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June 28, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

We WILL have our share pick up this Friday, July 4 at the usual time (2-7) despite the holiday.  Vegetables don't recognize summer holidays, so the harvest must go on! On the up side, you'll have lots of super fresh veggies to bring to your holiday cook outs!

This Week's Share

The carrots have arrived and they are looking mighty fine.  We should have them until the end of the share in the fall.

Also, our "spring" cabbage has ripened.  This particular variety "wakefield" is an heirloom pointy headed cabbage.  They're smaller then our standard fall cabbage but crispy and sweet as can be and really stands out raw in slaws and salads.


Recipe of the Week: 

Cabbage and carrot slaw

    • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon sugar, (optional)
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
    • 4 cups finely shredded green and red cabbage
    • 2 cups shredded carrots
    • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • Ground black pepper, to taste



In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, garlic, cumin, oregano and mustard just until sugar is dissolved. Add cabbage, carrots, green onions, salt and pepper and toss gently to combine. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.


Jogo Bonito

Max's view most days.
Max's view most days.

Dear Friends,

As the first month of CSA distribution draws to a close and we head into July, things are in full swing on the farm. The sunshine this past week was perfect for tackling our ever growing list of weeding projects and all of the crops seem to be enjoying the heat. We have been irrigating almost every day, making sure all the crops are happily watered so they can take full advantage of warm days. The watermelons and cantaloupes are finally freed from their row cover and are starting to vine out. Our high tunnel tomatoes are heavy with green fruit, and it looks like it won’t be long now. This past week we brought in an absolutely absurd amount of beautiful broccoli, a beautiful recovery from then chilly spring. We’re still waiting on the cukes to really do their thing but it looks like they will arrive any day now. This time of year is interesting for us, not only to do we have a ton to harvest and even more to weed, but the first week of July is when we begin to plant for the fall. Thousands of Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts all need to go into the field in the coming weeks to ensure that we have an abundant and delicious fall.

While I am used to relating what we do on the farm to America’s past time, this season a somewhat unlikely sport has captured my attention and imagination. I’ve never really given soccer too much thought before this year’s World Cup. I played as a kid, and have watched World Cup matches in the past, but this year I have found myself captivated by the ‘beautiful game’. I have spent a lot of time thinking about the relationship between baseball and farming. The crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd on crisp October nights, watching our favorite team play for the pennant is matched by the glory of cabbage harvests and cool fall mornings. Baseball is very structured, and regimented it is easy to tell where things stand based on the inning, outs, strikes, score etc… It often reminds me of the structure that we attempt to impose on the farm. Lists, and tasks, spread sheets and formulas. We do anything that we can do to add a bit of certainty to an uncertain world.

In a different way soccer also reminds me of the farm. The clock counts up and much like our work days, we can never be certain when it will end. A mid-fielder in a soccer match can easily run seven miles in one game, we often crawl on the ground for miles and miles weeding beets and carrots. It is crazy to me how much they run, how tiring that must be, but even in the 91st minute they still find the energy and perseverance to keep going.  It is inspiring to say the least.

There is less to quantify in a soccer match, it is far more fluid and free than baseball. To a novice soccer fan such as myself, it almost seems like the game is intangible, subtle almost. Too often, I expect my days to be more like a baseball game, structured and regimented, full of accomplishments I can cross off my list and rest easy. It is often difficult for me when my days are fluid and free, and even though we accomplish things they don’t occur in the structured manner that I expect them to. More than ever, I am starting to realize that being able to appreciate the bigger picture is absolutely essential to our longevity as farmers. Watching the Americans and other teams participate in this global event has been more than just entertaining for us this year. It is a reminder to us of the greater world and community that we’re all a part of.

Whether a torrential down pour or oppressive heat and humidity, you can be sure both teams will take to the field, and so will we.

On behalf of your farm crew

Ben, Mary, Sean, Hannah and Marycia

Your Farmers

Max and Kerry

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