Summer!! Monday was the Solstice. The longest day and shortest night of the year. It feels like it. 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight in Victor! The energy of the farm shifted between Friday and Sunday afternoon. I spend a lot of the spring barefoot. The grass is tender, the soil cool and moist. My feet finally free after a winter in boots! I could walk just about anywhere barefoot, chasing the puppy down the block, checking on a child at the other end of the greenhouses, it felt good to be truly connected to the Earth.
Sunday afternoon we headed out as a family to the farm for a Father's Day/Solstice hike. My son asked me to come check on his garden. As I walked over I noticed the thistles had all of a sudden become thistle-ly! The tender spring babies were gone. On the way back to the kitchen I stepped on a bee. Oh little bee...I'm sorry! The recently mowed grass was pokey, and the soil in the garlic was hard and clumpy! My feet suddenly remembered how summer feels!
The people's energy changed too! On Monday morning the employees felt the first taste of summer chaos! Jed was tying to load the pigs in the trailer and there is always one who (wisely) does not want to go! After he rounded up 4 helpers and did some creative plywood wrangling Jed was off! Scott our "vegetable caretaker" was now behind schedule in the wash station and Noah the "workshare manager" had a LONG list of weeds to remove! Noah said it was his first day of work that felt a bit stressful in the month and a half he has been leading the crews.
It seems as though the full fire of summer is calling us all. Our energy is at it's peak. We have been pulled out into the sunshine, we have planted what we want to harvest for the year and now we must keep tending it as the fire wanes. Nothing lasts forever, the light, the dark, weeds, tasty spring greens. The passing of the Solstice begins the slow shift of light to dark.
There is a settling feeling to the Solstice, we have adjusted to the summer pace, our employees are trained and are learning their routines. The anticipation of sun on my skin and bare feet has passed! The garden is planted. We are done racing spring storms and wet soil to plant. Now we wait for the garden to tell us what to harvest!
Check the coolers at your site. I attached a list of prices and cuts to your email. If you know you want something, please email me and I will send it over for you. You can also tell your site hosts you have a request and I will send it the next week. We purchased 2 cows from Lifeline. They are packaged with our label because we brought them to the butcher live and for us to sell them they needed a label...and well, we are Cosmic Apple! It is really just the legalities of selling USDA inspected meat. More info then you need, but we want to be completely honest about what we have!
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Members get 20% off at the Farmer's Markets!
The Driggs Market is Fridays 9-1. The People's Market is Wednesdays 4-7.
Jackson Satuday markets start 7/9.