Blog

The Eat Goes On . . .

I did not recognize my Blog when I went to it today to write this entry! I wonder if it has anything to do with the notifications I have been receiving (and ignoring!) from Word Press? So much to do and so little time! Let us see if I can navigate this new layout today . . .

The Farmer’s Candy . . .

The last day of August is tomorrow and we roll into September. I find it amazing how rapidly the year is passing. Our gardens are a weedy mess right now. Truly one would wonder that any veggies had ever come from them! Well, except for perhaps the tomato gardens which are still in pretty good shape.

Tomato plants continually tied up by loving hands.

You can see where Robert has spent hours tying up the plants to keep the fruits off the ground. Of course, the blight has affect some parts of the tomatoes and the beans. Still, this is today’s harvest, so there will be a few beans this week.

Green beans and yellow, flat beans.

The eggplant are beautiful this year! We have received so many comments on how the skins are not bitter at all. There should be plenty more of these beauties coming from the gardens. Oh yes, as with every vegetable, we plant MORE THAN ONE garden!! This is the one hedge we have to keep the pests and blights at bay on at least some of our produce!

Italian eggplant on the vine.

If we did not take this precaution of spreading out our various waves of crops, all of the tomato plants would look like the ones in this blighted section. Unfortunately, the blight spreads on the wind and by one walking through the garden. Simply a fact of Blight! Just imagine how many tomatoes we would have if not for the blight!

Blighted tomato plants still attempting to produce fruits.

In the box this week look for Italian eggplant and Asian eggplant and sweet peppers–bell and a long shape. Also, tomatoes for slicing and small, round bites of goodness in orange and red which we call “The Farmer’s Candy.” There may be beans or potatoes, depending on the day’s harvest. If you find a rare squash or zucchini, it may have come from my brother-in-law’s garden! Although, we still trust our last planting of patty pan squash will produce those yummy treats.

Tomato stuffed eggplant topped with sweet bell peppers! Ready for the oven!

The eat goes on . . . the eat goes on . . . the garden keeps pumpin’ produce to the farm . . . If you are of a certain age or listen to a certain genre of music, I trust you will have this tune moving through your brain for the rest of the day! And I think I can work quite well with this new Word Press format; but, I may make time to go back and read those notices!

Butterflies & Personal Shoppers

Something Robert and I have observed this summer that is of concern is related to the butterflies. We have huge butterfly bushes in our front yard. Typically they are loaded with butterflies –so many butterflies they cannot be possibly counted! However this year, we have one pair (that’s two) yellow and black butterflies. Sometimes there is a black and blue pair that makes a visit, but not always. This one pair is all that we see consistently. I wonder why? We do not have a Smart Meter on our house. We keep our cell phones on Airplane Mode except to occasionally check messages. It’s not because of Wi-Fi or 5G as we live at the top of the mountain and our home has “hard-wired ethernet” for the sake of the bees and butterflies. Perhaps something elsewhere has interfered with their migration pattern?  The butterfly bushes are blooming as always.  We just don’t understand  . . .

Butterfly Couple 20200820_132538 (2)

