Wondering What’s Been Going Down on the Farm?
Perhaps the blog site has been a little quiet these days. As our lives get busier, the blog gets quieter. We have been cleaning out old beds and planting new seeds, harvesting tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, onions, squash, peppers, eggplants. We have been figuring out ways to use the different produce. Alex, the pepper lady, has made three different kinds of hot sauce. She has also been drying peppers for the winter, making a beautiful ristra out of the Red Rocket peppers, and hanging the Joe’s Long cayennes up to dry. We have made tomato soup, tomato sauce, salsa, dried tomatoes, canned whole tomatoes and eaten our weight in tomatoes. Our 9 – year-old son made salsa out of the first tomatillos and we put it in the freezer (after ample taste testing). We have made about seven different kinds of cucumbers. My onions are pulled and curing in the upstairs of the garage. In a week or so I will braid them and hang them in the house. We have been working on cleaning and sorting the garlic. Those of you who came by the stand on Thursday noticed that I had some out for sale. We have also prepared for the stand twice a week, sold the produce, and put together a few CSA’s on each Thursday.
CSA’s, or Community Supported Agriculture, is the consumer’s way of having a close relationship with the farm he or she is getting their food from. It is also a way for the community to affirm the value of local food and the role of the farmer in the survival of the human race. Sounds very lofty, doesn’t it:) ! This year has been a year of my learning how to do CSA’s on a very small scale with people who are patient and willing to give me feedback so I can learn. I hope that next year we can do a better job at preparing people’s shares and perhaps be able to expand a little bit.
In addition to juggling produce, we had a successful work day on the second Saturday. Thank you to all who came and helped. The rest of the spent beds were cleaned out, several boxes were mulched to conserve water, boxes were weeded, and the baby blueberries and currents were weeded. The young children were set to painting a fence in preparation for a mural. Some of the paint even made it onto the fence! The areas where we are planning on expanding (herb garden to the North and new beds to the South) were tilled and picked for rocks and garbage.
Sunday, we had a tour group come through. Christa Glennie Seychew’s Foodie-to-Farm tour visited several of the local urban farms, ours included. We had a good time and I think they did, too.
This day is another tomato day. I think we will put up more sauce, since we never seem to have enough to last the winter.
Rejoicing in the Rain,