“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
The Earth Drinks, the Farmer Works On
Happy Friday! If you’re like me, this cool, rainy weather really beckons me back to bed with a good book and a lazy demeanor, but, if you’re like me, you don’t have the time right now to be lazy! And after another action packed week, it’s only fitting to keep the momentum going! Honestly, I’d rather the conditions be on the wetter side than the dryer side, though I hope not to regret that statement.
This week on the farm, we’re going out with the old and in with the new! Some of the spring veggies are starting to play out; the radishes and arugula have started to go to seed, carrots and peas are getting harvested on the regular, and I hate to say, but I think that week of hot weather we had a few weeks ago stunted my cabbage to the point of no return. If there’s one think I keep getting reminded of in this whole farming gig, though, it’s that you’ve got to roll with the punches. Farming is essentially a vocation dealing in life and death, and all that lives is born to die. There are so many variables affecting these crops that sometimes something happens and things don’t pan out as hoped, but that’s just the way it is, and the conditions that affect one crop negatively are likely having a positive affect on something , so oftentimes you just have to cut your losses and move on to bigger and better things!
All that said, the summer plot is kickin! Squash and zucchini are so close, tomatoes are getting there, peppers are starting to come on in masses, and the cucumbers and melons are stretching their vines! This week Matt and I sowed the third rounds of cucumbers, green beans, squash and zucchini, the second rounds of watermelon and cantaloupe, and the first rounds of okra and spaghetti squash. Don’t get me wrong, I love my salads and a big greasy plate of fried greens, but I yearn to sink my chompers into fat tomato sandwich and grace my plate with some grilled squash! All this and more coming to your plates sooner than you can say, “man it’s hot outside, I sure am glad I don’t have to be working in this heat!” (I won’t be saying this, mind you…)
I regret to inform you that the NoDa farmers market has been cancelled tomorrow due to the rain, but I hope this rain won’t deter you from coming out to the Winecoff Market to see Matt and I! Tomorrow we’ll be bringing a boatload of peas, carrots, kales, collards, lettuce, beet greens, chard, and broccoli! Come let us be your sunshine on a rainy day!
This Sunday is our monthly Volunteer Workday at the Lomax Incubator Farm! Come hang out with me and the other farmers-in-training, play in the dirt, and enjoy a seasonal meal! If you are enticed by this, and how could you not be, please RSVP to our lovely and magnanimous volunteer coordinator, Anne Platts, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are still shares left in the Street Fare Farm CSA! Get yours quick, or you will succumb to the age-old adage, “thou snoozeth, thou loseth.” Go to the CSA page on my website (link below) for more information.
I hope you have a fantastic week, and remember to get some exercise! The key to a long, healthy life is a nutritious diet and daily exercise, so get off your hiney and do something, every day! Anything from a short walk to a full-on bodybuilder-split workout, or just making an effort to get up from the desk and get moving more often. It could save your life, no joke! Here’s wishing you health and longevity! Peace!