One thing I do understand better this year is the hesitancy of some people to join a CSA where by design another person chooses the vegetables they will be eating. We always try to do our best and give our CSA Members the best quality produce available in any given year. Actually, our members get better veggies than what we eat since we choose to eat the damaged produce rather than to put it in the CSA Boxes of paying customers. The reason I have gained this understanding of hesitancy can be tied directly to Covid-19!
With the advent of Covid-19, French Broad Food Co-op, Whole Foods, and many other stores have been offering door-to-door or curb-to-car delivery of groceries. It’s not that I’m afraid to go into the stores; that’s not the reason at all. It is just that with the convenience being offered, I have discovered it extraordinarily useful to have my grocery shopping done for me! I was hesitant at first. I wondered if the avocados would be the proper ripeness or if my frozen items would arrive frozen and my cold items cold; but to my extreme delight, everything is working out exceptionally well. There simply are not enough hours in the day to get done what I need to do. I have discovered the convenience of a personal shopper to be worth the cost. So now I understand . . .
20160813_114805_001
We see some beautiful peppers in the garden.  We are growing bell peppers and a long-shaped pepper.  Both varieties  start out green. Some will have started to turn colors before being harvested; but for the others, you can experiment. If left on the counter, they will ripen like a tomato and turn red or yellow or perhaps orange. They have nice thick walls for the most part and are very sweet. Pepper’s have a large amount of Vitamin C! Enjoy these peppers raw or sauteed or roasted–whatever is your pleasure. Once they are rusted or sauteed, they do freeze well if you feel you want to save some for the winter months. We like to slice some very thin before sauteing and them on our homemade, gluten-free pizzas throughout the year!
Squash & Zucchini 20200817_173451 (3)
Rain? Yes, we continue to get more than our fair share. And the next couple of days don’t look a whole lot better. Say a prayer for your vegetables and your CSA Farmers.
20190806_192507
Continue to look for Italian eggplant and Asian eggplant and sweet peppers. Also, tomatoes for slicing and small, round bites of goodness in orange and red which we call “The Farmer’s Candy.” There may be beans or cabbage or potatoes, depending on the day’s harvest. If you find an ugly cucumber or a rare patty pan squash or zucchini, consider yourself one of the fortunate ones.
Summer Flowers 20200820_132407
As that look at the front yard I see the Sedum Autumn Joy starting to turn a light-greenish color mixed with pink which is a sure sign falls on the way. By this time of the year, we have made peace with the weeds and I’m able to say the some of them are actually beautiful.

Pretty Weeds 20200820_133121 (2)

Pretty Weeds 20200820_132311 (2)

Political Correctness Can Kill

Here I go . . . off topic again . . . but I feel this information, indeed, this truth, needs to be said and needs to be heard and needs to be taken to heart. I gotta say in this instance, I certainly agree with Bill Maher . . . SHAME ON OUR LEADERS AND THE MEDIA for not highlighting THE MOST IMPORTANT THING our country could do in order TO CONFRONT COVID-19. We should all be enraged. I applaud this comedian for having the “guts” to say this. Please watch and share this video.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/08/14/how-should-we-combat-the-coronavirus.aspx?cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1HL&cid=20200814Z1&mid=DM621212&rid=940367431

And KUDOS to all of our CSA Members who are doing their best in trying to eat healthy, local, nutritious food. In addition to being kind to your body, you are supporting the local economy, helping to keep green space in the community, and setting a good example for your children and grandchildren. You are OUR HEROS.

Spring Garden 20200626_175111

In the box this next week look for Italian eggplant and Asian eggplant. Also, tomatoes for slicing and small, round bites of goodness in orange and red which we call “The Farmer’s Candy.” There will be potatoes and onion and perhaps a few beans and cabbage. It is possible green bell peppers will make an appearance this week. If you find an ugly cucumber or a rare patty pan squash or zucchini, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. The cucumber plants are still alive and do have flowers, so there is hope for more in the future. The squash and zucchini which were replanted are starting to grow–so again, there is hope for more of these in the future.

20160725_200823

Robert has found it necessary to replant more crops and more often this season than any other season in the last 27 years. This is simply a testament to how cruel Mother Nature can be and has been in the 2020 Harvest Season. Not all has turned out as we would have preferred. Despite this, we are proud of the veggies boxes we have been able to provide to our CSA Members and we intend to continue for as long as possible! Most years we make it until Thanksgiving. One year we made it until Christmas! One year we only made it until Halloween. And ONE YEAR only the month of JULY.  We keep on trying! And we expect you to keep on showing up for your veggies until you get a direct email saying that we are closing for the season. Now for another photo of Troyer’s Country Amish Blatz gardens. Did you know they have B&B offerings and a wedding venue, too?

Troyers Country Amish Blatz Fairview Flowers 20200807_165011

Perhaps before joining a CSA, you did not understand now how the weather–frost, cold, heat, hail, and rainfall–can affect crops and their ability to grow and even their flavor. Perhaps before joining a CSA, you thought inclement weather only meant canceled golf outings, tennis matches, picnics, or how lush your front lawn looked. But you joined a CSA. Perhaps after joining a CSA, you have a deeper understanding of the contentedness of weather to your source of food. Perhaps after joining a CSA, you will even attempt to grow your own garden in the future–in either your back yard or your front yard! No mater what you decide, we are very happy to have you joining us on our Local Food Journey this season!

