“One must be as attentive at the end of an enterprise as at the beginning if they are to succeed.”
-Tao Te Ching
Greetings and salutations, my ever-loving Street Fare Farm newsletter subscribers! I hope this weeks edition finds you well, finds you happy, and finds you excited for the oncoming season! We have seed in the ground, and are spending the day, and likely the weekend, getting our transplants in the ground. That’s right, soon to be available for your kitchen table are carrots, turnips, beets, radishes, arugula, baby kale, mustard, tatsoi, mizuna, baby chard, cilantro, dill, parsley, pak choy, lettuce and kohlrabi. My mouth is watering just typing it all out, and I’ll tell you what, I’m in dire need of a good veggie fix! We’re down to the last bits of my pitiful sweet potato harvest of last season, and, though delicious, there’s only so much microgreen action I can tolerate. Variety is the spice of life, so swing low, sweet vegetables, come for to carry me home!
It’s been quite a busy week here, getting everything all geared up for planting. We’ve been broadforking all our beds (see Lily in action in the photo above), which helps aerate the soil and improve the health of the biodiversity in the microorganisms in the soil, which, in turn, fosters the overall health of the soil ecosystem, which will translate directly into the health of the vegetables, which will carry over, once ingested, to the health of your bodies! Anyway, broadforking is a great full-body workout, not to mention the ensuing raking required to give the beds their final shape. I admit, my farming muscles are out of shape, but fret not, my faithfuls, my strength increases daily, along with the tan on my skin! It feels great to be outside working again, wrestling with the earth and toiling in the soil to bring you the best food I can muster.
I’m excited to see you at the market tomorrow! Matt’s out of town this week, so Lily will be running the show at the Winecoff Market and I will be manning the booth in NoDa! We’ll have pea shoots, radish shoots, sunflower shoots, and, everybody’s favorite, pasture-raised, non-GMO fed, golden-yolked eggs! We’ll be open from 9am til noon, see you then!
If anybody is just itching to get outside and play in the dirt, boy are you in luck! Though I am extremely fortunate to have the help that I do have, more help is always welcome and greatly appreciated! I can offer eggs as compensation, but we will be pushing, say, the next few months to get the season sprinting! If this tickles your fancy in any way, shape, or form, please do not hesitate to shoot me an e-mail, and we can coordinate getting you out in the sunshine and hands in the dirt for some real, gardening therapy. Holler at ya boy!
My biggest question, though, is WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? The season is starting, and the first CSA boxes will be going out in just under 6 weeks. Sure, you might think, “6 weeks?! C’mon, Ben, that’s plenty of time!” Well, my friends, rest assured, if you do not act, you may have to be waitlisted, as the applications are already coming in and the shares are filling up! Do yourself, your body, and the planet a favor, and sign up today! Click here for more details!
Well, my fine feathered friends, thus concludes another riveting look into the life and times of Street Fare Farm. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. The weather is going to be very nice for the foreseeable future, if you don’t believe me, come out to the farm and I’ll show you myself! Peace!