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!

A “What’s Up” is in the works

Gatherings this time of year often select : farm, harvest, celebrate or fest as words in the title. Hmmmm. The one happening at Jubilee has a different twang; to play off whatsapp messenger that connects people via voice, I came up with “what’s up”……there are some English teachers about that prefer the correct spelling ;)

Jubilee’s “What’s Up”  is to be the final week of September with a variety of things planned: good eats, talking birds, guess the pounds of tomatoes, a drawing for a gift certificate and a visit with a dietitian…not me, this time around. We will be highlighting the new menu with nutritional information and new labeling. The goal, of course, is to promote wellness and eating healthy in our communities with tasty, real eats that are good for you and pure mostly as well as staying active. Community Wellness Partners is the sponsor of this event.

This is a melon week – whooeee! Farm shares will get a watermelon and a cantaloupe as well as some peppers, beets, carrots, tomatoes, green onions and zucchini. Enjoy

Growing for gold

And it came to pass, that in those days when everyone was up at the lake or gathered around tables of boisterous laughter…..Steve and Judy shucked, boiled, chopped and fruzzed mountains of sweet corn. We are stocking up for the winter and for the folks who will munch along with us. Our second corn harvest was tastier than the first one – we plan to stick with High Mowing Seeds for the coming year and NOT plant so many beds! I can grumble a lot about such matters ;)

New equipment keeps arriving. Yay! Steve anchored on the shelving for the center kitchen tables so we cooks can waltz around and be more efficient. The other cooks might need to grow a few inches to reach the top shelf….

Farm share members will now choose their produce from out of our new retail coolers. It will not be as beautiful as when all the produce was arranged on tables. We have come a long way from the days of styrofoam coolers in our garage – oh my! The new system (hide & seek) will provide more space, keep the veggies in good shape and cut down on our time to organize everything.

And so…..carrots, beets, cantaloupes, sweet peppers, summer squash, the last cucumbers, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and herbs will fill the bags and boxes of farm share members this week.

Choose to be healthy and wise…..I’m not sure about the wealthy part.


In the expectant mode

Our retail refrigerator needs to find a new home (any takers?); it does not hold its cool in a reliable manner. I am sure it has had an illustrious past, due to its age, and may end up on the junk heap. It moves about with grace on new casters….I hope to be the same way when I come to my end of days.

We are expecting….new retail coolers and a freezer, ones with interior lights, efficient cooling and quiet hummings. As with all new additions to the family there are significant changes ….. hopefully no more sleepless nights, changing of the (diaper) pail and high temperatures. Hey Ho!

Before ordering the coolers, I counted the days, planned for mishaps and put the order in on a Monday – haha. This delivery was to be a 3-5 day waiting period, avoiding Wednesdays. Two weeks later it is coming today – Wednesday – at noon!

Take 10 deep breaths and the day will proceed as usual….in high alert, adrenalin at the ready.

Harvests yesterday included 100′s of eggplants, ears of corn, sweet peppers and melons. Now what? Take 10. I AM thankful.

Farm shares will include: Cantaloupe, sweet peppers, eggplant, carrots, beets, green beans (or) corn, slicing tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs.

Good eats for these times….what do you expect?



What is rough on the outside and sweet on the inside? I could name a variety of things, including some friends…but the focus today is on our cantaloupe – Athena and Sarah’s Choice. Two beds, 200 feet long of melons are to be harvested over the next couple of weeks! Last year, we took a miss on the melon crop when the cucumber beetle devastated the field overnight and the weeds were intense on the remaining stragglers.

Cantaloupe is lovely eaten as is, used as a bowl for other lovely munches such as ice cream, or also dried, or frozen for later smoothies or one I have not tried: panna cotta.

Again, the rest of the hidden story is that cantaloupe scores high in vitamins A and C, potassium and a host of other nutrients that help to keep us bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. That is my goal in life, to take that meandering path through all the remaining years. I want to be a person of interest before the last chapter comes to an end, someone responsible for a shift …. of jubilee proportions. Hmmmmm

“Sa-weet” is also used in predicaments as in, “Now what?” We have the mountains of produce and could unload it all on our farm share members to pass on the sa-weetness. Haha This week’s boxes should contain: cantaloupe, green beans OR garlic, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, summer squash, slicing tomatoes, celery and parsley.