Welcome to the Garden 20200626_180636

 

National Meeting About Satellites

I know this topic is not related to our CSA veggies except in the sense that we grow our veggies on Planet Earth; and thus, we have a deep and necessary connection to the health of our planet’s total environment. If when reading this Blog you find you have missed the meeting about satellites, please search for it online. The information being discussed is so urgent, I feel certain it will be replayed.

“But will you wake for pity’s sake”~~from Christopher Fry, A Sleep of Prisoners, 1951.

 

NATIONAL MEETING ABOUT SATELLITES, AUGUST 13
On Thursday, August 13, 2020, from 7 to 9 PM EDT (2300 to 0100 UTC), Americans for Responsible Technology will host a meeting about the 5G satellites on Zoom that will be simulcast on Facebook. In the first hour, four presenters will speak for 15 minutes each.
Ben Levi, technology consultant, will summarize the current satellite situation.
Joe Sandri has a law degree and has training and experience in radio frequency engineering. He will describe how the satellites work. How will a typical 5G transmission use the satellites?
Arthur Firstenberg will talk about the impact of the satellites on people and the environment. How will the electrical environment of the earth be altered by constant transmission of 5G signals?
Julian Gresser, attorney, will address what is being done legally to stop this. What right does the FCC or any other agency have to authorize the use of space for private commercial interests?
The second hour of the meeting will consist of a discussion among the presenters.
Attend by Zoom (limited space). Participants must register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkdeqoqjIiGNx6dqXjti7HrZHqle3LNwrH

In a Newsletter I received today from Arthur Firstenberg, he states, “The out-of-control satellite industry is one of the stupidest things humankind has ever created. It treats the life-giving envelope of our atmosphere as if we don’t depend on it. It poses an immediate threat to life on Earth, in so many ways.

The 100,000 planned 5G satellites, each with a designed lifespan of 5 to 10 years, must be constantly de-orbited and replaced. This means that at least 10,000 satellites will have to be launched every year, forever into the future. If an average of 50 satellites can be launched on each rocket, that’s 200 rocket launches per year, just to maintain the satellites used for cell phones and Internet. And it means the de-orbiting of 10,000 worn out satellites per year, burning them up in the atmosphere and turning them into toxic dust and smoke. And that’s not counting the ever-increasing numbers of weather, research, tracking, monitoring, surveillance, military, and other kinds of satellites and missiles being launched in what will soon be a parade of rockets burning prodigious quantities of fossil fuels, punching holes in our atmosphere on a daily basis, and treating the source of all life as Earth’s largest garbage pit.

Martin Ross of the Aerospace Corporation and other researchers have been modeling the effects of daily rocket launches on ozone and global temperatures. Rocket exhaust, depending on the type of fuel used, may contain chlorine and/or oxides of nitrogen, hydrogen, and/or aluminum, all of which destroy ozone. SpaceX’s kerosene-fueled rockets deposit enormous amounts of black soot into the stratosphere, where it accumulates, absorbing solar radiation and warming the stratosphere. The warming of the stratosphere accelerates the chemical reactions that destroy ozone.

Most rockets are launched from the northern hemisphere. And the winter and spring of 2020 saw the largest and longest-lasting Arctic ozone hole in history. Ozone-watchers did not know what caused it, but they were not communicating with the scientists who are studying rocket exhaust. Our world is full of specialists, deaf and blind to other specialties, collectively asleep and marching toward oblivion.

Atmospheric physicists do not study astronomy. Astronomers do not study electricity. Electricians do not study biology. Medical doctors do not study acupuncture. Doctors of oriental medicine do not study atmospheric physics. But the universe is not fragmented, it is a whole, and our culture has forgotten what that is, to its peril and to the peril of everything alive.

The ionosphere is a source of high voltage that controls the electric circuitry of the biosphere and everything in it, including the fine-tuned circuitry of every human, every animal, every tree, and every fish. If we do not immediately stop the destruction of our fragile blanket of electrified air, upon which we depend for growth, healing, and life itself, climate change and ozone destruction may not matter. Beta testing begins in September.

