Summer’s Pinnacle

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“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.” 

– Rabindranath Tagore

The Long and Short of It

Greetings! I trust you all enjoyed the Matt edition of last week’s newsletter, I know I did! I had a wonderful time in Kalamazoo, celebrating my oldest niece, Lily, and her graduation from high school, as well as her younger sister, Viola, and her commencement from the eighth grade! I’m so proud of those girls, it’s so crazy to see them growing up before my very eyes, I can remember when they were just little bean bags! It’s also a testament to their strong, beautiful mother, my sister Bree. She’s really outdone herself raising those two beauties. It was a great time and a refreshing few days away from the farm, but I’m back with a vengeance! Well, sort of. Matt did have to pony up the past couple days, as I acquired a bug during my travels, but this morning I awoke feeling more like my old self, and not a second too soon!

This week at the farm, that shift in focus to the summer plot I spoke of a few weeks ago has culminated into a beautiful sight to behold. We’ve gotten the third and final round of summer squash and zucchini in the ground, staked up the second round of tomatoes, planted another round of cucumbers, weeded, mowed, and even caught a little raccoon attempting to pilfer some Pruden’s Purple tomatoes! Not on my watch, little friend, not on my watch. Things are looking good, and all this, yes, all this is for you!

I do hope you will come see us tomorrow, the temperature is supposed to cool off a bit and it’s looking like it’s going to be a beautiful weekend! I will be at the Winecoff Market and Matt will be at the NoDa Market from 8am til noon. Come on out to get your hands on some local, certified organic tomatoes, squash, zucchini, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, kale and collards! Be sure to get out early if you want to get your hands on the goods, Matt sold out pretty quickly last week in my absence, so be there or be veggie-less!

Also, in market news, the NoDa market will begin a Wednesday market in the parking lot of the Company Store from 6pm-9pm starting this Wednesday, 6/22. For those of you that just can’t find the time to come see us at your regularly scheduled farmer’s markets, I do hope that this will be more accommodating to your and your busy schedule!

Do you want to spend this gorgeous weekend in the great outdoors, getting dirty with my fellow Lomax farmers, Matt, and I? Well you are in luck! This Father’s Day Sunday, 6/19, is our monthly volunteer workday at the Lomax Incubator Farm! The session runs from 1pm to 4pm, and includes a light meal. If this intrigues you, and I truly hope it does, please shoot our volunteer coordinator, Anne, a message and let her know that you want to come out and help Ben and Ben alone! Her e-mail is ahpfsu@windstream.net. I hope to see you there!

Remember to call your Dad on Sunday and show your appreciation to him! I know that I would not be the kind, caring, charismatic man I am today without the guidance of my father. Everyday I find myself becoming more and more like him, which used to freak me out, but now I see as the best thing possible. Thanks Dad for all your support, encouragement, and love, both tough and tender, throughout the years. I love you!

The summer solstice is on Monday, the longest day of the year, then begins the decline. Take the time to marvel at the rhythms of nature, feel your place in it, know that you are connected to that rhythm and to everything else by that rhythm, and be grateful for this life! Be kind to yourself this week, and I’ll catch ya on the flip side! Peace!

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