It is such a joy to discover wildflowers on our farm. They reveal themselves in the strangest places, bringing unexpected delight. Like these above at the entrance to our barn–where our tractors and farm implements are parked. Earlier in the season we almost ripped them out, mistaking them for weeds. There must be a lesson in this, which evades me now, but it is this farming life.
You will remember the phrase shake the hands that feed you from the author Michael Pollan (Omnivore’s Dilemma, etc.), with which he encourages us to meet and get to know those who raise our food. Soon, you will have a grand opportunity to do just that through the Virginia Association of Biological Farming’s inaugural Richmond Farm Tour. Together with eleven other farms, we will be open to visitors for the weekend of September 20th – 21st, 1 – 6pm.
Here’s the scoop: Load up your car with friends and family (one ticket covers everyone) and head out for a day - or two - of meeting area biological/organic/Certified Naturally Grown farmers and seeing where and how your food is grown. Go at your own pace. This biological farm tour weekend is self-paced with farms located throughout the area. You can purchase tickets here, view a map of participating farms here, or sign up to volunteer during a farm tour here.
And now for some more news. Earlier this year, I was selected to participate in Slow Food’s Terra Madre/Salone del Gusto conference in Turin, Italy as part of the US delegation. Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto happens every other year in late October (the 23rd – the 27th); delegates from over 130 countries are chosen for their ability to represent the breadth of the country’s food traditions and movement success stories, as well as their capacity to take the new lessons, ideas and relationships back to the challenges still to be met at home. I am one of a few in Richmond who were selected to participate in this landmark event.
While being a part of the US delegation includes accommodation, conference access, and meals, I still need assistance with flights, ground transportation, and other travel expenses. I have started a fundraising campaign to help me on my way to Turin next month. I would be deeply grateful and honored if you clicked here to donate to my campaign and to learn more about Terra Madre!
Produce items available this week are apples (Northern Spy, Empire, Johnagold & Smokehouse), basil, the first of the butternut squash, cilantro, red & yellow onions, carmen peppers, Yukon gold potatoes, salad greens, Swiss chard, sungold & red cherry tomatoes, and eggs.
This week’s poem is by the poet, Rachel Hadas, whose poetry is graceful in its attentiveness to the particulars of everyday life. Which is evident in The End of Summer, as we here in the US bask in the fading days of the season. Enjoy!
Be well, eat healthy, and be kind to yourself and others.