CORONAVIRUS’S HIDDEN THREAT

When SpaceX begins its beta testing in the northern United States and southern Canada later this summer, the single biggest obstacle to recognizing its effects on humans will be COVID-19. Because no matter how many people sicken or die in that part of the world, it will be blamed on the coronavirus.

As I (Arthur Firstenberg) pointed out in a previous newsletter, the pandemic began with 5G. 5G came to Wuhan shortly before the outbreak of COVID-19 there. 5G came to New York City streetlamps shortly before the outbreak of COVID-19 there. COVID-19 deprives the blood of oxygen, while radio waves deprive the cells of oxygen. COVID-19, alone, is just a respiratory virus like the common cold. But together with 5G, it is deadly. To deal with COVID-19 effectively, society must first recognize the harm done to the body by radio waves. 5G is radio waves on steroids. Instead of acknowledging the harm from radio waves, society is tearing its fabric apart by instituting measures that are protecting no one and are instead sickening and killing people. I (Arthur Firstenberg) will mention just one of those measures here: facial masks.”

 

I (Glenda Ploeger) will stop quoting the Newsletter which I received today at this point as I am aware how divided our society is on the topic of wearing facial masks.  HOWEVER, IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN PURSUING THIS TOPIC FURTHER, I will be happy to forward to you Arthur Firstenberg’s entire Newsletter complete with references as the two topics are related. Or you may prefer to tune in to the above mentioned National Meeting of Americans For Responsible Technology.

Go Well . . . With Peace and Love and Local Food . . .

Empathy And Respect

It is disheartening for a farmer to hear rain falling for the second or third time in a given day. We have been receiving entirely too much rain and the dampness is taking a toll on our gardens. No more patty pan squash or zucchini for the foreseeable future and the potatoes seem to be rotting as quickly as I can bag them. WARNING: Eat the potatoes first! However, we do have tiny squash and zucchini plants emerging from the soil. We trust in a few weeks, there shall be more of these tasty delights for our CSA Boxes. And one can always hope the next variety of potato we attempt to dig will “hold up” better than this first variety. Hope springs eternal in the garden!

20200729_145549

What saddens me even more is that people are so unable to show empathy for and respect for the opinions of others who are their fellow travelers on this journey called life. Consider where our world be if we did not have differences of opinions and a mutual respect for each other’s ideas and thoughts? We may as well be robots! I will not claim to have any answers to the current problems facing our world. I only know that without respect and empathy, there can be no discussion; and without discussion there can be no solutions.

20200717_182604

Robert and I truly appreciate the empathy being shown by our CSA Members who are or have attempted to pursue gardening. Any one who has tried to grow anything has some idea of what an uphill battle it is to face Mother Nature day in and day out. And for those who “never gave it a thought” before joining the Local Food Movement, I trust getting a farm share of vegetables is proving to be a beneficial learning experience. We feel our veggie boxes have been awesome thus far; and we trust we shall be able to continue in this manner. Farming is not an easy vocation. However, the respect our members give to the fruits of our labor makes all the frustration worthwhile. Please eat with gratitude.

Creative Cucumbers on Bread 20200805_134044 (2)

Our Grandson spent a night with us this week and I got him to eat a cucumber! It took a bit of creativity which I gleaned from a Japanese Food Artist. She swore this snack tasted like watermelon. Our seven-year old Grandson agreed! It must have been the combination of sweet strawberry jam and chocolate chip watermelon “seeds” mixed with the cucumber “rind” on bread that did the trick. Or perhaps it was making the snack all by himself? This is the first time he has ever liked “watermelon” with seeds!

20200730_165502

In the upcoming boxes you will find the first eggplant (Italian globes and Japanese varieties), tomatoes, potatoes and onion, green beans or flat beans of yellow and green, cucumbers, and cabbage.

Troyers Country Amish Blatz Fairview Flowers 20200807_164931 (2)

I went by Troyer’s Country Amish Blatz today just to walk through Bonnie’s Gardens. The sight of her many beautiful flower varieties was refreshing to my Soul. Small pleasures can mean so much. I ate a bit of chocolate from their store while on my stroll which also helped my mood.

