Hallelujah, it rained! Not enough yet, but we’ll take what we can get! Even though we all got soaked today, it was a fun harvest and we got to revel in the beauty of the new crops we were bringing into the wash shed. From beets with their gorgeous greens to the first of the twirling, delicious garlic scapes, it was an exciting harvest. Now that Bill is doing nightly door-knocking as part of his State Rep re-election campaign, life feels even busier than ever on the farm but each new vegetable harvested is a reminder of how worth it it is to grow good food!
If you would like to put up a Black Lives Matter sign on your front lawn, we will have a limited number of BLM lawn signs available at the CSA pickups next week. We have a long-time member who has purchased thirty signs to hand out within the community. You can either contribute up to $10 for the cost of the sign, or we are happy to contribute it on your behalf. Solidarity with Black Americans in this 400-year struggle for racial justice is, we believe, as essential to growing vegetables as is the rain and the sun and the soil – it is all connected, and there is no fixing our food systems or environmental degradation without fundamentally dismantling the structural racism of our country and our culture. Let me know if you would like to reserve a sign, or look for them at the pickup next week.
Sparkplug Farm will be making their ground beef delivery the week of July 6th. There is still plenty available if you want to sign up for 10, 20 or more pounds of ground beef (at $7/lb) for summertime burgers! Click here to sign up, or email me and let me know how much beef you’d like to buy.
You’ll start to notice more and more in our “Seconds, Trades, and Extras” area. There a number of ways to utilize this zone. If there is an item that you don’t want in your CSA share, you can put it there. If there is something you enjoy that you see extra of, you can take it! We’ll sometimes put leftover items from the week before, or vegetables that are not quite so beautiful or clean but that are still plenty delicious. You don’t need to leave something in order to take something else — it’s simply a resource for anyone who wants a little extra.
As a reminder to the Tuesday Rockland members — if it is a rainy afternoon, we will be set up in front of church under the overhang instead of in the back parking lot. You can still park in back and walk around the church on the grass to reach us, or park across Broadway in the park and walk over. Masks and physical distancing still are de rigueur!
Have a great week, please be in touch, and enjoy the awesome flavors of late June!
Reba, Bill and the HCF crew
CSA Vegetables Week Three: Lettuce Mix, Arugula, Kale or Chard, Beets with Greens, Hakurei Turnips, Broccoli or Broccolini, Cilantro or Basil or Garlic Scapes, Fennel or Green Cabbage
Week Three Add-ons: Eggs, Tofu, Yogurt, Ferments, Mushrooms, Cheese, Oil & Vinegar, Milk, Bread