Week 10: August. It is the time when everything happens on a farm. Haying. Chicken processing. Tomatoes. Pickles. weeding. Fall planting. Wool processing. Visitors. I am really trying to be grateful – instead of complaining about how prickly the zukes and summer squash – I am reminding myself how much food these plants are providing for us or when we have to go in the tomato house to pick a few hundred lbs of tomatoes in the heat of the day – I am thankful for this food and the opportunities these tomatoes will bring to our family. August. You have to take everything in stride. One task at a time. When all these moving parts around the farm are happening all at the same time, there is these small glimpses of deliciousness that no one else gets to experience – the secrets this farm shares with you. Like the coolness that you feel from when you are down low in the cherry tomatoes – it as if they are expiring coolness and breathing in your heat. The warmth next to Annie, our cow, when you are milking her on a chilly morning – that little crook between her belly and leg. The wealth you feel when all the first cut is in the barn. The sweetness of every single cracked cherry tomato that doesn’t make it into the box as if they wanted you to eat them and they cracked on purpose so you wouldn’t share with anyone. The back field where the chard, kale and collards are growing – you can sing out there, cry out loud, scream and shout – the wholeness of the earth and sky – the bigness of it all absorbs it all- and makes your shoulders a little lighter. Oh these were the things I thought about this week – and wanted to share with you. There is much going on in our world, and in this farm I find refuge. I hope you can too wherever you are. August you are glorious.
Ok, so we will have lettuce and carrots in about two weeks. Sorry for the delay – whole plantings bolted. We have seeded down and they are growing baby kale, arugula, hakerei turnips, lettuce mix, spinach, peas, and more. We are hoping to have corn for all this week. We have another crop of corn hopefully at the end of September. We will also have fall broccoli and cabbage.
We are having our 3rd Annual Benefit Farm Dinner THIS SUNDAY!!! Please help spread the word. The main dish will be farm fresh homemade lasgana including homemade ricotta, salads, bruchetta, desserts, sumac tea, music and more. It is totally by donation – put whatever you like in the bucket. We would love you have you all. If you would like to volunteer and help with serving or cleanup or cooking whatever – let us know.
Have a great week. We look forward to farming with you this season.
Peace, your farmers, Christine, Adam, Sadie, Delia, Frank and Julia
Blue Heron Farm 3rd Annual Benefit Farm Dinner
August 23, 2015
4 to 7pm
23 Quaker Rd, Grand Isle, VT
Cost: By Donation (give what you can)
We invite you to our organic farm to feast with us, take a tour, dance, meet the sheep, cows, and chickens & enjoy your evening here on Quaker Rd. RSVP is not required but appreciated to try to plan how much food. (802) 372-3420 or www.blueheronfarmvt.com or on Facebook. Benefit for Food For Thought -summer lunch program for Grand Isle County youth & Blue Heron Farm equipment fund.
What’s in the share this week:
This list is what is in a full share this week. Things may change between Monday and Thursday and Individual and Salad share will get differing amounts and may not get everything on the list. Rainbow chard, summer squash, zucchini, full size cukes, sweet cabbage, fresh onions, cherry tomatoes, and heirloom TOMATOES 😉 and hopefully sweet corn (fingers crossed)
Farm Fresh Raw milk for Sale
We are very lucky to have two milking cows – Annie and Maggie – both give us plenty of milk each and every day and we would like to share that with you and anyone else would like to have raw milk. We sell it $5 a half gal. We also can do a sliding scale if needed for the milk. You can buy milk at CSA pickup or anytime out of our barn fridge next to our house at 34 quaker.
Eggs for sale We have the pretty girls’ eggs for sale – these are free-range, certified organic chicken eggs that are brown eggs– with the brightest yellow/orange yolks you ever seen. The eggs are $5.75 a dozen. $3.00 half dozen
***Frozen CERTIFIED ORGANIC whole CHICKEN AVAILABLE at the FARM TODAY**