Troyers Country Amish Blatz Fairview Flowers 20200807_165345

WEATHER WARN DAYS

Persistent temperatures over 90 degrees and Heat Indexes over 100 degrees. If this does not make a Weather Warn Day, I don’t know what does! I am amazed the gardens have not totally wilted under the heat stress. Our drip irrigation ability does help somewhat. Behold . . .

20200729_145656

In the box you will continue to see a variety of patty pan summer squash, zucchini (green, yellow and/or Italian), cucumbers, cabbage, and beans. We have three types of beans:  green flat beans, yellow flat beans, and long, round green beans.  The flat beans tend to get all mixed together when harvested as they are growing on opposite sides of the fence, but their vines do not “respect boundaries.”  Meaning they twist through the wire and get all mixed together.  Actually, they look prettier all mixed together anyhow.

Beans, beans, beans, snow peas 20200719_200123

You might find carrots or garden beets depending on the day. I fear the pretty carrots and the biggest beets are gone.  We are still getting some pretty heads of cauliflower from the last wave planted; although this string of 90 degree days is taking a toll on them and everything else for that mater.  Some of our pretty purple cabbage heads got sunburned and the green cabbages are not growing as we would prefer.  But, my haven’t we have some beautiful cauliflower heads?!

Cauliflower 1.75 lbs. and 8 inches 20200719_200032

According to the Royal Horticultural Society, the bitter taste of some fruit is caused by an over-production of plant defense chemicals called cucurbitacins. This is mainly a problem in courgettes and summer squash and is caused primarily by a mutation within the plant where inadvertent cross-pollination may have occurred. High temperatures, dryness and other stresses when growing can also lead to an increase in cucurbitacins. I have not noticed any bitter tastes as of yet, but it is simply TOO HOT. I am sure everyone can agree upon this!

20200729_145354

There will be late tomatoes. The plants are so loaded, we may harvest some green tomatoes just to lighten their load. Soon we will see eggplant and green, sweet bell peppers.  With a bit of luck these peppers will turn red, yellow and orange by sometime in September! And now for a bit of silliness . .  . just to gain size perspective.

Cauliflower Silliness 20200719_195829

Surrender To Uncertainty

There is a philosophy which says for no anxiety one must surrender to uncertainty. And another that says good “luck” is preparedness. Your CSA Farmers attempt to follow both of these philosophies! We do our best to be prepared and the weather is definitely uncertain–so we surrender! This has been another busy week. A great many weeds were pulled and a bit of mowing was accomplished. One must exercise different sets of muscles to endure farming.

20200717_183120

Someone called today looking for blueberries. I understand Cloud Nine Farm has some late blueberries to pick this year.  The late frost took care of most of the area blueberries which were in full blossom at the time. On the other hand, we had a bountiful spring garden which successfully tided us over until our summer garden began to produce! Cross your fingers that our “luck” will hold out a bit longer.

20200703_165924

Baby Bear can for a visit one day last week. A friend and I were sitting at the kitchen table in the window extension part of the kitchen at the time. Baby Bear sat down outside the window upon a rock and watched us for several minutes. I felt that WE were the animals in the cage and he was the wildlife viewer–a reverse zoo experience of sorts! My friend was wanting to leave so I went to the garage and laid on my vehicle horn. Baby Bear turned his head and only snorted. Obviously, he was quite content where he was! My friend tried the Panic Button on her vehicle which was parked in the drive. The erratic sound and flashing lights caused Baby Bear to quickly scoot up the hill to the next human visitation area. He was way too comfortable to make me happy, but he was!

20200719_191830

Last week Robert and I witnessed a red fox come up the hill and trot the length of our front walk, then around the peony circle in the courtyard before he disappeared up the hill. Again, wildlife acting as if it was at home! At least the Coyote Family that lives in our woodpile stays in the field areas.

