Week 15

Week 15: Work Parties and Party Parties

What are these crazy alien eggs hanging off this beautiful plant?!

We’re trying another format for the preferred veggie form this week. Everything on the list has been moved to the category of “you’ll get some, but not all of these,” rather than having any default veggies that everyone gets. As always, we’ll still try to make it as equitable as possible, even if you don’t fill out the form.

See the little Brussels sprouts forming? They're not ready yet, though!

Fairly short newsletter tonight, because Brad is across the country right now, traveling for work. There have also been literal clouds of mosquitoes that descend the moment one walks out the door due to previous weeks’ torrential rainstorms, so we haven’t been spending as much time outside this week.

Managed to harvest a few pumpkins despite the bugs (though they won't be in the boxes this week yet). Here's Brad posing with them.

The pullets continue to up their egg production; we’re now finding about three tiny eggs per day in their coop. The older layers, unfortunately, may not keep up the same level of production we’ve gotten used to; the golden hen has gone broody again, and I have a sneaking suspicion that the whole flock is going to go into a molt for the winter, and we won’t be seeing eggs from them for a while if that happens.

The chicken tractor is making it's slow progress across the yard. The chickies really do a great job at demolishing the grass! But it grows back, don't worry. :)

And regarding the subject of this email, we have lots of work left to do on the farm, and we heard winter is coming, so we wanted to invite any and all to come out and help if their hearts desire. We will try to send you home with some farm goodies, or at the very least provide a warm meal and beverages. Here are the available dates (we'll be working regardless, and you're welcome to join us! Maybe let us know if you think you'll make it, though, in case something comes up on our end): Sep. 23 (morning), Oct. 14, 21, 28, Nov. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18.

Also as a thank you to our CSA members we'd like to do a home-cooked dinner and tour of the farm sometime this fall. If you are interested, click here to select any dates that would work for you and yours!

In The Box

Welcome Potatoes and Parsnips! Fill out the preferred veggie form here.

- Jalapeno Peppers

- Sweet Peppers

- Carrots

- Ground Cherries

- String Beans

- Kohlrabi

- Cabbage

- Salad Mix

- Eggplant

- Summer Squash

- Apples

- Cherry Tomatoes

- Tomatoes

- Kale

- Basil

- Eggs

- Parsnips

- Potatoes


Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

We made this the other night in order to use up some of our tomato "seconds." The addition of tomato jam and basil to the grilled cheese definitely steps it up a notch.

Tomato Soup

(Loosely based on this recipe.)

A bunch of chopped tomatoes (2 lbs-ish?)

A few Tbsp butter

At least 3 cloves garlic, minced

A small onion, chopped

A cup of vegetable stock (we used a bullion cube)

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper (optional)

1/3 cup heavy cream or whole milk (optional)

1. Melt the butter in a pot and add minced garlic and chopped onion.

2. Add chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock. Let cook for a little while.

3. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup. If you don’t have one, transfer the soup to a blender to blend it, then transfer it back to the pot.

4. Add seasonings, chopped basil, and optional cream or milk. Stir, and serve.

Swanky Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

1. Butter the outsides of the bread slices and arrange your preferred type of cheese slices (we used cheddar) on one side.

2. Spread your previously made tomato jam (recipe found here) on one side of the bread. Sprinkle some chopped basil on top of the cheese.

3. Grill the sandwiches. Cut diagonally into quarters and serve with tomato soup. Dip, and enjoy!

Brad's Food Philosophy Corner

Brad shares his reasons for farming, one per week!

Combating Climate Change

Global Industrial monocropping is a major cause of climate change due primarily to tilling, and petroleum use in chemicals/fertilizers, transportation, and heavy machinery. Still, many think it is necessary to feed the growing population. It is not. There is a burgeoning awareness of another way--a different relationship between nature and agriculture--that is not only "not detrimental," but actually can reverse climate change. This is a book length topic (of which I can recommend many!), but the basic idea is that deep rooted perennial plants are greener for longer, hold water in the soil longer, mitigate topsoil erosion and take carbon from the air and sequester it in soil.

Still, how much can one small farm do? First, agroecology is the only way our planet can sustain and feed a population even close to our current numbers in the future and we need to increase the knowledge of systems like these. Second, it’s common for us to separate and reduce everything to what is easily quantified. Success becomes a calculation (mortality rates, wealth, hedons). If this prevalent and dominant worldview is correct, then, regarding climate change, nothing (friends, family, justice) matters unless we convince the large power-havers to lower their disproportionately large CO2 numbers. (1) I’ve started to believe that worldview is fundamentally flawed. (2) Everything, in a fundamental, irreducible way can only be understood by looking at the wholes it constantly gives/receives with. The only way we access a better world is through living every part of a better world. (3)

1. Since without lowering the number the planet won’t be habitable. What I am getting at is the “logic” that says “why would I bother spending time with a relative in hospice, when the fate of the whole planet is in jeopardy.”

2. Big credit here to a really great thinker I’ve been getting into lately, Charles Eisenstein.

3. Charles Eisenstein goes even further arguing that things like caring for the homeless or autistic is part of the solution to climate change.

You knew I had to put some kind of a bug on some kind of a flower in here somewhere, right?