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Everything That You Need To Know-Its Right Under Your Nose

Posted 9/3/2019 9:01pm by David Zemelsky.

I want to talk to you about making decisions.  For me, this can sometimes be painful and stressful.  Or I should say, always painful and stressful.  I wish otherwise, but haven't mastered the skill of trusting myself totally yet.  If not now, when, I ask.  It can certainly be argued that decisions need to be informed.  And I would argue that often, no actually almost always the tools to get informed are usually right under ones nose. 

Here's a good example:  Let's say that I've got a beautiful path of lettuce growing out in our fields.  And I want to know the right time to harvest it.  Is it too small? Am I waiting too long? Is there a risk of pests?It is at this point that I do a very important thing.  I stop.  I stop and really look at what's in front of me.  What is this patch of lettuce saying to me that I've been so busy  talking around the decision that  I don't slow down (very important) and really look at it.  On closer examination, some of the imperfections in the leafs might be apparent.  They might be slight and not even something that someone who bought the lettuce would notice.  But I would.  Thanks to spending that extra moment to really take in the world right in front of my eyes.  Or maybe there isn't any telltale sign of disease.  Instead, my closer examination might reveal that the  growth could be more resulting in a heavier (i.e. more profitable) stand of lettuce.

The same goes for disease.  There are charts and charts of things that you could do to get rid of disease.  The very first and most important thing is that stopping to understand what the threat is.  Its like I said at the beginning-the answer to most questions are right under your nose if you care to slow down enough to read all the signs.  And to round out this conversation, its important to slow down and in some cases be still, even.  I say this with the total knowledge that I'll often forget this good advice myself.

As a reminder, we're also at the Durham Farmer's Market on Thursdays from 3-6:30pm.  September 12th ends the regular season, but the Market Master is arranging to reopen the market in October, too.  This is a wonderful and very underutilized market.  Not sure why, but you would enjoy its space, its friendly flavor and the great fruit (Dondero Orchard) and vegetables (both Forest City and ourselves)

Ok.  On to food.  If you're ordering some food to be picked up at the shed-please do so by 8AM on Thursday.  Your order will be ready after 2pm on Thursday, at the shed.  Look for your name.  Payment goes in the payment jar.

Below is a photo I took of an interesting collard recipe that a customer gave me recently.  It looks delicious.  Let me know if you try it.

Right now and for the next FEW weeks, the tomatoes will taste the best.  This is the time to enjoy them.  Not February!

Here's the choices: Heirloom, with their funny shapes and glorious colors at $7lb. Then, there's Juliet which are red, sweet and easy to both cook with and eat raw. 

As for the cherry toms, there's sukura, a red red sweet sweet small tomato and the Artisan Variety with reds, greens, yellows and a cosmic flavor you won't forget, and sun golds.  When you order sungolds, be prepared to get a substitute cause we're not as sure of the supply.  All $6.5/pint

Peppers of multi colors and the same for eggplants-both $5/lb

Salad Greens- $6/bag

Swiss Chard,Kale and Collards $4/bunch

Potatoes- newly dug and as full of flavor as anything anywhere $5/lb

Garlic -$3.50/head

Hot Peppers- $4/basket

Radishes- $4/bunch

Beets- $4/lb

Cucumbers- $2/each

I hope you have a great week.


PS Joel will be writing the letter next week and the next three weeks after that.  If you write to me, it will get lost in the electronic space galaxy.  I won't be gone all that time, but next week, I'll be unavailable, the next two weeks onweek.   So please stay well and eat well.