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2013 CSA--Week 6

Posted 6/14/2013 9:26pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

Heard a portion of an interview on NPR tonight.  Richard Horan has written a book (Harvest: An Adventure into the Heart of America's Family Farms) about his travels to various small farms across America where he had the opportunity to visit and work with farmers.  I didn't hear the entire interview, nor have I read the book, but the topic is definitely of interest to me.

It seems every year there are several books written about food, culture, farming, organics, etc.  This is a hot topic.  We enjoy reading these stories.  However, by joining with us as a CSA partner you are creating your own story.  You are a part of the bigger story.  I think that's pretty cool.  Thanks.

Our story this week has certainly been a hot topic.  Over 90 degrees hot!!  Had to delay planting the new strawberries till it cooled off.  On Thursday a fine crew of young and old, men and women set out to put 2000 new strawberry plants into the ground.  Then they had to be hand watered since there is no irrigation set up yet.  That's a lot of hard work for a crop that won't produce any yield till next year.  Thank you Beth, Samantha, Sean and Jeremy.  

This year's strawberries sure have decided to be prolific.  In fact we are going to give you TWO pints this week.  Also will be sharing garlic scapes as well as the braising mix of Kale/Collards (ask Beth about a recipe for this--one of our farm helpers is a chef at Jack Fry's and he has fixed these for us using this recipe), Onions, Radishes, Turnips and Lettuce.  I am very surprised that the lettuce is still producing.  Especially after this week's heat.  Not sure we have ever had lettuce for six weeks in a row.  I'm happy.

Thankful for the cooler weather today.  Sure helps the plants when it is cooler for harvest.  At 7:00 this morning it looked like the work crew was going to be sparse.  However, everyone pulled together and made it happen.  For some it was a sacrifice.  Many thanks to Beth, Samantha, Heather and Jeremy. 

One thing that stuck with me from that radio interview was the observation by the author that sustainable farming is a young persons game.  How well do we know that. Beth and I are extremely grateful for the young people who come out each week and help make Harmony Fields Farm a reality.  Without them, we couldn't exist.  We also couldn't exist without you and your commitment to local, organic farming.  Let's keep the story going.  It's a good one.


Larry 


 

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