Be Glorious

The trees out my window are glorious shades of reds and oranges against an endless blue sky! The last dance is imminent when a poof of wind shakes the leaf petiole for the final graceful twirling to earth. A squirrel house of leaves is in the tipmost branches – what a glorious view that must be….except I would hope it is well insulated for the North Wind’s howl – no poof there.

It has been a spectacular day for harvesting crops: head lettuce, Mizuna, winter radishes and brusselini, all for farm share members on the morrow. A glorious mix of salad greens was harvested, bagged, put out for sale and sold by mid afternoon. Members will each get salad mix since I kept a bunch hidden.

There is an impressive pile or rather a mountain of winter squash in our garage that needs to wend its’ way down to the basement to settle on wire storage racks. The Acorns, Delicatas, Buttercups, Butternuts, Kabochas and Sweet Meats are an awesome array of flavor choices. Last year’s crop failure to this year’s abundance is quite the leap!

Farm share members will all receive red head lettuce, Asian greens, salad mix, acorn squash, sweet peppers, potatoes, brusselini, garlic and green onions. There will be choices for kohlrabi, carrots, beets and tomatoes. Fresh Tomato Dill Bread for sale.

Choose to be glorious – hey ho!

Sanctuary

A friend walked into the market yesterday asking forgiveness for having brought forbidden fruit onto our premises. Hmmm  Everything was bagged and locked in his car. Sanctuary was given freely but quarantined at the house.

Our farm seems to be a sanctuary for creatures small and great, though I would like the greater ones to continue keeping their distance!  Over the 25 years we have enjoyed this spot of earth, it seems that all livable space is now occupied. I do get grumpy when a whole crop of French Breakfast Radishes are consumed overnight or when cabbage loopers spoil a crop of brassicas. We try and handle those situations in the least harmful manner: a row cover or Bacillus thuringiensis,  Bt can be sprayed on leaves for the loopers to munch which will give them a belly ache.

Weeds? They are hoed, hoed and hoed rather than options that lead down another path of serious concern to this refuge. The previous owners had sprayed around each tree to prevent grass from growing near the trunk. After we arrived, it took at least 15 years for something green to germinate in those areas. Hmmmm

Ho HO HO! We are always chipper…… As to farm shares there should be Broccoli, Garlic, Beets or Carrots to choose from and then: Sweet Peppers, Parsley, Pac Choi, Salad mix or Romaine head lettuce, tomatoes, leeks and small kohlrabi to fill the boxes.

 

Cold rabbi

I have usually mispronounced ‘kohlrabi’ along the line of a ‘cold rabbi’ whereas the correct manner is how I prefer to eat it – col(d) and raw(be).  It is in the cabbage family (kohl) and looks like a turnip (rabi). It can be eaten in a variety of ways from fresh nibbles to stir-fried, sliced thin in salads paired with apple or other greens and roasted or stewed. Kossak kohlrabi, the giant sort, are very tender inside. They store well, thus the large globe can be chipped away as needed. Peel only the part that is to be prepared and leave the rest intact in the refrigerator.

It was a very good year for small town kohls with cool summer nights…. and so the song might go. We have a lot of Kossaks!

Today starts the fall farm shares and members will receive: Broccoli, sweet peppers, Kossaks, leeks, tomatoes, romaine head lettuce, Pac choi and carrots and/or beets. Salad greens will begin later this week and will be for sale – whoo whoo!

The beet goes on

It has been many a moon since I read through “How Do I Love Thee?” a poem by Elizabeth Browning. I found a few things that need improvement with my farming partner realationship….on my side of the equation. Hmmmm Words can move mountains of beets, cabbages and beans only if there are other folks ready for heavy action. – take a look around……I am usually quite clean and tidy…..

I am all for building bridges rather than tearing communities apart, which includes choosing wise & kind words or filling carts with produce for market. Sometimes, it requires a pause in order to take a different path. I am but a novice on the way.

At Jubilee, I am told again and again, that we are about something most awesome. That is true, let me count the ways…..

This week is a time to reflect on and taste what is good for our health in family settings and in communities close to home and far away.

The ‘beet’ goes on. Whom will you follow?

We have a new smoothie for sampling – Beet the Berries – haha. It is delish!

This week’s farm shares will include: sweet peppers, Tokyo Bekana or Joi Choi, raspberries, broccoli, leeks, tomatoes, zucchini and the last watermelon.

Steering true

A name-tagged person walked into the market yesterday with briefcase in hand, asking to talk to the one in charge. It was slightly after midday and there were pots bubbling, bread baking, cookies to tray up and jalafuegos to carefully seed. The question was……. whether or not I was interested in setting up a business account with Sam’s Club, Mankato! This would be like me walking into a heart transplant operation and wanting to sell my bandages from ripped sheets.

At the end of the day, when I should have been home, customers asked me to steer clear of the greatest commandment and the second one that is like it. My heart, soul and mind were in the balance …… We are into building community at Jubilee, on a global scale starting right here in this little corner with a spot of earth.

And so, back to the village level, each farm share member should be filling their box with the last watermelons along with sweet peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, beets and then of course newly harvested leeks and pac choi! The weather has played wild cards this year, produce that was to be for next month comes due now …. enjoy. It’s good and it’s good for you – imagine!