20200703_170505

Next year we have decided to invest in a second deer fence to go around no only the spring garden but also the winter squash gardens. For the first time in 27 years, the turkeys ate out winter squash sprouts as quickly as they erupted from the soil. Why this year? Robert tried various maneuvers to scare them away and dutifully replanted the squash seeds until they finally had their fill of sprouts. I fear this winter crop may be delayed which I suppose will dovetail beautifully into the summer crop being delayed. Wildlife . . . Gotta love ’em!

20200714_220504

In the box this week and next week look for a variety of patty pan summer squash, zucchini (green, yellow and/or Italian), green cabbage, the best red garden beets we have ever grown, and the best carrots we have ever grown! The carrots come in two varieties. One is crisp and crunchier and the other variety is more tender. See if you can tell the difference. They will be all mixed together and I will take the tops off as they are looking a bit ragged. Also, we will have heads of broccoli and cauliflower (again, some of the best we have ever grown!), a smattering of broccoli florets, and green or yellow flat beans and cucumbers which are getting a start. We think we have the sweetest cukes in Buncombe County! There will be the last of the kohlrabi and romaine and endive. This is the first of what we trust will be many Summer Veggie Bonanza Boxes with 13 different veggies and 31 – 32 different possible varieties–OH MY!!

20200708_184402_001

There will be some funny looking carrots in the mix, but all in all, these are best Robert has ever pulled from the ground. Sometimes one is just “lucky.”

 

 

In The Box . . .

The boxes will contain broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli florets, beets, and the first of a variety of patty pan squash and zucchini (see the last post). There will also be green or purple kohlrabi and beautiful endive, escarole and romaine lettuce for your salads. Probably red or green kale and perhaps some flat beans–either green or yellow, as they are just getting started.

20200703_165902

The cucumbers are still a few days out. Robert has them and the melons all weeded and the plants are looking good. Refer to the prior Blog for more information on the veggies in the boxes this week!

Welcome to the Garden 20200626_180636

Summer Season Veggies

We trust you have enjoyed your Spring Season Veggies. Some of you will be happy and some of you will be sad about their disappearance. Whichever camp you fall into, remember the present is temporary and it will change tomorrow—just like the temperatures! Coming now are our early Summer Season Veggies.

Patty Pan Summer Squash Variety 20200705_194132

Your next box will contain broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli florets, beets, and the  first of a variety of patty pan squash (see above), and zucchini which come in green, yellow and Italian varieties (see below). You will get only one squash or zucchini in this week’s box. Weather permitting, we shall have all you can possibly want as time progresses! There will also be an onion, green kale, and green and purple kohlrabi. We are harvesting the last of a wave of endive, escarole and romaine; therefore, these veggies will be random.

Zucchini in green, yellow, and Italian varieties 20200705_194021

Our garden beet are red. Beets are closely related to Swiss chard. The colorful tops are sautéed as chard, spinach, and other greens. Beets may be eaten raw,  pickled for salads, or cooked whole–steamed, boiled or roasted, or tossed into a smoothie or onto a salad.

Beets DSC04715

Fresh beet juice has a powerful red pigment which stains dish towels, wooden cutting boards and sinks. If your hands get stained, salt or lemon juice will remove the color. Note: Beet pigment can affect bodily fluids. The condition, called beeturia, is the excretion of red (or pink) beetroot pigment in urine and/or stool of some people. The pigment is harmless, but can be quite alarming to the unsuspecting.

To store cut off the greens of the beets one inch ABOVE the beet top because the leafy greens will quickly draw the moisture from the root greatly reducing the flavor. Also, leave the taproot intact to retain moisture and nutrients. Wash beets carefully with out breaking the skin. Breaks and tears allow color and nutritional value to escape. Beets stored in a plastic bag in a refrigerator (32°F and 95 percent humidity) last several weeks.

Potatoes, etc. 20200626_175846

We will have green beans, cabbages, and potatoes (see above and behind Robert), and cucumbers. These crops all have flowers and are growing nicely at the present time. Robert plants multiple “waves” in multiple gardens for our kind of home-grown “crop insurance.”

