Archive for June, 2009

some rain

June 21, 2009

Lots of goings ons here at the farm.

even the goats don't want to leave the barn

even the goats don't want to leave the barn

Mostly, the goings ons these days include rain. 

Lots of it. 

Really though.  So much. 

Somewhat reminiscent of last growing season here in New England, except a bit earlier in the game this year. 

Last year, the rain had a huge impact on our crops at the farm (the Food Bank Farm).  Mostly because of a disease called phytoptera that lives in the soil and is activated by rain.  We lost acres of cucurbits (squash, cucumbers, and pumpkins).  And peppers.  And our tomato season was really short.  Anyhow, at the time,I just assumed that it was an “off” season, but now I’m really beginning to wonder if our weather patterns in this area are changing so that our summers now are going to consistently be rainy.  Weird. 

Always new challenges to learn from with when working so intimately with the unpredictability of nature. 

We don’t have to worry too much about irrigation systems, which is nice.  And I definitely am not sunburned. 

So far, the most obvious effects of the rain at the farm this season are that we can’t keep up with the weeds as well because the best weed killing weather is hot and dry, and also, our warmer season crops (summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers) are all moving a bit slower than usual. 

bicycles

bicycle brigading

Speaking of keeping up with the weeds, we had such an awesome workday with the folks who are working at Hampshire College farm for the season. 

Usually it’s just two and sometimes three of us working out in the field together.  But the day the Hampshire folks came, we had about ten of us in the field and we managed to save our leeks and potatoes from being overtaken by weeds.  

Phew. 

Thank you Hampshire College folks. 

Not to mention, we got to ride around between our fields as a bicycle brigade.  One of  my favorite things to do in life is partake in bicycle brigades. 

I’ve been loving eating our delicious farm food. 

Mostly, I keep it simple.  Lots of salads, rice and veggie dishes, spring rolls…

I did have a blast last weekend making fresh pasta from our chickens’ eggs and learned the ropes of Ben and Oona’s homemade goat cheese. 

pasta

goat cheese

I love that my fridge is slowly being taken over by mostly farm foods: 

vegetables, goat milk, goat cheese, and eggs.  What more do you really need?

I also wanted to mention this week that I really appreciate the bicycle-dominated CSA pick-up scene at the farm.  Families, couples, housemates, friends… coming to pick up their veggies from their local farm on bicycles. 

I did get to see a pick up situation that I’ve never seen before last week, which was my friend Ben loading up his CSA vegetables on the back of his motorcycle.  Awesome.

 

motorcycle + vegetables = awesome

motorcycle + vegetables = awesome

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must be summer

June 10, 2009

Ripe strawberries.IMG_4341

Harvesting radishes in my sleep. 

The bigggest decision of my day being which green I’m going to eat in my salad for lunch. 

The momentum of the abundance begins. 

Must be summertime here at the farm. 

Sooooo many plants in the ground. 

Last week, I think all I did for fifty-five hours was transplant vegetables from the greenhouse into the ground. 

Plus some harvesting and weeding here and there. 

Wow.  Tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, lettuces, and basil.  In the ground. 

Harvesting spinach, head lettuce, lettuce mix, stir fry mix, turnips, radishes, scallions, herbs, chard, broccoli raab, beets, strawberries, kale, oh man. 

marketOur display at the farmer’s market is colorful and abundant.  

Our CSA share is hearty and lovely. 

Not to brag.  I’m not trying to take the credit.  It’s the nature of the work.  The magic of the season that puts forth so much overflowing taste, texture, and beauty.  It’s this time in the season that I begin to feel like my hands are just one small part of this larger movement of nature to bringing forth life to sustain me and my community of people.  It’s both so powerful and humbling at the same time. 

The Tuesday market is picking up every week for us, and our CSA pick-ups, which started a week and a half ago, are running smoothly.  Whereas I feel somewhat already in the flow of the abundance of food in the season, it’s so wonderful to experience market customers’ and shareholders’ awe at the bounty our local land is able to supply this time of year. 

Phew. 

The good kind of exhaustion that leads to long deep sleep.