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A view from the sky

Sometimes I feel like an ant working in my little domain, but you can see it from the sky!

On Tuesday Ian and I had a special opportunity to fly over the farm in a friends small airplane. It was inspiring and motivating to be able to see it from the sky, all the hard work is paying off. It's neat to look at individual plants from up above. For those who haven't visited the farm, here it is! You'll see our 12 vegetable fields where your produce is grown. Our neighbor, Dean, had just cut the hay that afternoon and laid it in windrows for it to dry before it is baled for his dairy farm down the road.

You can see that some of the fields look empty. These are fields that have already finished for the spring/early summer and have been turned in for either fall crops or cover crops. One of our goals at the farm is to keep our soil covered. The soil won't be bare for long!

Here's the little plane and the little farm.
Carrots and beans are coming in. Last week we finished one succession of beans, and now we're harvesting from a fresh field. We plant our beans every few weeks to ensure a steady supply.
On Friday morning we had a good deluge of rain at the farm. This was such a treat, as we were starting to get into the full swing of irrigating. Mother nature to the rescue! She delivered 0.86 inches of rain. Not only did our crops get a healthy drink, it also moistened the soil for optimum hand pulling conditions. Friday afternoon we had a blast pulling these weeds by hand. Life is good. The picture on the right is a beautiful pollinator bee. These guys are our heroes and heroines, without them we would have very few vegetable crops. We try to keep a crop flowering at all times at the farm to support healthy bee populations. Right now there are tons of flowers on the pepper plants, squash plants, cucumbers, cilantro, clover, flowers themselves, and more. Not to mention all the native flowers around.
Don't forget, we want your boxes back! Help us keep our costs low by returning your empties so we don't have to keep buying new ones!
Oh coleslaw, why are you so good?

I like any excuse to eat raw cabbage. I enjoy adding finely shredded...anything. In this coleslaw I added sliced cabbage, grated carrots, grated kohlrabi, cilantro, grated onion, shredded kale, and shredded fennel.

The dressing goes like this:
  • 11/2 Tbs Apple cider vinegar
  • 11/2 Tbs Honey
  • Salt, pepper, cayanne
  • 1 Tbs grated ginger
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup Mayonnaise (see homeade version below)
Homeade Mayo, it's easier than you think and out of this world. Spice it up with herbs of your choice.
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt and pepper
Take your egg yolk and whisk it good. Whisk it until it's pale yellow. Then start adding your olive oil drop by drop. After the drop is incorporated adequately, you can add the next. Don't rush this process. It'll slowly start to thicken, and when it does, you can add your oil drops by drops. Then teaspoon by teaspoon. The key is to whisk it up into an emulsified mess of deliciousness. Add garlic, salt, and pepper when it's done.
You'll find some tomatoes in your box. You gotta make a BLT.

Take some good bread and toast it. Smother it with tons of homeade garlic mayo (recipe above). Fresh greens, and quality bacon. Sprinkle the tomato with salt moments before you build your sandwhich so it starts to melt the tomato. Enjoy.
In your box this week you will likely find:
  • Tomato!
  • Cabbage or potatoes
  • Salad mix
  • Beans
  • Sweet Aisla Craig onion
  • Herb bundle
  • Fennel
  • Chard, Collards, or Kale bunch
  • Carrot bunch
  • Zucchini
  • Summer Squash
  • Cucumbers

Don't forget to mark your calendars August 21st for the CSA member potluck!

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