2019 Week 23, Summer CSA 1 of 26
First things first. I have a box of new seeds to my shoulder — from Fedco and Adaptive Seeds, beets and cilantro, Lebanese Squash and new variations of kale — and in the end-of-the-day sleepiness, their simplicity hits me square with a wave of thankfulness. Everything smells and feels right in this sunset, but especially these small things that remind me of what I first felt when I got into farming … because I am already, and still, feeling them. The whole season of summer like one long work week, and yet the hours of summer, sometimes, like days, with so many riches falling from them. We start June on the opposite side of Thanksgiving, six months distant, and how appropriate a date, because how else can I — could we? — begin this new season, but with thanks?
Thank you all for being CSA members to the farm. It is you alone who found what we are doing together.
Second things second. We still have room — ample, perhaps — in the CSA. If there is anything I can do to incentivize your assistance in the filling-in of those holes, please let me know. You are welcome to 10% of every dollar referred into the CSA for your efforts. I am not on social media, but if you are, feel free to spread the word. I have pull-tab fliers and quarter-sheet fliers also available. Just say the word!
On the farm, all has been lush — but not too lush! — and busy, with some anomalous heat to speed along our crops. What looks like a snake in the grass, but has for so long been just a stick, or a strap, or a hoe, is now in fact a snake in the grass. The cedars waft their melted sap across the fields. And at night the fire flies constellate every possible tree row like lighting in the clouds. As to the crops, most of our experiments have fallen into the win side of the ledger, though a few — particularly the 3rd planting of tomatoes, and the early germination of sweet peppers — haven’t. Strange to say, but the galling feeling that comes from some of these losses turns into the excitement I feel in fall when I make the new plan. Because this time all the quarters are coming up heads.
As for that, the 2019 season is essentially in the books, and I have for a few months already been planning 2020. Strange to say, I admit, but so it goes in farming. As I have elsewhere noted, we spend the fall designing, the spring building, and the summer staying out of the way of the contraption we dreamt up. Or as others have said, first we sow, and then we reap. Here’s to the odd ease of summer — with its sane, rhythmic schedule — because what is more easy, after all this work, than reaping it? Ha.
All my best,
See you on the farm,
PS: Tell your “I’m not quite ready for a CSA” friends that the Farmstand opens this week! Thursdays, 3-7pm.
Hot Pepper, Frozen
Mint, of some kind
Specials of the Month:
June 5th: Oat Porridge
June 12th: Flax Seed
June 19th: Einkorn
June 26th: Herbs de Provence and Olive Oil