The dog days of summ…Wait, why is it so cold? (Week 3/4)

What’s in the box?  (week 4)

Green Onions

Kale

Collards

Lettuce

Peas!

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What was that in the box? (week 3)

Annie washing lettuce

Annie washing lettuce

 

 

rainbow chard

green onions

lettuce

spinach 

broccoli

(Sorry to those members that didn’t get recipes in the boxes.  Our printer broke!  We had a bad week for machinery!)

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Life on the farm….

Rama read this poem to me the other night, 

“Don’t worry or fret about the crops. After you have done all you can for them, let them stand in the weather on their own.

If the crop of any one year was all, a man would have to cut his throat every time it hailed..

But the real products of any one year’s work are the farmers mind and the cropland itself. 

If he raises a good crop at the cost of belittling himself and diminishing the ground, he has gained nothing. He will have to begin over again the next spring, worse off than before.

Let him receive the season’s increment into his mind. Let him work it into the soil. 

The finest growth that farmland can produce is a careful farmer.

Make the human race a better head. Make the world a better piece of ground.”

-Wendell Berry

Farming is a slow process. If you’re not careful it can burn you out. You have lists that are years long. You look one day ahead, one week ahead, one month ahead, and one year, and one decade ahead everyday. One year from now I hope we are knee deep in a strawberry patch filled with red fruit to put into your boxes. We did plant 4000 plants, that should be enough, if the weather treats us right. 

We are careful as the poem suggests, the rocks humbled us and forced us to kneel, and now we are learning the details of our soil. What it needs, where the best parts are, and the parts that need our attention. The soil isn’t different than livestock in that it requires certain care, and thoughtful attention. But it is different than livestock because it doesn’t bellow or grunt or limp around to let you know something is wrong. It just stays the way it has been treated. It takes the abuse to you deal it, and says nothing. Only next time it doesn’t reward you with a big crop. It will let you believe you are winning the battle between human and earth. But, if you continue to abuse it the human will always loose. 

Building soil takes time, and careful observation.

Last week we didn’t have  an official Entry for the blog. two reasons. 

First I burnt my hand badly on a burning pan of grease.  So, recovery has been slow and painful, Thankfully we have a naturopath for a neighbor/member. Emu oil is a great thing for burns.  Thanks Dr.Amy!

Next the delivery van’s engine over heated and seized up. Now we are looking to have that swapped out. Until then we are renting a van.  It isn’t available until late in the morning, which means delivery will be later than normal by a few hours.  Ugh.  Sorry if it’s an inconvenience to anyone!  Please be in contact with your dropsite host or us if you need to pick your box up on Friday.  We don’t want anyone to miss out on the veggies!  

So here we are another exciting week in the life of a CSA farm.

We had high hopes for all the summer squash we see in the field as tiny yellow runts, waiting for the warmth of the sun to make them into those delicious first fruits of the summer. But now here we are the last day of June and we are all bundled up like it’s September. And needless to say that put the growing of those heat loving fruits to a stand still. I regretfully have to tell you that we are having another week of greens. But we figure, by now you will all be familiar enough with them to know exactly what to do with them. (Perhaps that includes giving them to someone else? We hope not.)  The plus side is the kale goes great in soups and it’s suddenly soup weather again…  Not for long we hope!

 

Loading straw for mulching.  96 degrees!

Last Tuesday: Adam, Annie, Jeanette loading straw for mulching in 96 degrees!

 

This Wednesday: Erica and Jeannette pea pickin in sweatshirts!

This Wednesday: Erica and Jeannette pea pickin in sweatshirts!

What’s growing on?

On a high note we are waist high with peas. They are good. They are coming on strong and should be here for the next couple weeks.

Broccoli is all but done. 

We have another week or two of Romaine Lettuce coming 

Garlic Scapes (flowering part of the garlic plant) are getting big, perhaps next week.

Summer squash is almost certain for next week.

New Potatoes are the size of a golf ball. 

Cabbage is starting to firm up. 

Good things are a-foot. 

 

GROW GROW GROW!

GROW GROW GROW!

 

 

The tomato plants are starting to lean over, which means, staking tomatoes is in our near future. We use slab wood pieces and T posts and bailing twine. In a manner some call the stake and weave method. An art in itself. 

The battle with the weeds continues. But I must say, we are winning this year… so far. 

Fall crops are near planting and we should be done with planting for the year by the end of July. 

While commiserating with a fellow CSA farmer friend, we both acknowledged that even though we are on week 4 we are well over half way through the season, since we started the process way back in Feb. in the greenhouse. For you, the member, the journey has just begun.  

We are expecting our first piglets this weekend!  

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Farm Dogs hard at work.

5 Comments »

  1. Paula Lutz said

    I sure hope you enjoy writing these entries because I sure love reading them – great pics too. Hope your hand is healing well. Paula

    • Linda Rasch said

      You guys are awesome. It’s a joy to read your entries, and learn the straight truth about the growing process. Thank you for sharing your stories, insights and discoveries with us…and for all you do.

  2. Sarah said

    Wondering if you call your broken-down delivery van the Turnip Truck? 🙂

    Sarah in St. Paul

  3. amy emch said

    What is in week 5’s box and how do you eat it.

  4. amy emch said

    I have a recipe for stuffed cabage if anyone wants it.
    I will saute the garlic scapes in butter and toss into pasta (use quinoa for high protein) with grated cheese – easy meal!

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