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July 5, 2020

This Week's Share

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Hurray! The carrots are ready! These are the most tender crunchy carrots there are! The majority of carrots in the store are grown for sturdy tops for machine harvesting and not really flavor, but since we hand harvest, we get to grow varieties for flavor. Enjoy them in your salads or on the way home. If all goes well, we hope to have them for the whole season.

 

The first of our celery is ready to be harvested. You will find our celery surprisingly rich and fragrant with celery flavor. Great fresh or chopped into summer salads, soups and stir-fries. Once you have locally grown celery,you really won't want to go back to watery grocery store celery.

 

We may have peas but we may not, they tend to peter out in the heat pretty quickly, so its a wait and see kind of thing.

 

We still have extra pickling cukes available for $1.50/lb. Email me the poundage you would like and the day you will pick them up and we will pack them up and email you an invoice. Coogan farm shareholders, we can deliver them with your share on Saturday.

Recipe of the Week: 

Egg Roll Bowls

Ingredients: 
  • 1 lb ground chicken (or pork)
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 cup diced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup diced water chestnuts
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 small cabbage and 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (such as Red Boat)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
Directions: 

Heat oil in a large, deep skillet. Add ground chicken and break up into small bits. Cook until no longer pink.
Add mushrooms, water chestnuts, green onion, and garlic to the pan. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
In a small dish, combine sesame oil, fish sauce, soy sauce or coconut aminos, and ginger. Whisk well.
Add cabbage and carrots to the pan and stir to combine. Pour sauce over mixture and cook, stirring often, for about 4-5 minutes. Cabbage should be wilted but still have a little crunch.

Serve with additional green onions as a garnish, if desired.

Credit: 
tasty thin.com referred to us by shareholder Kate

When the simple life ain't so simple

Too wet to do anything else, so we spent some time mowing in the early crops.
Too wet to do anything else, so we spent some time mowing in the early crops.

Dear Friends,

 

One of my good friends and fellow farmers put it best. He said:

 

“There will be a 10 week drought. It rains one day, farmers are happy. If it rains the second day all the farmers I know will be like ‘it needs to stop raining’”

 

That certainly summed up the past week for us. This is an incredibly busy time on the farm, we have acres of fall and winter crops to get in the ground, a never ending war on weeds and a ton to harvest.

 After an extended period of extremely dry weather, we were relieved to finally get some rain. Well, we were relieved at first. 

 

We were overjoyed to get a bit of rain Monday afternoon. Tuesday, it looked like storms in the afternoon and we were hopeful to be able to sneak our first fall carrots in before the rain came back. We woke up to a steady rain in the morning and that rain persisted all day until eventually turning into thunderstorms. Wednesday gave us some dry periods and more storms. The weeds seamed to have already grown a foot since the rain began. Thursday was dry but the ground was still extremely wet. We were able to get in what we could, but it definitely wasn’t the week I had hoped for. We avoided the hail to the north and south of us for the most part (the eggplants and peppers were nipped a bit, but they’ll recover just fine. Remarkably, the fully formed head lettuce just one field over was spared.).

 

While it is possible to catch up, losing day after day to rain can really impact our work load later on. We try and manage things so that our work is varied. We do what we can to make sure we can be home from work at 5 and spend the evening with Shep. We try and minimize the amount of time we spend working on the weekends. The farm can take up a lot of your life and if you’re not careful, like a bed of weeds, it can completely take it over. Walking away from unfinished business with out it keeping you awake all night is an invaluable farmer skill right up there with spinning wrenches.

 

We have put in a lot of effort into creating a sustainable work life balance for ourselves with the farm. A week of rain can fully throw a wrench in those best laid plans. Before we know it we’re back to working till dark, waking up at 4am to get a few hours on the tractor in before the crew arrives at 7. 

 

Stress management is one of the most important parts of being a successful farmer. If you can’t find a way to manage your stress and anxiety, it is probably time to find a new line of work. The farm has a way of knocking you down time and time again. Things go wrong all the time. We can only control so much. This is a work in progress for me. Something that I  have gotten much better at but still an area I need to work on.

 

Even the mentality that ‘it could always be worse’ can be dangerous. You get a storm and you say ‘at least we didn’t get hail’. You get hail and you say ‘ at least it was small hail’. You get a bunch of ping pong ball size pieces of ice smashing all your crops and you say ‘…at least a satellite didn’t fall from the sky and destroy everything’. One day that satellite might fall and then where are you? Most farmers are superstitious for this reason, you’ll never hear us utter the words “at least it didn’t….” for fear of willing some dreaded event into existance.

 

As cliche as it sounds, I am finding more and more that it has to come from within. It’s not a finished product for me but it is something that I’m work on and reach for every day.  

 

Your farmers,

 

Bonnie, Hannah, Erica, Jordan, Kerry, Larry, Marycia, Max,  Meredith, and Tori

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