A Shift in Focus
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
For those of you that set their watches by my weekly newsletter, I wish to extend my deepest apologies for missing last weeks! We’re going to blame Matt on this one, he decided peek spring season would be the most opportune time to take a week at the beach… I was getting really frustrated at the beginning of the week, wondering why my wheels were spinning but I wasn’t getting nearly as much accomplished, and then I remembered, Matt isn’t here! It really helped anchor the appreciation and gratitude I have for him moving down here to help me with this whole farming thing. Luckily, I was able to stay on top of things and got a lot harvest for the NoDa and Winecoff markets, and guess what, we nearly sold out and had our best day to date! Matt is going to get his just desserts though, for I will be traveling out of town next week to see my eldest niece, Lily, graduate from high school! I’m so proud of her for sticking it out and preparing to set off into the real world.
The time has come to shift focus from the spring veggies to the summer veggies. It’s getting too hot for the greens, the radishes have gone to seed, the broccoli has been cut, and all that’s left are onions and potatoes, a few dangling peas, and some lettuce heads still left to harvest. I am happy to announce, however, despite my lamentations in newsletters gone by, that we have cauliflower! I sincerely thought it was going to be a complete waste of space, but slowly yet surely, I started to notice some white heads peaking out, as if shooting me a quick nod and a wink. And let me tell you, they are beautiful, and tasty to boot! But focus is shifting, and this past week was spend managing the weeds, pests, and getting some more rounds planted in the summer plot. The tomatoes are so close! Cucumbers are starting to come on pretty good, as well as the peppers, and little eggplant are starting to droop. Squash and zucchini are getting picked daily, with some new varieties coming into maturity. The okra has come up, the melons are blooming, and the next round of tomatoes will be going in the ground this weekend (hopefully!). We also planted sweet potato slips, and winter squash and pumpkins are sprouting in the greenhouse, going in the ground soon! I’m super excited, and mighty damn proud, if I may say so, of how my vegetables are looking. I can’t wait for you to try them.
I’m ALSO super excited to see you at NoDa Farmers Market and the Winecoff Market! Matt and I will have a beautiful selection for you, consisting of, wait for it, can you taste it? Deep breath. Hold it. Tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, jalapenos, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beets, carrots, peas, spring onions, kale, collards, lettuce mix, and red, green and romaine lettuce heads. Breatheeee. I can’t wait for you to see the spread I’ve got for you! I will be at Winecoff from 8am to noon and Matt will be at the NoDa market from 8am to noon. Come on out get you some!
I trust you all had a great Memorial Day! My niece Annalise and her lovely mother Tory came for a visit, which was totally rad. Annalise loves the chickens, sweet peas, and Thomas the Tank Engine, and hates ticks and scary spiders. It was great to hang with them a couple days!
I hope you are steaming along at the speed of the mercury rising in the thermometer today! Stay hydrated, stay cool, stay positive, find gratitude, and do as your mother told you, especially when it comes to eating your veggies! Be sure to follow our journey on Instagram @streetfarefarm. Au revoir!