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Devotion at Town Farm

Posted 7/1/2013 5:10pm by OONA COY & BEN JAMES.

Hi Everyone –granny

Many of you have told me that you are devoted readers of this newsletter, and for that I thank you. But there's devotion and there's devotion, and as far as the latter goes, there is one reader who stands above the rest. My Granny – who lives in Lexington, KY – has read every newsletter Oona or I have ever sent, has tried many of the recipes we've posted, and always has something delightful to say about the food we've grown. Whenever I feel guilty about posting yet another picture of one of my boys holding a vegetable, I think, Well, Granny will want to see that. And now I'm writing to Granny directly to say, Happy Birthday, my dear!

That's right, Roberta James turns 90 this weekend, and we're all heading down to KY for the party. I thought many of you Valley folk would appreciate this picture of her riding around with her oldest son in her bike basket. If she was that cool then, just imagine how awesome she is now!silas

Before we leave, we have one or two or thirty-seven things to bring to market. Included on the list are the first raspberries and green beans and summer onions of the season. Plus tons of sugarsnap peas and incredibly delicious early-season broccoli (both of these will be gone soon), summer squash & zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage (cole slaw!), carrots, beets, and, as they say in newsletters about vegetables, so much more.

And if you thought we were going out on a limb with ice pops, wait til you try our newest addition to the Town Farm line of refreshments. This week, for the first time, we offer Italian sodas made on the spot with carbonated water and our own home-made syrups. Come give one a try and let us know what you think. (Yes, the line for shaved-ice just got that much longer, but guess what – if you want a treat but don't want to wait on the line, just ask for an ice pop. They are SO DELICIOUS and they are ready to go.)list

It's been a couple years since my son Silas made a retail appearance at market, but his garden is on fire this summer, and he's done the math: One week of daily chores yields $1. A single bunch of fresh summer onions from his garden yields $3. And 10 X $3... well, you get the picture. Find him at market between 2:30 & 3:30. His presence has taken a bit of planning, hence the list–

Can't wait to see you all at market!


–Ben

carrots

 

 

 gooseberries

Gooseberries! (Not at market this week, but watch for the shaved ice flavor in a few weeks)

keg

Adam does some hands-on healing work on our new soda keg

beans

Phoebe – our wonderful intern from Connecticut College – holds the season's first beans

toad

Hey, remember those toad eggs (don't worry, the teaspoon is merely for transport)