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,
Taking a mid-summer break.
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On break for the summer.