small town

 

yes, folks, that's more rain

yes, folks, that's more rain

Just had a very wet bicycle trailer-hauling ride home from the market. 

There was a huge down pour.  Ben and I got soaked. 

It’s incredible that it’s raining so much.  It seems like there shouldn’t be any rain left up there in that sky. 

Anyhow, amazingly, all of our vegetables are still growing beautifully.

Lots of vibrant, happy greens and herbs.  Cucumbers coming in, summer squash and zuchinni, cabbages, carrots and beets… 

There are even green tomatoes on our tomato plants. 

'The Chard Whisperer'

'The Chard Whisperer'

We’ve really gotten into the flow of harvest now.  Three days a week we harvest for a good four hours in the morning.  Out in the field, picking greens, digging carrots, bunch beets.  We have each organically taken on particular harvesting tasks which has allowed us to move more efficiently.

For example, Danya harvests chard almost every harvest.  This way, she is able to manage the chard patch; taking care of the plants along the way, picking up where she left off after the last harvest so as not to over and under-pick certain areas.  She know the patch so well, that I don’t even pretend like I know anything about chard at this point.  I rarely even step into the patch.  In fact, we have come to call Danya, ‘The Chard Whisperer.’  Feel free to thank her for her love of the chard patch if you happen to run into her at the farm.   

Our CSA is going well.  We have about eighty shareholders who come on one of two days a week.  They pre-paid for their weekly share of vegetables at the beginning of the season and come fill up a bagful of fresh produce every week. 

So far, we have been able to offer a new vegetable every week.  This last week was carrots. 

It’s nice to see how much people love coming to the farm to get their veggies, hang out with the goats, chickens and ducks, and talk with whoever is working in the share room about farm and life.

CSA barn

CSA barn

I appreciate all of the connections that are formed through the CSA model:  eater to farmer, farmer to eater, eater to farm, community members interacting through their shared commitment to support local agriculture, etc. 

Another market that we are working with at Town Farm is a wholesale account with a local breakfast/lunch joint called ‘The Green Bean.’ 

We provide them with lettuce and kale twice or three times a week. 

This is also a fun relationship of many connections.  Danya and I make fun of each other about how there’s a slight bit of competition around who gets to drop off the produce to the restaurant.  There’s something deeply satisfying about harvesting a bunch of greens, boxing them up, loading them up on a bike trailer, riding through town, bringing them in to a crowded kitchen bustling kitchen, and handing them off to new friends to prepare them for our community. 

Sometimes, we don’t even have to drop them off because one of the main cooks at the café lives in our neighborhood and he’ll just stop by before work to pick up the lettuce. 

Yes, Northampton has a lot of small town-ness to it.  

ducks on parade

ducks on parade

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