The Desert

There is a serious -- and for a long time thereafter ensuing -- pause that a farmer takes to find that the flower bucket, before the flower, is the more beautiful of the two.

There is a serious -- and for a long time thereafter ensuing -- pause that a farmer takes to find that the flower bucket, before the flower, is the more beautiful of the two.

2019 Week 31, Summer CSA 9 of 26

If this heat without rain has made you just a bit slower in your walk, then you will know just how the farm is feeling. It’s a little sluggish out there. But it strikes me how great it is to have back-to-back opposite extremes — for the varietal selection process of this young farm. Last year, everything that didn’t make it through the deluge got ditched; this year, everything that doesn’t make it through the drought gets the same treatment. What’s left are the varieties most suited to the farm in its worst years, which will be quite a thing to build a new year on. The various yield numbers, in that way, actually get me excited. So, cheers to that.

While planning-out next year, I came upon the seemingly simple “Parker’s Gold,” a yellow yarrow. It is my aim to one day plant each insectary bed into a solid block of a single perennial flower varietal, not just for harvest or beneficial bug habitat, but for the farmer’s own happiness. Ed Abbey — a Pennsylvania native as well — had me curious about the feeling of the desert from a long time back. But this note gets me whimsical:

What we love most about Parker’s Gold is the captivating aromatic leaves that look like ferns but smell like the desert. It is one of our favorite smells from the plant world. —Adaptive Seeds

What else are these hot days good for, but for enjoying these oh-so-slightly-cooler nights?

So, enjoy these nights,
See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Taking a mid-summer break.

Veggies
Bean, Cowpea Snap
Bean, Soy / Edamame
Tomato, Small
Tomato, Large

Roots
Carrots
Kohlrabi
Onion, Fresh
Potato, Irish

Fruit
Blackberries
Raspberries*

Herbs
Basil, Holy
Basil, Italian
Basil, Thai
Cilantro or Dill
Garlic, Scapes
Mint, Peppermint
Pepper, Hot*
Turmeric, Frozen

Flowers

Farm Honey & Ferments for sale.

Cooking Classes
Get in touch with Cecelia at cecelia.baum@gmail.com to sign-up.

Althea Bread
On break for the summer.

Do you remember that time when I was mowing a field with a tickle in my ear, and so I finally pulled off the ear protection to find that the tickler was a black widow? But that it was male, and so apparently nothing to worry about? I remember that time. Here's its female counterpart, found hiding-out in the basil seedlings.

Do you remember that time when I was mowing a field with a tickle in my ear, and so I finally pulled off the ear protection to find that the tickler was a black widow? But that it was male, and so apparently nothing to worry about? I remember that time. Here's its female counterpart, found hiding-out in the basil seedlings.

My favorite crop, the cover crop. The fall cover crops get going here: Buckwheat, Oats, Berseem Clover, Field Peas, and Woolypod / Lana Vetch as a winterkill polyculture. A soybean & buckwheat biculture also went on before the garlic. Next, the flowers get undersown to crimson clover. Later in the year the dry beans and field corn get the same winterkill cover.

My favorite crop, the cover crop. The fall cover crops get going here: Buckwheat, Oats, Berseem Clover, Field Peas, and Woolypod / Lana Vetch as a winterkill polyculture. A soybean & buckwheat biculture also went on before the garlic. Next, the flowers get undersown to crimson clover. Later in the year the dry beans and field corn get the same winterkill cover.

With so many particular things to find in a cloud, why so long to find Mt. Fuji, or some other equally mythic peak sent to strike some resonant thing? Yes, for me, something sounds back.

With so many particular things to find in a cloud, why so long to find Mt. Fuji, or some other equally mythic peak sent to strike some resonant thing? Yes, for me, something sounds back.