Full Share: Salad Mix, Sun Golds, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Yellow Squash, Green Beans, Shishito Peppers, Curly Kale

Partial Share:Salad Mix, Sun Golds, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Cucumbers, Eggplant, and Lacinato Kale

Hello CSA Members!!

It sure was nice to get some rain on Sunday! I could have done without the 15 minute sandblasting that preceded it, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers. It was just nice to sit and do something as simple as watch it rain. The ecosystem sure needed it.

It’s been a good week at the farm. The tomatoes have really started to hit their stride, as we picked 363 pounds of Sun Golds today. And the green beans and shishito peppers are ready, so they will be filtering through the shares. And, we should start digging potatoes next week.

I’ve really taken the need to stop thinking about the worlds problems so much to heart, and this week I’m just enjoying being present in the work and setting of the farm. Besides, it seems like my beef against a corporate-dominated world has been misplaced. I am always worrying about how corporations focus solely on profit, and I forget to acknowledge their benevolence. I’m always complaining that so many of our answers are right in front of us, but that we won’t grasp them unless someone can get rich doing it….instead I should be getting on the band wagon for technology and innovation as our solutions. I guess I’m a slow learner. Take our high tunnel for example.

Plastic problem? or Protein?

This winter it got a tear in the plastic cover, and last week when a crazy dust devil kicked up, it tore half the cover off the tunnel. Now typically, I would consider that a bit of a bummer, although the cover needed replaced this year anyways. But, then I saw in Newsweek that two scientists had created a genetically engineered microbe that can eat plastic and turn it into a sustainable source of protein (food) for humans! Eureka! That’s a game changer! In fact, they won a million dollar prize for this discovery. So, instead of re-purposing this plastic, or throwing it out, I’m really hoping we can just eat it. It’s a big piece of plastic, so maybe we can get it into all the CSA shares by the end of the season. Come to think of it, that troubling issue with all the plastic in the ocean, and the overflowing landfills…..to think we can simply eat our way out of this problem is just so….American. And given just how much plastic waste there is out in the world, if you think about it, we probably don’t actually need to farm food anymore…at least not for a long time. Who needs to toil out in the elements growing nutrient-dense food when we can simply just let these synthetic microbes do all the work for us, while taking care of our garbage problem at the same time. Farming, suddenly, just feels so “yesterday”. So non-innovative.

So, as I said, I’m just feeling really good about things.

As for the CSA, it’s exciting how many Sun Golds there are. Full Shares this week will be getting Sun Golds, green beans, and shishito peppers, while partial shares will get Sun Golds and eggplant, and then hopefully next week we’ll swap those around (which is common practice when there is not enough of one crop for everyone in the same week). Have you tried planking and grilling your yellow squash yet? You won’t be disappointed, and there is a lot of it on the farm in case you haven’t noticed. And if you’re trying to get a hold of Rebecca, her phone was swallowed up by the very healthy stand of bean plants, so she is offline until we find it or she gets a new one.

Looks like things are going to start cooling off, and after todays humid sweltering farmers market, I for one am ready for a bit cooler weather. The heat can make me a bit cheeky 🙂 We’ll see you at CSA distribution!