Little Things

 Foxtail (German) Millet and Soybean on the ground and rolled/crimped for an  in situ  mulch in Rotation E.

Foxtail (German) Millet and Soybean on the ground and rolled/crimped for an in situ mulch in Rotation E.

Expected Harvest

Greens
Cabbage(s)
Chard(s)

Veggies
Bean, Soy/Edamame
Celery
Eggplant*
Leeks
Okra
Pepper, Sweet
Squash, Summer
Tomatoes, Large & Small

Roots
Carrots
Kohlrabi
Beets
Onion, Fresh
Potato, Fresh

Fruits
Husk Cherries
Melons

Herbs
Anise Hyssop
Basil, Italian
Basil, Holy/Tulsi
Dill*
Garlic
Pepper, Hot
Spearmint*


Flowers

*New This Week

2017 Week 33, Summer CSA Week 11 of 26

A rough week for hope, thinning beets on my little farm, always mistily circled by its asparagus, and thinking, Et in Arcadia ego; thinking how in old Iranian it meant 'walled garden,' this word for us which is paradise. But the snake slips in.

But of course, this is why we have the farm to begin with. For the little things, which have never been little -- for instance, the bumblebee moth that found me in the greenhouse, or the smell of the anise hyssop on the way to the herb drier, or the size of the season on a farm as you feel it in your lungs, or in the muscles of your forearms. I am glad for the day's gray weather, for the time that it slows down, for its coolness that does not kill thought. Because there is a lot to think about.

Turning to the winter, the beets, turnips, and radishes are all up. The rate of carrot emergence is questionable at this point, but I seeded two extra beds this morning to catch any downfall. The dry beans must make room for the winter greens, and so in the next two weeks we will look for a dry spell, and grab them at their crispiest. I am most excited for that -- Kennearly Yellow Eye, Black Turtle, Quincy Pinto, Carolina Crowder, Calypso, and Kebarika are the varieties on trial this year. I also could no longer restrain my curiosity, and pulled a popcorn from the field this morning -- it looks great, but needs a bit more time to dry.

Be well,
& See you on the farm,
Austin

 Foxtail Millet & Soybean at 11 weeks, just before rolling. This is how we start to turn old pasture clay into garden soil. The fall  brassica  -- broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower, and kale -- will transplant into the mulch that it makes.

Foxtail Millet & Soybean at 11 weeks, just before rolling. This is how we start to turn old pasture clay into garden soil. The fall brassica -- broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower, and kale -- will transplant into the mulch that it makes.

 Roller-crimping the cover crop. I will add weights to the core of the crimper on the next go-round. A clear multi-crimp mark can be seen on some but by no means all of the crop as it now stands, err, lies.

Roller-crimping the cover crop. I will add weights to the core of the crimper on the next go-round. A clear multi-crimp mark can be seen on some but by no means all of the crop as it now stands, err, lies.

 'Green Giant,' my favorite lunchtime sandwich tomato.

'Green Giant,' my favorite lunchtime sandwich tomato.

 In a week like this one, it has been useful to see the little things. A bumblebee moth, for instance.

In a week like this one, it has been useful to see the little things. A bumblebee moth, for instance.

 ... or the Anise Hyssop on the way to the herb drier.

... or the Anise Hyssop on the way to the herb drier.