Crop List: Cosmic Mix, Tomatoes, Bok Choy, Lacinato Kale, New Red Fire Head Lettuce, maybe Sugar Snap Peas, Shell Peas and/or Parsley
Guest Newsletter author this week! Emily has been working with us for 13 years and is now a fulltime mama. Gratefully our lives are still intertwined and she offered to write the newsletter this week....
I wanted to reach out to you all with some insights I have gained now that I am not a part of the day-to-day activities that go into growing our food.
The word empowered has been on my mind and in my heart for a while now. For the last 13 years my sense of empowerment came from helping grow food for my community. More recently empowerment came from research and making my own choices about my personal health and welfare. Empowerment also came in the form of a healthy pregnancy on my terms and an unexpected free birth with my husband and now 6 month old. Now that I am a mother, I sometimes feel lost. Where did that gal go that was always doing things and going places and sleeping through the night?
I have had to dig deep to find empowerment these days. (I know being a mother is empowering but it doesn’t always feel that way!) And of course, where is one of the places I rediscovered my sense of self? Where did I find some solid ground that I could control? My farm share!! The world out there is bonkers right now and there feels like so much that is out of our control. Yet I keep going back to food, water, shelter. It all pretty much starts with those things and it all starts with food! When my mind starts racing, when I am exhausted, when my mom guilt is taking over, I come back to my veggies.
I truly believe that we are what we eat. If we eat animals that have been tortured, we will feel tortured. If we eat veggies grown with poison, we will be poisoned. I am not saying you will see me eating all the right things all of the time. I wish it were possible. But I will find empowerment in trying to eat my entire share each week, in reaching for yet another salad when the bag of chips is so much easier. We are so distracted these days and separated from one another in so many ways but when we all eat veggies grown in soil where we all live, grown by people who live here, we become one. We become nourished, we support the nourishment of the earth and we become empowered. So grab that bok choi, butter up some radishes, check out the meat and cheese coolers and get to eatin’.
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 and veggies are provided! Follow the link below to check it out!
Lunch this Week: Stir Fried Veggies over rice with Peanut Sauce.
Recipe Ideas: Stir Fried Bok Choy with Mushrooms and Cashews, Bok Choy Peanut Noodle Salad, Creamy Kale Salad, Kale Tomato Brown Rice Bowl.
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, Country Ribs, and Hock