A Thanksgiving

 A brown marmorated stink bug in the zen bowl. From time to time they have played random, solitary notes on the ukulele that hangs on the summer kitchen wall; but this is the first time they have ever rung the zen bell. Lunchtime, and it rang out … and so we do what one does, no matter who rings it.

A brown marmorated stink bug in the zen bowl. From time to time they have played random, solitary notes on the ukulele that hangs on the summer kitchen wall; but this is the first time they have ever rung the zen bell. Lunchtime, and it rang out … and so we do what one does, no matter who rings it.

2018 Week 47, Summer CSA Pick-up 25 of 26

What a gift we have in this institution of thanks-giving, because to me it feels too much — this giving of thanks — like a tool in the back of the barn that we had lost or hardly used, but when taken out now for the yearly planting of garlic, seems a thing we should maybe keep around. I mean, isn’t a true thanks-giving a lingering on what is present? And how much do we — by which I mean, I — live, or not live, in a hazy focus on what is absent?

And, so, of course, let me give more thanks to you. Thank you. Thank you!

And, also, I have been feeling an unexpected gratitude for the fields, who miraculously brought us this far — and further — despite their youth and a post-inundation lack of what the British farmers call ‘heart.’ Absence, of course; but, still, 25 weeks of presence.

It’s not a great shot, but this week is our best shot at getting the garlic in. And so if you don’t see me at pick-up on Wednesday, have a look around the corner, and hopefully I’m there putting the cloves to bed for the winter.

My best,
See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Asian Greens
Kale
Lettuce

Veggies
Carrots
Celeriac
Leeks
Radish, Winter
Sunroot
Sweet Potatoes
Turnip, Winter

Fruit
Raspberries

Herbs
Ashwagandha
Burdock
Cilantro
Dill
Garlic
Ginger
Hot Pepper
Lemongrass
Mint
Turmeric

Staples
Popcorn

The Pickle Pile

 A few of the 2019 beans. "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” There's more to it than that, but the quote came to mind as I unpacked some of the 2019 bean varieties for trial. I have 2018 videos (plural) where I walked the 25 varieties on trial and commented on their height, their color, their pod formation, and their overall health. They were really looking pretty good … before they weren’t, when the rains continued and the rot came on. But, gee, I sure am excited about the 2019 beans.

A few of the 2019 beans. "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” There's more to it than that, but the quote came to mind as I unpacked some of the 2019 bean varieties for trial. I have 2018 videos (plural) where I walked the 25 varieties on trial and commented on their height, their color, their pod formation, and their overall health. They were really looking pretty good … before they weren’t, when the rains continued and the rot came on. But, gee, I sure am excited about the 2019 beans.