at our family’s chicken hatchery and swimming in our community pool.  Cousins were steps away.  In this small town, I began my journey of faith, a love for food, farming and even the tasting of fermentations!

My husband, Dave, and I are Minnesota farmers. We grow corn, soybeans and pigs.  We live in the farm house Dave’s Grandparents built.  Our sunrises and sunsets are glorious.  Each season is unique and sometimes indescribable.

Dave and I met 27 years ago. Our first date was a blind date.  Four months later, we went on our second date.  (perhaps a future blog post for details?!)  Four months later, he asked me to marry him.  Fourteen months later, we were married.  Twenty five years later – we have three beautiful children with cherished memories and experiences filling each day.

Mustard Seed and Yeast has been cultivating over time.  It was not a fleeting thought or idea.  Sometimes along our journey, things happen that change us.  For me, September of 2014 was this defining moment.

In September of 2014, Dave was diagnosed with a high risk form of Leukemia.  He was rushed to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.  In a split second, our lives were spinning out of control.  Soon after our arrival, we learned we would spend the next 6-8 months in Rochester with intense chemotherapy and an ultimate goal of a bone marrow transplant to follow.  We were told to find housing and prepare for the difficult journey.  Statistics were shared and floods of tears consumed our early days.  The best way to describe our emotions – foot of the cross.  How would we tell our children?  Harvest was to being that week.  How could we possibly weep forward?

Over the next months, we opened the doors to our faith, our family, our farm, the hospital rooms, our little rented house and the streets of Rochester via caringbridge.org.  We shared our daily experiences which were continual reminders of God’s gracious hand.  And then, the unexpected happened – others opened their hearts and lives with us.  We began to hear stories of faith, pain, loss, suffering, joy and fear.

Why Mustard Seed and Yeast?  I sometimes think the things I do or say are insignificant.  And then, I am reminded of the Parable of the Mustard Seed and Yeast.   God uses even our small efforts to grow His kingdom!

1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  I invite and welcome you to my journey of faith, food, our farm and fermentations.  Please join me most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as I seek, each day, to find God’s gracious hand.  Please share your thoughts and comments along the journey.  Thank you for spending some of your precious time with me.  Let the journey begin……

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Mustard Seed & Yeast

April 2021