'Of red wheat and smoke'

 The 'Chinese Five Color' hot peppers really are that many colors, despite the fact that I only harvest the red for pick-up.

The 'Chinese Five Color' hot peppers really are that many colors, despite the fact that I only harvest the red for pick-up.

2018 Week 35, Summer CSA Pick-up 13 of 26

We had cool mornings last week with a 50 degree low, and in the greenhouse, at 5am working on the 2019 plan, I even had cold fingers that wouldn't type, used as they were to the summer. What better excuse than that for some warm farm tea to anchor the pre-dawn? These cool mornings brought to mind a quote I once found in Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Reverie.

For yourself, be a dream
Of red wheat and smoke
.    .    .
You will never grow old.
[Jean Rousselot,  Agrégation du temps ]

It is good to have these lines stuck inside us that we somehow never forget. In the rush of summer on the farm, there is really just one thing to remember. Don't rush. One might miss the red wheat and smoke, or the whole season of summer, or whatever it is we call their continued accumulation.

But you would not know that it was 50 degrees the other morning, when it was 94 today. The power was out -- think veggies in the walk-in fridge, fruit in the freezer, water at the bottom of the well -- which made for some excitement. When I first found this land and was building the greenhouse and mowing the pasture, before there was power and water, I came to the farm with jugs of water to drink. And I measured the temperature by how many gallons went by. One, one and a half, two gallons, or more. But today: no power, no weather station, no water, no way to measure the heat, except by shirts. A four shirt day. And it was great!

The okra loved the heat of the weekend, as did the raspberries. I think I picked 25 pounds of berries between Saturday and today, with more to come on Wednesday. 'Caroline' and 'Heritage' look very nice -- 'Caroline' has larger berries and picks at a faster rate, and also pulls from the plant slightly better than 'Heritage.' 'Joan J,' unfortunately, is a low-growing back breaker with one quarter the yield and very crumbly berries. I am considering tilling it in this fall, to make space for spring black raspberries. 'Joesphine' is just coming to maturity, with some very tasty and large berries. We'll get to those on Wednesday.

The raspberries make me happy, because everything else doesn't ... in this year that never happened. :) The large tomatoes are light again this week, but the fourth generation is almost ready for harvest, as I just started harvesting its cherry tomatoes, which are always first to show. Lettuce is out there, but still a few weeks from harvest; we have chard in the mean time for your greens fix. This last harvest of celery loved the summer's rain. If you take any this week, let me know if you would rather I cut it in half. It's that big. Basil generally succumbed to mildew for the year, but if you want any and I happen not to harvest it this week, let me know, and I can show you where it is. We're taking an edamame / soybean break for a week, as the rains -- two and a half months ago -- changed the planting schedule.

It was the best evening yet on the farm, with the heat of the day pushing a low mist above everything ...

See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Chard

Veggies
Beans, Snap
Carrots
Celery
Okra
Onions
Pepper, Sweet
Potatoes
Tomatoes

Fruit
Husk Cherry
Raspberry

Herbs
Ashwagandha, dried
Basil, Holy
Cilantro
Dill
Garlic
Hot Pepper, Fresh & Dried
Mint, of some kind*
Shiso
Sorrel

Staples
Beans, Dry
Popcorn

The Pickle Pile

Flowers

*New This Week