Tomatoes 20200626_174711

Later still there will be tomatoes which are currently staked. Yes, you may have tomatoes that are ahead of ours; but we were busy planting and harvesting all of those other veggies you have been eating this spring when you were planting (only) your tomato plants! But we are happy to hear you are attempting to grow vegetables just the same. One can do much with a small patio garden!

Pepper and Eggplant in Garden 20200626_174440

Above you see ONE of our pepper and eggplant gardens! And in yet another garden there is a big maybe for cantaloupe and honey dew melons. The plants look good now, but harvest is still a ways off for them. We shall see what Mother Nature has in store for us this 2020 Harvest Season.

20200630_101611

I made a great broccoli soup with white beans pureed in the mixture for added protein. And we convention oven baked some delicious kohlrabi slices last evening! I want to try kohlrabi au gratin with gruyere cheese as a member told me how delicious theirs was. So many veggies–so little time . . .

Counting Our Blessings!

Spring Garden 20200626_175111

Look closely at the above photo and you will see Robert’s seven-foot deer fence which goes all around the Spring Garden. Except for the white poles, the fencing is difficult for humans to see–but the deer know perfectly well they are not allowed within this zone! We go out of our way to keep clover planted for them along the base of the mountain. There they can eat heirloom apples from the trees. These “planned temptations” are our attempt to lure them away from the openness of our fields and gardens. They are our friends and were here long before us. We try to live in harmony with the abundance of wildlife in Cane Creek Valley which finds an ever decreasing habitat as man encroaches.

MDGC0286 (2)

We do not often eat food we have not grown, however, one recent evening we ordered ribs, egg rolls and fried rice which arrived with fortune cookies. My fortune cookie said, “No need to worry! You will always have everything that you need.” I do believe this, of course. What else could explain the fact that our Spring Garden is still producing enough veggies to fill our weekly CSA Boxes despite the fact the Summer Gardens have been delayed by the May rains and the June cold? We are most grateful for the bounty from our gardens which we have been able to share these past six weeks! And the “You will always have everything that you need” part, along with our Guardian Angels, is all that can possibly explain how the very next evening how we avoided a head-on collision with an oncoming truck which came around the curve on our side of the road! Robert and I cannot explain the “space” we were allowed, but it was there. Please, stay in your lane–some rules simply cannot be broken! Robert and I continue to count our many Blessings.

RAP in Garden 20200626_174413

Among those Blessings are all of our CSA Family Members. We are honored to be able to provide you with nutritious, seasonal gourmet vegetables which “can send your genes the equivalent of healing “text messages,” providing a schematic and guide map for what your body has always known how to do–heal” to quote Sayer Ji from his new book Regenerate–Unlocking Your Body’s Radical Resilience Through The New Biology. This book is about taking charge of ones body, habits, activities, and which environmental factors one should avoid as well as which foods, habits, and activities one might want to participate in to stabilize ones genome and epigenome.  I have not had much time to read this spring, but look forward to reading more about gene-regulatory microRNAs and plant intelligence from a scientific point of view. As a farmer, I always knew plants were intelligent and had “senses,” but it seems their neurobiology and sessile lifestyle make them much more complex than ever  we could have imagined. All the more reason to be sure the vegetables we have tended and loved are going to appreciative homes and families via our CSA Boxes/Bags!

20200623_103325

Now what you really want to know . . . in the box you will find broccoli, cauliflower, romaine (green and perhaps red), kohlrabi (purple and green), snow peas, collards, kale (red or green), endive, perhaps collards and a stray escarole or choi. What beautiful world it can be . . .

Choi Snack 20200621_155459

Above is my favorite choi snack. Oh, and eat your lettuce first. It does not like rain as is evident from the condition of the “heads.”  It will not last in the refrigerator as one might expect. The End of a Season . . . Farewell to the choi salads for 2020. I shall miss you . . .

Spring Salad 20200619_184411

And here is another snack idea for the last of that choi you might still have . . . bok choy paletas ie: popcicles!  One of my favorite CSA Members with two young children says these were a real hit.

https://www.iloveorganicgirl.com/recipe/baby-bok-choy-paletas/?fbclid=IwAR0TiHPDewn6TwiH1GLHdCFXpK43GDTchO0m5xjS8ouIjHf9oteLJ9UTVyU