Out of difficulties grow miracles.
-Jean de la Bruyere
The Daily Steward
That’s right, I made it! It was touch and go, and I’m sure there are some out there whose expectations I have defied, but my thirty year trek has been completed! How do I feel? Excellent. What will I do next? Well, the only thing I can do, keep trekkin’! I want to thank all of you who gave me some birthday love on Wednesday, and for those who didn’t, all I can say is I KNOW WHO YOU ARE! Just playin! It’s been a busy week for sure! The midterm elections are over, and though it wasn’t the “blue wave” many were hoping for, I’m hoping with the Democrats taking the House, the folks on Capitol Hill will be forced to put aside some of these extreme partisan ideologies and reach across the aisle to do what they get paid so well to do: work together towards the common good of the American people and global community regardless of party, creed or color. Say a prayer for your representatives, that they may have the strength and the courage to do what is right and that they might not succumb to the temptation of greed, avarice, pride, or the pursuit of selfish gain, and that God may continue to bless America!
Here on the farm, it’s been especially busy. I’ve been running all over the state gathering supplies for next season, pulling tarps, cutting wood, building things, installing lights in the post-harvest area, planting, harvesting, and slinging microgreens, cashing checks and snapping necks! I want to give a special shoutout to my buddy Chris, an accomplished electrician who has been so selflessly helpful in working on all these projects, I couldn’t do it without you, homey! I’m really running on all cylinders right now, just trying to get all these projects knocked out as fast as I can so that I can, for one thing, get them off my mind, and for another, so I can have everything in place that I may work out as many kinks and inefficiencies as I can before the first crops go in the ground next February! That’s only three months away… yeesh! My new irrigation system was delivered yesterday, so that’s exciting. To me. Next week I’m hoping to get power to the well and start piecing together the new system, as well as make some headway getting my walk-in cooler set up. Soon there will be a farm field day here at Street Fare Farm where I will invite all of you to come help spread compost over all the growing beds so that the compost has a chance to intermingle with and embellish the topsoil and have a chance to break down a little bit before the crops go in the ground. Stay tuned for more info!
The accomplishment I’m most excited about from this past week is that I finally released the info for next springs CSA program! I know you all already got an e-mail or two about the CSA, but forgive me when I shamelessly promote the program until next season gets underway. Why should you join the Street Fare Farm CSA? You will be getting the freshest produce every week that will be far superior in quality and nutritional value than anything you can get in the grocery store, you will help me continue on this farming journey, you will help to fundamentally shift our flawed food system by voting with your dollars for local, sustainable produce, and it is my hope that you will have the opportunity to learn more about what goes into making this staple of life that is the food we consume for energy, and in doing so you will gain a better appreciation and attribute a higher value on what you put in your mouth! AND, if you sign up before Thanksgiving, you will receive a $20 gift certificate redeemable at my booth at the Piedmont Farmer’s Market on Winecoff School Rd. at any time! Click here for full details and the sign-up form!
Speaking of the Farmer’s Market, do come see me tomorrow from 9am til noon! It’s going to be a crisp, clear autumn morning, and I’ll be there with microgreens, shiitake mushrooms and eggs! The micro mix I introduced last week sold out pretty quick, so I’ve doubled the quantity for this week. Also, let me tell you, though I would prefer a bit more sunshine, the mushrooms are loving all this rain. Come see me!
I hope you all have a terrific weekend! In this current climate of extreme partisanship and polarizing ideology, please remember that when faced with a choice to be right or to be kind, always choose to be kind. Be well!