Eli has been fretting over his piglets for a couple weeks now, nervous to move Hazel and Eddie out of the barn before they were ready, and worried about the potentially poisonous weeds he identified in the field. But after situating their paddock under the apple trees and building them a shelter, he decided that today was the day. We took a break from working in the wash shed to help him carry the pigs to their new home. And while I’m sure that I’ve heard pigs squeal before, there’s something extra special about having an extremely emotionally agitated pig screech bloody murder directly into your face as you carry it in your arms down the driveway. It is beyond deafening, and definitely belongs in the soundtrack to some pastoral horror movie. Luckily, as soon as Eli and I put the outraged Hazel down in his new home, he set to work making a bed in the bushes (ignoring Eli’s carefully crafted lean-to) and then happily went to sit in his water dish. Phew. Their new location is a little nerve-wracking for me, because the pigs now live right next to the field full of of beautifully growing sweet corn, but there is one row of hot peppers planted between them and the corn. So hopefully if they get out and go for the corn, maybe they’ll be turned away by a mouthful of spice…?!
Within the next week I’ll be sending out a sign-up form for the annual delivery of organic blueberries from Red House Farm. The cost is $42 per 10 lb box of some of the cleanest and loveliest berries around! Supplies are limited, so each member who is able to sign up will be limited to one box unless we have extras. They will be delivered the week of August 5th. Keep an eye on your inbox for the blueberry sign-up link.
There are still tons of sugar snap peas – though very, very well hidden in the intense weeds – in the field along the driveway (immediately past the last hoophouse on the right). They should be there for a few days more, so feel free to come by and harvest if you wish! We loved seeing members walk out with big bags of peas last week.
It’s the first honey add-on delivery this week. If you love the honey and want more between or after the deliveries, the beekeeper Ronnie Dennison asked me to let you know that he has a small stand at his Owl’s Head home (71 Ingraham Dr, Owls Head) and would love for our CSA members to come by!
Have a great week!
Reba and the HCF crew
Vegetables Week Six: Salad Mix, Green Butterhead Lettuce, Chard/Kale, Green/Red/Napa/Savoy Cabbage, Scallions, Broccolini/Broccoli, Basil/Cilantro, Kohlrabi/Beets, Fennel, Garlic Scapes
This week’s recipes: Scallion Pancakes, Swiss Chard Pie, Kimchi, Caramelized Fennel with Goat Cheese
Week Six Add-on Shares: Honey, Cheese, Fiore, Milk, Mushrooms, Bread