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Town Farm Has A Couple Things to Worry About

Posted 7/2/2012 7:03pm by OONA COY & BEN JAMES.

Hello Everyone –

Our basic experience of living and working on this farm is that – wherever we signlook – there is something we need to keep alive. The candidates range from our children ("Out of the driveway!") to our crew (Safety First!), right on down to the seedlings in the greenhouse ("Has anyone watered recently?") and the new cucumbers transplanted out in the field (not much luck with the cucumbers, unfortunately). Here's a very partial list from today:

The newly transplanted ironwood tree needing to be watered

The high tunnel tomatoes desperately dry

The sweet potato plants munched by deer

The hens that are left (10 lost to a fox in the last couple weeks)

The goats low on feed hay

The puppy wandering off in search of chicken remains (left by the fox)

The children sweltering in the heat

The green beans overrun by leaf-hoppers

The carrot seedlings swallowed by weeds

It must sound like I'm complaining, though really I'm not. We like it this way. And who could we complain to, anyhow? Who is there to blame for this affliction of bringing tens of thousands of living things into our lives every summer and then worrying about each of them individually. And who, anyway, wouldn't worry about this little guy, the first tadpole in our pond to officially become a froglet?

froglet

 OK. So. RASPBERRIES are not something I'm worried about. They officially remain the celebrity crop of the moment, although what the ZUCCHINIS and CUCUMBERS lack in red sultriness, they more than make up for in sheer abundance. Here's what's in the CSA share this week, and listed below is what we'll have at market on Tuesday. 

RED RASPBERRIES! (I'm a fool for raspberry fool)

FRESH SUMMER ONIONS

CUCUMBERS (crisp & juicy, from the field and in abundance)

YELLOW SQUASH, ZUCCHINI, PATTY PAN (here's a great tandoori kabob recipe)

BROCCOLI (a summer treat - just this week and then back in the fall)

RIPE, RED TOMATOES (From our high tunnel. Lots of them this week)

SUNGOLD CHERRY TOMATOES

FENNEL

NAPA CABBAGE

FRESH GARLIC BULBS

GARLIC SCAPES (this is the last week we'll have these - great for the grill)

CILANTRO

DILL

PARSLEY

RED CABBAGE AND TENDERSWEET CABBAGE

HEAD LETTUCE

CARROTS (Here's how we got them)

BEETS

KALE (here's a great recipe for Massaged Kale Salad)

SWISS CHARD

SCALLIONS

SHAVED ICE

Check out the Tuesday Market newsletter for tons of great 4th of July recipe ideas. Or just place a raspberry on each of your fingertips, dip them one after another in whip cream, and then eat them very slowly, savoring every last bite. That's all. See you at market. See you at the farm. Make sure to take good care. You know how I worry about you.rapsberries

raspberries & cream

froglet 2

froglet 3

 

disking the buckwheat

(turning under the buckwheat up in Ed's field)