Crop List: Cosmic Mix, Radish, Baby Kale, Red Oak Head Lettuce, Oregano and maybe Pea Shoots
We are in between spring and early summer crops. The garden always takes a pause during week #3. It feels almost as if the garden is taking a big breath before releasing. With the release comes the abundance. We are on the precipice of the beginning of summer produce in the Tetons. This pause is also welcome, as it gives us some time to weed.
It is a fun time to walk in the garden and see how quickly things are growing. I get really excited about all the promise out there. Good things are coming. I think the kale and Swiss chard doubled in size last week. Some tomatoes are getting red.
The radishes! WOW! This may be one of the nicest crops of radishes we have ever grown. They are solid the whole way through...no hollow core! The tops have yet to bolt, which can give them a tough center. They really thrived in our the spring weather. We will be harvesting the remainder of them this week before moving onto other goodies.
4th of July on the farm always feels "right". I get my kids off to the parade with friends and then I ride my bike to the farm. (The parade starts at 10:30 and I am in charge of lunch for the crew, so I need to be there cooking by 11.) I get to ride past the whole parade line-up before they start moving because they line up on the farm road! This has become my favorite way to see the parade. Our little town feels festive, loud and bit hectic for me. It is amazing how getting 1 mile out of the downtown feels so different.
I like to celebrate the feeling of "freedom". For me, I reminisce about my late teens and young 20s. I really felt it then. I could and did go wherever the wind blew me...with really loud awesome music playing through whatever stereo was available. "Freedom", free from anything or anyone oppressive is a beautiful thing to celebrate and I hope you were able to find that trueness on the 4th. I am not ignoring the fact that there is work to be done, I acknowledge not everyone around the world knows the feeling of freedom. I like to celebrate my vision for a "better" country and world on Independence Day and I hope you are able to also.
Nowadays I also think of our veggies. Freedom Veggies!!! I think of the things they are free of...pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, bleach washing and post harvest chorine sprays. I think of how we use the term "free of" to describe the way things are when they are in their natural state. Not being free is onerous, to say the least, for people and veggies! It feels good to be on the farm on the 4th. Growing the best food, with the pure power of the sun, soil and water, free of inputs that harm us and our world feels freeing! Jed, our crew and I have the ability to provide something that helps others. Nutritious food. Now in my late 40's, I know I will never be 100% free until all are free. Until then, seeing others doing well is something that lifts me enough to keep going. Seeing others doing well helps me feel free. We are confident this food will help you be well.
We are so grateful to be able to grow food for you, we hope this food helps you to find freedom in whatever way you need.
We are happy to report we have revamped our volunteer program.
If you (or someone you know!) is curious about high altitude gardening becoming a garden helper may be just right. We are only asking folks to commit to 1 morning a week for one month, that's 20-25 hours a month! It feels really good to have volunteers back on the farm, we missed them!! Lunch is provided! Follow the link below to check it out!
Lunch this Week:
Recipe Ideas: Lemon-Garlic-Oregano Dressing, Greek Vinaigrette, French Breakfast Radish (we grew a different variety then French Breakfast Radish, but this recipe would still be yummy) and Emily's overnight Kale salad.
The coolers at your site are stocked with Lifeline cheese and a selection of the beef and pork listed below. If you know you want something, please email me and I will make sure it is in the cooler, reserved for you. I don't send every cut every week, they simply won't all fit!
Lifeline Beef Available: Ground Beef, Patties and Stew Meat
Pork Available: Grandpa's Sausage, Breakfast Sausage, Pork Chops, Shoulder Roast, Neck Bones (make the real deal Ramen!), Fat, Spare Ribs, Country Ribs, Hock and Tenderloin
WASH YOUR VEGGIES!!
Bring Bags to pick-ups!
If you can't make it to pick up your veggies, send a friend!
Missed shares are forfeited for the week.
Members get 10% off at the Farmer's Markets!
The Driggs Market: Fridays 9-1
JH Farmer's Market: Saturdays 8-12
The People's Market: Wednesdays 4-7 (NO MARKET 7/13)
Questions? Comments? Recipes to share? firstname.lastname@example.org