‘Tis Sweet To Keep Local

We harvested the last of the leeks yesterday along with some mighty fine sweet carrots. There is a hedge of carrot greens perking along under the floating row cover which may or may not mature into edible roots. They were to have been harvested by now but due to a variety of mishaps….time, grasshoppers, irrigation, drought, etc. we have one sweet bunch for everyone the final day! The leeks are the size of walking sticks! Next year we hope to increase the blanched portion of the leeks by modifying our transplanting methods. You may recall that these plants were seeded last February; that is a lot of love and care to get to this point so hope you enjoy them.

You may ask….just what do we plan on doing for the next 5 months. Oh my! We are researching, taking in conferences, studying, petitioning city council, studying, working on our business plan, building something, revamping the yard into a life-sustaining acreage and studying some more. We would like to address urban farming for Mountain Lake. Not sure how “urban” we are, but welcome the conversation with the town’s officials. Our interest is to make farming a viable option for residents of Mountain Lake and for us to have a closed-loop system that limits waste and reuses energy from the variety of agricultural products we have on our 20 acre farm. The system of transporting foodstuffs from across the continent and around the world has many environmental pitfalls. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to start making the lifestyle changes now and move into a new era with all the talent geared to making the world a more just place to live?

What does that mean specifically? For us, we need honey bees for the pollination of many crops. Pickling cucumbers took a hit due to the lack of pollinators. Next – some animals to complete the loop such as chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats maybe a cow? in the future. We aren’t talking about huge herds stampeding through the meadow. There are major chinks missing on a farm without animals. It would be terrific to have others at the meeting with city council on December 5, to show your support. Let us know and I can pass on the specific time when we are notified.

With cold weather comes idling cars. I would like to suggest that cars be turned off if they are to idle more than 10 seconds. Gas is based on a fossil fuel which is not being replenished. Idling side effects: zero miles to the gallon and asthma issues from air pollution are just two from a long list of negative consequences.

Our last harvest…do I hear bells and whoops of laughter? Remember to bring your market boxes to leave off and an extra container for carrying your produce back home. You should expect leeks, new carrots, squash, potatoes, onions, head lettuce, salad greens, Asian greens and cabbage. Remember to purchase your storage vegetables, onions, potatoes and squash, for the long winter ahead! I’ll have potatoes in 10# and 20# bags. One person ordered 100# – that’s the spirit! Storage veggies keep for 4 or more months in a cool dry place.

Fresh bread tasting for everyone including a gluten free variety!