Crop List: Cosmic Mix, Carrots, Kale, Basil, Tomatoes, Cilantro, Romaine Lettuce, Maybe Cucumbers, Summer Squash and Sunflowers
This week we bid farewell to our dear Reign. This has been Reign's second summer working with us. She is a college student in Columbus, Ohio and has been telling us school is starting and she has to go. We met her at her cousin's wedding up in Alta, WY. Her cousin also worked with us and must have said enough nice things to Reign about us. Reign told Jed she would come across the country the following summer to work! She did, and then she did it again. We are already hoping she will come back next year. Reign has caught the farming bug and will be helping her school with a community garden and hopes to have her own farm someday. Betcha didn't know your support of Cosmic Apple may change the food scene in Ohio! We've been so grateful for all of the energy Reign has brought to us the past 2 of seasons. She is always willing to get a job done with a positive attitude and working with her has been nothing short of wonderful. Good luck Reign, come back soon!!!
The garden has been growing fast! It loves the heat and the irrigation water. Anywhere not watered right now is crunchy and dusty. The earwigs have arrived, just to assure you we don't use pesticides! Last year about this time we were all getting ready for the eclipse! This August feels so different. Last year we were all getting hyped up for the big event. I'm enjoying reflecting on the eclipse. This August feels steadier, smoother and less climatic. Which is nice. The eclipse was amazing, but I don't think we need that kind of excitement every year! That kind of beauty, yes, I can always use that. We just have to find it on our own. A year later, that continues to be the biggest gift I received from the eclipse. It moved me so deeply, to see such beauty. It taught me that everything is possible. If day can turn to night in the middle of the day, anything is possible. Going into this week I've found myself gazing at the spot on the hill above the farm, where we watched the eclipse and then looking towards the sky. Thinking about the light and dark. Trying to remember it all. It happened...didn't it? It sometimes seem like a dream. Thinking about how my perspective has changed, how the eclipse changed me. And how some things are the same. The sun is almost in the same position again, the plants are at the same point in their yearly cycle. It can be fun to reminisce as we continue to move forward, and I am still holding onto the eclipse. Right now I don't ever want to let it go!
Because it is so dry, I think we are being pushed to let go of things a bit earlier this year. Plants are turning brown before we may be ready. So many of us Tetonites want summer to last forever...because we know sometimes it feels like winter lasts forever! Mid August is a time of year I love and secretly loathe. I love the bounty of the garden, the heat, leaving the house without a bag of extra clothes. I also know I can't keep up the pace of August all year. It is demanding and tiring. I don't ever want to wish it away, but it is not sustainable to behave like it is August all year! August starts to make summer feel like a dream. What was June like? I can barely remember!
August catches me dreaming of slowing down, wondering where summer went and wanting it to stay hot all in the same breath. Thinking of the eclipse, it was so quick and so miraculous, I drank it all in, every second of it, without thinking of anything else. What an amazing reminder to have when I think of the eclipse. I can stand in the garden, gazing at our "eclipse spot" and drink in this August. This moment. It will get cold when it gets cold. Summer will be here until it is not. All these yummy veggies need to be eaten, savored and preserved. This winter I will try to remember what fresh veggies tasted like, and all I will know is, they tasted just like a dream.
Workshare Lunch this week: Summer Saute' over Pasta (recipe is on the bean page) with Tomatoes, kale, basil and squash
Farm family dinner: Sushi with cucumbers and carrots. And a ceasar salad!
The coolers at your site are stocked with a selection of the beef and pork listed below. If you know you want something, please email me or tell your site host 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!
Beef Available: Tenderloin, New York Steak, Sirloin Steak, Sirloin Tip Roast, Bottom Round Roast, Liver, Ground Beef, Patties and Heart
Pork Available: Pork Chops, Shoulder Roast, Shank, Spare Ribs, Breakfast Sausage, Chorizo, Grandpa Restuccia's Sausage, Neck Bones, Fat and Heads
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 20% off at the Farmer's Markets!
The People's Market: Wednesdays 4-7
The Driggs Market: Fridays 9-1
Jackson Saturday Market: Saturdays 8-12
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