After weeks upon weeks of hot, dry weather, the rain finally arrived. Gentle, drenching, quenching the land’s thirst. It may be the rain dances from friends near and far that ultimately ushered in the moisture. Walking in the rain through the fields yesterday, I noticed the crispness of the the new growth on old Swiss chard and kale plants. So too the vivid colors of tomatoes and eggplants. While I doubted the rain gods, the plants intuitively knew that the desert oasis was no longer a mirage, but real. They and I reveled in its glory. In moments like these I feel most connected to this farming life.
I felt the same acute connection yesterday at our tomato canning day with our CSA members at the Hanover county cannery. It was about community. About taking the bounty of the season, preserving it for lean times. For a brief moment at the beginning and the end of the canning session, I noticed excitement at new learning, and for sharing in a time-honored and much larger process than just food preservation. Beyond nourishing our bodies, food offers us tangible connection to each other, to soil, and ecology.
Rebecca has some wonderful photographs and a video to share about the canning day and will do so in next week’s edition of this farming life.
Produce items available this week are cabbage, cantaloupe, slicing cucumbers, bell and Chinese eggplant, fennel, flowers, curly kale, kohlrabi, mint, melons, red & yellow onions, jalapeño peppers, carmen & bell peppers, Padrón & poblano peppers, red & Yukon gold potatoes, Swiss chard, red/sungold & black cherry tomatoes, purple cherokee & brandywine heirloom tomatoes, Roma & Hanover red tomatoes, sweet red and yellow baby watermelons, and eggs.
The wise sage Mary Oliver offers sweet delight today and for all the days ahead. In Why I Wake Early she illuminates nature’s gifts and beckons us to pay attention to its holiness. Happy Friday!
Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and crotchety–
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light–
good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.
Be well, eat healthy, and be kind to yourself and others.