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The Unexpected

Posted 6/29/2017 10:15am by David Zemelsky.

I want you to know that there are no illusions on my part-I realize that no one is waiting with baited breath to hear what is being said about what happened this week on our farm.  People who write want to be heard, but not ever one is going to listen.  Many people on our mailing list might delete this mailing without even reading it and just haven't gotten around to unsubscribe.  On the other hand, it is wonderful to hear from some of you that you look forward to, and enjoy reading what gets written.  So, I take this seriously.  When I woke up this morning, the thought was " no idea what to write about. Just wait". And so I did.

A bit later, I had just finished planting lettuce seed.  A little digression here.  Lettuce has a hard time getting germinated in hot weather, so I took the following remedy.  Start with refrigerated seed and plant them out early early in the morning.  Immediately water them, to keep them cool and the surrounding soil and cover the whole thing with shade cloth.  Shade cloth is exactly what it sounds like, a piece of material that provides cooling shade for the lettuce candidates.  Before putting the shade cloth down is when the unexpected happened.  I wanted to make sure that the seeder had actually dropped seed on the ground, so I got on my hands and knees and put my eyes real close to everything.  Yup, seed everywhere.  But wait! What's this.  A lone ant was carrying one seed off to somewhere.  All 8 of his /her legs were going madly as it charged through a pebble field that must have looked insurmountable to the likes of it.  Charging between clods of earth and debris, its energy defied my imagination.  How could there be such drive in such a small thing.  If an ant crawls up my leg and starts biting, I'll wack it without a seconds thought.  And yet here, I was looking at a hero, something that I'd want to protect.  Another thing: the world of  the surface of the soil-its as much of a world as anything that we've got going. Just saying.

Brief news on other fronts: We're up to a 10 count for woodchucks. 

All are hopefully happily situated elsewhere.  All with a red paint blotch on them, so that we can tell if they'd dare to come back.  Tomatoes are right on schedule for the end of the month.  For a while, it looked like we'd have them early this year, but that's not going to happen.

Store: Time to stock up on real food.  Read below and write back with your orders.Deadline is 8AM Friday June 30th.  Your order will be ready after 2pm in the shed to the left of our house at 54 Fowler Ave.  Payment in the jar.  Cash preferred, but checks accepted (gladly).  Don't count on change, but you never can tell. 

A few specials for you this week. Kale , for starters.  I think that more of you should be trying the Kale.  As a side dish with garlic or as a salad-it will astound you.  Kale has true believers following it.  The special is that if you buy a bunch, we'll give you another one for free.  Please specify if you'd like curly or lacinato.  Here's a hint for recipes.  Put in the google box,"Mark Bittman,Kale" and you'll find lots of recipes.  I find his work very approachable, simple and satisfying.  Also, there's Carey Savona's lacinato kale recipe from a few weeks ago.  $4/bunch

Collards-also on special.  A Southern favorite.  $4/ for two bunches

Pea Tendrils-for pea tendril pesto, asian dishes or additions to sandwiches. $6/bag .  Bag is usually 6oz. but this week it will be 9oz.

New Potatoes- a real treat.  Fingerlings.  Baby sized and fresh out of the ground. $5/one lb bag

Swiss Chard- $4 bunch.  Again, check out Mark Bittman for inspiration.  There's a nice one that I found right away for garlicky chard with pine nuts and olives.  Sounds good, right?

Arugula -$6 /bag  Fresh, tangy and wonderful

Salad Greens-$6/bag.  Baby lettuce and a few baby kales and other things

Spinach $6/bag

Garlic Scapes- fresh garlic cloves are still a few weeks out.  In the meantime, try the scapes.  Wonderful , same taste

Katrina Cukes- truly the best cuke in the whole world. Expensive, but worth it. You'll see. $2.50 each

French Breakfast Radishes- spicy and refreshing $3/bunch

Beets- have you NEVER tried beets.  How about roasted beets. Coat with olive oil and coarse salt and bake briefly till tender (about 12 minutes) at 425 degrees.  Or pickled beets? Boil for 20 minutes and immerse in a brine of red wine vinegar, sugar and cloves.  $4/bunch

Braising Greens- with Mahoh Santos, Kale, Red Kingdom and a few other asian greens.  Fantastic for waking up a meal that needs sprucing up. $6/bag

Baby Red Russian Kale- its in the salad greens, but this leaf by itself is wonderful $6

We still have sweet pepper plants and tomato plants for $5/each.  In the next two weeks, we'll have more of the baby sunflowers.

As like last week, I've got a list from my friend Peter.  We didn't grow any of this, we're just offering them up make a bigger choice for you and help Peter

Red Raspberries $4/half pint

Scallions $3/bunch

Rhubarb $5/lb

Eggs $3/half dozen

Live Plants-$2 for 6 pak. Thyme, oregano, sage, mint (apple or pepper)

Northfordy Famous Tomato Sauce $10/jar

Have a great week.