This Farming Life 8.29.14

OF Salad Greens Aug 27th

This late August, death is visible on our farm. The tomatoes have died. Their brown, decayed stems and leaves hang limp in the harsh midday sun. The scattered tendrils of the melon vines have curled their last curls for this season. Death came for them also. For a moment when I think about it, I am sad. Though, I remember with delight all the fruit and nourishment it so generously gave not too long ago. How their arrival at the markets ushered in a gorgeous summer. How those first bites into their tender flesh brought memories of childhood dreams come true. So my sadness morphs into gratitude for a bountiful crop received, and a looking forward to their future reappearance next season. The cycle of life continues in this farming life.

OF New Beans Aug 27th

While death remains very visceral on our farm, new life is also sprouting everywhere. We see it in the new green beans (above), the peas (below), the radishes, turnips, and carrots, and so much more. They stretch their tiny stems and brand new cotyledons high into the bright blue sky. Each seed holds within it the genetic code to grow into their destiny. They have done so through the ages, and will continue to, with some certainty. On our farm, we nurture and support the best possible growing environment for seeds and young plants. Until they are ready to offer themselves to you and us. Readily so. So that we may all become much more than what we eat. 

OF Peas August 28th

This week we read an interesting Times article about Mother Nature’s Daughters, which explores the prevalence of women on urban farms in New York. It asks a simple question: Are women more willing to nurture their communities (and also their beet greens)? Or is that men don’t care, or care a lot less? We also enjoyed learning about some really cool car ideas that kids created through a dream-car competition. There’s the Robo-Squid Hydropower Rescue car, the Balloon car, the Super Crab car, but we especially like the Environmentally Friendly Toyota Kingdom car. Check it our here.

Produce items available this week are apples (honey crisp, McIntosh & gala), basil, cilantro, bell and Chinese eggplant, fennel, red & yellow onions, carmen peppers, Yukon gold potatoes, salad greens, Swiss chard, sungold & red cherry tomatoes, probably the last of our Roma and Hanover red tomatoes, and eggs.

OF Sriracha Gift

Last Saturday, committed volunteer and all round extraordinaire, Edith Ridderhof took some of our red jalapeños home to process. She returned this past Tuesday to market with a huge bottle of Sriracha sauce (above)! Thank you so much for your kindness Edith, and your sweet, generous spirit.

American poet, Louise Gluck’s poetry is noted for its technical precision, sensitivity, and insight into loneliness, family relationships, divorce, and death. In Vespers, she writes about the plight of growing tomatoes, a sentiment we share with her, given that it is by far our most difficult crop to grow. Happy Friday!

In your extended absence, you permit me
use of earth, anticipating
some return on investment. I must report
failure in my assignment, principally
regarding the tomato plants.
I think I should not be encouraged to grow
tomatoes. Or, if I am, you should withhold
the heavy rains, the cold nights that come
so often here, while other regions get
twelve weeks of summer. All this
belongs to you: on the other hand,
I planted the seeds, I watched the first shoots
like wings tearing the soil, and it was my heart
broken by the blight, the black spot so quickly
multiplying in the rows. I doubt
you have a heart, in our understanding of
that term. You who do not discriminate
between the dead and the living, who are, in consequence,
immune to foreshadowing, you may not know
how much terror we bear, the spotted leaf,
the red leaves of the maple falling
even in August, in early darkness: I am responsible
for these vines.

Be well, eat healthy, and be kind to yourself and others.


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