Last week of the Summer CSA Tuesday (Nov. 24th)!
- German Butterball Potatoes
- Kale- mix of 5 different kale varieties.
- Pie Pumpkins
- Potimarron Winter Squash
- Brussels Sprouts
- Sweet Peppers
- Cooking Onions
The last week of the Summer CSA is upon us. After this Tuesday, there will be no pick-ups until the first week of January and the beginning of the Winter CSA. This week also happens to be the week of thanksgiving, and so we feel doubly inspired to do some reflection and sharing of gratitude.
Our first thanks goes to having a habitable planet. As sappy as it may sound, at the end of each season our inclination is to bend down and kiss the soil that we stand on. Everything that we produce comes from the soil and its interaction with the surrounding environment—sun, air, and water. Without a biologically rich, thriving, non-toxic soil ecosystem, we would not be able to grow a decent dandelion, let alone the hundreds of varieties of plants that our little patch of earth makes thrive. Without living soil, our seeds are merely chaff. The same goes for the health of our watershed. This recognition is an important part of how we as farmers and stewards make land management decisions.
Farming being what it is—a very physically demanding occupation—it is not just an exercise of tired tradition that we make a point of saying that we’re thankful for our health. Our physical health and strength is something for which we are immensely grateful, and that we do not take for granted. If we are to continue farming, which we plan to do for the rest of our lives, then it is important for us to take the care of our bodies as importantly as we take the care of our soil.
Lastly and just as importantly, thank you to all of you—our CSA members. It’s hard to tell your customers that you’re thankful for them without sounding the least bit ingratiating, but we’ll do our best: In a time when mass produced, low-quality, low-priced—and in many cases pre-cooked—food packs the shelves of every grocery store in the country, and in a time when most people define cooking as popping the frozen pizza in the oven or heating the burrito up in the microwave., we are amazed at how many people are supporting locally grown, high-quality produce that requires preparation (and in many cases a bit of education). So thank you for taking part in the restoration and re-creation of a rich food tradition. Thank you for supporting farmers who care for our (collective) water and soil. Thank you for making the choice to purchase food at a price that allows for farmers to pay themselves and their employees a living wage, and by doing so supporting your local community and economy. In short, thank you for doing what you do…
We hope you enjoy this last week of Summer CSA vegetables, and we hope to see you again next season.