Week #3 Saturday, June 23 – Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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In your bag
Romaine & Leaf Lettuce,
Spring Turnips, Sugar Snap Peas
Fennel, Collard Greens, Garlic scapes
Cherriette Radishes, Baby Leeks, Cilantro
Collard Greens Salad
It’s looking like the green cabbage will be ready next week and we’ve got some broccoli heads forming so I think we’ll be harvesting those as well. We may have some Dragon Tongue beans from our hoop house to send. We’ll send some fresh garlic and a green of some kind, maybe Swiss chard or kale. We’re keeping a close eye on both zucchini and cucumbers. It won’t be long!
Introducing Mike’s Link of the Week
This past winter, as I spent more hours than necessary on the computer, I made a note of the different web-sites that focus on our current food system. I hope to provide a weekly link to some of the more interesting things I found. This week features two of my favorite writers: Wendell Berry, farmer and author, and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman. I hope you enjoy it: http://markbittman.com/wendell-berry-american-hero
As you approach the farm…
On your drive to the farm, a few things to watch out for:
1) Children – as you get closer to the farm, we have lots of children in the neighborhood, some of them like to roller skate on the road. Please keep your eye out for them.
2) Our neighbor’s dog, Taz, a Golden Retreiver, no longer has his hearing. Please drive carefully down our road and be aware that Taz cannot hear you as you approach.
Rain. More rain. And then some more. I believe we got about seven inches of rain over the course of seven days. That’s makes for a lot of mud. We’re always thankful for the large amount of mulched patches in our garden when that quantity of rain comes down. We’re moving more and more of our garden into this system of pairing bio-degradable mulch that we plant into with hay mulch laid down between plantings. No matter how much or how hard it rains, there is no erosion with this system. As intense weather patterns increase, this system gives us some peace of mind. It also has the benefit of holding moisture in during dry spells. It’s this sort of versatility and resiliency that we find ourselves searching for. This system does require a fair bit of labor up front but once it’s in place, the work is pretty much done until harvest.
We have a slightly different work crew set up this year. Our son David is home from UW Madison for the summer and is working hard alongside us. His commitment and experience are invaluable. We also have a friend and neighbor, Mark Olson, joining us three days a week. He was able to work with us back in April and will continue through October. Mark is quite a gardener as well as an amazing wood worker and craftsman. He is an absolute pleasure to have around. Our youngest daughter, Maggie is in Japan for six weeks thanks to a scholarship she received. She’ll join us when she returns the end of July. For those of you who have met our daughter, Katie, she and her husband Ben are now living north of St. Cloud. Katie is working at the St. Cloud hospital and Ben is employed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. She and Ben both pitch in whenever they’re around and, for that, we’re grateful!
Next Week’s Harvesters
Saturday, June 30th – Fassett-Carman Family, Lynne & Hans Dekker, Karen Abraham & Ray Wiedmeyer, Devore Family, Barnes-Carlson Family Tuesday, July 3rd – Patricia Turner, Cathy Dolan, Mary & Dave Hedenstrom, NEED ONE!