Into Summer We Go

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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” 

-John Lubbock

And just like that, it’s officially summer. I hope you all happened to catch the beauty that was the full moon on the night of the summer solstice. They call it the “Strawberry Moon”, for in times gone by, in a climate much cooler than this, the June full moon was an indicator that it was time to pick the strawberries. It was very pretty, huge and orangey. If you didn’t catch it, don’t worry, you can catch the next full moon that coincides with the summer solstice in 2094! I’ll be there, in the prime of my life at 106 years old. I hope to see you there!

This week on the farm, we’ve finally been able to get a handle on the summer plot! Trellises have been installed, seeds have been sown, and the weeds and bugs have been beaten back to a manageable degree. The plot is jumping, too! The green beans are coming on in throngs, the okra plants are starting to stretch their fingers skyward, and the cucumbers are staying cool. I tell you what, though. it’s hot out there! Temperatures are pretty consistently in the nineties these days, so if you’re outside and aren’t accustomed to the heat as we farmers are, be sure to take plenty of breaks and drink enough water! Like my good buddy Mr. Lubbock said, “rest is not idleness.”

This week I also had the privilege of showing a group of girls just graduated from high school around the farm, and explain to them a little bit why I wanted to become a farmer, show them what their food looks like before it goes to the grocery store, and encourage them to make conscientious, educated decisions about the food they consume. It really boggles my mind that children are not taught anything about the food system in this country. I remember visiting a farm when I was in kindergarten, but other than milking a cow, I don’t remember anything about that field trip. It makes sense why people blindly trust the foods they find on the shelves on the supermarket, many of which are creating the chronic illness epidemics in this country today. Knowledge is power, know your farmer!

We hope to see you tomorrow at the NoDa Farmer’s Market and the Winecoff Market from 8am to noon! Matt and I will have heirloom tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, green, beans, beets, carrots, and eggplant! Fire up them grills and roast some veggies, summer is here!

I hope you have a terrific week! In the theme of spreading the knowledge about the food system, if you believe in what I’m doing and the produce I’m providing, spread the word! You don’t have to be “preachy” about it, nobody likes being talked down to, but there are many people who are in the dark about what they are putting into their bodies, so show them that you love them by expressing your concern for their well-being and recommending healthier alternatives! Live long in health and happiness!

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