Farm Update

I thought it would be interesting to post my weekly CSA e-mails each week.   The farm is on week 2 so you missed week #1, but no big deal.

I’ve been accused lately of becoming a “real” farmer.  Apparently I’m complaining about the weather and I’m not happy if it’s too hot or too cold.  Looking back at my e-mails, that appears to be true.  I guess I’m a bit like Goldilocks in that regard.  I like the weather just right!

On to this week’s produce.  I’m confident that we’ll have lettuce, radishes and more herbs for you this week.  Make sure not to get any lettuce at the store (or any of our fine farmer’s markets) because you’ll probably get a few heads, and they are larger than last week.  On top of that we should have cilantro, oregano and chives again.  It appears that we will also have garlic scapes and lovage.  We’ll have a write up in the newsletter about lovage, but it’s a bushy herb that gives your food a celery like flavor and best of all, it doesn’t require any attention after you plant it.  It grows year after year after year!  (News story about lovage from Mother Earth News)
There is an outside chance that there will be some small onions and beets ready.  While we wait patiently for our crops to come in I try to remember how difficult it must have been 100 years ago to make it through this period.  You’ve made it through a rough cold winter and planted your seeds.  Now you have to wait while they grow while you eat whatever you still have from the previous year.  If my little house on the prairie reading is to be believed, at this time of the year you are only eating flour and what your father hunts or traps.  In Native American culture they called this the starving time because your stores have run low but nothing is growing yet..  In many ways it can be the most difficult time of the year as the world all around you turns green, yet there may not necessarily be anything to eat.  At least in this time of plenty we can go to the store or live off food we stored from the previous summer’s bounty, not something that they could do in the past.  Right now is the time I think to the late summer when all the tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers and squash we’ve planted will pay off.  In a world like ours, where everything is available to us instantly, Mother Nature still does her thing at her own pace.  Those of us who have a hard time with it, just need to accept that (myself included), though I’ll complain about it plenty along the way.
We’ll see you on Wednesday.  We’ll be set up in the tool library again.

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