Cahier & Césaire

'Ildi' shows it multi-flora tresses. 'Sungold' and 'Chiapas' are so far first to the post, but it will be just a bit before they are producing at production scale. Soon, though! :)

'Ildi' shows it multi-flora tresses. 'Sungold' and 'Chiapas' are so far first to the post, but it will be just a bit before they are producing at production scale. Soon, though! :)

2019 Week 26, Summer CSA 4 of 26

Expected Harvest

Greens
Cabbage
Chard
Kale
Lettuce

Veggies
Bean, Snap
Bean, Soy / Edamame*
Broccoli
Fennel*

Roots
Carrots
Kohlrabi
Onion, Fresh*
Radish, Salad

Fruit
Strawberries, Frozen

Herbs
Ashwagandha
Basil, Holy
Basil, Italian
Basil, Thai
Cilantro
Dill
Dried Herbs
Garlic, Scapes
Hot Pepper, Frozen
Mint, Chocolate*
Turmeric, Frozen

Staples
Popcorn

Flowers

Althea Bread
Specials of the Month:
June 26th: Herbs de Provence and Olive Oil

Cooking Classes
This Wednesday & Thursday, 6pm
Featuring: Snap Beans

Digging the new carrots has been an unexpected transportation to other farms and other times in places more northern than this one. And I felt, as I dug or popped the greens off, about diasporas. Even in this very small way, I understood the distant land one called home, as I build this new one. Which had me thinking of Aimé Césaire and his Cahier, his notebook of a return to the native land. It is well, well beyond the little feeling here, but what a force of nature that screed was:

I would roll like frenetic blood on the slow current of the eye of words turned into mad horses into fresh children into clots into curfew into vestiges of temples into precious stones remote enough to discourage miners. Whoever would not understand me would not understand any better the roaring of a tiger. ― Aimé Césaire

As to popping off the tops of carrots. Do note that I very rarely give you a root with the tops still on, unless you will eat them! :) The greenery pulls all the moisture out of the root, leaving you with wobbly vegetables. Better for me to put the greens back into the soil, and then give you crisp, fresh veggies. I understand the market appeal of greens tops, but I’d rather not. :)

I was made inclined to plant some fennel this spring, but too late to go in with the early batch of crops. Next year I will definitely plant some first thing, for an early harvest. That said, I harvested some of the cutest baby fennel this week, and will continue onwards … just in case this heat causes them to bolt. New also are some small ball onions, plus the year’s first edamame. My favorite, indeed!

We had our first farm cooking class last week, and it was so great … for me! I got to finish my day with a fancy, super-yummy meal at the simple price of washed dishes. I’m sure it will be great for you, too. :) Let Cecelia know that you’re interested, or if you have questions. Bulk discounts available. Private group classes also encouraged — come with your friends. Get in touch at pick-up, or email cecelia.baum@gmail.com. This week we’ll be featuring snap beans.

See you on the farm,
Austin

The inaugural cooking class! Inaugural (and inaugurate), says the memory, is a word that comes from the divination of fortunes from the flight of birds. (Ain't words neat?) Which leads me to note that the goldfinches have been most appreciative of the new wildflower patch, and the fence that overlooks it. To watch their looping flight -- like they can't quite fly, but then they can -- over the fields is, truly, to feel it. Does this mean a rollercoaster in our future. That's okay by me. When it's all said and done, who isn't sad that it's over? Or that the line is so long, because you're going again? … contemplates the farmer.

The inaugural cooking class! Inaugural (and inaugurate), says the memory, is a word that comes from the divination of fortunes from the flight of birds. (Ain't words neat?) Which leads me to note that the goldfinches have been most appreciative of the new wildflower patch, and the fence that overlooks it. To watch their looping flight -- like they can't quite fly, but then they can -- over the fields is, truly, to feel it. Does this mean a rollercoaster in our future. That's okay by me. When it's all said and done, who isn't sad that it's over? Or that the line is so long, because you're going again? … contemplates the farmer.

Last week’s class featured kohlrabi … in a slaw with fresh herbs, and stir-fried with kale, ginger, garlic scapes, and hot peppers, plus some yummy South Indian Dal.

Last week’s class featured kohlrabi … in a slaw with fresh herbs, and stir-fried with kale, ginger, garlic scapes, and hot peppers, plus some yummy South Indian Dal.

Hoss Tools makes some very fine wheel-hoes, including this new-to-the-farm-for-2019 High-Arch Two-Wheel Hoe. Various attachments attach -- as they would -- to the frame, like these 6" sweeps. We have about a mile of dry beans this year in a field that took quite some time to clean of sod. But, apparently, cleaned not well enough -- per the tool damage. A very literal few minutes after emailing Hoss with a note and photo, they said, "Would you like a reinforced version?" So I said, "Yes!" And here we have it, with rebar welded down the middle. We are principally on a one-row system this year -- thus the two-wheel hoe -- but I will be trying a ganged-Earthway two-row seeder next year, plus another new wheel-hoe dedicated to two-row crops. Guess who I'm going with? / Having the right tool for the job doesn't just make the job go faster, it makes it go WAY faster.

Hoss Tools makes some very fine wheel-hoes, including this new-to-the-farm-for-2019 High-Arch Two-Wheel Hoe. Various attachments attach -- as they would -- to the frame, like these 6" sweeps. We have about a mile of dry beans this year in a field that took quite some time to clean of sod. But, apparently, cleaned not well enough -- per the tool damage. A very literal few minutes after emailing Hoss with a note and photo, they said, "Would you like a reinforced version?" So I said, "Yes!" And here we have it, with rebar welded down the middle. We are principally on a one-row system this year -- thus the two-wheel hoe -- but I will be trying a ganged-Earthway two-row seeder next year, plus another new wheel-hoe dedicated to two-row crops. Guess who I'm going with? / Having the right tool for the job doesn't just make the job go faster, it makes it go WAY faster.

Blackberries are here in small quantity. I imagine we will start picking them  en masse  by the end of the week / start of the next! Hip hip.

Blackberries are here in small quantity. I imagine we will start picking them en masse by the end of the week / start of the next! Hip hip.

The most common common name for these are 'dogbane beetles.' I found them while wheel-hoeing the grits / polenta corn. Because, who doesn't like shiny things?

The most common common name for these are 'dogbane beetles.' I found them while wheel-hoeing the grits / polenta corn. Because, who doesn't like shiny things?