A Chill in the Air

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“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it.”

-Washington Irving

Happy Friday! We had some frost on the fields this morning, but we are charging ahead with the harvest for tomorrows markets. We’ve had the pleasure of having some assistance from my eldest niece, Lily, who is fresh out of high school and ready for some real world experience! Fortunately for me, she’s been working on a farm up near her hometown of Kalamazoo, MI, so she has been a great help out in the fields and here on the homestead, and not a moment too soon!

Although things are winding down out in the field, things are getting pretty busy here at home. Just yesterday we started the first trial rounds of microgreen and oyster mushroom production in the basement, so cross your fingers that in just a few weeks time we’ll be able to provide some of this delicious goodness to you all at the farmers markets and at various local restaurants! Speaking of restaurants, I’ve also been taking this slow-down to start doing a little more footwork, hitting the streets and meeting with chefs to try to go over my ideas for next season and get a better sense of some of the things that they are looking for and how I can better address their needs. I’m motivated and excited to build these relationships and thereby build my business so Street Fare Farm can persist well into the future! Aside from that, I’m hoping to spend a lot of time this winter getting the infrastructure set up here at home so that when we start growing out here in the 2018 season, we’ll be ready and rarin to go!

I do hope you’ll come out to see Matt and I at the farmers markets tomorrow! Matt will be at NoDa from 9am til noon, and I will be at the Winecoff Market at the same time. We will have lettuce heads, winter radishes, turnips, mizuna, spinach, tat soi, bok choy, kale and kohlrabi. I’m excited to see you!

Whether you are pleased with the results from Tuesday’s election, or are ready for the next four years to be over, I hope that you will keep in mind that this is the greatest country in the world, and that this country would not be what it is without the foundations of personal freedoms that this nation was built upon. We are all connected as human beings, and to all life on this planet, a concept that only solidifies itself more and more in my eyes every day that I go out and work with the land to yield the sustenance necessary for life to go on. I wouldn’t be able to start a business like I am here in all other countries in the world, and for that I am grateful. So, I’ll leave you, as I’ve left you before, with the immortal words of Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan, “Be excellent to each other, and party on, dude!”

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