A buzz around flowers

This is my dream…..to serve farm dinners each month that commemorate local seasonal goodness. Would you buy a ticket and come? The menu theme for May 2014 will celebrate woodlands and plains!

  • *Nettle soup for an appetizer
  • Thinly sliced *steak in balsamic, olive and *maple syrup sauce
  • Served with*Whole wheat *herbed bread
  • Salad for a king (*Solomon’s seal, *red & green oakleaf lettuce, *spinach, *dock, and flowers! *violets, and *redbuds) with a splash of *fruity vinaigrette
  • Steamed *asparagus
  • *Mint tea
  • *Raspberry scone

All * foods would travel to the festivities between 10 feet to 10 miles away! Imagine, what fun it would be: all of us gathered at long formal tables beside the emerald and ruby lettuce beds as the sun goes down! Remember, this is my dream; it’s rather romantic¬† but yes, we would be indoors if the usual weather was threatening: hailstorm, freezing wind, 30 mph wind gusts, tornado, searing heat – it all almost occured this past week – oh my goodness!

Did any of you take note of the white board that Nathan designed when picking up your shares this past week? I could start giving a quiz and a perfect score would receive a double share of nettles! Haha! Here it is for your perusal:

Permaculture PERMAnent agriCULTURE

Goals: Harmonious integration of people and the landscape providing food, energy, shelter, and other needs in a sustainable way.

Philosophy: Work with nature, not against nature. Strive for multiple yields rather than monocultures. Long and thoughtful observation, not long and thoughtless action.

Bill Mollison  is the originator of the permaculture concept.

This week’s share should include: May Queen head lettuce, Marvel of 4 seasons head lettuce, Tokyo Bekana, Pac Choi, mint, chives, salad mix, radishes, nettles with many extras for sale. There could also be a few flowers: violets and redbuds to take home to sprinkle on your mixed salad greens!

Nathan and Loida are visiting the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Colorado this week. We’ve been working hard to fill their boots!

Searching for a model

Communication, that is what I have been researching over the past months: how to promote what we offer as well as encouraging a community discussion. Facebook feels raw to me, it is too public though I may head in that direction. Feedback on how we are designing our new farm market and greenhouse would be awesome but it is a bit awkward since we don’t have a true way for a roundtable discussion.

I would love to expand the theme of jams, jellies and pickles – I found a recipe for dandelion jelly! Imagine! Now there is a reason to harvest all the bright yellow blossoms instead of pulling out some nasty spray thinking to rid the planet of loveliness. There are oodles of other interesting discoveries that may be worthwhile acting upon…if they can be put into practice outside of the books I read.

An apron is a must for serious work in the kitchen or shop. I’ve been pondering who could model, other than using ourselves, to show off our selection of aprons and hey ho! I found her! Right outside my front door with her pitcher of nectar in hand. Haha. You should recognize Hebe. Check out “photos” on the menu bar, click on aprons, and you will get a short slide show. There are many more styles to capture, but the sun, clouds, wind and rain (snow?) need to be in their respective places.

Our spinach crop is the best ever and will be ready to harvest in about a week. Give me a call if you are interested in buying some. If I were to chronicle each “aha” or “oops” moment with every crop we plant, it would feel like a rough sea. Oh my goodness. We use soil blocks, some the size of dice, to germinate the longer maturing plants to give them a jump on the season. These are all carefully tucked in under lights beginning in January with the leeks. Fortunately, most crops germinate and mature well but its the ones that don’t, which are some of the profound mysteries to life.

We’ve been asked to provide produce for a September wedding! Whoopee for the lovely bride, the happy groom and the sweet carrots from 4 blocks away! Now that is a model that can be followed: a way to support regenerative localized agricultural.